What power means to different people varies greatly.
For some, it may be having a lot of money and being able to buy whatever they want. For others, it might mean having a lot of strength or being in a position of authority.
Regardless of the way you want to interpret “power” there have been a ton of songs about power created over the years.
These songs encourage us when we’re feeling down and remind us that we have the power within us to make a change.
No matter what your definition of power is, there are plenty of great songs about it out there.
Here are 30 of the best ones.
1. “Power” By Little Mix & Stormzy
Little Mix is a British girl group known for great success worldwide but is mainly popular in European countries. The girls have been active since 2011. Stormzy is a British rapper, one of the most successful.
“You should know I’m the one who’s in control.
I’ll let you come take the wheel, long as you don’t forget.”
The song is about strong and confident women taking charge in a relationship. They are confident and let their man lead, but they know that they have the upper hand.
2. “Run the World (Girls)” By Beyoncé
Beyoncé released this song in 2011. It’s one of the many songs that are incredibly popular around the globe.
“Who run the world? Girls (girls)
Who run the world? Girls (girls).”
The lyrics of this song are simple and very catchy. It’s an empowering song for women. She says that women do it better and that they run the world.
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3. “Numb” By Linkin Park
Linkin Park is an American rock band formed in ‘96. They released ‘Numb’ in 2003.
“I’ve become so numb
I can’t feel you there
Become so tired
So much more aware.”
The lyrics of this song are incredibly powerful. It’s about becoming numb to the criticism and manipulation of someone close to you, like a parent or partner. They want you to be exactly like them and can’t accept any divergent behavior.
4. “Skyscraper” By Demi Lovato
The American singer-songwriter Demi Lovato released this song in 2011 after a mental breakdown.
“Go on and try to tear me down
I will be rising from the ground
Like a skyscraper.”
The song is about people trying to tear you down, but you only become stronger. After burning everything to the ground, she’s come out as a skyscraper. Strong and powerful, and more resilient than ever before.
5. “POWER” By Kanye West
Kanye West released ‘POWER’ in 2010. The American rapper and songwriter has been active since ‘96.
“No one man should have all that power
The clock’s ticking, I just count the hours.”
The song is seemingly about himself and his popularity. He also raps about people who talk bad about him. It’s about how popularity and being a celebrity put you in a powerful spot.
6. “Tubthumping” By Chumbawamba
The British band Chumbawamba released ‘Tubthumping’ in ‘97. Tub-thumping is when you share your opinions in an aggressive or rude manner.
“I get knocked down, but I get up again
You are never gonna keep me down.”
The lyrics are very straightforward. It’s about getting up after people or situations have knocked you down to the ground.
7. “I Will Survive” By Gloria Gaynor
Gloria Gaynor is an American singer. ‘I Will Survive’ is her most famous song as of yet. Gloria has been active since ‘65.
“I’ve got all my life to live
And I’ve got all my love to give and I’ll survive.”
It’s a song about the feeling after heartbreak, crying, and aching. People often come out of relationships more confident and powerful, realizing their worth and knowing that they can, in fact, live without that person.
8. “Livin’ on a Prayer” By Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi is an American rock band that’s been active since ‘83. They’ve known a lot of success ever since. The song was released in ‘86.
“Take my hand, we’ll make it I swear
Woah, livin’ on a prayer.”
‘Livin’ On a Prayer’ is about a very strong relationship. They don’t have much money to live on, but they’re powerful enough to make it through the bad times. All they need is each other’s love and loyalty.
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9. “Power is Power” By SZA, The Weeknd & Travis Scott
‘Power is Power’ was released in 2019. The American rapper and singer-songwriter Travis Scott, Canadian singer-songwriter The Weeknd, and American singer-songwriter SZA collaborated for this Game of Thrones soundtrack.
“Nothing hurts me now
‘Cause power is power.”
The lyrics of the songs are fully aimed at the feelings portrayed in the American fantasy series.
10. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” By Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
Marvin Gaye was an American singer-songwriter in the soul and blues genres. ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ and ‘Sexual Healing’ are two of his most well-known songs. Tammi Terrell was also an American singer-songwriter.
“’Cause baby, there ain’t no mountain high enough
Ain’t no valley low enough, ain’t no river wide enough.”
The song is about a powerful love. So powerful that you’d climb mountains for it.
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11. “Can’t Hold Us Down” By Christina Aguilera & ‘Lil Kim
Christina Aguilera and ‘Lil Kim are both American artists known for their empowering songs for women.
“Call me a bitch ’cause I speak what’s on my mind
Guess it’s easier for you to swallow if I sat and smiled.”
‘Can’t Hold Us Down’ is about strong and confident women who cannot be held down by a relationship or by a man. They are their own person and have their own opinions. She sings about how manipulative some men can be and how they look down on women.
12. “Whatever It Takes” By Imagine Dragons
The American band Imagine Dragons is known for their empowering, motivating music. This song was released in 2017.
“Yeah, take me to the top I’m ready for
Whatever it takes
‘Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins.”
The song is seemingly about living in a dangerous world in which ambition is rarely successful because people will try to bring you down. But they will do whatever it takes to get there.
13. “Girl on Fire” By Alicia Keys
The American singer-songwriter Alicia Keys released ‘Girl On Fire’ in 2012. Alicia has been active as an artist since ‘96.
“She got both feet on the ground
And she’s burning it down.”
Keys sings about a girl that is powerful and confident. She’s passionate and a dreamer. The girl is unforgettable and leaves an impression on everyone.
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14. “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!” By Shania Twain
Shania Twain is a Canadian singer-songwriter who’s been active since ‘93 and has released several hit songs. ‘Man! I Feel Like a Woman!’ is one of her most famous songs, released in ‘97.
“Want to make some noise, really raise my voice
Yeah, I want to scream and shout.”
It’s a song about feeling powerful and confident as a woman. Allow yourself to be loud and proud without fear of what others might think.
15. “Power” By Hardwell & KSHMR
‘Power’ was released in 2017 by the Dutch DJ and producer Hardwell and the American music producer KSHMR, also known as Niles Hollowell-Dhar or Kashmir.
“I’ll give you every heart of a hundred souls
You can be the fire to kill the cold.”
A song seemingly about wanting to make someone stronger, more resilient, and more powerful.
16. “Boss B*tch” By Doja Cat
The American rapper and singer-songwriter released this song in 2020.
“First thing a girl did was a bop
I’m the whole damn cake and the cherry on top.”
The lyrics of this song are pretty straightforward. Doja sings about being powerful and taking up a lot of space wherever she goes. She’s confident in her mistakes and what could be considered “negative personality traits”, like her clumsiness.
17. “React” By The Pussycat Dolls
The Pussycat Dolls made a comeback in 2019 after everyone quit the group one by one around 2010 to pursue solo careers as singers. ‘React’ was their comeback single. The group separated again in 2022.
“Why don’t you mess me ’round like you’re supposed to?
You’re turning me cruel ’cause I’m just wanting you to react.”
The group sings about being in a relationship with someone who is too soft and kind toward them. They want some power and passion in the relationship.
18. “Bad Blood” By Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar
American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift released this hit song with American rapper-songwriter Kendrick Lamar in 2014.
“So take a look what you’ve done
‘Cause baby, now we got bad blood.”
The song is about someone breaking your trust and leaving you with a feeling of betrayal. The other person tries to apologize, but they know it’s not sincere. The reaction to this betrayal is powerful disdain for that person.
19. “The Power Of Love” By Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Frankie Goes to Hollywood is a British band that was active from ‘82 to 2007. They released ‘The Power of Love’ in ‘84, and it is one of their most popular songs p to this day.
“The power of love
A force from above.”
The title is quite self-explanatory. The band sings about how powerful love can be.
20. “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” By Kelly Clarkson
American singer-songwriter Kelly Clarkson released the song ‘stronger’ in 2011. The singer has been active since 2002 and still is.
“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller.”
This song is about coming out of a relationship with a narcissist or someone with narcissistic tendencies. She came out of it stronger, and more powerful than ever because she learned from that relationship.
21. “Me, Myself & I” By Bebe Rexha & G-Eazy
American rapper and singer-songwriter G-Easy, aka Gerald Earl Gillum, and American singer-songwriter Bebe Rexha released ‘Me, Myself & I’ in 2016.
“Oh I don’t need a hand to hold
Even when the night is cold
I got that fire in my soul.”
The song discusses only needing yourself. It doesn’t necessarily mean they want to be alone at all times, but they can simply feel strong, powerful, and confident taking on life by themselves to achieve success.
22. “The Winner Takes It All” By ABBA
ABBA is a Swedish group that released its last album in 2021. ‘The Winner Takes It All’ is one of the older songs, which was very popular at the time of its release in 1980 and is still popular to this day.
“The winner takes it all
The loser’s standing small.”
The group sings about one person having the power to break a relationship, leaving the other person broken.
23. “I Don’t Need A Man” By The Pussycat Dolls
The Pussycat Dolls released this song in 2005, and has been one of their most popular songs ever since.
“I don’t need a man to make it happen
I get off being free.”
Another Pussycat Dolls song on this list. The group released many songs about being confident and powerful women who don’t need anybody to live their lives comfortably. This song has a more sexual connotation.
24. “Your Power” By Billie Eilish
Billie Eilish is an American singer-songwriter who’s been active since 2015. She released the song in 2021.
“You might not wanna lose your power
But having it’s so strange.”
The song is about power dynamics in relationships, where older men hold too much power over young women. They like being in control, and it results in a toxic, abusive bond.
25. “Black Widow” By Iggy Azalea & Rita Ora
The American rapper-songwriter Iggy Azalea, aka Amethyst Amelia Kelly, and British singer-songwriter Rita Ora released the song ‘Black Widow’ in 2014.
“You should’ve known better
Than to mess with me harder.”
The song is about an insecure and chaotic relationship in which the guy often seems to want to let go. The women are frustrated and, as some sort of revenge, plan to shower them with intense, crazy love. Enough to break him and scare him away like a poisonous spider.
26. “Power Over Me” By Dermot Kennedy
Dermot Kennedy is an Irish singer-songwriter. He released ‘Power Over Me’ in 2019.
“Everything I hold dear resides in those eyes
You got that power over me.”
Dermot sings about being infatuated with someone. He’s head over heels in love with someone, so much so that they have the power to overtake every thought on his mind completely.
27. “New Rules” By Dua Lipa
The British singer-songwriter Dua Lipa released ‘New Rules’ in 2017.
“I got new rules, I count ’em
I gotta tell them to myself.”
Dua sings about regaining control over your life after losing yourself in a relationship with someone. The other person doesn’t love you as you love them, so they only play games. The music video portrays this very well.
28. “Eye of the Tiger” By Survivor
‘Eye of the Tiger’ was released in 1982 by the American rock band, active from 1978 to 2017. Two of their songs were used in the American Rocky movies, one of which was this song.
“Went the distance, now I’m back on my feet
Just a man and his will to survive.”
It is a fantastic workout song to get your heart rate up and feel powerful and confident, almost as if you come right out of an action movie.
29. “#thatPOWER” By will.i.am & Justin Bieber
‘#ThatPOWER’ was released by The Black Eyed Peas member will.i.am, aka William James Adams Jr., and the Canadian singer-songwriter Justin Bieber in 2013.
“And I’m loving every second
Minute, hour, bigger, better, stronger, power.”
The song doesn’t have any deep lyrics. It’s about fame and the power that comes with it.
30. “We Are the Champions” By Queen
Queen is a British rock band who’ve been active since 1970. Their front singer Freddy Mercury passed away in ‘91, and he was later replaced by the American singer-songwriter Adam Lambert.
“We are the champions, my friends
And we’ll keep on fighting till the end.”
Freddy sang about going on and staying strong after being criticized and experiencing some challenges with the help of their fans.
Hopefully, you found some songs on this list that you enjoy. They might offer you motivation or inspire you in some way.
Some of these are fantastic workout songs, so you should probably add them to your fitness playlist.
Others are a bit deeper and have intense lyrics that can bring you to tears if they hit close to home.