Ten Songs That Make Me Feel Awesome

Sometimes a lady needs to dance around like a fool, possibly in her underpants and almost definitely while singing into any vaguely microphone-shaped object she can find.

So here are mine, in no particular order (basically in the order I thought of them). And yes, most of them will totally destroy my punk cred. That doesn’t matter during an underpants dance party. Enjoy.

“212” – Azealia Banks ft. Lazy Jay

I’m way behind in listening to her, everything about this song is wonderful.

“Ch-Check It Out” – Beastie Boys

I think it’s the music they sample that makes this song so fun, even though I still get a little bit sad when I hear the Beasties. RIP MCA.

“Fighter” – Christina Aguilera

I don’t know why the video has her dancing in one of those glass boxes that blows money and stuff for you to grab, but this song makes me feel like I can tackle anything.

“U + Ur Hand” – Pink

“I’m not here for your entertainment/you don’t really want to mess with me tonight/just stop and take a second/I was fine before you walked into my life/cuz you know it’s over/before it began/keep your drink just give me the money/it’s just you and your hand tonight.”

I don’t think I need to say any more than that.

“Alien She” – Bikini Kill

I could get into an analysis of the lyrics here, but it’s really just a fun feminist song to jump up and down and shout along to.

“California Love” – Tupac

I was too alternative and punk rawk to listen to Tupac back when I was in high school, so I’m a little behind, but I love dancing around to this song now.

“No Mercy” – Leftover Crack

Sometimes a lady needs to scream and air drum.

“Run the World (Girls)” – Beyonce

I mean, it’s pretty much just Beyonce who runs the world, but if she wants to bring the rest of us girls with her, I’m game.

“Shut The Fuck Up” – The Coathangers

If you can’t shout that at the world, at least blast this and let your cat watch you shout at the microwave.

“Comeback Kid” – Sleigh Bells

This video is about half slow-motion bed jumping and half me coveting that spiked motorcycle jacket.

By [E] Liza

PhD student. Knitter. Brooklynite. Long-distance dog mom. Reluctant cat lady. Majestic unicorn whose hair changes color with the wind.

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