I'm Every Woman: 25 Women Empowerment Songs

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  • Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim
  • Destiny's Child
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Beyonce
  • Christina Aguilera
  • Queen Latifah
  • Salt-N-Pepa
  • Alicia Keys
  • Mary J. Blige
  • Tina Turner
  • Janelle Monae, Erykah Badu
  • India Arie
  • Bob Marley
  • Karyn White
  • TLC
  • Tupac
  • Nicki Minaj, Rihanna
  • Diana Ross
  • Des'ree
  • Janet Jackson
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  • Chaka Khan
  • Gloria Gaynor
  • Alicia Keys
  • Nina Simone
  • Alicia Keys

"Respect," Aretha Franklin 

Known to be one of the best songs to hit the R&B genre, Aretha Franklin's rendition of “Respect” proves to be timeless. Originally sung by Otis Redding from the point of view of a desperate man yearning for respect, Franklin's version responded with a message to empower women. The song earned her two Grammy Awards, and was later inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. It has been featured in countless films, and dominates in the world of karaoke.

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