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For the Girls – Issue 16

I’m tired of people saying pop music is shit just because the patriarchy has taught us to discredit everything young women are into. Pop music is fun, smart and socially relevant and called popular for a goddamn reason. Here are 12 bubblegum pop bangers from undeniably cool female artists all over the world.

  1. Levitating – Dua Lipa
    The more I listen to Dua Lipa’s album the more it slaps. This one brings the boogie.
  2. High Horse – Kacey Musgraves
    She didn’t get the most coveted Grammy for Album of the Year with a country record for nothing. Kacey is a cool, progressive stoner cowgirl with smart lyricism, disco Dolly Parton vibes and unparalleled musicianship.
  3. Gimmie Love – Carly Rae Jepsen
    This playlist is actually just my thesis on Carly Rae Jepsen and how I’m sick of people saying ‘wasn’t she that Call Me Maybe one hit wonder?’ Let me tell you, she has ALBUMS full of hits.
  4. Such A Boy – Astrid S
    Astrid S is the queen of that Scandinavian smart, modern electronic sound. Impossible not to dance and scream the lyrics “You say you need more space, what are you AN ASTRONAUT?” sick burn.
  5. Juice – Lizzo
    I couldn’t possibly make a women of pop playlist without a Lizzo song. She is the woman of pop right now. Juice is the self-love anthem of every summer.
  6. Fever – Carly Rae Jepsen
    Carly Rae again. Her music speaks for itself. She’s also Canadian.
  7. Glad He’s Gone – Tove Lo
    This is the song you play for your best mate who finally dumped their shit ex you always hated while you’re pre drinking on a Sat so they won’t get all sad and leave early. But in a fun way. Tove Lo’s lyrics are always so real, wrapped in a flawless Swedish pop sound.
  8. Kissing Other People – Lennon Stella
    Lennon Stella had a viral Youtube singing video with her sister when she was a kid. Now she writes mature, soulful pop music now that is cool enough to play when you have the AUX and fun enough to sing in the car.
  9. Blame it on Your Love – Charli XCX ft Lizzo
    Charli and Lizzo is a combination that will never be bad.
    Wait a Minute! – WILLOW
    You probably recognise this as a Tik Tok song but it’s so much more than that. She was 15 when she released this album. Also her dad is Will Smith and that’s pretty fun.
  10. Cool – Dua Lipa
    What can I say? Dua’s hot and smart, her music’s hot & smart, done deal.
  11. Now That I Found You – Carly Rae Jepsen
    Your life will be greatly improved now that you’ve found Carly Rae I promise.