• Janae Hyman

Girls Anthems Written by Men



Every age of music has had a small group of women discreetly leading the charge, evoking force and delicacy in a domain that males have traditionally controlled.


Then there is the notion that men are insensitive to the feelings of women and have no clue how to communicate with females or appreciate what it means to exist in a highly patriarchal society.

Well, it seems the songwriter for several hit songs considered women anthems would want to differ from those declarations. Far from being out of touch with the female perspective, many of the biggest women anthems are written by men.

So here are a few female-led melodies written by men.

Girlie Girlie - Sophia George, Songwriter Sangie Davis

This song was a big girl's anthem for reggae in the 1980s, and made Sophia and breakout star. the song was written by producer Sangie Davis. He got the inspiration to write the song after his wife accused him of being too 'girlie girlie,' a common expression at the time.


Respect - Aretha Franklin, Songwriter Otis Redding

Otis Redding wrote and recorded the song; however, it took on a whole new meaning when Aretha Franklin sang it out. Although the words have been slightly adjusted, Aretha's claim is what makes it resonate with women.


Single Ladies - Beyoncé, Songwriters Terius Nash, Thaddius Harrell, and Christopher Stewart

The concept was created by 'The Dream' and was inspired by Jay-Z and Beyonce's relationship. He's been married three times. He has some experience with placing a ring on it.


I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor, Songwriters Freddie Perren and Dino Fekaris'

This song is one of the biggest women anthems, thanks to the amazing vocals from Gloria Gaynor.



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