“You Better Work, Bitch”: my up-beat, mood-boosting, feminist playlist

Alright, so I never found a break-up song. Instead, I found “fuck yeah, things are going to be okay” songs. I call it the “You Better Work, Bitch” playlist, and it’s been awesome.

I feel like this walking down the street, only I’m sweaty as fuck and don’t look nearly as fashionable.


When I’m in Maui I go on these four mile walks. So I blast this playlist and feel like a bad ass bitch, like South Kihei Road is my fucking run way, and I’m model-stomping my way past everyone and all my problems. Or, if it’s a particularly awesome tune, I pretend I’m doing that slow motion walk thing in a super hero movie.

This is my collection of songs about women being strong, songs about being happy, songs about being sexy, and some Justin Timberlake, of course. If you need a little bad-ass bitch boost, add these songs to your ipod right now:

Okay, fellow bad ass bitches, what other songs am I missing? They have to be good for working out, and/or strutting down the road like you own the damn place.

11 thoughts on ““You Better Work, Bitch”: my up-beat, mood-boosting, feminist playlist

  1. kirsten

    Nothing gives me the surging belief that I have the supreme super power to mow down K Street lawyers/lobbyists during the lunch rush than listening to anything by Sisters of Mercy or Peter Murphy. Nothing. Oh, it also helps that I may or may not yell “fuck out my way” while I do it.

    1. meganfinley Post author

      Oh shit, how did I forget “bow down, bitches”!? I just added that to the playlist.

      Also, everything is going MUCH better right now. Thank you!

  2. Lisa

    What a great topic! I would add:

    i – Kendrick Lamar
    The Man – Aloe Blacc
    Queen – Janelle Monae

    (I’m a longtime offbeat reader that is a more silent member of your online community. I hope I’m not invading your privacy. You have so many people supporting you!)

    1. meganfinley Post author

      Aw! HI LISA!!! Are you kidding? I’m stoked to hear from secret supporters. 😉 Thank you.

  3. KDMay

    Lately, for the “pump up the awesome” purposes, I have been digging the following:

    Bounce– Iggy Azalea
    Fireball – Pitbull
    Sports song – weird al (because how can you not love a chorus that goes “we’re greaaaaaat, and yooouuu suuuuuckkkk” right?
    And some old school Will Smith – Getting Jiggy With It

    And if you can find the Legally Blonde 2 soundtrack, the song ‘Can’t Get Me Down” by Lo-Ball (Pauley Perrette’s now defunct band) is a pretty good That Guy can Fuck Right Off song.

    I could also recommend a bunch of metal, but it probably does not exactly fit this playlist. 🙂

    (Ps cute shorts!)

  4. soundtek

    You gotta have “Portions for Foxes” by Rilo Kiley on there… you gotta

    But I love “The Fighter” by Gym Class Heroes and Ryan Tedder…. and Cant Stop by Miley Cyrus… those two are my go-to’s when I need to know that my life feels like shit, but really its pretty good and no one’s gonna tell me what to do! (fist pump)

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