35 Songs by Black Women That Will Have You Feeling Good as Hell

Black women have long been the queens of the music industry, breaking boundaries and belting their way to the top of the charts. They use music to pull people in, rev people up, and call people out. From Nina Simone to Beyoncé, black women have been trailblazers across many genres and generations.

This month, we honor the women who gave us a voice and kept us on the beat with a playlist that highlights black women who are currently killing the music game. These songs are as diverse as black women themselves, so be ready to get both on your feet and in your head with these amazing tracks. Read on to see our picks, then scroll to the bottom for a Spotify playlist.

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"Brown Skin Girl" by Beyoncé, Saint Jhn, and Wizkid feat. Blue Ivy Carter

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"Melanin" by Ciara feat. Lupita Nyong'o, Ester Dean, City Girls, and La La

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"Altitude" by Tiana Major9

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"Hot Girl Summer" by Megan Thee Stallion feat. Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign

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"Hatin" by Rico Nasty and Kenny Beats

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"Throw It Back" by Missy Elliott

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"Blk Girl Soldier" by Jamila Woods

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"Wonder Woman" by LION BABE

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"Good as Hell" by Lizzo

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"Kelly" by Kelly Rowland

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"Divine" by Ayoni

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"Motivation" by Normani

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"Set" by Ciara feat. The Lab

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"Diva (Homecoming Live)" by Beyoncé

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"ICY GRL - Bae Mix" by Saweetie feat. Kehlani

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"Fool to Love" by NAO

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"Django Jane" by Janelle Monáe

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"Lost Souls" by H.E.R. feat. DJ Scratch

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"I Owe You Nothing" by Seinabo Sey

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"Black Girl Magik" by Sampa The Great feat. Nicole Gumbe

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"Blaxploitation" by Noname

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"Whipped Cream" by Ari Lennox

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"Way Back" by Amber Mark

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"Nont For Sale" by Sudan Archives

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"Slay" by Kirby

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"Black Truck" by Mereba

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"La La La La" by Ari Lennox

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"Blue Lights" by Jorja Smith

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"Don't Touch My Hair" by Solange feat. Sampha

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"Black Woman" by Danielle Brooks

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"Due West" by Kelsey Lu