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15 Female Empowerment Anthems Actually Written By Men

Surprise! Your favorite songs by Aretha Franklin, Britney Spears and Beyoncé were all thanks to dudes

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Britney Spears, “Stronger”

Writers: Max Martin and Rami

The Swedish masterminds behind a lot of Britney Spears' hits were back at it again with the singer's New Millennium anthem "Stronger."

Most feminist lyric penned by a guy: "I've had enough / I'm not your property as from today, baby"

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Aretha Franklin, "Respect”

Writer: Otis Redding

Aretha Franklin's signature song was actually penned by another iconic artist, Otis Redding a.k.a The King of Soul.

Most feminist lyric penned by a guy: "Ooo, your kisses / Sweeter than honey / And guess what? / So is my money"

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Lesley Gore, “You Don’t Own Me”

Writers: John Madara and David White

The emancipation-themed track was recorded by Lesley when she was 17 years old.

Most feminist lyric penned by a guy: "And please, when I go out with you / Don't put me on display 'cause / You don't own me"

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Blu Cantrell, “Hit Em Up Style (Oops!)”

Writer: Dallas Austin

We have Dallas Austin (who also worked frequently with TLC) for this independent anthem for the ladies.

Most feminist lyric penned by a guy: "Get your hands on his cash and spend it to the last dime for all the hard times"

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Diana Ross, “I’m Coming Out”

Writers: Chic members Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers

The second single from Diana Ross' 1980 self-titled tenth LP peaked at No 5. on the Billboard Hot 100.

Most feminist lyric penned by a guy: "There's so much more to me / Somehow, I have to make them just understand"

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Beyoncé, “Formation”

Writers: Khalif "Swae Lee" Brown, Jordan Frost, Asheton Hogan, Mike Will Made-It, Beyoncé

Sure Beyoncé has a writing credit on this Lemonade banger (her name appears last), but we now know Rae Sremmurd's Swae Lee is the guy behind the song's entire concept.

Most feminist lyric presumably penned by a guy: "You know you that bitch when you cause all this conversation / Always stay gracious, best revenge is your paper."

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Ariana Grande, “Dangerous Woman”

Writers: Johan Carlsson, Ross Golan and Max Martin

Three guys are behind Ariana Grande's sexiest and most freeing song to date. Ironic, right?

Most feminist lyric penned by a guy: "Don't need permission / Made my decision to test my limits / 'Cause it's my business, God as my witness"

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Kelly Clarkson, “Since U Been Gone”

Wrtiers: Max Martin and Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald

One of Kelly Clarkson's biggest smashes, which went on to be certified Platinum, was crafted by the Swedish pair.

Most feminist lyric penned by a guy: "But since you been gone / I can breathe for the first time / I'm so moving on, yeah, yeah"

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Rihanna, “Take A Bow”

Writers: Mikkel S. Eriksen and Tor Erik Hermansen (a.k.a. Stargate), and Ne-Yo

The single is one of Rihanna's most successful, and it peaked at No. 1 and is certified 4x Platinum. Not too shabby for a track she didn't write!

Most feminist lyric penned by a guy: "You're so ugly when you cry / Please, just cut it out"

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Nina Simone, “Feeling Good”

Writers: Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse.

The British artists originally penned the tune for the 1964 musical The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd. Simone covered it the following year for her I Put a Spell on You album.

Most feminist lyric penned by a guy: "Yeah, freedom is mine, and I know how I feel"

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Karyn White, “Superwoman”

Writers: L.A. Reid, Babyface and Daryl Simmons

Karyn has this legendary trio to thank for "Superwoman" peaking at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Most feminist lyric penned by a guy: "I'm not your superwoman / I'm not the kind of girl that you can let down and think that everything's okay"

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Keri Hilson, “Pretty Girl Rock”

Writers: Bill Withers, Ralph MacDonald, William Salter, Ne-Yo and Charles Harmon

Just imagine all these men sitting around and coming up with "don't hate me 'cause I'm beautiful."

Most feminist lyric penned by a guy: "All eyes on me when I walk in / No question that this girl's a 10 / Don't hate me 'cause I'm beautiful"

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Gloria Gaynor, “I Will Survive”

Writers: Freddie Perren and Dino Fekaris

This 1978 disco jam and karaoke favorite was penned by Freddie Perren and Dino Fekaris. It soon became a glittery anthem for both women and the LGBTQ community.

Most feminist lyric penned by a guy: "Did you think I'd crumble? Did you think I'd lay down and die? / Oh no, not I"

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Cyndi Lauper, "Girls Just Want to Have Fun"

Writer: Robert Hazard

Can you believe this iconic 1989 dance-pop single is actually a cover written by Robert Hazard a few years prior? I'm still in shock.

Most feminist lyric penned by a guy: "Some boys take a beautiful girl / And hide her away from the rest of the world / I wanna be the one to walk in the sun"

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Whitney Houston, "It's Not Right but It's Okay"

Writers: LaShawn Daniels, Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, Isaac Phillips, Toni Estes.

Whitney Houston didn't pen a lot of her own songs, but that didn't stop her from completely mastering them with her otherworldly vocals.

Most feminist lyric penned by a guy: "Close the door behind you / Leave your key / I'd rather be alone than unhappy"

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