March 8 is International Women’s Day, a global event to celebrate the strides women have made in the world. K-Pop has always supported female empowerment, especially from girl groups and female soloists themselves.
Check out some of the best songs that show everyday is International Women’s Day in K-Pop!
1. LOONA – Butterfly
LOONA‘s first ever comeback, “Butterfly” was a more grown up version of their cutesy debut “Hi High”. The description of the video summarizes its message perfectly:
LOOΠΔ causes a Butterfly effect through music for the listeners to gain courage, find oneself, and raise one’s voice.
The girls sing about how every action has a butterfly effect, and it all starts with believing in one’s self, flaws and all. They show how women should not be afraid to be vulnerable as it is all part of the process of self-love.
2. miss A – I Don’t Need A Man
miss A‘s title track “I Don’t Need A Man” was revolutionary the moment in came out. The music video alone was memorable for calling out stereotypical scenarios involving women. The chorus also made “I Don’t Need A Man” stand out from every other comeback, with lyrics like:
I can live alone by myself, without a man…I don’t sell myself to anyone. I don’t need a man.
– miss A
3. MAMAMOO – Hip
The most recent comeback on this list, MAMAMOO‘s “Hip” shows all the best things about being a woman in 2020. The members talk about being hip from head to toe, totally confident in themselves no matter what others think. No matter if the topic is their unconventional fashion or any controversy they’ve encountered, the MAMAMOO members “have a strong mentality”.
4. ITZY – Dalla Dalla
ITZY made a strong debut with “Dalla Dalla”, proving straight out that they’re different from the rest. They shared the message of “don’t measure me by your standards”. ITZY explained how women don’t have to be mature to be respected, and they should be allowed to love themselves the way they are.
I’m sorry sorry, I don’t want to be mature, nope…I love myself. I’m different from you.
5. 2NE1 – I Am The Best
A total banger from start to finish, 2NE1‘s “I Am The Best” exemplifies the confidence all women deserve to feel. The members sing about how “killer” their outfits, bodies, and looks are everyday. It’s been nine years since the song was released but it’s still raising confidence every day.
Whoever looks at me can see I’m fabulous. This body is second to no one…I refuse to be compared…I’m billion dollar baby.
6. BoA – Woman
The female soloist of K-Pop, BoA paved the way for girls in the industry since her debut at 13 years old. Her 2018 song “Woman” showed how mature she is in her artistry and message. The killing line “It feels good to be a woman” perfectly exemplifies the empowerment BoA wants all girls to feel.
Now I know, what I really need (I’ve got it). I have the best inner beauty. Feels good to be a woman.
7. CL – The Baddest Female
Finally, CL‘s “The Baddest Female” is strong right from its title. CL raps about how she’s a queen bee that not just anyone can handle. One of her stanzas “to all the bad girls around the world” will go down as one of the most iconic in K-Pop.
This is for all my bad girls around the world. Not bad meaning bad, but bad meaning good, you know? Let’s light it up and let it burn like we don’t care. et ‘em know how it feels damn good to be bad