In honor of Women’s History Month this month, legendary performer Shania Twain created a playlist of her fiercest female-empowering tunes.
In a tweet, she wrote, “I am always grateful for the fact that my fans embraced the spirit of my music and the confident voice of a woman, it is something to celebrate! For Women’s History Month I’ve put together 6 of my songs that kick a little ass, listen now … ”
Shania Twain is known for her empowering, feminist, and overall fun and sassy lyrics. Those who grew up with Twain on the radio consider her a largely influential female of the ’90s. Twain was fierce and independent in her lyricism that paved the way for a number of future female artists.
She still is largely influential in many ways. Twain released the diamond edition of her album “The Woman In Me” recently. Her album, “Come on Over” is actually the biggest-selling album by a female ever. Evidently, the only other artist close now is Taylor Swift.
The playlist she put together consists of six songs. They are “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!” “Any Man Of Mine,” “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” “If You Wanna Touch Her, Ask!” “(If You’re Not In It For Love) I’m Outta Here!” and “She’s Not Just A Pretty Face-Red Version.”
Shania Twain as a Female Icon
When Twain was releasing country music, there was a decent amount of female artists. There was Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood, Faith Hill, The Chicks, LeAnn Rimes. Even amongst these artists, Twain had a level of ferocity and newness completely unique to the genre.
However, country music goes through stages of progression followed by regression. Twain believes that there are fewer women on the radio now.
“You’re not really allowed to be too pretty or too sexy or too anything, expressively, as a woman. I think that’s a very sexist point of view,” Shania Twain said to Stylist.
Twain is an early example of the strength of “girl power” in the music industry. Her music was highly influential and continues to be a go-to for many generations of people.
“She created a brand that was sexy but never compromising, powerful but still feminine, and vulnerable but never weak. Now, she’s still proud of all those sides of her and even more multidimensional and honest than she was in the Nineties. Hearing Shania’s raw unfiltered attitude in her songs as a young girl made me more confident to show those sides of myself in my own music as an artist 15 years later,” musician Kalie Shorr said to Rolling Stone.
Although Shania Twain only has six songs on her Women’s History Month playlist, there are countless Twain tunes that are a go-to anthem to celebrate female empowerment this month.