Today is International Women’s Day. That means you’ll be seeing a lot of Facebook appreciation posts, hashtags and social media posturing. But it also means you should take the time to tell your ladies that you love them. Or, if you’re like me, and either hate all of your friends, or don’t have any—you can listen to our top 10 favorite girl gang anthems. From The Slits, to the Spice Girls, we’ve put together the 10 best tracks to help you celebrate your day.
Listen to BULLETT’s ode to girl gangs, below.
1. “Punk Girl” by Thee Headcoatees
Thee Headcoatees are like the ultimate girl gang. An all-female garage group from England, the band has countless feminist hits, from the Beatles satire, “Don’t Wanna Hold Your Hand” to the sex-posi anthem of tomorrow, “Come Into My Mouth.” “Punk Girl” from the 1997 album of the same name, shows the “Sisters of Suave” shouting all the perks of being a punk.
2. “Hate To Say I Told You So” by The Shangri-Las
One of the original girl gangs, The Shangri-Las were revolutionary when they started singing songs about broken hearts and strong women. Their first release in 1964 held a criminally underrated B-side called “Hate To Say I Told You So.” An epic tale about a woman getting serious revenge on her asshole of an ex, the track is perfect for any break-up or bad mood.
3. “Girl Germs” by Bratmobile
Named after Bratmobile singer and drummer, Allison Wolfe and Molly Neuman’s original Riot Grrrl zine, “Girl Germs” is a serious girl power ballad. Released in 1991, the song is a classic mix of Bratmobile’s trademark innocence and angst, as the singer turns from sadness about her exclusion from the “all-boy clubhouse,” to joy, when she starts her own all-girl group.
4. “Typical Girls” by The Slits
The Slits are pretty much punk rock royalty. Their 1979 new wave banger, “Typical Girls,” satirizes female stereotypes and throws up a giant middle finger to the man.
5. “Miss World” by Hole
Though technically not an all-girl group, Hole had to make this list. “Miss World,” off the band’s 1994 seminal album, Live Through This, is a cutting social commentary on the female experience, and Courtney Love is the original queen of DGAF.
6. “Twist Barbie” by Shonen Knife
Shonen Knife are best known as the favorite band of grunge god (and husband to #5), Kurt Cobain. But the Japanese pop-punkers were radical feminists who destroyed convention and rebelled against the polite culture of Japanese women. Their 1983 hit, “Twist Barbie,” from their debut album, Burning Farm, is a scathing critique of beauty standards and female oppression.
7. “Don’t Judge Me” by Girls With Attitude
Okay—the song title also applies to me on this one. Girls With Attitude is a super mysterious, probably fake, all-girl band, who were recorded by their undoubtedly kooky music teacher at a Montreal summer camp in 2000. There’s literally no information on the group anywhere, and their sole album is super hard to find. Luckily, some Good Samaritan uploaded the 5 track 7″ to YouTube recently, and here we are. “Don’t Judge Me” is a masterpiece—part Ariel Pink, part Pee Wee Herman, the track is a hypnotizing (and seriously creepy) ode to female friendship.
8. “DC-10” by LiLiPUT
Known as Kleenex until a fight with the actual tissue company, LiLiPUT was an all-girl post-punk band from Zurich in the early ’80s. Released on the Kleenex/LiLiPUT compilation album in 1993, “DC-10” is a catchy, unapologetic new wave classic, equal parts angry and sweet.
8. “Shitlist” by L7
’90s girl punks, L7 are the bad bitches of rock ‘n’ roll. Besides the fact lead singer Jennifer Finch once thew a used tampon into the audience, their 1992 track, “Shitlist,” is an irresistible feminist revenge fantasy for when you’re feeling pissed.
9. “Wannabe” by Spice Girls
Of course, we can’t have a girl gang playlist without including the Spice Girls. Their rise to pop superstardom in the late ’90s/early aughts, brought girl power to every Easy Bake Oven-loving tween everywhere. Their 1996 mega-hit, “Wannabe” not only introduced the band to the world (thank God), but also made the case for ending girl-on-girl hate by practically inventing the phrase “chicks before dicks.”
10. “Rebel Girl” by Bikini Kill
Last but not least, Bikini Kill—much like the Spice Girls, it’s impossible to make any sort of feminist-centric playlist without including the mother of the third wave, Kathleen Hanna. “Rebel Girl” is not my favorite Bikini Kill song—actually, it’s kind of annoying. But the 1993 Riot Grrrl anthem is the quintessential ode to sisterhood.
Honorable Mention: “What’s Up?” by 4 Non Blondes
Since it is International Women’s Day, and I don’t want to exclude anyone—not even ’90s divorcees—I included my favorite guilty pleasure, 4 Non Blondes’ “What’s Up?.” The 1992 chart-topper will forever be associated with my parent’s divorce, when I used to watch my mom scream (from the top of her lungs, natch) every word in the car on the way to school.
Whether or not your marriage is over, or you were never married to begin with, you should try it. It’s cathartic—depressing, but cathartic.
Happy International Women’s Day!