these 5 songs prove pink isn’t just for girls

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Pink’s musical debut in 1999 was kismet timing for all the current millennial girls growing up in a time of rapid technological advancement, the increase in awareness of feminism, and the subsequent breakdown of “œrape”culture. All the while, Pink’s musical evolution has charted this process in ways that most mainstream popular culture has ignored. While the war over gender roles rages on, long-standing pop-hip-hop-punk queen Pink continues to show us that she is a force to be reckoned with.

5 Are We All We Are

Off of Pink’s newest release, Are We All We Are is weird but good to be sure. While it doesn’t showcase her vocal talents as well as the previous songs, it shows Pink’s versatility and ability to move from her classic early sound into 2013 with a bang. Again, it features Pink’s characteristic themes: be true to yourself, be powerful, and be honest. It’s danceable and fun to sing along to. In this song she is still unabashedly herself, refusing to censor the profanities for the video. If anything, this song proves that Pink has retained her sense of self over the past decade, and we are still intrigued by her talent.

4 There You Go

A quintessential Y2K pop-hip-hop hit, There You Go was actually unique in a few ways. First, Pink’s look was definitely inimitable for the time. Her shock of bright pink hair, tongue ring, and overt bad-ass style were all instantly recognizable and loveable. The song itself is empowering, and doesn’t fall into the typical group of post-break-up songs. Instead of singing about keying his car, Pink’s message is to show up her ex-man by moving on, and being strong; a message all young girls could use.

3 Just Like a Pill

Showing her darker, almost gothic, side, Pink’s voice is a true force. Her lyricism, while slightly simple, and typical of this sort of pop genre, is still honest. The slower, somber beat of the music highlights the underlying melancholy of the song. Even in her sadness, Pink’s voice never turns into whining or pleading. It always remains strong, powerful, and distinctly uniquely her own. Just Like a Pill is unique because even while it’s about love lost, it isn’t pitiful.

2 Stupid Girls

Pink’s message in Stupid Girls is rather obvious: “œWhat happened to the dream of a girl president? She’s dancing in a video next to 50 cent.”Stupid Girls is a harbinger of liberal feminist ideology wrapped in accessible, and interesting, pop music. Stupid Girls is also exceptionally catchy and her unique voice is at full power. “œGirls with ambition, that’s what I wanna see”she belts out, and you can’t help but have a visceral reaction to it, quite a feat for an artist lumped into the pop category. The message in Stupid Girls is one of positivity””that girls shouldn’t be driven to shove a toothbrush down their throats (or wear a certain thing, behave a certain way) in order to fit in.

1 Dear Mr. President

Proving that Pink is more than just a pop act, Pink’s 2006’s Dear Mr. President is a blunt, beautiful, and touching song. In an open letter to former President Bush, Pink’s voice is angelically beautiful, yet powerful, and the lyrics are just frank enough. Clearly, Pink is a deeper thinker than most of us would give her credit for. Dear Mr. President shows her vocal range, her intelligence, and her talent as a lyricist. Pink touches on so many hot button issues in this song without it feeling like she’s standing on a soapbox. Her honesty drives this song, and brings listeners nearly to tears.

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