13 Beats of the Week: 13 Years, 13 Powerful Women

Tessa Ruff

1. “We Belong Together” by Mariah Carey

2005 was a good year for women on the Billboard Hot 100, taking three of the four top spots. Topping it all was Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Together.”    

2. “Hips Don’t Lie” by Shakira

Simply a classic. Take note, boys. Hips do not lie.

3. “Irreplaceable” by Beyoncé

No surprise here. “Irreplaceable” puts the Queen herself,

Beyoncé, onto our list of the powerful female artists from the last 13 years.  

4. “Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis

A grade school favorite of mine, Leona Lewis’ “Bleeding Love” came in at number two overall on the Billboard Hot 100 of 2008. One of the best songs to sing along to, “Bleeding Love,” is one that never gets old.

5. “Just Dance” by Lady Gaga

On top in 2009 and still on top to this day, Lady Gaga was put on the map with, “Just Dance,” starting the career that led to the

incredible performance at this year’s Super Bowl halftime show.

6. “Tik Tok” by Kesha

This is for those of us who “wake up in the morning feeling like P. Diddy.”

7. “Rolling in The Deep” by Adele

In case you did not already know, Adele is pretty famous. Whenever she releases a new song or album, there’s no doubt that it will do well. Not only was “Rolling in the Deep” the number one song of 2011, but the album 21 was the best performing album of the year as well.

8. “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen

Ok, so this may be one of the more controversial songs on this list, but also one of the most recognizable. I don’t think anyone who lived in America in 2012 hasn’t heard this one.

9. “Just Give Me a Reason” by Pink ft. Nate Ruess

When I think of famous Pink songs, this isn’t the first that comes to mind. But there is no denying that it did well, and came in at number seven in 2013 – the top spot by a woman that year.


10. “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry ft. Juicy J

Katy Perry, after classics such as “Hot n Cold,” “I Kissed a Girl” and “Firework,” finally makes this list with “Dark Horse” in 2014.

11. “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift

It was only a matter of time before Taylor Swift made the list. After many years and endless famous songs, “Blank Space” was the highest charting song by a woman in 2015.

12. “Work” by Rihanna ft. Drake

Nine years after getting the number two spot for “Umbrella” in 2007, Rihanna makes a debut on our list for the top–performing songs by women for her song “Work.”

13. “Side to Side” by Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj

The current highest charting song by women, “Side to Side,”

performed by the power duo of Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, is good for every situation.