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body positive playlist for plus size women

If you’ve been reading Travel Fearlessly for a while you’ll know that music playlists are an obsession for me.  I have playlists for pretty much every trip and occasion.  It’s kinda my thing.  So when I was planning my trek to Everest Base Camp I wanted to create an uplifting, body positive playlist for my curvy self.  Whenever the going got tough on the trail I would turn on my bluetooth speaker and distract myself with some upbeat music.  You have no idea how helpful that can be for me!

Since getting back from Nepal I’ve added on to my playlist, perfecting it for next year’s trip to Kilimanjaro with the Curvy Kili Crew.  I’m going to combine it with my current Kilimanjaro playlist so there will be about 100 songs, plenty of music for the 7-day trek.  So without further ado here’s my list of 45 amazing body positive songs for plus size ladies!

Good to Know: Those songs marked with an (E) have explicit lyrics

1. “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor (E)

Meghan Trainor is one of the queens of body positivity and I love her unique doo-wop singing style.  “All About That Bass” was one of her first big hits.

 

2. “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-a-Lot

Who could forget this 90’s gem?!  Sir Mix-a-Lot reminds us that there’s plenty of guys who like a woman with curves.

“So Cosmo says you’re fat
Well I ain’t down with that
‘Cause your waist is small and your curves are kickin'”

 

3. “Better When I’m Dancing” by Meghan Trainor

This song was featured in The Peanuts Movie but I love the upbeat and cheerful lyrics.

4. “Biggie Smalls” by CupcakKe (E)

I just love love LOVE this music video that promotes self love and appreciation of bodies in all shapes and sizes.

5. “Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)” by MIKA

This 2007 hit by MIKA was inspired by the first Fat Acceptance nightclub called the Butterfly Lounge, located in Orange County, California.

6. “Bootylicious” by Destiny’s Child

I was jamming to this song on my bluetooth speaker while trekking in Nepal when an older woman passed me on the trail with a disgusted look and said “Don’t you have any headphones?!”  I should have just turned up the volume.

“I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly
I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly
I don’t think you’re ready for this
‘Cause my body too bootylicious for you babe”

 

7. “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga

This song is a reminder to everyone, men and women, that they are perfect just the way they are.

“Whether life’s disabilities
Left you outcast, bullied, or teased
Rejoice and love yourself today
‘Cause baby you were born this way”

 

8. “BO$$” by Fifth Harmony

“BO$$” is a song that celebrates the independent woman.

9. “Brave” by Sara Bareilles

Sara Bareilles was inspired to write this song after seeing a close friend struggle with his decision to come out as gay.  It has some really powerful lyrics partnered with an upbeat tune which is why I love it so much!

10. “Confident” by Demi Lovato (E)

“Confident” is one of my favorite workout songs.  Makes me feel like boxing or weight training.

“I used to hold my freak back
Now I’m letting go
I make my own choice
Bitch, I run this show
So leave the lights on
No, you can’t make me behave”

 

11. “Fat Bottomed Girls” by Queen

No curvy girl playlist is complete without this song by Queen!

“Oh won’t you take me home tonight?
Oh down beside your red firelight
Oh and you give it all you got
Fat bottomed girls you make the rockin’ world go round
Fat bottomed girls you make the rockin’ world go round”

 

12. “Fighter” by Christina Aguilera

I have to be honest, I love this song by Christina Aguilera but I HATE the music video.  So I’m just going to share my favorite lyrics with you 🙂

“Made me learn a little bit faster
Made my skin a little bit thicker
Makes me that much smarter
So thanks for making me a fighter”

 

13. “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten

This is one of my favorite motivational songs so I’ve got it on multiple playlists.  It got me up Mount Kilimanjaro once so it’s definitely going to be heard on the mountain a second time!

14. “Firework” by Katy Perry

Katy Perry.  You either love her or you hate her, there doesn’t seem to be any in-between.  I like a few of her songs and this one holds a special place in my heart because my 5 year old loves it.  Whenever I hear “Firework” on my hiking playlist I imagine my kiddo belting out the lyrics and it makes my heart soar.

“You don’t have to feel like a waste of space
You’re original, cannot be replaced
If you only knew what the future holds
After a hurricane comes a rainbow”

 

15. “Fitness” by Lizzo (E)

I just love Lizzo’s unapologetic flaunting of her curves.  She exudes the confidence that I would love all women to feel.

16. “F*ckin Perfect” by P!nk (E)

This song has some incredibly powerful lyrics and an equally moving music video.  I just love Pink and the inspirational songs she’s been putting out lately.

17. “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys

This was a slow song that I would play during the tough times on Kilimanjaro.  It gave me the encouragement I needed to keep going.

“Looks like a girl, but she’s a flame
So bright, she can burn your eyes
Better look the other way
You can try but you’ll never forget her name
She’s on top of the world
Hottest of the hottest girls”

 

18. “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper

I’m an 80’s girl who grew up listening to this song.  It’s a classic for me that will never get old.

19. “Go High” by Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson’s song “Go High” was inspired by Michelle Obama’s 2016 speech.  It’s a reminder that we all have control over how we react to challenging situations.  Clarkson herself has faced so much body shaming and that was also a likely inspiration when writing this song.

“High is the smoke that you’ll blow
High is where you think I can’t go
High is the only road
When you go low, I go high, just to breathe”

 

20. “Good As Hell” by Lizzo (E)

I just LOVE Lizzo in this music video.  It represents so many woman of all shapes and sizes and they are all stunning in their own special way.

21. “Hold My Hand” by Jess Glynne

This is a great upbeat song for hiking or exercise.  Whether you interpret the lyrics as being sung to a significant other or a group of best friends it’s just a feel-good song that’s great for your playlist.

“When you’re next to me
Can tell I’m not afraid to be
That you don’t make me wait, and never let me break
You never let me fall”

 

22. “I Love It” by Icona Pop (E)

This is another wonderfully upbeat song that I love dancing to!

23. “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor

Of course I couldn’t leave this song off the playlist!  “I Will Survive” is an anthem for strong and determined women everywhere.

“Oh no, not I, I will survive
Oh, as long as I know how to love, I know I’ll stay alive
I’ve got all my life to live
And I’ve got all my love to give and I’ll survive
I will survive, hey, hey”

 

24. “Just a Girl” by No Doubt

No Doubt rocketed to fame during the 90’s and this song was one of my favorites.  As I teenager I related to many of their songs but this one was especially impactful.

“Oh I’m just a girl, living in captivity
Your rule of thumb
Make me worrysome
Oh I’m just a girl, what’s my destiny?
What I’ve succumbed to
Is making me numb”

 

25. “Love Myself” by Hailee Steinfeld

Movie lovers might recognize Hailee Steinfeld as Emily in Pitch Perfect 2 and Pitch Perfect 3.  She’s got a slew of inspiring songs including this one.

26. “Me Too” by Meghan Trainor

Meghan, can we please be best friends?  You just get me.

27. “Most Girls” by Hailee Steinfeld

Another great song by Hailee Steinfeld.  The overarching theme of the song is to be true to one’s self, even though the lyrics are a little contradictory.  The music video is inspiring as well.

28. “Nobody Ever Told You” by Carrie Underwood

Country songs are body positive too!  Carrie Underwood inspires women around the world with this heartfelt tune.

“Nobody ever told you
Nobody ever told you
You shine like a diamond
Glitter like gold
And you need to know
What nobody ever told you”

 

29. “Raise Your Glass” by P!nk (E)

Oh God, this song is my ANTHEM.  It’s for all the marginalized, underrepresented people out there.  I love love LOVE it!

30. “Rise” by Katy Perry

“Rise” was NBC’s song for the 2016 Olympics and it’s really about recognizing one’s own power to overcome challenges.  It’s a powerful song that teaches us to listen to our hearts instead of the voices around us.

“When, when the fire’s at my feet again
And the vultures all start circling
They’re whispering, you’re out of time
But still, I rise”

 

31. “Roar” by Katy Perry

Katy Perry haters are probably rolling their eyes by now but hey, you have to admit that these lyrics are pretty badass.  The music video on the other hand?  Pretty lame.

“I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter
Dancing through the fire
‘Cause I am a champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar
Louder, louder than a lion
‘Cause I am a champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar!”

 

32. “Run the World (Girls)” by Beyoncé

I taught portions of this song to our porter girls in Nepal.  Now every time I listen to it I imagine them yelling “Who run the world? GIRLS!!”

33. “Scars to Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara

This song had been out for a couple years before I discovered it and when I saw the music video I sobbed.  It was so overwhelming and emotional, especially the message at the end.  Watch it for yourself.

34. “Secrets” by Mary Lambert (E)

Mary Lambert is a singer and songwriter with a distinctly different style of music.  Many of her songs are spoken word.  “Secrets” is my favorite song by her.

“They tell us from the time we’re young
To hide the things that we don’t like about ourselves
Inside ourselves
I know I’m not the only one who spent so long attempting to be someone else
Well I’m over it”

 

35. “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson

When I was climbing Mount Kilimanjaro this song gave me the determination to keep going when I was ready to give up.  After all, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!

36. “The Champion” by Carrie Underwood ft. Ludacris

This powerful song was featured in the 2018 NFL Superbowl and I haven’t stopped listening to it since!

37. “This is For My Girls” by Missy Elliott, Kelly Clarkson, Kelly Rowland, Zendaya, Janelle Monáe, Lea Michele, Chloe X Halle, Jadagrace

This is a charity single created for Michelle Obama’s “62 Million Girls” campaign, an initiative to raise awareness about education inequality.  I love the message as well as the purpose behind it.

“There’s beauty in your soul
That’s what makes you beautiful
Don’t let nobody ever make you doubt it, yeah
Your heart is free and strong
That’s what keeps you keeping on
Can’t keep you down, there ain’t no doubt about it”

 

38. “This is Me” by Keala Settle

Ok, spoiler alert.  This song is in the movie musical The Greatest Showman.  If you haven’t seen it I encourage you to, it’s amazing.  But Keala Settle plays a buxom bearded lady who is fed up with living in the shadows.  Grab a tissue, it’s a powerful song.

39. “This One’s For The Girls” by Martina McBride

This song is a celebration of all women and a reminder that we’re all the same inside.

“This is for all you girls about forty two,
Tossin’ pennies into the fountain of youth,
Every laugh line on your face,
Made you who you are today.”

 

40. “Try” by Colbie Caillat

This tune has a slower beat than most of the songs on this playlist but the lyrics no less inspiring.  The music video is pretty awesome too.

41. “Whole Lotta Woman” by Kelly Clarkson (E)

Man, I wish this spunky song had a music video but the lyrics will have to do.  It’s a must-have song for badass babes.

“I’m a whole lotta woman
(From the way I walk and toss my hips)
I’m a whole lotta woman
(From the sound to my voice to the gloss on my lips)
I’m a whole lotta woman
(Anything I see I want, I get)
I’m a strong, badass chick with class and confidence, yeah”

 

42. “Woman” by Kesha (E)

This song celebrates all those independent women who don’t need a man in their life!

43. “Woman Up” by Meghan Trainor

This is another song from my bestie!  And also another song that I wish had a music video.

“When you wear your hair down
It’s like you’re wearing your crown
Wave to the crowd
And give them all a wink ’cause you’re fine”

 

44. “Who Says” Selena Gomez

“Who Says” is a beautiful song about ignoring what other people say about you and focusing on your own determination.

“I’m sure you got some things
You’d like to change about yourself
But when it comes to me
I wouldn’t want to be anybody else”

 

45. “You Don’t Own Me” by Grace ft. G-Eazy

This is a remix from a 1960’s hit song and honestly I love both versions.  Listen to both and decide for yourself!

“You don’t own me
I’m not just one of your many toys
You don’t own me
Don’t say I can’t go with other boys”

Looking for more plus size inspiration? Check out these articles!

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