Michelle Obama Lists Her 20 Favourite Songs, Beyonce, Alicia Keys And Nicki Minaj Make the Cut

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American First Lady Michelle Obama recently released a female-artist-packed ‘girl power’ playlist of her favourite songs – featuring the likes of Beyonce’s Run The World and Aretha Franklin’s Respect.

The 20-track playlist is her way of marking the UN’s International Day of the Girl, which aims to raise awareness of gender inequality across the globe.

Mrs Obama’s compilation includes pop hits like Alicia Keys’s Girl on Fire and Bang Bang by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj.

The playlist also includes some soulful tunes by Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross and Billie Holiday.

Mrs Obama is also promoting her ‘Let Girls Learn’ campaign, which aims to expand access to education for more than 62 million girls around the world and encourages girls to take advantage of their opportunities.

See the full list below:

  1. Run the World (Girls) – Beyonce
  2. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Diana Ross
  3. Doubt – Mary J. Blige
  4. When The Day Comes – Nico and Vinz
  5. Girl on Fire – Alicia Keys
  6. On the Sunny Side of the Street – Billie Holiday
  7. A Little Party Never Killed Nobody – Fergie, Q-Tip, Goonrock
  8. Confident – Demi Lovato
  9. Bravo – Ledisi
  10. No Scrubs – TLC
  11. Survivor – Destiny’s Child
  12. Defying Gravity – Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel
  13. Bang Bang – Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj
  14. Black Gold – Esperanza Spalding, Algebra Blessett
  15. Doo Wop (That Thing) – Lauryn Hill
  16. Back to Basics – The Barden Bellas
  17. Givin Em What They Love – Janelle Monae, Prince
  18. My Shot – Lin-Manuel Miranda
  19. And I Am Telling You I Am Not Going – Jennifer Hudson
  20. Respect – Aretha Franklin

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