Jasper Jams: Empower Hour Playlist 

By Megan LaCreta and Jocelyn Visnov, Arts and Entertainment Editor & Production Editor/Web Editor

With the colder weather on the way and the semester in full swing, it’s okay if you find yourself feeling a little down. That’s why we’ve curated a collection of songs by a few of the most empowering artists of today as a reminder that you can do anything. 

Keep your head up, queen. We’ve got you covered. 

Special – Lizzo

In case nobody told you today, you’re special. We all need a reminder sometimes. Lizzo gets that, so she’s here to tell you with the song that gave her most recent album its title. 

RAIN – Ben Platt

We’ve all heard the old saying “When it rains, it pours.” If you feel the stressors in your life piling up, you’re probably not alone. This upbeat song is a fun reminder to face the rain and dance. 

Shake it Off – Taylor Swift

Sometimes haters are just going to do just that; hate, hate, hate, hate, hate. Don’t let someone else’s opinion change your opinion of you. If you need a few minutes to shake off the stress, turn the volume up with this throwback Taylor Swift song.

GIRL – Maren Morris

Maren Morris is known for blending elements of country, pop, and R&B, so there’s something in this song for almost everyone. 

Flawless – Beyonce

You don’t have to be part of the Beyhive to appreciate this beat. Listen to the remix with Nicki Minaj for an extra dose of fierce. 

The Sign – Lizzo

Don’t wait around for some magical sign to take that big leap. Let Lizzo be your personal hype-woman with this song. 

Shatter – Maggie Rogers

If you’re having trouble getting up for your 8 a.m. class, make this song your alarm. Maggie Rogers brings the early-aughts teen movie montage energy that we so desperately need in “Shatter.”

Paradise – Briston Maroney

Incredible vibes from a consistently incredible artist. Briston Maroney has no shortage of songs that make you feel like you can run a mile, and “Paradise,” his most recent release, is no exception.

No Better – Lorde

Rediscover this Lorde deepcut from 2013 and recapture the carefree feeling of summer. Take Lorde’s advice, and “get through the days, do your thing, do it well.”

I Think He Knows – Taylor Swift

It would be a discredit to both authors of this piece to not each include at least one Taylor Swift song. Queue this one on your hot girl walk, treadmill strut or cardio activity of your choice.

Dancing With Myself – Billy Idol

Play this when you’re — guess what — dancing with yourself. But seriously, there’s no better feeling than spinning around your bedroom, or dancing like you’re in “The Breakfast Club” with your friends, and no better song to accompany you than this!

King – Florence + The Machine

Sometimes you just need Florence Welch to tell you that you are powerful, and she absolutely does in this song. You are king, and don’t let anyone say otherwise!

Sh*t Show – Peter McPoland

“I dropped my mind somewhere on the one line,” is certainly a relatable lyric to many a Jasper. Listen to this to remind yourself that hey, life might not be the best, but it’s the life you have, so you have to live it to the fullest.