30 Girl Power Getting Ready Songs for the Morning of Your Wedding


Surprise! There's a whole bunch of Beyoncé.

by Maddie Eisenhart, Chief Revenue Officer

As much as I’d love to do away with 99.9 percent of the gendered bullshit surrounding weddings, I have to confess, getting ready for my wedding with just my bridesmaids and the women in my family was one of the highlights of the day (my grandmother even got in on the action). Maybe it was all those years on the cheerleading squad, or my all-girl Odyssey of the Mind team, but I’ve got a soft spot for a room full of girls, a bottle of champagne, and Spice Girls on full blast. And even if you’re not having a wedding party, or your wedding party is mixed gender, who can argue with bubbly and Britpop? So with that in mind, today we’ve rounded up a playlist of some of the staff’s favorite #GirlPower tunes. Now excuse me while I go turn the volume up, and sing into my hairbrush microphone.

What did you listen to while getting ready for your wedding? Bonus points if it’s Britpop!

No Scrubs” by TLC

Independent Women Pt 1” by Destiny’s Child

Can’t Hold Us Down” by Christina Aguiliera ft. Lil Kim

Miss Independent” by Kelly Clarkson

Roar” by Katy Perry

Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” by Beyoncé

Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys

Wannabe” by Spice Girls

Goodbye Earl” by Dixie Chicks

Work It” by Missy Elliott

My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)” by En Vogue

Call Me” by Blondie

So What” by P!nk

This One’s for the Girls” by Martina McBride

Electric Lady” by Janelle Monae

Starships” by Nicki Minaj

1, 2 Step” by Ciara ft. Missy Elliott

Jumpin’, Jumpin’” by Destiny’s Child

Just a Girl” by No Doubt

Lady Marmalade” by Christina Aguilera, Lil Kim, Mya, and Pink ft. Missy Elliott

Drunk in Love” by Beyoncé ft. Jay-Z

We Found Love” by Rihanna

Teenage Dream” by Katy Perry

Wishin’ and Hopin’” by Dusty Springfield

Fancy” by Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX

Run the World (Girls)” by Beyoncé

Are You That Somebody” by Aaliyah

Boyz” by M.I.A.

Get Right” by JLo

Milkshake” by Kelis

Want to hear it now? You can listen to the entire playlist right here!

Maddie Eisenhart

Maddie is APW’s Chief Revenue Officer. She’s been writing stories about boys, crushes, and relationships since she was old enough to form shapes into words, but received her formal training (and a BS) from NYU in Entertainment and Mass Media in 2008. She now spends a significant amount of time thinking about trends on the internet and whether flower crowns will be out next year. A Maine native, Maddie currently lives on a pony farm in the Bay Area with her husband, Michael and their mastiff puppy. Current hair color: Purple(ish).

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  • Laura C

    I did not get ready for my wedding with friends nor did I play music, but if I had, it would have included some old Madonna (definitely “Where’s the Party,” probably “Get Into the Groove”), Sugarland’s “Gotta Be Something More,” and the J-Lo song of my choice would be “Waiting for Tonight.”

  • Sarah E

    LOVE IT.

    My best girls threw me bachelorette party, express version, the two hours before they all pitched in for ceremony set-up, and it was one of my absolute favorite parts of the day. I had mentioned drinking champagne in pretty much every email I sent to them, which meant we had whole coolers of the stuff, which my chef friend of course fancied up further with watermelon and mint. Divine.

    P.S. Have you thought about making this playlists available via Spotify? Never tried to do something like that, but sure as shit would follow and listen.

    • nyc_to_ma

      yes! or a playlist on 8tracks? I feel like APW has done that before…

  • eating words

    This is timely! Thirteen days to go and will totally cue some of these up when we start getting ready.

  • scw

    I’ve had lily allen’s “hard out here” on repeat this month, that one could be a good one for the right crowd (but maybe not if you want to, say, get ready with your grandma and your six year old).

  • meleyna

    It was just me and my flower girl (aka my then-two-year-old daughter), so Frozen soundtrack, naturally.

    • meleyna

      And because I’m shameless, here she is helping me hang 1000 paper cranes.

      • Natalie

        awww. We kicked off the dance party to “Let It Go” because we knew it was sure to get the half-dozen little girls in attendance onto the dance floor, and once you’ve got the kids dancing, adults will follow. It worked like a charm, plus earned me the everlasting admiration of all those little girls.

  • ItsyBit

    I fully intend to go back and listen to all the songs because I’m sure they’re amazing, but had to jump down here first to say: YOU DID ODYSSEY OF THE MIND TOO??

    I was part of that in elementary school for two years and absolutely LOVED it, but when I talk about it no one ever seems to know what the heck I’m talking about. It was the best. (Well… maybe second best if we’re counting DramaFest in high school, heyoooo Massachusetts High School Drama Guild!)

    • Eenie

      OM! I did it too! I was on an all girls team that was one place short of going to worlds and then was on an all boys team (except me) that MADE IT TO WORLDS! It was one of my favorite parts of elementary and middle school (I moved to somewhere that didn’t have it for high school). It’s amazing what the teams create for less than $150!

    • That was my reaction too! Odyssey of the Mind was the bomb! Also had an all girls’ team from my all girls’ middle school and we weren’t so great at our drama pieces (though they were ridiculous fun), but we rocked the Spontaneous rounds.

  • Kayjayoh

    We listened to Beyonce’s incredible self-titled “visual” album. It was a flawless choice. :)

  • Heather

    Thank you for this-perfect timing!!! On the bus this morning I was thinking that it was time for me to get started on my playlist for getting ready. Our wedding is 39 days away. I am excited, exhausted, and overwhelmed all at the same time. :-)

  • Brigid

    Goodbye Earl? *Really?* I love Dixie Chicks, but…maybe with less mariticide on a wedding morning?

  • AJ

    I put these all in a Spotify playlist if anyone is interested :)
    https://open.spotify.com/user/1282801217/playlist/0yOlz8kSpbKhIcs9L42iBm