A good super hero fight is unplanned and improvised, reacting to the moment and yet confident and recognizable when the fighter just happens to be a master at using their abilities.
Replace the word “fighter” with “musician” and you could be talking about jazz, which makes our latest star to create a Wonder Woman playlist in honor of the hero’s 75th Anniversary a natural choice. Andra Day is a soul and R&B singer and songwriter known for her classic jazz influence. Her 2015 album, “Cheers to the Fall” was nominated for two Grammys and garnered Day comparisons to Billie Holiday and Amy Winehouse. Well, we’d like to add one more to the list—Diana of Themyscira. Day may not perform with a lasso, but she definitely sings the truth.
Day’s list is heavy on hip-hop and R&B, though she does expand into pop with No Doubt and Laura Mvula and, of course, classic jazz with Nina Simone. Here’s what she had to say about her choices:
Jill Scott – Golden
This song has always been an uplifting song for me, and I’m a huge fan of Jill Scott. I performed a cover of this song for a Global Fund For Women event and saw Hillary Clinton speak at it for the first time.
Chaka Khan – I’m Every Woman
Chaka Khan is one of the best. This song has always been an anthem.
Lauryn Hill – Doo Wop
I loved Lauryn Hill, I loved the Fugees. That album , and her as an artist, reframed how I looked at women and how empowered they could be.
Nina Simone – Feeling Good
Nina Simone was a strong woman who used her platform to bring awareness to bigger issues and didn’t listen to those who tried to deter her from her mission. I admire her as an artist, she is one of the reasons I sing and write.
Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu – Q.U.E.E.N.
As Janelle says in the song “Even if it makes others uncomfortable, I will love who I am. Even if it makes others uncomfortable, I will love who I am” there is so much power in knowing and accepting who you truly are.
Mary J. Blige – Just Fine
Sometimes you just need somebody to remind you that you’ll be “just fine” and Mary J. Blige did that on this record. She is so resilient and has overcome time and again. She inspires me as an artist and a woman.
TLC – No Scrubs
Laura Mvula – Phenomenal Woman
Aretha Franklin – Respect
Laura Mvula – People
This song empowers women because it empowers everyone. “How glorious this Light in us! We are a wonder!” There’s nothing more.
India.Arie – Video
You should be whoever you want to be and Irie screams this in this song.
Mary J. Blige – No More Drama
Nina Simone – I Put a Spell On You
It was the first time I’d ever heard Nina Simone’s voice, and everything about it—the texture—was so different. I remember spiraling into this thing of just listening to all of her music.
No Doubt – I’m Just a Girl
I’ve always connected with Gwen Stefani and her punk attitude and style. “I’m Just a Girl” was a song that mocked society’s perception of women as helpless and silly.
Estelle – Do My Thing
Estelle and Janelle Monae are strong individuals and “Do My Thing” is the perfect anthem for individuality. They are proud of who they are and stay true to who they are.
You can listen to Andra Day’s Wonder Woman playlist at the official DC Spotify Profile, or you can stream the entire list below.