Just Press Play: 2022 GOTR Pump Up Playlist

Are you and your girl ready for 2022? Anxious? Excited? Prepared for a fresh start? No matter where you land on the scale, we have the playlist to get you both energized, pumped up and feeling optimistic about the new year. An uplifting tune has the ability to spark conversations, change moods and create unique experiences. Isn’t it amazing how music can transport you to past memory? That is exactly what we are looking to do with our 2022 GOTR Pump Up Playlist – create new joyful memories that will stick with you and your girl for life.  

When you and your girl are busy out running errands, turn on this playlist. When she is feeling down after a bad day at school, turn on this playlist. The more empowerment you inject into her life, the more self-assurance she will feel. There are countless negative forms of media in today’s landscape, so it’s more critical than ever for parents to intentionally share options that enhance their children’s self-worth. Press play on the good.

It is our hope that this list of songs (in no particular order) gets you and your girl dancing, feeling hopeful about the future and filled with empowerment. Enjoy, download and let the new memories begin! 

Run the World (Girls) – Beyonce 

Without the fearless females of the world, where would we all be? Thank you, Beyonce, for this awesome reminder that girls do indeed run the world!

Lyrics to pump you up: “My persuasion / Can build a nation / Endless power / With our love we can devour” 


Higher Love – Kygo featuring Whitney Houston 

Who knew a remix to an old Steve Winwood song could be so uplifting? This song is pure joy in a bottle. Go ahead, dance freely! 

Lyrics to pump your girl up:Think about it, there must be a higher love / Down in the heart or hidden in the stars above / Without it, life is wasted time / Look inside your heart and I’ll look inside mine” 


You Gotta Be – Des’ree 

Poetically written and gracefully sung, Des’ree’s 90’s hit is as lovely as it is impactful. From start to finish, Des’ree sings messages about growing as a person, taking chances and knowing that above all else, “love will save the day.” 

Lyrics to pump your girl up: “Remember, listen as your day unfolds / Challenge what the future holds / Try and keep your head up to the sky / Lovers, they may cause you tears /Go ahead release your fears” 


Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson 

The title here says it all. The past couple of years have been trying for everyone. Look how far your girl has come and celebrate the undeniable strength she possesses.

Lyrics to pump your girl up: “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, stronger / Just me, myself and I / What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger / Stand a little taller / Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone” 


Good Time – Owl City, Carly Rae Jepsen 

The decision to be happy and have a good time is all yours. Make the choice, put on a smile and open your heart to joy.  

Lyrics to pump your girl up: “It’s gonna be alright / We don’t even have to try / It’s always a good time.” 


Cover Me in Sunshine – P!nk, Willow Sage Hart 

A positive mindset changes everything. Take a moment to appreciate the beauty around you.

Lyrics to pump your girl up: “Cover me in sunshine / Shower me with good times / Tell me that the world’s been spinning since the beginning / And everything will be alright”


Good Feeling – Flo Rida 

Sometimes a catchy beat, simple refrain and light-hearted message is enough to fix your mood. That’s what ‘Good Feeling’ by Flo Rida is all about. 

Lyrics to pump your girl up: “Giving up’s not an option / Gotta get it in” 


Lovely Day – Bill Withers

Every moment and day spent with your girl is a gift. Play this tune to show her how much you cherish your time together and how much loveliness it brings into your life.

Lyrics to pump you up: “Then I look at you / And the world’s alright with me / Just one look at you / And I know it’s gonna be / A lovely day”


Dog Days Are Over – Florence + The Machine 

As you and your girl kick off a new chapter, leave doubt behind and take solace in the fact that brighter days are ahead. Make the decision to choose joy. 

Lyrics to pump your girl up: “The dog days are over / The dog days are done / Can you hear the horses? / ‘Cause here they come” 


Superwoman – Alicia Keys 

Alicia Keys wrote this song to remind herself that all the power she needs is already inside of herself. Teach your girl to think like Alicia. Let her know that her individuality is enough and what she brings to the table is invaluable.  

Lyrics to pump your girl up: “Even when I’m a mess / I still put on a vest / With an S on my chest / Oh yes / I’m a Superwoman.” 


Born This Way – Lady Gaga 

When your girl loves herself, she is better equipped to find love in others. Celebrate her unique spark and take pride in the fact that she is one of a kind and, as Gaga sings, born that way. 

Lyrics to pump your girl up: “Don’t hide yourself in regret / Just love yourself and you’re set / I’m on the right track, baby / I was born this way” 


Can’t Stop the Feeling – Justin Timberlake 

Don’t let your girl’s feeling — of being hopeful and excited for the new year – fade away! Keep the joy alive all year long. 

Lyrics to pump your girl up: “I got this feelin’ inside my bones / It goes electric, wavy when I turn it on /All through my city, all through my home / We’re flyin’ up, no ceilin’, when we in our zone” 


Survivor – Destiny’s Child 

It’s a new day and your girl’s perseverance has paid off. She made it through the darkness and is here to take on new challenges. She has the power to do anything. Why? She is a survivor. 

Lyrics to pump you up: “Thought that I would self destruct / But I’m still here / Even in my years to come / I’m still gon’ be here / I’m a survivor” 


Heroes (We Could Be)  – Alesso featuring Tove Lo 

This year, remember that anything is possible. You and your girl have the power to become heroes. It all starts with the belief that you can. 

Lyrics to pump your girl up: “Anybody’s got the power / They don’t see it, ’cause they don’t understand / Spin around and ’round for hours / You and me, we got the world in our hands” 


I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston 

Dancing is nature’s way of shaking off the stress and returning to a place of joy. Make time for dancing. Make time for laughter. You’ll never regret the time you spent doing so. 

Lyrics to pump your girl up: “Don’t you wanna dance? / Say you wanna dance / With somebody who loves me”  


Wannabe – The Spice Girls 

Never lose sight of the value of true friendship! This tune reinforces the importance of keeping your friends close to your heart no matter what. 

Lyrics to pump your girl up: “If you wanna be my lover / You gotta get with my friends / Make it last forever / Friendship never ends.” 


Brave – Sara Bareilles 

This song offers a great reminder that all of us can use: you are courageous, powerful and capable of anything.  

Lyrics to pump your girl up: “But don’t run, stop holding your tongue / Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live / Maybe one of these days you can let the light in / Show me how big your brave is”


Happy – Pharrell Williams 

When it comes to feel-good tunes, ‘Happy’ has officially become a classic song. Having a bad day? This song will likely turn that feeling around! 

Lyrics to pump your girl up: “Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof / (Because I’m happy) / Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth!”

Stronger – Britney Spears 

Yesterday may have been challenging, but tomorrow’s a new chance to emerge stronger than ever.  

Lyrics to pump your girl up: “You might think that I won’t make it on my own / But now I’m stronger than yesterday / Now it’s nothing but my way / My loneliness ain’t killing me no more / I’m stronger” 


Independent Women (Part I) – Destiny’s Child 

The fearless girls today are the independent women of tomorrow.  

Lyrics to pump your girl up: “Do what I want / live how I wanna live / I worked hard and sacrificed to get what I get” 


Break Free – Ariana Grande 

It’s time to say goodbye to the insecurities of 2021. Break free from what may have held you back from achieving your dreams. It’s a new day and anything is possible.

Lyrics to pump your girl up: “I’m stronger than I’ve been before / This is the part when I break free / ‘Cause I can’t resist it no more” 


Perfect Day – Hoku

With each new day comes the opportunity to turn it all around. Why not enter into it with the possibility of it being amazing?

Lyrics to pump your girl up: “Now don’t you try to rain on my / Perfect day / Nothing’s standing in my way /On this perfect day”


I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor 

Finally, is there any better way to conclude this playlist than Gloria Gaynor’s timeless hit? We all have made it this far and, thanks to our tenacity and resilience, we will continue thriving in the days ahead. 2022, here we come!

Lyrics to pump your girl up: “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”


 Do you have other tunes that warrant a spot on our pump up playlist? Which song on our list is your favorite? Let us know at marketing@girlsontherun.org! Interested in getting involved with GOTR in 2022? Find a council near you!