Best respect-demanding anthem: 'Respect' or 'U.N.I.T.Y.'?
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Best respect-demanding anthem: 'Respect' or 'U.N.I.T.Y.'?

#TeamAretha
#TeamQueenLatifah
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Aretha Franklin and Queen Latifah are two of the most influential female artists in music. Aretha is our crowned Queen of Soul, who literally demanded R-E-S-P-E-C-T on her first mega hit "Respect"—becoming arguably the most famous feminist anthem. Latifah paved the way for female emcees, and used her craft to encourage women not to allow men to disrespect them on "U.N.I.T.Y." Which respect-demanding anthem should be crowned the greatest girl power anthem of all time? 🎤💁🏽

THE VOTES ARE IN!
#TeamAretha
47.4%
#TeamQueenLatifah
52.6%

Don't forget to cast your vote for the rest our exciting "Girl Power Anthem" debates below!

For the past several decades—female artists have declared their independence, dismantled double standards and empowered women with their music. Enter the "Girl Power Anthem." What better way to celebrate Women's History Month than to honor the women in music who influenced feminist movements, and ultimately pick the greatest girl power anthem of all time. 

Aretha and Queen Latifah demanded respect on their most signature songs, but which anthem is more deserving to win our girl power bracket?

Aretha demanded that her man give her respect or she's gone, and after decades—women can still relate. 

Notable lyrics

R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Find out what it means to me
R-E-S-P-E-C-TTake care, TCBOh (sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me)
A little respect (sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me)
Whoa, babe (just a little bit)A little respect (just a little bit)
I get tired (just a little bit)
Keep on tryin' (just a little bit)
You're runnin' out of fools (just a little bit)
And I ain't lyin' (just a little bit)(Re, re, re, re) when you come home(Re, re, re ,re) 'spect
Or you might walk in (respect, just a little bit)And find out I'm gone (just a little bit)

Queen Latifah encouraged women to stick up for themselves, and most importantly—let men know they weren't gonna put up with any type of sexual harassment. 

The hook's lyrics:

U.N.I.T.Y., U.N.I.T.Y. that's a unity (You gotta let him know)
(You go, come on here we go)
U.N.I.T.Y., Love a black woman from (You got to let him know)
Infinity to infinity (You ain't a bitch or a ho)
U.N.I.T.Y., U.N.I.T.Y. that's a unity (You gotta let him know)
(You go, come on here we go)
U.N.I.T.Y., Love a black man from (You got to let him know)
Infinity to infinity (You ain't a bitch or a ho)

Some of verse one's rhymes: 

Instinct leads me to another flow
Every time I hear a brother call a girl a bitch or a ho
Trying to make a sister feel low
You know all of that gots to go

Watch this incredible live performance of 'Respect' below.

Watch the music video for "U.N.I.T.Y." below.

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