Helen Reddy, "I Am Woman" (1972)
Helen Reddy delivered her catchy feminist anthem "I Am Woman" with cunning restraint. As a performer, Reddy was more than familiar with male imbecility. She'd been "down there on the floor" and this song, whose strong, invincible hook came to her in a dream, was payback – a collective roar often foolishly mistaken for egotistic bravada. "I was able to connect with all kinds of women," Reddy would write. "[W]omen who had been initially turned off by some of the more strident feminist voices; or women who believed they were already liberated."