Live On Letterman: Top 10 Empowering Jennifer Hudson Songs

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Jennifer Hudson is one sassy soul singer and the ex-American Idol competitor, and Academy Award winning Actress made it easy for us to make an awesome list of our favorite Ten Empowerment Songs By Jennifer Hudson.

Maybe she will perform one at her free streaming Live on Letterman concert from the Ed Sullivan Theater on June 13th? Check out the entire concert, live right here!

10. “Pocketbook”

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We’re not advocating violence, but it’s pretty liberating to be able to to show a man that won’t leave you alone that you mean business when you smack him with a pocketbook for being fresh:

Don’t make me hit you with my pocketbook/Check this out here/Looking at my body/I bet you thinkin’ bout it/Don’t cha wanna know how i get down (uh huh)/Take a number baby/You ain’t the only brother/Trying to get up under my skirt now (uh huh)/Rockin all your hot s**t, stuntin’/Thinking that your God’s gift, to woman/More like a buzz in my ear/Shoo fly don’t bother me

9. “Let It Be” (originally by the[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] Beatles[/lastfm])

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The Beatles knew that sometimes there are no answers in this troublesome world. All you can do is take a deep breath and let it all be:

And when the broken-hearted people are living in the world agree/there will be an answer, let it be/For though they may be parted there is still a chance that they may see/there will be an answer, let it be. Let it be.

8. “I Got This”

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Even if people doubt you, let them know from your words and actions that you “got this.”

I got this, every single breath another/step on my road/I got this, I’m from the southside trying to get to my goal/I got this, ain’t no stopping me/Come on follow me if you feel the need/I got this, better believe I got this/believe I got this

7. “I Remember Me”

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Jennifer Hudson has been through a lot of changes and hardships in her life, but one thing has always remained the same: no matter where she is or what she does, she’ll always have the memory of herself:

What if this life is all that we’re given/We just can’t stop living, scared of what we see/Cuz in this world, anything can hurt you/They push you, then forget you/Stole my history/But I remember me, I remember me/It don’t matter where I go, what I’m told, now you know/I remember me, I remember me/Even if I say goodbye, start to cry, do or die/I remember me

6. “Believe”

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We all have different faiths and philosophies, but one thing remains true no matter what your beliefs are–the important thing is to just believe.

When I raise my hands, bow my head/I’m finding more and more truth in the words written in red/They tell me that there’s more to life than just what I can see/I believe/Ohhh/I believe/Oh/Do you believe?/Because, I believe

5. “Invisible”

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If you feel invisible or ignored, Jennifer Hudson has a song for you; she understands how you feel. And now it’s time to not let yourself get pushed in the corner and looked over:

I gotta find me another way/Cause I don’t wanna stay another day/Time for a change in my mind/I’ve opened my eyes I’m changing my life/And now I’m gonna live my life for me/Cause this aint how it’s supposed to be’/No more standing in the back of the line/Cause I’m invisible for the last time

4. “Giving Myself”

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Although self-empowerment is the most valuable, sometimes being in a loving relationship can be empowering. Especially if you are giving yourself, not being a selfish lover:

I never been who I wanted to be/I never felt completely free/No ones ever had all of me/Or made me feel so beautiful and sexy/Now I’m flying like an airplane/Now I’m riding on the open range/Now I’m living out my destiny

3. “Everybody Needs Love”

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This song is such a great empowering song for a group of people because no matter what anyone thinks, everybody does need love:

Everybody, everybody/Somebody who needs love!/If you want it, you can get it/Just trust, we need love!/Wave your hands in the air/Sweet love, I need love!/I need love!

2. “I’m Changing” from the Dreamgirls  soundtrack

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This beautiful song from Dreamgirls is a perfect testament to growing up and getting better with age:

I am changing, trying every way I can/I am changing, I’ll be better than I am/I’m trying to find a way to understand/But I need, I need you, I need a hand/I am changing, seeing everything so clear/I am changing, I’m gonna start right now right here/I’m hoping to work it out, and I know that I can/But I need you, I need a hand.

1. “I’m Here” from the Color Purple  soundtrack

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Singing for Oprah and Paul McCartney seems petrifying, but Jennifer Hudson does a great job singing this empowering song from the Color Purple. She shows them she’s “beautiful and she’s here.”

I’m gonna take a deep breath/I’m gonna hold my head up/Gonna put my shoulders back/and look you straight in the eye/I’m gonna flirt with somebody as they walk by/I’m gonna sing out/sing out

We hear you, girl.

Don’t forget to come back right here to watch Jennifer Hudson Live on Letterman presented by AT&T-Rethink Possible on June 13th at 9 PM.

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