WPGC’s DJ Heat provides a playlist worthy of a queen

(Photographer is Anthony Tilghman. Courtesy of DJ Heat)
(Anthony Tilghman)

France may no longer have a king, but in the span of less than one week Washington had two queens. Last Saturday, Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul,” brought the house to its feet during the BET Honors at the Warner Theatre; Tuesday “Queen of Hip Hop Soul” Mary J. Blige serenaded VIPs during the French state dinner at the White House. Not bad for a town that takes its politics more seriously than its acoustics. WPGC radio’s “DJ Heat” lists her favorite stately anthems from some of music’s most celebrated female monarchs.

1. Queen Latifah featuring Monie Love, “Ladies First”

“The ultimate motivating track for ladies by the queen of rap herself. You can’t help but make power moves after hearing this.”

2. Aretha Franklin and The Eurythmics, “Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves”

“Listening to this song gets you ready to take over the world on some Hilary Clinton mixed with Olivia Pope type of vibe. The unsuspected pairing of Aretha and Annie Lennox makes this track such a great treat.”

3. Mary J. Blige, “My Life”

“The perfect song for when the crown starts to slip a little. The use of Roy Ayers’ ‘Everybody Loves the Sunshine’ meshes with this song perfectly.”

4. Lauryn Hill featuring Carlos Santana, “To Zion”

“Lauryn Hill lays it all out on the table in this inspiring story of her first prince.”

5. Chaka Khan “I’m Every Woman”

“I dare any woman to throw on this song and not feel ready to rule. Just listen to the opening verse, ‘I can cast a spell with secrets you can’t tell, mix a special brew, put fire inside of you…’ Powerful!”

6. Mary J. Blige, “No More Drama”

“The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul delivers another touching track to help get through those situations that threaten to shake up the empire.”

7. Beyonce featuring Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “Flawless”

“Queen Bey boldly kicks it up a notch by mixing in Adiche’s Ted Talk on feminism. By including this powerful speech, Beyonce smacks away the notion that she is just a pretty face.”

8. Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu “Q.U.E.E.N.”

“There’s just so much greatness when it comes to this song. The dynamic duo. The production. The message. Janelle’s rap. Lethal combinations that make this collaboration very worthy of the crown.”

Helena Andrews is the co-author of The Reliable Source. Follow her on Twitter @helena_andrews, and send your hot tips, sightings, and gossip to reliablesource@washpost.com.
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