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Neneh Cherry - "Buffalo Stance"

Looking good and talking tough.

Neneh Cherry's signature song is a joyous-sounding slice of hip-hop-flavored pop that portrays a world where young women have to be tough--and aggressively demonstrate that toughness--to elude those who would try to prostitute them. Lyrically, the song is elevated to the level of genius by its emphatic, unapologetic praise of female beauty in the face of those who would exploit it: "Who's looking good today/Who's looking good in every way?" Cherry sang, knowing full well it was herself. Far from vanity, though, this declaration of positive self-worth celebrates the power of the female body.

From "Hear Me Roar! 25 Great Girl Power Anthems!" in WOMEN WHO ROCK, March/April 2003