Takeover Tuesday Playlist: Kesha Fights For Equality With Anthems From Beyonce, Childish Gambino & More

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Welcome back to Takeover Tuesday, where each week, Billboard taps chart-topping artists and tastemakers to compile their very own playlist exclusive to Billboard's Spotify account. We give the artists free rein to base the list on whatever subject they choose. The only rule? Make it as creative and unique to them as possible.

Whether she's fighting for her fans or standing up for herself, Kesha has never shied away from defending what she believes. Amid her personal but very public battle with Dr. Luke, the "Praying" singer served as a pillar of hope for those who have experienced similar troubles by releasing her emotionally raw third album, Rainbow, last year. And now, she's empowering more listeners with her latest anthem, "Here Comes the Change," part of the inspiring Ruth Bader Ginsberg biopic, On The Basis of Sex (due in theaters Dec. 25).

The impassioned track puts Kesha's powerful vocals at the forefront, with an acoustic guitar building into soulful harmonica and booming drums as the singer belts out "Here comes the change/ We're comin' of age/ This is not a phase/ Here comes, here comes, the change." Kesha was moved to write the song after watching On The Basis of Sex, particularly because of the impact Ginsberg has made.

“It was amazing to see Ginsburg’s story of leading a campaign that successfully changed laws that discriminated against Americans purely on the basis of their sex," Kesha says. "In watching the film, I was struck by how much Ginsburg was able to accomplish in her life, and at the same time, how much more there is to do in the fight for equality for all people. I believe it's up to all of us to show the rest of the world that we won’t tolerate challenges to equality and freedom in our country."

When it came to putting together a Takeover Tuesday playlist, Kesha shouted out artists "who have fought for equality and freedom in their music," whether it's Childish Gambino's bold "This Is America" or Bob Dylan's timeless track "Hurricane" (one of three Dylan tracks on the list). There's plenty more to be inspired by on Kesha's 25-song playlist, from Beyoncé's "Formation" and Public Enemy's "Fight the Power" to Kendrick Lamar's "XXX" and Black Flag's "Rise Above." (Note: The playlist also includes The Honeydrippers' "Impeach the President," which is not available on Spotify.) 

Feel empowered with Kesha's playlist and "Here Comes the Change" video below.