The song “You Don’t Own Me” by Lesley Gore is classified as Pop from Gore’s Lesley Gore Sings of Messed Up Hearts album. This particular song fits into the idea of the Pop genre during the 1960’s through its emphasized use of piano and guitar with focus on the vocals.

However, this song also challenges the Pop music genre by opening with an ominous sounding introduction and verses while then leading into a more upbeat melody for the chorus. Another idea speaking to it’s power as a protest song, “[“You Don’t Own Me”] was nearly revolutionary in the climate of early 1964, when women, and girls in pop/rock songs, were expected to be docile and clinging creatures.”