10 Songs On My Feel Good Playlist

Two questions that I get asked a lot as a music therapist:

  1. What’s the best kind of music for (fill in the blank)?
  2. What’s your favorite song (or type of music)?

Here are the answers I typically give:

  1. “A lot depends of your musical backgrounds and preferences. We can give you a framework for choosing music and help you explore music to find what works for you (or your loved one).”
  2. “Well, I listen to a lot of music, I like everything, I listen to everything….” – and then I just kind of trail off.

The truth is that I DO listen to and love a lot of music. I also know the music in my iPod inside and out, so I can find whatever I want to fit the mood I’m in at a given time. One of my standbys, though is this:

My Feel Good Mix

This is the playlist that I turn on when I get in the car and just want to feel better. The only songs allowed on this list are the ones that make me smile (almost) every time. As an added precaution, though, the list is long enough that I can still skip over songs that just aren’t cutting it on a given day.

According to iTunes, my Feel Good Mix is currently 3.3 hours long, with 57 songs. In no particular order, here are ten of them:

Lemon Treethe Ditty Bops. This song is folky, by two gals who have voices I can sing along with. I love the line, “when all you’ve got is lemons, you’ve got to make some lemonade.”

Beautiful Day – U2. This song soars, and again, I really key in on the line, “It’s a beautiful day/don’t let it get away.”

Party In The U.S.A. – Miley Cyrus. Maybe it’s a guilty pleasure, but it always gets me dancing at the steering wheel.

Walk Like An Egyptian – The Bangles. Ditto.

Who Says – Selena Gomez and The Scene. This is another all-star groomed by Disney for the pre-teen demographic. I may be a couple of decades past that, but I don’t care. I love this song.

Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away) – Frank Sinatra. I may be a couple of decades too young for this one, but I love the visual imagery of wrapping my troubles in a cloud and letting them float away as I sleep. Plus, Sinatra has a great voice.

Que Dolor – Fanfare Ciocărlia. This one is sung in Spanish, and I really only pick up on the first line, “Que dolor,” which roughly translates to, “how it hurts!!” This one gets me with the music – it’s a Gypsy brass band with tons of energy. Even if you were in pain, I don’t think you could stay that way for long with this song.

Run The World (Girls) – Beyoncé. Today’s woman power anthem gives me the energy to keep on working.

I Am Woman – Helen Reddy. Yesterday’s woman power anthem is great, too!

59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy) – Harpers Bizarre. Who doesn’t want to feel groovy? I prefer this song to the Simon and Garfunkel version because of the bonus double reeds – bassoon and oboe licks make this oboist happy!

Okay, it’s kind of hard to stop at ten! Maybe I’ll have to do a part two later on.

It is important to note that these are MY favorites. You might love some of these songs, and you might hate others. That is not only okay, it’s to be expected! The fun of developing a playlist like this is finding songs that make YOU smile and dance.

So, what is (or should be) on your Feel Good Playlist? Let me know in the comments section!


9 thoughts on “10 Songs On My Feel Good Playlist

  1. Peggy says:

    I’ts A Lovely Day Today-Perry Como and the Maguire Sisters is our resident’s favorite…We always start exercise with this song!

  2. JoAnn Jordan (@JordanEM) says:

    I, too, have several playlists. My current re-energize is mostly Jason Mraz. I also enjoy a variety of ethnic music such as “Buhamiak” by Bidala.

    Thanks for sharing your list, Rachelle. It is fun to see what others enjoy!

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