My name is Emily, and I’m a serial playlist maker.
Road trip to Montreal? I gotta playlist for that.
In the mood for some incredibly sad songs that help you justify your tears for the ultimate cathartic release? Yeah, I got a “Feels” playlist obvi.
How about a playlist for that one mood that always happens on the same day every week and you need a playlist to get you out of the funk? Do you doubt me? Of course I have a playlist for that as well.
I’m ultimately obsessed with the power that music has over a situation – don’t even get me started on movie scores (Twilight has the best soundtrack of all time COME AT ME.)
Early on into the conception stage of Peachy Keen Collective, I was desperate to create a playlist that embodied what we were trying to create here. So I dove into massive research and read numerous articles trying to find “Women Empowerment Songs” that also were the right vibe. And honestly I never even found one article that had all the answers, and most articles really only had one song that I was keen on being in our “Playlist Mood Board.”
But alas, this playlist fiend hath created what she believes a worthy playlist.
Below are some songs that made the cut:
JULIANNA CALM DOWN BY THE CHICKS
“Put on, put on your best shoes / And strut the fuck around like you’ve got nothing to lose”
No one likes being told to calm down, but with The Chicks always following up with a “We know…breath. It’ll be okay.” It’s easy to feel that they’re giving advice from a place of deep understanding and “been there” experience. They’re not coming from a condescending place of, “You’re overreacting, chill.”
I WAS AN EAGLE BY LAURA MARLING
“I will not be a victim of romance / I will not be a victim of circumstance / Chance or circumstance or romance, or any man“
If you are unfamiliar with Laura Marling, I would go as far as to compare her to a darker Joni Mitchell. All of her songs have this whimsical story telling to them that’s simply captivating. What really makes this song stand out is the whole premise of “I was an eagle, and you were a dove” ~ go listen and you’ll feel what I mean.
GOOD KISSER BY LAKE STREET DRIVE
“If you’re gonna tell them everything / Tell ’em I’m a good kisser / Tell ’em all the things you told me / In your desperate whisper“
This upbeat jazzy ballad screams PKC – if you’re gonna tell the truth you better tell the whole truth and not just the parts that make you seem better.
MOTHER’S DAUGHTER BY MILEY CYRUS
“Don’t fuck with my freedom / I came back to get me some / I’m nasty, I’m evil / Must be something in the water or that I’m my mother’s daughter”
I’ll admit, I know full well that Miley is hit or miss for a lot of people. But this song hits the spot. It’s about freedom, openness, & rolls well on a road trip to anywhere – and ain’t that just the ultimate vibe?
GIRL CAN’T BE HERSELF BY ALICIA KEYS
“In the morning from the minute that I wake up / What if I don’t want to put on all that make up? / Who says I must conceal what I’m made of? / Maybe all this Maybelline is covering my self-esteem“
Alicia Keys is vibes on a million levels, and this song just puts her up even higher in my books. The minute she dropped the Maybelline brand name I was like “Same girl, same.”
GRIGIO GIRLS BY LADY GAGA
“On the Pinot, Pinot Grigio girls / Pour your heart out / Watch your blues turn gold / All the Pinot, Pinot Grigio girls / Keep it real cold / ‘Cause it’s a fired up world”
Lady Gaga’s album Joanne is straight fire and arguably one of the most beautiful albums she’s put out. I’m not into Pinot Grigio (more of a Sauv Blanc gal) but this song had me striving to find a Grigio I enjoy just to even more directly relate to this song *sigh*
F E M A L E BY SAMPA THE GREAT
“Big bold women, round of applause / Get-my-goals women, round of applause / Know-my-roots women, round of applause”
Honestly those first few lyrics speak for themselves, so just listen to the song, vibe along, and feel that boost coming your way.
Full playlist here!
I’m sure there are songs you’re in shock that I didn’t include – why don’t you link your jams in the comments so I can take a peek??