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A Day of Song

by Hytes 3 months ago in playlist

An emotionally-charged playlist to keep you physically moving from AM to PM

A Day of Song
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We all have really rough days, ones that are impervious to the regular self-care routines we establish to protect ourselves from the damage. For those inconsolable days, we need music. And ones of every genre, not just what we're used to. I read once that if art decorates space, then music decorates time. So for those bare, bleak times, decorate your day with this positivity-charged playlist to keep you up and moving.

Think of this as as your metaphorical-rainy day fund.


1. "Oh What a Beautiful Mornin'" by Oklahoma! sung by Hugh Jackman

When you first wake up, throw on this song of Hugh Jackman singing in London's West End. First, you're going to be annoyed at yourself for every reading this dumb article. Then, you're going to reluctantly acknowledge that while the song is lame, Hugh Jackman is so dashingly talented it's nearly a sin. Is there anything that beautiful, jacked man can't do? Then, you're going to bop a little and wholeheartedly agree, Oklahoma! the musical is completely rad. And dang it if isn't a beautiful mornin'.


Take the morning slow with a gentle yoga routine. Let these melodies drown out the sound of moaning or bones cracking as your body wakes itself up.

2. Feeling Good sung by Michael Bublé

3. At Last by Etta James

4. Lovely Day by Bill Withers

5. Autumn in New York by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong


This part is the real deal. The part where you pound some serious payment, get down to cardio, and sweat out all the bad juju. Throw on these tunes and make it happen.

6. Show Me Your Teeth by Lady Gaga

7. Bad Guy by Billie Eilish

8. Black Skinhead by Kanye West

9. Work B*tch by Britney Spears

10. God is a Dancer by Mabel

11. Dance Monkey by Tones And I

12. Humble by Kendrick Lamar

13. Thousand by Moby*

*Fun fact: this song has the most beats per minute of any song ever recorded. Enjoy!


This part is for that post-workout glow phase when you're walking/driving home. You killed it in the gym, you're feeling yourself and wanting to stay that way, but aren't looking for something too boppin' that it could give you a heart palpitation. Keep the mood but take a well-deserved break with these songs.

14. Senorita by Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes

15. Side to Side by Ariana Grande

16. Bad Things by Jace Everett

17. Some Nights by F.U.N

18. Make Me Stronger by Memphis the Musical


Whatever you're still holding onto from the day, release it all through a light evening stretch under the canopy of these soothing songs. These Masters of Tears

19. Turn to Stone by Ingrid Michaelson

20. Green Eyes by Coldplay

21. What They'll Say About Us by Finneas

22. Manhattan by Sarah Bareilles

23. World Spins Madly On by The Weepies

And if what started as a quiet stretch grew into a full-on dramatic interpretive dance routine in your kitchen after listening, that's ok too.


Congrats! You survived a entire day, and did it narrated by songs Zoe's Extraordinary Playlist -style. As you fall asleep, prevent your mind from racing by jumping right into a meditation before that first negative thought can burst out of the gate.

I recommend anything by Liza Colpa via Insight Timer.

My favorite is titled "Pursue Your Dreams."

And have sweet ones! Come back to this playlist whenever you're hurting most or just when you need to motivate to get that first leg out of bed in the morning. Ella Fitzgerald and Kendrick Lamar and Ingrid Michaelson will be at the ready to set the mood right...oh and Hugh Jackman, too, of course. He's just so talented.




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