New Tunes

Trinny & Susannah in their book The Survival Guide: A Woman’s Secret Weapon For Getting Through The Year say that August is the time to reload your music player with new tunes. They recommend deleting all those painful songs that glorify suffering and misery. They say to replace them with some strong, life affirming tunes and sing along at the top of your voice. In their book Who Do You Want To Be Today: Be Inspired To Dress Differently they recommend putting on some Rufus Wainwright and dancing around singing into your hairbrush to help bring out your inner Bombshell. Some Shirley Bassey to help unleash your inner Diva and some  smooth jazz enjoyed with a straight up martini to help bring out your more masculine side.

Nicky Hambleton-Jones in her book How To Be Gorgeous: Wear It Your Way And Feel Like A Goddess Every Day, she recommends letting the following sexy, ballsy female singers inspire you to find your inner rock chick.

  • Madonna
  • Debbie Harry
  • Gwen Stefani
  • Suzi Quatro
  • Beth Ditto
  • Courtney Love
  • Alison Goldfrapp
  • Pink
  • Chrissie Hynde

Lisa O’Neill in her book Look Gorgeous, Be Happy: What A Woman Wants, she recommends the following happy songs for when you are in a bad mood and need a quick lift. This has become my drive to work playlist, it really does help bring your energy up and get you in the right mind-set.

  • I Gotta Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas
  • Beautiful by Carole King
  • Top of The World by The Carpenters
  • Smile by Lily Allen
  • Never Knew Love Like This Before by Marcia Hines
  • I got You (I Feel Good) by James Brown
  • I’m Too Sexy by Right Said Fred
  • Girls Just Want To Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
  • Lucky by Colbie Caillat & Jason Mraz

Sarah Ban Breathnach in her book Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy suggests listening to Cole Porter. I have added the following songs to my music player and they are lovely to listen to in an apron while cooking up a storm in the kitchen doing my cake baking meditation. Although I have swapped some out for their slightly more modern versions.

  • Anything Goes
  • Begin The Beguine
  • Every Time We Say Goodbye
  • I Get A Kick Out Of You
  • I’ve Got You Under My Skin
  • It’s De-Lovely
  • Lets Do It
  • Miss Otis Regrets
  • Night And Day
  • Don’t Fence Me In

She also suggests experiencing the profound healing powers that music can bring with an assortment of sacred sounds that soothe, she suggests trying the following:

  • Chant by Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo De Silos
  • Rosa Mystica by Therese Schroeder-Sheker
  • Vox De Nube by Gaelic Singer Noirin Ni Riain & the Irish Monks of Glenstal Abbey
  • A Feather on the Breath of God: Gothic Voices with Emma Kirkby
  • Vision: The Music of Hilgard von Bingen
  • Piano Reflections by Kelly Yost

In Camilla Morton’s book How To Walk In High Heels: The Girls Guide To Everything offers the following lists :

Mood Suggestions

  • Uplifting: Baby Love by Diana Ross
  • Relaxing: Mozart Piano Concerto No.21 in C major K.467
  • What’s up with them: Lately by Stevie Wonder
  • The bills have just arrived: Tchaikovsky 1812 overture
  • Getting ready: Independent Woman by Destiny’s Child
  • Put those dancing shoes on: Billie Jean by Micheal Jackson
  • Getting undressed: Love To Love You Baby by Donna Summer
  • Evening in with pizza: Lets Do It by Eartha Kitt
  • Hitting the town: Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison
  • Working to hard: Working Nine To Five by Dolly Parton
  • He’s just called: What A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
  • Housework: The Swan by Saint Sains
  • Cocktails: I’ve got You Under My Skin by Frank Sinatra
  • Harry met Sally moment: It Had To Be You by Harry Conick Jr
  • Missing you: I just Called To Say I Love You by Stevie Wonder
  • Exercise: Lets Get Physical by Olivia Newton John
  • Feeling blue: Crazy by Patsy Cline
  • You are fabulous: Kiss by Tom Jones
  • Anti men: Respect by Aretha Franklin
  • Seducers: Lets Get It On by Marvin Gaye
  • Break ups: Careless Whisper by Wham
  • Melancholy evening: La Vie En Rose by Yves Montande
  • Don’t want to go on, but will: I Did It My Way by Frank Sinatra
  • Pre Dinner party drinks: Eine Kleine Nacht Musik by Mozart
  • Impromptu party at home: Dancing Queen by ABBA
  • Bubble bathing: Moonlight Serenade by Glenn Miller
  • Pre proposal setting: Stardust by Nat King Cole
  • Hellfire and Damnation: The Planets Mars by Holst
  • Youre going to confront him: Symphony No5 by Beethoven
  • Youre going to kill him: Requeim by Mozart


  • Baby love by Diana Ross
  • You are Everything by Diana Ross
  • Stand By Your Man by Tammy Wynette
  • Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves by Sister Sledge
  • I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor
  • Voulez Vous Coucher by Lady marmalade
  • Something Stupid by Frank Sinatra
  • I got you Babe by Sonny and Cher
  • Close To You by The Carpenters
  • I Just Called To Say I Love You by Stevie Wonder
  • Lately by Stevie Wonder
  • I’ve Got You Under My Skin by Frank Sinatra
  • Hello Is It Me You’re Looking For by Lionel Ritchie
  • My Song by Elton John
  • I’m in The Mood For Dancing by Leo Sayer

Stella McCartney’s Runway Hits

  • Buffalo Stance by Neneh Cherry
  • If I Was Your Girlfriend by Nicole Wray
  • Hombre by M.I.A
  • Goodies by Ciara
  • If I Was A Rich Girl by Lady Saw
  • Drop It Like It’s Hot by Snoop Dogg & Pharrell Williams
  • Push It By Salt’n’Pepa

Jade Jagger’s Compilation Soundtrack to her life

  •  Isis by Bob Dylan
  • Benita Applebaum by A Tribe Called Quest
  • Billy jean by Shinehead
  • Hotstuff by The Rolling Stones
  • Wild Like The Wind by Nina Simone
  • Lucky Star by Madonna
  • Wanna Be Starting Something by Michael Jackson
  • Drop It Like It’s Hot by Snoop Dogg & Pharrell Williams
  • Making Whoopee by Louis Armstrong
  • A Love Supreme by John Coltrane
  • I Just Wanna Love You by Jay Z
  • Don’t Worry by Bob Marley

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