I feel like we all need a bit of cheering up at this time of year. Right? Christmas is over, back at school/work, it’s cold and the next holiday seems very far away indeed! Music can be such a game changer for me when it comes to lifting my mood. When I’m feeling a bit down I just turn my headphones up and play some feel-good music and I feel better almost instantly! The right music can be a very powerful thing.

Today I’m going to share with you my top twenty ‘songs that make me smile’ – and I hope they will you too!

  1. Pencil full of lead – Paulo Nutini (always reminds me how lucky I am)
  2. Better when I’m dancing – Meghan Trainor
  3. Azonto – Fuse ODG
  4. Can’t stop the feeling – Justin Timberlake
  5. Hold my hand – Jess Glynne (makes us smile because it’s the song we walked back down the aisle to as a married couple!)
  6. Dancing queen – ABBA (classic!)
  7. Happy – Pharrell Williams
  8. I want you back – The Jackson 5
  9. Love on top – Beyonc├ę
  10. Hey ya! – Outcast
  11. Uptown funk – Mark Ronson
  12. Price tag – Jessie J
  13. Marvin Gaye – Charlie Puth
  14. Dancing in the moonlight – Toploader
  15. Heatwave – Wiley (my holiday song!)
  16. Baby – Justin Beiber
  17. She’s so lovely – Scouting for Girls
  18. All summer long – Kid Rock
  19. Hey soul sister – Train
  20. Get lucky – Daft Punk

Happy listening and keep smiling!

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Virtually everyone would say they can’t work out without a super motivating playlist playing full blast in their headphones, am I right? Personally, I love working out to music. It gives me a rhythm, sometimes a distraction and always the motivation to push myself a bit harder. I wanted to share my ‘Ultimate Workout Playlist’ with you today because I love listening to it in the gym and I really feel the right music can make the difference between a mediocre and a kick-ass workout!

Warm Up:

  • Good Feeling – Flo Rida
  • In For The Kill – La Roux
  • Mr Saxobeat – Alexandra Stan
  • We Built This City
  • Can’t Stop The Feeling – Justin Timberlake
  • Sorry – Justin Beiber
  • Troublemaker – Olly Murs
  • Timber – Pitbull & Keisha

Main Workout:

  • I Love It – Icona Pop
  • Call On Me – Eric Prydz
  • Anaconda – Nicky Minaj
  • Down – Jay Sean
  • Get Ugly – Jason Derulo
  • Lose Yourself – Eminem
  • Tears – Clean Bandit feat Louisa Johnson
  • ┬áThe Girls – Calvin Harris
  • TINA – Fuse ODG
  • Partition – Beyonc├ę
  • We Built This City – Starship
  • Girlfriend – Avril Lavinge
  • How Deep is your Love – Calvin Harris
  • Don’t Stop the Music – Rihanna
  • Milkshake – Kelis
  • Domino – Jessie J
  • Run the World – Beyonc├ę
  • Bounce – Iggy Azealea
  • Temperature- Sean Paul
  • Pump It – Black Eyes Peas
  • That Power – Will.I.Am

Cool Down:

  • Cheerleader – OMI
  • Fight Song – Rachel Platten
  • Blame it on Me- George Ezra
  • Cold Water – Major Lazer feat Justin Beiber

 

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If you are planning a DIY hen party like I did then music is key. Any party is not complete without tunes, and for a hen party, particularly if you’ve got a mixed age group, it’s really important to get a bit of an atmosphere going. I had a hen party of two parts; a party in the park and then a night out, so for the first section I needed a playlist.

I use Spotify Premium to make my party playlists. It’s great, you don’t have to download all the songs and pay for them separately and you can also make them overlap slightly so there are not big pauses in between songs. If you are using a phone to play it though speakers BE AWARE aeroplane mode is needed! You don’t want to interrupt your fave Beyonce track because your lost mate is calling you.

This was my playlist and I must say, for us, it was bang on. I wanted something which was upbeat all the way through but built up to more of a dnacy/clubby vibe towards the end before we went out.  Girly, fun, summery and enough to get people moving which is exactly what I was going for.

  1. Ugly Heart – GRL
  2. Hot N Cold – Katy Perry
  3. Unwritten – Natasha Beddingfield
  4. Push the Button – Sugarbabes
  5. Jenny from the Block -JLO
  6. Brave – Sara Barielles
  7. Super Bass – Nicki Minaj
  8. Marvin Gaye – Charlie Pugh (feat. Meghan Trainor)
  9. Milkshake – Kelis
  10. Cheerleader – OMI
  11. All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor
  12. Problem – Ariana Grande
  13. She Looks So Perfect – 5 Seconds of Summer
  14. Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself – Jess Glynne
  15. We Can’t Stop – Miley Cyrus
  16. Love On Top – Beyonce
  17. Pretty Girl Rock – Keri Hilson
  18. Don’t Cha – Pussycat Dolls
  19. Anaconda – Nicki Minaj
  20. Girls Like – Tinie Tempah
  21. Man! I Feel Like A Woman! – Shania Twain
  22. Dancing Queen – ABBA
  23. Kiss Kiss – Holly Valance
  24. Spice Up Your Life – Spice Girls
  25. Dear Future Husband – Meghan Trainor
  26. Star Girl – Mcfly
  27. No Scrubs – TLC
  28. Run The World – Beyonce
  29. I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston
  30. Crazy in Love – Beyonce
  31. Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepson
  32. Sorry – Justin Beiber
  33. Fancy – Iggy Azalea
  34. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
  35. 9 to 5 – Dolly Parton
  36. What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction
  37. She’s so Lovely – Scouting for Girls
  38. Am I Wrong – Nico & Vinz
  39. Summer – Calvin Harris
  40. Pray – Take That
  41. Glitterball – Sigma
  42. Want to Want Me – Jason Derulo
  43. Black Magic – Little Mix
  44. It’s My Party – Jessie J
  45. My love – Justing Timberlake
  46. Die Young – Keisha
  47. Maneater – Nelly Furtado
  48. So What – P!nk
  49. I Kissed A Girl – Katy Perry
  50. Pon de Replay – Rihanna
  51. Fergalicious – Fergie
  52. Primadonna – Marina & the Diamonds
  53. T.I.N.A – Fuse Odg
  54. Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke
  55. Mysterious Girl – Peter Andre
  56. Don’t Stop The Music – Rihanna
  57. Tik Tok – Keisha
  58. Where Them Girls At – David Guetta
  59. I Love It – Icona Pop
  60. Party in the USA – Miley Cyrus
  61. California Gurls – Katy Perry
  62. I Loved You – Blonde
  63. AM to PM – Christina Milian
  64. Hair – Little Mix
  65. Girlfriend – Avril Lavigne
  66. How Deep is your Love – Calvin Harris
  67. I Don’t Care – Cheryl Cole
  68. It’s My Birthday – Will.I.Am
  69. Freak of the Week – Krept & Konan
  70. Shut up and Dance  Nicholas Petricca

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