118 Labor & Birth Playlist Songs

background-2846165_640.jpgMusic changes the chemistry of your brain. We all react to and interact with music differently, depending on the type of music being played and our interests or dislikes in songs, artists, and genres of music. Practically everyone is impacted by the positive effects of music. For example, the right kinds of music have been proven to improve your mood and reduce pain, which sounds like (see what I did there) a perfect way to enhance your labor and birth!

Creating a labor playlist isn't new -- people have been using music for years and years as they labor and give birth. What is (relatively) new, is our access to technology and virtually any kind of music we could imagine. When thinking about the how and what of music for your birth, consider how you will play it -- ie, through what device and what kinds of speakers, earphones, etc., and what kinds of music you might enjoy. There's no way to know for sure what type of music will resonate most with you during different parts of your labor, so it's best to create a playlist or two  or three with lots of options. Put your birth partner/doula in charge as DJ on the big day, and go from there. You'll know instinctively in labor if the music works, needs to be switched, or shut off altogether. 

There are near endless options for song choices in labor, and of course, music is very personal. The following list contains 118 of the most popular songs people have used in labor playlists. Use this list as a starting point and then, personalize to your own tastes. Whether you create a playlist or listen to your favorite streaming stations during labor, be sure to include music on your plan for birth!  

118 Labor and Birth Playlist Songs

  1. All About Loving You – Bon Jovi
  2. All of Me – John Legend
  3. Wake Up – Arcade Fire 
  4. At Last – Etta James
  5. Because I got high – Afroman
  6. Best Day Of Your Life – Katie Herzig
  7. Better Together – Jack Johnson
  8. Blue – Beyoncé
  9. Born this way – Lady Gaga
  10. Both Sides Now – Joni Mitchell
  11. Brass Monkey – Beastie Boys
  12. Brave – Sara Bareilles
  13. Break Free (ft. Zedd) – Ariana Grande
  14. Breathe – The prodigy
  15. Breathe – Faith Hill
  16. Breathe (ft. Ina Wroldsen) – Jax Jones
  17. Breathin' Ariana Grande
  18. Closing Time – Semisonic
  19. Capri – Colbie Caillat 
  20. Counting Stars – One Republic
  21. After the Moment – Craft Spells
  22. Really Love – D’Angelo
  23. Danger Zone – Kenny Loggins
  24. Transatlanticism – Death Cab for Cutie 
  25. Do You Believe in Magic – The Lovin’ Spoonful
  26. Don’t Panic – Coldplay
  27. Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey
  28. Every Breath You Take – The Police
  29. Everybody hurts – R.E.M.
  30. Everything I Do (I Do It For You) – Bryan Adams
  31. Everything's Gonna Be Alright David Lee Murphy & Kenny Chesney
  32. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
  33. Feel It Still – Portugal The Man
  34. Fighter – Christina Aguilera
  35. Your Protector – Fleet Foxes
  36. Forever Young – Rod Stewart
  37. Get Ready for This – 2Unlimited
  38. Get This Party Started – Pink!
  39. Gonna Make You Sweat – C & C Music Factory
  40. Got to Get You Into My Life  The Beatles
  41. Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley
  42. Happy  Pharrell Williams
  43. Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles
  44. Here’s to Never Growing Up – Avril Lavigne
  45. Hold On – Wilson Phillips
  46. Hold You in My Arms – Ray LaMontagne
  47. Hot In Here  Nelly
  48. Hurt So Good – John Mellencamp
  49. I want to break free – Queen
  50. I Want Your Sex – George Michael
  51. I Won’t Back Down – Tom Petty
  52. I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz
  53. I Would Die 4 You – Prince
  54. I’m Coming Out – Diana Ross
  55. I’m On Fire – Bruce Springsteen
  56. If I were a boy – Beyonce
  57. If You’re Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows) – Rodney Atkins
  58. Naked As We Came – Iron & Wine
  59. Isn't She Lovely – Stevie Wonder
  60. It’s Time – Imagine Dragons
  61. Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 – Johann Sebastian Bach, Yo-Yo Ma 
  62. Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) – John Lennon
  63. Jump in the line – Harry Belafonte
  64. Stay – Kygo, Maty Noyes
  65. Le Freak – Chic
  66. Let It Go – Idina Menzel
  67. Let it Go – James Bay
  68. Let’s Get It Started in Here – Black Eyed Peas
  69. Little Wonders – Rob Thomas
  70. Fruits of My Labor – Lucinda Williams
  71. Nos Bailes Da Vida – Milton Nascimento 
  72. Starlight– Muse
  73. Must Get Out – Maroon 5
  74. My Girl – The Temptations
  75. Sunrise – Norah Jones 
  76. Nothing Else Matters – Apocalyptica
  77. Nothings Gonna Stop Us Now – Starship
  78. Orinoco Flow – Enya
  79. Heavenly Day – Patty Griffin
  80. Just Breathe – Pearl Jam
  81. Push – Madonna
  82. Push It  Salt n Pepa
  83. Nightswimming – R.E.M. 
  84. Don’t Leave Me – Regina Spektor 
  85. Relax – Frankie Goes To Hollywood
  86. Release Me – Wilson Phillips
  87. Right Here Waiting – Richard Marx
  88. Roar  Katy Perry
  89. Run the World (Girls) – Beyoncé
  90. Send me on my way – Rusted Root
  91. She's My Baby – The Traveling Wilburys
  92. Festival – Sigur Rós 
  93. Start Me Up – The Rolling Stones
  94. Strong Enough – Cher
  95. Stronger – Kelly Clarkson
  96. Stubborn Love – The Lumineers
  97. Survivor – Destiny’s Child
  98. Sweet Child O' Mine – Guns n Roses 
  99. Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap
  100. The Circle of Life – Elton John
  101. The Drugs Don't Work – The Verve
  102. Ho Hey – The Lumineers
  103. The Power – Snap!
  104. They Say It’s Your Birthday – Paul McCartney
  105. Try – Pink
  106. Two – Lenka
  107. With or Without You – U2 
  108. Under Pressure – David Bowie/Queen
  109. We Didn’t Start the Fire – Billy Joel
  110. Welcome to the jungle – Guns ‘N’ Roses
  111. Impossible Germany – Wilco
  112. With A Little Help From My Friends – Joe Cocker
  113. Follow the Sun – Xavier Rudd
  114. Maps – Yeah Yeah Yeahs 
  115. You Belong to Me – Taylor Swift
  116. You Can Do It (Put Your Back Into It)  Ice Cube/Mack 10
  117. Young and Beautiful – Lana Del Rey
  118. Your Love Is A Drug – Ke$ha
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