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A Body-Positive Playlist

June 2, 2011

Music is so important. It can heal and inspire. It lifts up and brings joy. Body image and self-love are such a major issue these days that it seems to be a recurring theme in music. I thought it would be really powerful if we collaborated and came up with a list to recommend for downloading and creating your own playlist. I won’t be selling these or making any money off them – just working with my community to recommend a bunch of excellent music that can help heal us and lift us up so we can each buy the songs ourselves and create a playlist that suits us best.

So leave a comment here with a song title and artist name. I’ll keep a list going here on this page of all the songs recommended for body image or just general uplifting self-love, and I hope that in time we can have the most complete list possible. ♥

Keep in mind that these songs have been recommended by readers who were moved by them for one of many reasons. Not everyone will respond the same to every song, take what moves you, leave the rest. (I mean “take” figuratively. In actuality I recommend you acquire your musical legally.)

Also, I will link to music videos where possible. Keep in mind they may not necessarily be safe for work.

Christina Aguilera – Beautiful ~ Buy it on iTunes or Amazon.
Caitlin Crosby – Imperfect is the New Perfect (Not the official video.) ~ Buy it on iTunes or Amazon.
P!nk – Fuckin’ Perfect ~ Buy it on iTunes or Amazon.
Meredith Brooks – Bitch ~ Buy it on Amazon.
Sir Mix-A-Lot – Baby Got Back ~ Buy it on iTunes or Amazon.
Jonathan Coulton’s cover of Baby Got Back ~ get it free on his website.
Ani DiFranco – Present/Infant ~ Buy it on Amazon.
Jason Mraz – The Beauty in Ugly ~ Buy it on iTunes or Amazon.
Selena Gomez & The Scene – Who Says ~ Buy it on iTunes or Amazon.
Gretchen Wilson – Redneck Woman ~ Buy it on iTunes or Amazon.
The Young Punx and Amanda Palmer – Map of Tasmania ~ Buy it on iTunes or Amazon.

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11 Responses to “A Body-Positive Playlist”

  1. Terressa Says:
    June 2nd, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Christina Aguilera – Beautiful

  2. Kerilyn Says:
    June 2nd, 2011 at 9:54 am

    (Makes me want to go on a Road Trip) Emiliana Torrini – Unemployed in Summertime
    (Makes me want to be a backup dancer) Buttons – Pussycat Dolls
    (Makes me want to meditate) Michael Franti & Spearhead – Skin on the Drum (Bassnectar Remix)

    Just a few for ya!

  3. Bryana Says:
    June 2nd, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Pink – F**kin’ Perfect
    Miley Cyrus – The Climb

  4. Christa Says:
    June 2nd, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Baby Got Back – Sir Mix-a-Lot
    Fat Bottomed Girls – Queen

    If you’re carrying a little extra junk in the trunk like me, it’s nice to hear we “make the rockin’ world go ’round”.

  5. bethany actually Says:
    June 7th, 2011 at 12:29 am

    By Caitlin Crosby (same as the video above), “Imperfect is the New Perfect”

  6. Karen Says:
    June 7th, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Meredith Brooks, “Bitch”
    Gretchen Wilson, “Redneck Woman”

  7. Lauren Says:
    June 9th, 2011 at 8:41 am

    “Present/ Infant” by Ani Difranco, or abbout a gazillion other songs by Ani for that matter.
    “True Colours” as performed by Ane Brun

  8. New Fun Internet Toy! | This Is A Woman Says:
    August 26th, 2011 at 9:52 am

    […] have a couple of entries submitted and ready to go, I want to keep working on the playlist, and I’m hoping to put together a weekly summary of relevant blog posts, articles and other […]

  9. Yara Says:
    June 14th, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Just For A Moment Forget Who You Are- The Rocket Summer

    I’m Not Alright- Sanctus Real

    Everything Glorious- David Crowder Band

    Perfect Love- Kim Walker Smith

    Beautiful – (The Glee Soundtrack) (shut up)

    From the Inside Out – Hillsong United

  10. bethany actually Says:
    June 15th, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    That video for “Flawz” makes me cry every single time I watch it.

  11. bethany actually Says:
    June 15th, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    “Tubthumping” by Chumbawumba – I know it’s kind of a cliche but come on, who doesn’t need to hear about getting knocked down but getting back up again once in a while?

    Crayola Doesn’t Make a Color For Your Eyes” – Kristin Andreassen

    “You’re So Damn Hot” – OK Go

    “The Beauty in Ugly” – Jason Mraz (Lauren Carter introduced me to that one!)

    “King of Anything” – Sara Bareilles

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