There are a few times in life when having the perfect playlist will make a BIG difference. When you make a mixtape for your first crush in high school, at your wedding reception, and – of course – during birth!

Everyone has different needs during birth and nowhere is that more reflected than in a birth playlist. Maybe you want super melo orchestra-style music playing to keep you calm, or you want to rock out to some of your favourite bangers to keep the spirits high! Whatever you like, it’s YOUR playlist and you should enjoy it. Below we list some songs we’ve heard as birth doulas to help get your list started.

“Fighter” by Christina Aguilera: This song is powerful both lyrically and vocally. Aguilera’s raw emotion and strong vocals convey a message of empowerment and resilience, making it a natural fit during birth!

“Let’s Get It Started in Here” by Black Eyed Peas: This energetic track is perfect for getting any party started. With its catchy beat and infectious lyrics, it’s practically impossible not to dance along. It’s a timeless party anthem that never fails to lift spirits.

“Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley: Jeff Buckley’s rendition of “Hallelujah” is hauntingly beautiful. His soulful vocals combined with the poignant lyrics create a deeply moving listening experience. The song’s emotional depth and sincerity make it a classic that resonates with listeners on a profound level. One we’ve heard during many labors.

“Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey: This iconic anthem is filled with optimism and hope. Its anthemic chorus and uplifting melody have made it a timeless favorite for generations. “Don’t Stop Believin'” has a universal message of perseverance that continues to inspire listeners around the world. It’s a song that fits any situation.

“Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses: This song is a quintessential rock ballad with its memorable guitar riff and heartfelt lyrics. Axl Rose’s powerful vocals coupled with the band’s electrifying energy make it an unforgettable classic. “Sweet Child O’ Mine” captures the essence of youthful passion and longing, making it an obvious fit during birth.

“All About Loving You” by Bon Jovi: Bon Jovi’s ballad “All About Loving You” is a heartfelt declaration of love. With its romantic lyrics and soaring melodies, it perfectly captures the essence of devotion and affection.

“Sabotage” by Beastie Boys: “Sabotage” is a high-energy track with its aggressive vocals and driving beat. The Beastie Boys’ raw and rebellious style shines through in this song, making it an adrenaline-pumping anthem. Its infectious energy and punk-rock attitude have cemented its status as a classic. A perfect one to have in your list when you want to up the energy in a birth room.

“Breathe” by Faith Hill: Faith Hill’s “Breathe” is a stunning country-pop ballad. Her emotive vocals and the song’s heartfelt lyrics create a captivating listening experience. “Breathe” is a timeless love song that resonates with anyone who has ever been deeply in love.

“Closing Time” by Semisonic: “Closing Time” is an anthemic alternative rock song with its catchy chorus and infectious melody. Its lyrics about new beginnings and seizing the moment have made it a favorite for graduation ceremonies and other milestones. The song’s uplifting message and memorable hooks ensure its enduring popularity. If you’re of a certain vintage, you can remember closing time as one of THE songs of your youth.

“Yellow” by Coldplay: “Yellow” is a beautifully crafted indie rock ballad with its dreamy melody and heartfelt lyrics. Chris Martin’s emotive vocals and the song’s atmospheric instrumentation create a mesmerizing listening experience. “Yellow” is a timeless love song that resonates with listeners on a deeply emotional level.

“Hot In Here” by Nelly: “Hot In Here” is a sizzling hip-hop anthem with its infectious beat and playful lyrics. Nelly’s charismatic delivery and the song’s catchy hooks make it a standout party track. Another one you can use to keep the vibes high during labor.

“Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus: “Wrecking Ball” is a powerful pop ballad with its emotive vocals and raw honesty. Miley Cyrus’ passionate delivery and the song’s soaring chorus create a deeply moving listening experience. “Wrecking Ball” is a testament to heartbreak and resilience, making it a standout in Cyrus’ discography. One of the more popular birth playlist tracks over the past 10 years.

“High Hopes” by Panic at the Disco: “High Hopes” is an anthemic pop-rock song with its uplifting message and infectious energy. Brendon Urie’s dynamic vocals and the song’s catchy hooks make it an instant favorite. “High Hopes” is an empowering anthem about chasing dreams and never giving up.

“You Need To Calm Down” by Taylor Swift: “You Need To Calm Down” is a catchy pop anthem with its infectious beat and empowering message. Taylor Swift’s clever lyrics and the song’s upbeat melody create an irresistible listening experience. It’s a bold statement against negativity and prejudice, making it a standout track in Swift’s repertoire. It wouldn’t be a birth playlist without at least ONE Swift song on it.

“Love Hurts” by Nazareth: “Love Hurts” is a timeless rock ballad with its emotive vocals and poignant lyrics. Nazareth’s raw and soulful delivery captures the pain and longing of lost love. It’s a powerful reminder that love isn’t always easy, but it’s worth the risk.

“All My Life” by Foo Fighters: “All My Life” is a hard-hitting rock anthem with its electrifying energy and aggressive guitars. Dave Grohl’s powerhouse vocals and the song’s explosive chorus make it an instant classic. “All My Life” is a relentless onslaught of rock ‘n’ roll intensity that leaves a lasting impression.

“Born To Be Wild” by Steppenwolf: “Born To Be Wild” is a quintessential rock anthem with its iconic guitar riff and rebellious spirit. Its lyrics about freedom and adventure have made it a timeless favorite. It’s lyrics make it an easy fit for a birth playlist.

“Rolling in the Deep” by Adele: “Rolling in the Deep” is a soulful powerhouse of a song with its powerful vocals and emotionally charged lyrics. Adele’s raw and passionate delivery captures the pain of heartbreak with haunting precision. “Rolling in the Deep” is a modern classic that showcases Adele’s incredible talent and artistry.

“Stronger” by Britney Spears: “Stronger” is an empowering pop anthem with its infectious beat and confident lyrics. Britney Spears’ commanding vocals and the song’s catchy hooks make it a standout track. “Stronger” is a declaration of independence and resilience, making it an anthem for anyone overcoming adversity. One of our all time favourites.

What songs resonate with you? Drop us a line on Instagram, we’d love to hear them!