Stress busting songs


So this morning hasn’t gone terrifically to plan. It’s my day off, so as usual I have designs on ticking off lots of things from my to do list. But if you’re a parent to a small child and you have a day off work, it doesn’t at all mean you’re sat at home twiddling your thumbs with nothing to do. Normal things like putting a wash on, tidying the house or even getting yourself dressed take far longer than they otherwise would.

It’s 11.30 and so far I’ve been puked on, changed my clothes once and my baby gal’s three times; cleaned the rug after this sick episode – which I’m hoping was caused only by over-zealous eating of a cereal bar; put baby gal to bed, only to have the postman banging on the letterbox and the nice men from the National Grid digging up the road outside her window; and spent an hour trying to order a washing machine from a usually faultless department store, but in this case the site kept crashing and each time I refreshed the delivery slot I wanted had been taken. Arghh! Small things, first world problems I know, but annoying nonetheless.

I’ve come out to the supermarket to make the most of the last part of baby gal’s sleep (don’t worry, my husband’s at home) and a bit of stress-busting loud music has gone some way to sorting me out. It got me thinking of my favourite tunes to dispel minor rage, and I came up with this list. After a quick poll on Facebook, my friends have added some of their own too so I’ve kind of mixed them all in together.

Have you got any to add?

X Julia

David Bowie – Changes

McAlmont and Butler – Yes

ACDC – Whole Lotta Rosie

Florence and the Machine – Shake it Out

Haim – If I Could Change Your Mind

Pharrell Williams – Happy

Tone Loc – Funky Cold Medina

Elton John – I’m Still Standing

Kelis – I Hate You So Much Right Now

Wilson Picket – Land of 1,000 Dances

Katy Perry – Firework

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    December 6, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    I’d add Moloko “Sing It Back” never fails to make me happy!
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      December 7, 2014 at 12:50 pm

      Oh yeah I like that one too! X

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    Rebecca U
    December 7, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Good choices! My ‘angry’ song is Time is Running Out by Muse – It HAS to be played extremely loud #sundaystars
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      December 7, 2014 at 12:50 pm

      I’ll try that thanks! X

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    Maria (notyouraveragebaby)
    December 7, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Gene Pitney and Marc Almond – Something’s Got a Hold on my Heart
    Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run
    Dr Dre – Keep Their Heads Ringin
    Disclosure – White Noise
    Marc Anthony – Celos
    Any Jennifer Lopez song that doesn’t feature Pitbull!

    I’m not saying they’re good but they work for me! #SundayStars
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      December 7, 2014 at 12:50 pm

      These are great!! Thanks for your suggestions, they don’t have to be good, just to do the trick! X

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    Kat | Beau Twins
    December 7, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Oh yay my made it to your list. I love Florence. Great post lovely lady. Xxx
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      December 9, 2014 at 3:53 pm

      Yay of course, top tune! Xx

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    Katie Haydock
    December 7, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    I would add:
    Florence and the machine – a kiss with a fist
    Dixie chicks – not ready to make nice
    Beyonce – sweetdreams
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    Mini travellers
    December 7, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    ooh I like this post. My favourite is a good old ballad bizarrely. Something you can sing your heart out too – cheese tastic like total eclipse of the heart- ha ha

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    Hayley Smith @hayleyfromhome
    December 9, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    What a day you had! I’m not surprised you needed some loud stress-busting music. I always have If You Want Blood – ACDC and Monkey Wrenxh – Foo Fighters I just love anything that you can turn right up (when the kids aren’t with you!) xx
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    December 9, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    I love how music can change the mood instantly. Hope your week goes a little more smoothly 🙂 x x
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    Everything Mummy
    December 9, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    great choices! I do think whacking on some music is defore the best way to de stress!
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    December 12, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    And I’d just add anything that gets me up off the sofa and dancing – you’d judge me badly if I told you some of my fave songs!! They’re not ones to boast about!! Haha. xxxxx #sundaystars

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    Mrs H
    December 13, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    That sounds like an awful day. I hope your baby girl is better now. I would definitely agree with David Bowie’s Changes. I would also add Under Pressure, Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run and Thunder Road and anything by The divine comedy is guaranteed to cheer me up. Thanks for linking up with #SundaysStars. Hugs Mrs H xxxx
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