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The Perfect Playlists for Different Moods in the Shower

If you never know what to play in the shower, fret no more.

The shower is a sanctuary. A temple of solitary confinement dedicated to one person, you. When you shower, it’s supposed to be your time. You have the utmost control over the temperature, the duration, and the music. The music. It’s arguably the most important part of the shower. The music that you listen to in the shower dictates your thoughts and feelings. It is a time for introspection. That’s why it’s important for the stuff you listen to to be in line with your mood. It’s a time to cleanse your body and prepare your mind for the situation. That being said, I’ve curated the perfect set of playlists coincide with some common moods. Now these aren’t going to be for everyone, but they’ll be for someone, and that’s the most important thing.

The Pre-Party Pump Up

For me, it takes a lot to build up motivation to go out and be “ignant”. I’m not the type to be raring and ready to go out to the club or party. So basically have to assume the persona of someone who is. The persona that I love to become is your prototypical 20 year old rapper who has all of the confidence in the world. To get me in this state of mind, I filled this playlist with the most bombastic rap that makes me feel like I can toss stacks at the nightclub. It’s characterized by powerful beats and bombastic repetitive lyrics. My personal favorites of this playlist include “Brxnks Truck”, the latest single from one half of the high power duo Rae Sremmurd, “Mo Bamba” from the electric, Harlem-based newcomer Sheck Wes, and “Shutdown” by the Jay-Z of British grime rap, Skepta. This playlist will do wonders for your confidence and allow you to have an exorbitant amount of fun for the night.

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Post-Breakup Shower

This playlist is for anyone who has ever been heartbroken. Like right after you’ve been dumped or cheated on and the wound is still fresh. This playlist is synthesized of cathartic jams for you to yell at the top of your lungs at the shower head because sometimes that’s what you need. And that’s okay. This particular set of songs takes you to one of the most emotional genres of music, early 2000s pop ballads. Classic tearjerkers like “Bleeding Love” by British songstress Leona Lewis, “Jar of Hearts” by Christina Perri, and “Big Girls Don’t Cry” by Fergie (a personal favorite). There is also the obligatory Adele ballads because those songs are like crack for the soul. This playlist will allow you to get out your frustrations and sadness in a healthy way, by healthy way I mean letting it all out while you shampoo and sob.

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The funkiest shower you will take

Maybe I didn’t think this one through that much. With the bathroom being where 90% of all household accidents occur, it probably isn’t the best idea to make a playlist that inspires you to get up and groove. Maybe I should put a disclaimer on this one. This one right here is liable to get you to treat your shower like a private disco floor. Classic funk jams like “Give up the Funk” by the 70s supergroup Parliament, “Car Wash” by Rose Royce, and “Get Up Offa That Thing” by the legendary James Brown will cause you to dance in a way that you have no business dancing in the shower. And of course, one of the greatest songs ever, “Let’s Groove” by Earth, WInd & Fire has the magical power to get you in a groovy mood no matter what. The most important part of this playlist is that it’ll make you feel good and give you the most fun shower you’ve had in a while.

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Preparing for a Wild Night In

I don’t care what anyone says, the act of cancelling plans and staying in and relaxing is the greatest feeling in the world. There’s nothing better than just settling in for a night of watching TV, eating ramen, drinking hot chocolate, and just mellowing in your own home. A nice quiet night is needed more than people would think. The shower is the beginning of your night in, and it needs to put you in the correct state of mind to relax. This playlist right here is stocked with low-fi R&B and hip-hop jams to lower your heart rate and relax you. Calm hip-hop and R&B has a way of being almost therapeutic. This playlist is stockpiled with jams like “After the Storm” by Kali Uchis with Tyler, The Creator and the legendary Bootsy Collins, “Wild Irish Roses” by budding St. Louis rapper Smino (a personal favorite), and “Grey Luh” by Berhana. If you want to prepare yourself for a calm night in, this is the playlist to do it with.

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Happy Day

Arguably the most important part of your day is the beginning. It sets the tone for the rest of your 24 hours, and can decide whether or not your day is wack or amazing. I created this playlist right here to start your day off with positive jams that are designed to make you feel good. The beauty of this playlist is that it spans across multiple genres that all can convey the same ideals, happiness and positivity. Highlights of this beacon of positivity include “Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Swede with its iconic intro, “Move on Up” by the legend Curtis Mayfield, and my personal favorite, “Pocketful of Sunshine” by LEGENDARY British singer Natasha Bedingfield. The message of this playlist is positivity, and I hope it’s able to provide that for you.

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