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Music is known to have an explainable impact on people of all kinds. What better way to relax your mind during a rough day, than a playlist to set the mood. Whether you’re going through a breakup, having a fall out with your girls, or had a rough day at work or school, this playlist will leave you feeling empowered, fearless, and ready to slay!

  1. Monica- “Don’t Take it Personal (Just One Of Them Days)”

How can we discuss a “just one of them days” playlist without kicking it off with Monica’s “Don’t Take it Personal” off of her 1995 debut album “Miss Thang”. Monica spoke for women everywhere when she said that she was simply having one of them days and didn’t want her loved ones to take it personal. I mean, who doesn’t wake up in a grouchy mood and “Don’t Take it Personal” instantly begins to play in their heads?

  1. Bob Marley- “Three Little Birds”

Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds” is a classic record to set the mood for nothing but positive, mellow vibes. The sweet sounds of Bob’s legendary reggae brings an undeniable feeling of serenity.

  1. SZA- CTRL album
    SZA’s CTRL has been said to be the reflection of the women of this era. With songs like “20 something” and “Love Galore,” SZA explores the many elements of a woman. Needless to say, CTRL is definitely a soundtrack for ladies all over.

  1. K. Michelle – “Can’t Raise a Man”

Ladies, you ever have a man in your life and no matter how bad you want him to get it together, it’s just not happening? K.Michelle kept it real for us one time and let us know we cannot raise a man! “He’s already grown, whatchu gon’ do?!”

  1. Lauryn Hill- “Ex Factor”

Lauryn Hill proved herself as an icon in the music business with one legendary album in 1998, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. “Ex-Factor” was the second single off of the timeless body of work. Other smash singles that made this album unforgettable were “Doo Wop” (That Thing), and “Everything is Everything.”

  1. Beyonce’- Lemonade album

It seems as though we never really know when or if Beyoncé will ever reach a peak in her career, but it surely doesn’t feel like it can get any better than Beyonce’ in her Lemonade era! Beyonce’ explored and opened eyes to the many different layers that make up a black woman. Between “Formation” “Sorry” and “Don’t Hurt Yourself”, you’ll be feeling like you don’t need a man for anything and just down right unstoppable.

  1. Ashanti- “Foolish”

R&B princess Ashanti gave the ladies a record that will never fade. Who else thought they were Ashanti mushing Terrance Howard when our good sis said “see when I get the strength to leave, you always tell me that you need me!” She had us in our feelings!

  1. Solange- A Seat At the Table album

Solange surprised the world with her extraordinary talents. Even the interludes between songs were well thought out and meaningful. This album won Solange many awards, including a Grammy. If Black Girl Magic had a soundtrack, it would be Solange’s A Seat at The Table.

  1. Jhene Aiko- “The Worst”

Jhene Aiko tapped into a pain women know entirely too well with her hit single “The Worst.” The lyrics used were so relate-able, plus they were topped off with a beat that was simply undeniable.

What are some of your favorite songs to lift your spirits? Weigh in below!

Written By:  Rahkiya Brown


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