“The climb is tough, but the view from the top is worth it.”


Dashing into the little diner on the corner to escape the pouring rain while reflecting on past playlists with a good friend – a Wednesday lunch hour well spent. We agree that a well-crafted playlist can set the right mood for anything, and as a music writer I definitely love a strategic playlist.

So this is how, after a relatively disappointing meal, I was assigned a new Wednesday task to help warm up for all of the novel writing and editing on my agenda today. We parted ways to return to our respective disciplines – a business meeting for one of us and some solitary confinement (with a plethora of noisy keystrokes) for the other.

Rushing back to the car to once again escape the persistent downpour, I agree to create a few playlists for her – without a single promise to leave Arianna Grande out of the mix (sorry love, but you’re unfortunately in the Grande zone now – she once nailed an impression of Celine Dion and won me over #sorrynotsorry).

May the ambience in her world over the next 72 hours be as epic as these song choices. May the broken-hearted take inspiration and get back up when someone tries to knock them down.

Start that impromptu nearly-naked solo dance party, call your best mates and plan a real party, get messy drunk with your friends and claim a table to dance on at your local seedy dive bar. However you choose to move on to bigger and better things after a breakup, make sure your speaker volume is always at maximum.

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Playlist One – Break Free (The Breakup)

Find the list on Apple Music, here

Ariana Grande feat Zedd – Break Free

Tilt – War Room

Iggy Azalea feat Rita Ora – Black Widow

Katy Perry – Dark Horse

TV On The Radio – Happy Idiot

Black Pistol Fire – Lost Cause

Bad Religion – F*#$ You

Jordin Sparks – Battlefield

Pink – So What

Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way

Gin Wigmore – Written In The Water

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=za8Ki4CCXgg&w=560&h=315]

Playlist Two – No Tears Left to Cry (What’s Next)

Find the list on Apple Music, here

Ariana Grande – No Tears Left to Cry

Taylor Swift – We are Never Ever Getting Back Together

Rihanna – Only Girl In The World

Billie Eilish – You Should See Me In A Crown

Taylor Swift – Bad Blood

St. Vincent – Los Ageless

Rihanna – Umbrella

Poppy – Lowlife

TV On The Radio – Wolf Like Me

The Donnas – Strutter (Kiss Cover)

Heart – Alone

Kelly Clarkson – Since U Been Gone

Ladyhawke – Girl Like Me

Sonic Youth – 100%

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixw_bLVUL34&w=560&h=315]

Playlist Three – Love Me Harder (Moving On)

Find the list on Apple Music, here.

The Veronicas – Take Me On The Floor

The Weeknd – Often

Chris Isaac – Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing

Kevin Lyttle – Turn Me On

Ariana Grande – God Is A Woman

Marilyn Manson – Tainted Love

Death From Above 1979 – Romantic Rights

Mother Mother – Let’s Fall In Love

Jace Everett – Bad Things

Tricky – Overcome

Beyonce – Drunk In Love

Lana Del Rey – National Anthem

The Weeknd – The Hills

Louis XIV – Finding Out True Love Is Blind

Joy Division – She’s Lost Control

Rammstein – Feuer Frei

Type O Negative – Black No 1

Pixies – Cactus

She Wants Revenge – Tear You Apart

Bauhaus – Bella Lugosi’s Dead

Depeche Mode – I Feel You

Concrete Blonde – Bloodletting

Hozier – Take Me To Church

The Weeknd feat. Ariana Grande – Love Me Harder