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Can Music Improve My Labor Experience? (Bonus Birth Playlist)

Updated: Jun 19, 2021

Baby is coming, and there's no turning back now! If you're looking for a quick and easy step to take that can help get you through labor, consider turning on some tunes. A variety of studies have linked music during labor to lower pain intensity and decreased anxiety (Hollins Martin et al., 2014; Lin et al., 2019).

Wondering which songs will power you through the pain? While some women prefer soft spa music, I have my own delivery-themed suggestions:

Labor and Birth Playlist:

  1. "Sitting, Waiting, Wishing", Jack Johnson

  2. "It's Time", Imagine Dragons

  3. "I'm Coming Out", Diana Ross

  4. "Under Pressure", Queen & David Bowie

  5. "Got to Get You Into My Life", The Beatles

  6. "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)", Kelly Clarkson

  7. "Feel It Still", Portugal The Man

  8. "I Want to Break Free", Queen

  9. "Just Breathe", Pearl Jam

  10. "I Won't Back Down", Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

  11. "Send Me On My Way", Rusted Root

  12. "Start Me Up", The Rolling Stones

  13. "I Won't Give Up", Jason Mraz

  14. "All These Things That I've Done", The Killers

  15. "Come and Get Your Love", Redbone

  16. "Go All the Way", Raspberries

  17. "CAN'T STOP THE FEELING!", Justin Timberlake

  18. "Anything Could Happen", Ellie Goulding

  19. "Wild Wild Life", Talking Heads

  20. "You Shook Me All Night Long", AC/DC

  21. "Takin' Care of Business", Bachman-Turner Overdrive

  22. "You Aint Seen Nothin Yet", BTO

  23. "Don't Stop", Fleetwood Mac

  24. "Push It", Salt-N-Pepa

  25. "Inside Out", Eve 6

  26. "Paralyzer", Finger Eleven

  27. "The Middle", Jimmy Eat World

  28. "Ho Hey", The Lumineers

  29. "Let It Go", James Bay

  30. "Closing Time", Semisonic

  31. "With a Little Help From My Friends", The Beatles

  32. "Electric Love", BØRNS

  33. "Someone New", Hoozier

  34. "Every Breath You Take", The Police

  35. "Lullaby", Shawn Mullins

  36. "Here Comes the Sun", The Beatles

  37. "Better Together", Jack Johnson

  38. "Counting Stars", OneRepublic

  39. "Hold You In My Arms", Ray LaMontagne

  40. "All of Me", John Legend

  41. "Little Wonders", Rob Thomas

  42. "Sweet Child Of Mine", Guns N' Roses

  43. "Feel the Love (feat. John Newman)", Rudimental

  44. "New Soul", Yael Naim


  • Hollins Martin CJ, Martin CR. Development and psychometric properties of the Birth Satisfaction Scale-Revised (BSS-R). Midwifery. 2014 Jun;30(6):610-9.

  • Lin HH, Chang YC, Chou HH, Chang CP, Huang MY, Liu SJ, Tsai CH, Lei WT, Yeh TL. Effect of music interventions on anxiety during labor: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. PeerJ. 2019 May 15;7:e6945.

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