My “Happy Black Woman” Playlist

Most of my friends know that I love me a good playlist. Back in the day, I was the queen of the mixtape. (Although I have to admit that I never quite perfected getting the songs recorded off the radio to have the same volume . . . so after jamming to LL Cool J, you might have literally “jumped” when House of Pain came through the speakers.) Then, I mastered the compilation cd – often giving them as gifts to family and friends during my broke law student days. 

Now that I’ve moved into the digital age, I have a bazillion playlists on my mp3. (I have actually have playlists called “Songs I Don’t Listen To Enough” that are categorized by genre.) Anyway, I’ve been in a funky mood lately and have been relying on my “Happy Black Woman” playlist to get me through. I thought you all might appreciate it . . .

  • “Be Happy” – Mary J. Blige
  • “Happy Being All” – Angie Stone
  • “I Feel Good” – Mary J. Blige
  • “Just Fine” – Mary J. Blige (yeah, Mary shows up a lot on this list!)
  • “Shine” – Estelle
  • “I Choose” – India.Arie
  • “Video” – India.Arie
  • “Golden” – Jill Scott
  • “I Appreciate” – Joann Rosario
  • “Incredible” - Mary Mary
  • “I Am” – Kindred the Family Soul (featuring Jazmine Sullivan)
  • “Fly Like a Bird” – Mariah Carey
  • “Feelin’ Good” – Nina Simone (in case you haven’t gotten enough from JHud’s WW commercials)
  • “I Will Survive” – Chantay Savage (or the original by Gloria Gaynor)
  • “Winki’s Theme” – Queen Latifah
  • “One of Those Days” – Whitney Houston
  • “Me Time” – Heather Headley
  • “God in Me” – Mary Mary (featuring Kierra Sheard)
  • “Put Your Records On” – Corinne Bailey Rae
  • “Alright” – Ledisi
  • “Bravo” – Ledisi
  • “Raise Up” – Ledisi
  • “Is My Living in Vain” – Z’iel (or you can kick it old skool with The Clark Sisters)
  • “I Gotta Feelin’” – Black Eyed Peas (this is the ONE song by a non-black woman on this list – it was just too good, I had to include it.)
  • “Still Standing” – Monica
  • “Shame” – Jill Scott
  • “Moment 4 Life” – Nicki Minaj (featuring Drake) – don’t juge….

What do you think? Any songs (by any artist) that you think I missed? Chime in!

— curvyceo

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3 comments for “My “Happy Black Woman” Playlist

  1. November 16, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Great list! I too am the Queen of playlists Smile This list is similar to my “Bring the Sunshine” one. I recommend “I Am” by Lina – my personal theme song and “I Smile” by Kirk Franklin and the fam. Will have to check out Z’iel’s version of “Is My Living in Vain – I’m familiar with the Clark Sisters’ and Xscape’s.

    • curvyceo
      November 16, 2011 at 11:58 am

      Ooh – I’m not familiar with that song. Will definitely check it out!

  2. Jo
    November 16, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Great list! I’ll add Koko Taylor’s I’m a Woman. It’s my anthem!

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