Four Feed Limmy playlists you will adore

I am obsessed with creating themed playlists on Spotify. I don’t go more than two days without some form of alcohol touching my lips and I don’t go more than two days without updating a playlist.

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So here are four of my favourite and, I suppose, well liked Spotify playlists.

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‘Survivor’ Playlist

It’s been one of those days and you just need a little pep talk wrapped up in a decent pop tune.

The ‘Survivor’ playlist is a collection of uplifting and empowering songs – use it as a soundtrack for seasons of moving on, and times when you need to pick yourself up and just celebrate life.

Here are some of my favourite ‘Survivor’ songs:

Erik Hassle – Bump In The Road
“If a bird can sing with a broken wing, you learn to bend when the wind blows… this is a bump in the road. Don’t give up.”

Kelis – Lil’ Star
“Just keep trying and trying, it’s just a matter of timing. Though the grinding is tiring, don’t let ’em stop you from smiling.”

Lady Gaga – Dance In The Dark
“You will never fall apart… together we’ll dance in the dark.”

Jennifer Lopez – Mile In These Shoes
“I’m walking tall, I don’t let their hatred test me… my feet pound the ground, as I stomp it out. I dare you to walk a mile in my shoes.”

Kelly Rowland – Shake Them Haters Off
“Wake up in the morning, turn off my alarm and get a stretch and yawn in – start shakin’ haters off!”

Christina Aguilera – Fighter
“It makes me that much stronger, makes me work a little harder, makes me that much wiser. Thanks for making me a fighter.”

Maria Mena – All This Time (Pick-Me-Up Song)
“Think all the mean girls that pulled your hair, are barefoot now and pregnant there. And you write pop songs and get to travel round the world.”

Vanessa Amorosi – This Is Who I Am
“But then I learned, after being burned. To get back up and move straight on. Stop the tears, people move on.”

Jamelia – Got It So Good
“Got to re-adjust your point of view, it’s time to put some faith in you. How your life is surely gonna change…”

Shania Twain – Up!
“When everything is going wrong, don’t worry it won’t last for long… you gotta keep on holdin’ on.”

Sugababes – Sweet & Amazing (Make It The Best)
“Live each day like your last one, cause there’s joy in every second.”

Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Heartbreak (Make Me A Dancer)
“And with each step, I will forget. Forget all of those memories of you…”

Also on the ‘Survivor’ playlist:

Che’Nelle – Feel Good
Sugababes – Thank You For The Heartbreak
Sugababes – Ugly
Sugababes – Stronger
Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Today The Sun’s On Us
Natasha Bedingfield – Unwritten
Madonna – Fighting Spirit
Destiny’s Child – Survivor
Beyonce – Irreplaceable
davidlim – Apres Matin
davidlim – #1
India.Arie – I Am Not My Hair
Mutya – My Song
Paulini – Scarless
Beverley Knight – The Queen of Starting Over
Yolanda Adams – I Gotta Believe
Stacie Orrico – I’m Not Missing You
Annie Lennox & Aretha Franklin – Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves
Young Divas – New Attitude
Pussycat Dolls – I Don’t Need A Man
Christina Aguilera – The Voice Within
Christina Aguilera – Beautiful
Britney Spears – Stronger
Sam Sparro – Pocket
Gabriella Cilmi – Defender
Natasha Bedingfield – Angel
Jason Mraz – Life Is Wonderful
Anjulie – Day Will Soon Come
Delta Goodrem – Brave Face
LeAnn Rimes – Life Goes On
Dido – See The Sun
Toni Collette – Look Up
Dame Shirley Bassey – The Living Tree
Nicole Scherzinger – Happily Never After
Brandy – Right Here (Departed)
Mary J. Blige – Each Tear
Mary J. Blige – No More Drama
Mariah Carey – Through The Rain
Whitney Houston & Mariah Carey – When You Believe
Whitney Houston – I Didn’t Know My Own Strength
Christina Aguilera – Lift Me Up

Destiny’s Child Special

Can you handle this?

We have wrapped up our Destiny’s Child Special on JOY 94.9 tonight!

Jeff and I had an absolute ball presenting the show and paying tribute to the lovely women of Destiny’s Child.

It was Jeff‘s radio debut, so thank you everyone for your support! He did a brilliant job – love his sass and I love our chemistry.

We felt the love, thanks for tuning from coast to coast in the States to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – and of course, our home base: Melbourne.

Here’s a tracklisting of tonight’s two-hour special, featuring all the hits and your favourite DC album tracks shuffled in with solo tracks from Beyonce, Kelly, Michelle and LeToya:

Destiny’s Child – Bootylicious
Destiny’s Child – Lose My Breath
Kelly Rowland – Commander
Destiny’s Child – Bills Bills Bills
Destiny’s Child – Independent Women Pt 1
Michelle Williams – We Break The Dawn
Destiny’s Child – Fancy
Destiny’s Child – Say My Name
Beyonce – Radio
Kelly Rowland – Stole
Kelly Rowland – Work (Freemasons Remix)
Destiny’s Child – Nasty Girl (Remix)
Beyonce – Freakum Dress
Beyonce – Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
Destiny’s Child – Jumpin’ Jumpin’
Michelle Williams – Hello Heartbreak
LeToya – She Ain’t Got…
Beyonce – Crazy In Love
Destiny’s Child – Survivor

OK, all you bootylicious kids and independent women!

Download the full two-hour show

Destiny’s Child Special on JOY 94.9
With Dave and special guest, Jeff.
Wednesday 26 May 10pm – midnight (Sydney/Melbourne time)

Check out Dave’s show:
Diff’rent Strokes with Jade and Dave
Grab Dave’s Diff’rent Strokes podcasts

‘Relationship Drama’ Playlist

Fuck it. Why not call this the Maury or Dr Phil playlist?

Everyone knows what I’m talking about when I say, “love is no bed of roses”. It sounds odd but when times get tough in a relationship, I look for Oprah-like wisdom to console me in song.

I need to hear lyrics that validate my feelings and situation.

I need songs that point me to the high road and encourage me to work things out.

Here are some songs that have brought wisdom and comfort to my relationship dramas:

Cheryl Cole – Fight For This Love
“Anything that’s worth having, sure enough worth fighting for. Quitting’s out of the question, when it gets tough gotta fight some more…”

Jewel – Again & Again
“If you’ll try, I’ll try… there is no giving in, there is no giving up in love.”

Jennifer Hudson – We Gon’ Fight
“I won’t let everything we’ve done in the name of love be nothing…”

Melanie C – Don’t Let Me Go
“Don’t make up the wrong mind. Don’t forget the good times. Let me stay a little longer cause if I’m gone, I can’t make it right…”

Jordin Sparks – Battlefield
“If we can’t surrender, we both gonna lose what we have…”

Natasha Bedingfield – Piece of Your Heart
“Give me a piece of your heart. Not a piece of your mind…”

Beyonce – Satellites
“Satellites. If we don’t communicate, we’ll exist in our own space…”

Jade Macrae – I Wanna Be In Love
“I’m so tired of falling in and out of everything we used to think was our love…”

Shakira – Dreams For Plans
“Can you tell me how it used to be when we really cared? And when love was on our side.”

Gabriella Cilmi – Glue
“We stuck together through things that hurt me in so many ways…”

Mary J. Blige – Roses
“You just want to really push all my buttons. Cause you Mr Right and I’m Mrs Wrong? Well I’m gonna be Mrs Right today. It’s my way or the highway.”

Michelle Williams – The Way of Love
“I learned the way of love… if you see it in your lifetime, learn to stay in love.”

Also on the ‘Relationship Drama’ playlist:

Cheryl Cole – Make Me Cry
Cheryl Cole – Rain On Me
Mary J. Blige – Come To Me (Peace)
Mary J. Blige – If You Love Me
Mary J. Blige – Fade Away
Mary J. Blige – Talk To me
Delta Goodrem – Woman
Guy Sebastian – Art of Love
Annie – No Easy Love
Sugababes – Bruised
Gwen Stefani – Danger Zone
Melanie C – Forever Again
Jill Scott – Talk To Me
Whitney Houston – Worth It
Jennifer Lopez – Wrong When You’re Gone
Jennifer Lopez – Stay Together

Playlist: Best of British Girlbands

Celebrating British Girlbands – the two hour Frequency special Petro and I did on JOY 94.9 last Wednesday is now available for download.

It was a fun night reminiscing on everyone from the Spice Girls to Bananarama, All Saints to Girls Aloud and Sugababes. We talked about Girl Power, one hit wonder girlbands – like Cleopatra, Honeyz and Mel & Kim – and upcoming acts like Mini Viva and The Saturdays.

Check out my show podcasts: Diff’rent Strokes with Jade & Dave
Check out Petro’s show podcasts:  Sound Museum

Celebrating British Girlbands show playlist:

‘Love In The First Degree’ by Bananarama
‘Ladies Night’ by Atomic Kitten
‘Push The Button’ by Sugababes
‘Wannabe’ by Spice Girls
‘Spice Up Your Life’ by Spice Girls
‘Don’t You Worry’ by Madasun
‘Sound of The Underground’ by Girls Aloud
‘Call The Shots’ by Girls Aloud
‘Up’ by The Saturdays
‘Pure Shores’ by All Saints
‘Never Ever’ by All Saints
‘Scandalous’ by Mis-Teeq
‘Get Sexy’ by Sugababes
‘Round Round’ by Sugababes
‘Respectable’ by Mel & Kim
‘Finally Found’ by Honeyz
‘I Wish (Cahill Radio Edit)’ by Mini Viva
‘Cleopatra’s Theme’ by Cleopatra
‘Whole Again’ by Atomic Kitten
‘Lady Is A Vamp’ by Spice Girls

Strummy La La Covers

I love it when indie artists do acoustic renditions of Top 40 pop songs.

Depends on how you take it, I mean, it could be a pretentious display of ‘oh this is me giving your music needed soul and sincerity’.

Or you could see it as an exquisite example of a great pop song shining in a different arrangement.

Here are some of my favourite strummy la la covers:

Absent Elk – The Loving Kind
Originally performed by Girls Aloud

Where the original composition evoked a moodier expression with its mellow synths and chord progression, this stripped back rendition puts the vocals in the front line. Suddenly, I hear the lyrics speaking to me.

Pomplamoose – Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
Originally performed by Beyonce

I just like the novelty of waify indie chick vocals fronting a fierce R&B track. They’ve probably done better covers but her adorable improvisation at the bridge (2:03) is worth checking out.

Maximo Park – Just Dance
Originally performed by Lady Gaga

This arrangement takes the debauchery out of the night club and into the pub. Don’t think I actually know any Maximo Park songs except for their ace covers of Lady Gaga and Natalie Imbruglia‘s ‘Shiver’…

Sugababes – Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)
Originally performed by Florence + The Machine

I know I’ve got this the wrong way around but British pop group du jour, Sugababes, deserve to make the list for the noteworthy job they’ve done with this number. Their signature harmonies (irrespective of who’s in the line up) are always right on the money. It’s in with the harp and Indian tablas and out with the slick studio productions.

Joss Stone – Under Pressure
Originally performed by Queen

Freddie fanatic or not, it’s hard to fault Joss Stone‘s soulful rendition of ‘Under Pressure’. A perfect example of paying homage to a classic but executed in your own style.

The Bird & The Bee – How Deep Is Your Love
Originally performed by Bee Gees

Perhaps it’s a little daggy to admit, but I love the Bee Gees. With every successful Bee Gees cover that comes forth, it’s true props to the fantastic songwriting abilities of the Gibb brothers. This atmospheric reimagination of ‘How Deep Is Your Love’ is pure magic.

Erik Hassle & Ellie Goulding – Be Mine!
Originally performed by Robyn

The two rising stars of 2010 Erik and Ellie give me a goosebumps with this acoustic rendition of ‘Be Mine!’. While I don’t mind Robyn‘s album version with the pulsating beats and dramatic strings, I much prefer the sincerity expressed in this performance.

Katie Noonan – Crazy
Originally performed by Gnarls Barkley

Our own Katie Noonan gives Nelly Furtado a run for her money with this loungey cover of ‘Crazy’. Flawless vocal delivery with a touch of jazz – now I’m ready for a martini.

‘Heartbreak’ Playlist

To steal a pop ballad’s sentiment, “nothing hurts like love” – this goes out to the broken-hearted.

One of my favourite playlists (and with 247 songs, it’s quite a monstrous one too), the ‘Heartbreak’ playlist has been a constant companion on grey, rainy days and through the dramas.

It fills the awkward silence in the car.

It is the validating tune to the tragedy screening in my head.

This anthology is a collection of songs expressing everything from struggles in a relationship to break ups, and of course… loneliness.

While it’s impossible to list them all, here are some of my favourites:

Mariah Carey – Breakdown
“In reality I’m slowly losing my mind. Underneath a guise of smile, gradually I’m dying inside…”

Utada – This One (Crying Like A Child)
“This one’s for the happiness, I’ll be missing you forever…”

Sinead O’Connor – Nothing Compares 2U
“I put my arm around every boy I see. And they only remind me of you…”

Delta Goodrem – I Can’t Break It To My Heart
“I’m circling these patterns. Living out of memories. I’m still a long way from accepting it, that there’s just no you and me.”

Sugababes – Sound of Goodbye
“There is no easy way to break somebody’s heart. When you know what you’re gonna say will leave a mark.”

Pussycat Dolls – I Hate This Part
“I know this is the part where the end starts…”

Alanis Morrisette – Not As We
“From scratch, begin again. But this time I as I, and not as we…”

Toni Braxton – Unbreak My Heart
“Life is so cold when you’re not here beside me…”

Christina Aguilera – Hurt
“Sometimes I want to call you, but I know you won’t be there…”

Mya – All In The Name of Love
“Love. So many people use the word in vain, when it’s convenient to get what they need.”

Natasha Bedingfield – Soulmate
“Most relationships seem so transitory, they’re all good but not the permanent one.”

Alexandra Burke – The Silence
“When I’m with you, it’s like rolling dice. Don’t know when or how you’re gonna make me cry.”

Also on the ‘Heartbreak’ playlist:
Jewel – You Were Meant For Me
Utada – Come Back To Me
Utada – Apple & Cinnamon
Missy Higgins – Where I Stood
Missy Higgins- The Special Two
Natasha Bedingfield – I Bruise Easily
Girls Aloud – Whole Lotta History
Girls Aloud – Girl Overboard
Sugababes – Never Gonna Dance Again
Tata Young – My Bloody Valentine
Athlete – Best Not To Think About It
Bic Runga – It’s Over
Pink  – Who Knew
Nelly Furtado – All Good Things (Come To An End)
Robyn – Be Mine! (Ballad Version)
Toni Braxton – Yesterday
Pussycat Dolls – Hush Hush
Little Boots – Earthquake
Mariah Carey – My All
Mariah Carey – Circles
Mariah Carey – We Belong Together
Mariah Carey – Side Effects
Mariah Carey – H.A.T.E.U.
Britney Spears – Out From Under
Pet Shop Boys – Numb
All Saints – Never Ever
Emma Bunton – So Long
Michael Andrews feat. Gary Jules – Mad World
Darren Hayes – I Just Want You To Love Me
Will Young – Leave Right Now
Leona Lewis – Naked
Leona Lewis – My Hands
Delta Goodrem – Not Me, Not I
Destiny’s Child – Emotions
Mary J. Blige – If You Love Me
Macy Gray – I Try
Macy Gray – She Ain’t Right For You
Fantasia – Free Yourself
Shakira – Your Embrace
Lily Allen – Littlest Things