10 Very Literal Songs To Put On Your Birth Playlist


Your birth plan will not be complete without a playlist. You will spend a painstaking amount of time creating the perfect playlist to help you feel relaxed or pumped up, however you envision your birth to go. I personally thought that my birth would be more like a hard workout, and I would need bumping beats to keep me distracted and motivated. Boy, was I wrong.

I did have an overall good birth experience two times, but as soon as the contractions hit, I felt something I had never felt before. I was utterly focused, and not in a let’s-go-on-a-jog-around-the-block kind of way. I ended up switching from my dirty dirty 90s rap mix to a 24-hour Grey’s Anatomy playlist that I had handcrafted on Spotify. I wanted to be soothed, and I didn’t want anyone to talk to me. In the end, sweet indie melodies brought me to the finish line.

Creating a birthing playlist is amazingly fun before you have a baby, but just be warned that you may change your mind or mood on a dime and won’t want to use it. I highly recommend having a master playlist and a backup, and maybe three more backups, to fit any kind of ragey or emotional mood you may encounter.

The fun part about making a birthing playlist is that it can be literal. Here are the best baby songs to listen to as you shoot your bundle of joy into the world:

1. Push It by Salt N Pepa

2. I’m Your Baby Tonight by Whitney Houston

3. Baby, Baby, Baby by TLC

4. I Want To Break Free by Queen

5. Always Be My Baby by Mariah Carey

6. Baby, One More Time by Britney Spears

7. Papa, Don’t Preach by Madonna

8. Hot In Herre by Nelly (the perfect sweaty labor song)

9. Hey Mama by the Black Eyed Peas

10. Big Poppa by Notorious B.I.G. (for all the new daddies)

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  • wonderstruck

    I made a birth playlist. HAHAHA…that’s what I say about it now. This was me in labor talking to my husband and mom – “BE QUIET. STOP TOUCHING ME. JUST SIT THERE. QUIETLY.”

    • Lee

      I was so pissed that my husband, mom, and doctor kept talking to each
      other. I wanted to scream shut the fuck up but I was afraid it I spoke
      or yelled all progress I made would be lost. #laborlogic

    • Spongeworthy

      Someone told me when I was about 7 months pregnant that I’d better get going on my birth playlist or else I wouldn’t have anything to focus on. I’m sure I’ll be focusing on breathing and not yelling at everyone else in the room to stop talking, thanks. I ended up having a c-section so it didn’t matter, but I thought it was so weird that THAT is what she was so hung up on.

    • JAN

      I’m glad I’m not the only person who wants it freaking quiet when I have a baby. I made a playlist with my first, but didn’t bother for the others. Basically when it gets down to active labor I want no noise or distractions. I got aggravated at my husband breathing loudly, LOL.

    • JAN

      Oh, and I definitely didn’t want any massage while I was in labor, basically I want my husband there but I don’t want him to talk or touch me, LOL! However, I now have a five month old, a two and a five year old and I’d like those massages now, but I’d still like some quiet.

  • Spongeworthy

    During our birthing class, when we watched the labor video, “Push It” popped into my head and I was humming it for the rest of the class. My husband must have thought I was nuts.

    • Bethany Ramos

      Hahahah we are always soul mates.

    • Spongeworthy


  • Knitted Bacon

    Tom Petty- You Don’t Know How It Feels. Accurate.

  • Oreo

    My all time favorite birthing song is “ring of fire” by Johnny Cash. I can’t believe you missed that one! :-)

    • wispy

      hahaha I remember the “childbirth teacher” talking about the ring of fire and I was horrified!

    • Oreo

      My sister was the first one who introduced the term to me describing the own birth of her son…. I think it put off conceiving my first for another year.

    • wispy

      I would imagine so! My sister is terrified to give birth or have kids. If I ever need to get even with her when and if she does get pregnant I will whip out this term so fast!

    • Bethany Ramos

      Hahahaha zing!

  • Natasha

    I gave birth with my Disney Pandora station playing in the background. My husband put it on as joke at the beginning and no one turned it off. One of the first things my daughter heard was “Once Upon a Dream” with the nurse humming along.

  • AP

    You missed “I Wanna Be Sedated” by The Ramones.

    Were I creating a birth playlist, that would be the only song, on repeat, until I was adequately sedated.

  • wispy

    I envisioned myself dancing to Josh Turner and Dierks Bentley the whole time. What a joke! I ended up staring at the wall in complete silence DARING my husband to touch me the entire time bahahaha.

  • Larissa

    Keep Pushin’ On by REO Speedwagon ;)