Sometimes, music is the only answer to life’s problems. A song can instantly cheer you up, make you emotional, capture your attention or simply be used to empower you into a dance or party mood. Music can have an effect unlike many other mediums and to be able to zone out from everyday problems to focus on your favourite band can be a brilliant experience.

In the first of a series of ‘mood’ playlists, I have decided to begin with an empowering, uplifting playlist that can be used in the saddest moments or when you simply need a quick lift and inspiring few minutes to get life back on track. A few Vulture Hound contributors and personal friends have also selected their own tracks for the playlists so be sure to check these out in the future. This collaborative effort should continue in future weeks so make sure you come back to catch up on a playlist for many different moods…

The first track is from Sam Hawxwell.

‘I always listen to ‘Waterfall’ – The Stone Roses; as soon as that riff kicks in, I instantly feel better. Ian Brown has a magic power over me!’

Joe Williams decided on Fleetwood Mac for those winter times.

Dreams’ is the musical equivalent of a hot cup of tea on the sofa on a cold night.’

The first track that I have personally selected is ‘Sigh No More’ from Mumford and Sons.

‘This tune was my first experience listening to the band and the first track from their debut album. The build up to a huge, rapturous chorus is mesmerising and I’ve listened to this song more than any other on my iTunes; credit to its power over me throughout its duration.’

The legendary Jack White’s ‘Sixteen Saltines’ was the subject of Mia Quibell-Smith’s pick for the playlist.

‘All I want from life is for this song to start playing whenever I enter a room!’

My second choice for selection on the playlist is ‘Blue Skies’ from the brilliant Noah and the Whale.

‘Blue Skies’ is an absolute masterpiece of a song. Featured on the bands venture into emotional, slower tracks after the breakup of the frontman’s relationship, Blue Skies captures everything that an empowering track should contain; aligning the saddest moments in life with a sense of hope and optimism for the future. Perfection.’

The next suggestion for the playlist comes from Scott Wilson, choosing Hans Zimmer’s ‘Time’ for selection.

‘It allows me to delve in to the cocoon of my thoughts; cascading memories and future promises.’

Next up in the playlist is ‘Iris’ by Goo Goo Dolls selected by Daniel Ford, which I’m sure many people can empathise with.

‘Iris is an absolute classic that is an essential sing along tune, guaranteed to lift your mood and give you a sense of escape from life throughout its duration.’

To finish off the playlist I have decided to select what was a ‘one-hit wonder’ yet still a brilliant, unique track: ‘Send me on my way’ by Rusted Root.

‘After hearing this track on the incredible Matilda as a child, it has been a constant reminder of these times throughout my life. It is the perfect uplifting song that just can’t be ignored if heard, an essential addition to this list.’

So there we have it, the first playlist completed! Be sure to check back for future playlists on other topics and subjects..

Final ‘Empowering’ Playlist:

  1. Waterfall – The Stone Roses                    @sammightsay
  2. Dreams – Fleetwood Mac              @josephjthrush
  3. Sigh No More – Mumford and Sons        @DannyShezz
  4. Sixteen Saltines – Jack White                  @mia_qs
  5. Blue Skies – Noah and the Whale       @DannyShezz
  6. Time – Hans Zimmer                             @ScottWilson32
  7. Iris – Goo Goo Dolls                               @DanielFord1995
  8. Send Me On My Way – Rusted Root  @DannyShezz