Avery Brooks’ (End of the Year) Survival Resources, Day 1: Your Badass Playlist


No matter how I’m feeling, a good song can change my entire mood. So, what better way to kick off this series of posts than a list of songs/anthems to help bring out your inner awesomeness. These are either songs with lyrics that inspire me to express my inner badass/true self and/or music that jolts me into a more confident and energetic place. Though I’m sure one or two might slip through (or the song is just too empowering not to include it), I tried to keep this list to songs not involving a breakup/other person, etc., as best I could. Those might come later:)


It’s also worth noting that I like nearly all different kinds of music so regularly listen to a wide assortment. Though I have been on a big Kygo, Khalid, and Billie Eilish kick the past few years. And Sia. Always Sia. And while I do appreciate indie music, the busyness of life in the past few years has made it such that I often am limited to what’s on the radio (i.e., pop music) and my fave Pandora playlists. So, feel free to post on social media with your own anthem/badass songs because I’m sure others will benefit and I’d love to expand my own repertoire (I’ll put the rules of engagement at the end of this post as a reminder). Also, this is not an exhaustive list, and I am positive over the next few days I’ll be kicking myself because of artists and songs that I left off the list. But this is just to get people started and maybe find something to lift their spirits and make them step a bit more confidently through their day.


Each song is hyperlinked to the YouTube video. So, here we go:


Your Badass Playlist


Lizzo – Good As Hell


Billie Eilish – Bad Guy


Sia – Unstoppable


Kesha – Praying


Dua Lipa – Don’t Start Now


Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still


Halsey – Still Learning


Billie Eilish – Therefore I Am


Sia – Chandelier


Alicia Keys – Girl on Fire


LSD – Audio ft. Sia, Diplo, Labrinth


Rihanna – Diamonds


Dua Lipa – Levitating ft. DaBaby


David Guetta – Titanium ft. Sia


Sia’s acoustic performance of Titanium


Alicia Keys – Underdog


Lady Gaga ft. Beyoncé – Telephone


Christina Aguilera – Fighter


Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks


Kings of Leon – Sex on Fire


Imagine Dragons – Believer


LSD – Genius ft. Sia, Diplo, Labrinth


The Roots – The Seed  (this is definitely for the music, not the lyrics, ha)


Rachel Platten – Fight Song


Katy Perry – Firework


Sia – Bird Set Free



Rules of engagement reminder: The whole point of this is to help people feel a sense of community, joy, peace, or whatever resonates for them. Also, this is me opening up about things that have mattered to me. So, you may disagree about whether something I like is something you like, but you don’t need to share that here. I hope that in a kind and supportive way, people may feel inspired to share things that have helped them as well. Since I do not have the comment feature enabled for each blog post (for now at least), you can comment on the social media posts for each blog. I will keep an eye on it and remove comments and people if needed to keep it a safe space, but please, respect each other, share good things, and be kind. And feel free to comment even if you don’t have a resource to share. I love to hear if things are helpful or resonate in some way with people.

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