There are a lot of ways to make your period a little less painful. From binge watching Broad City (hey, it’s therapeutic to watch all that awkwardness!) to jamming out in the kitchen, cake batter covered mixing spoon in hand, we’re big fans of doing what ya gotta do. The more fun it is, the better. Whether you want to go for a drive around town to let out some period-induced steam or you want to get steamy in a hot bubble bath, we’ve created the ultimate period playlist for you. And no, they aren’t just songs with the word “red” or “string” in them. In fact, we’ve compiled 50 musical hits that will do everything from sympathize with your menstrual blues to help you forget you had any blues in the first place!
Here’s a sneak peek at 10 of the songs we chose (and their menstrual significance). You can listen to the full playlist on Spotify.
Hello by Adele
Who hasn’t felt like their period is all “Hello...it’s me…” every time it shows up. Yeah, period, we knew you were coming — every month. Got it. This song sums it up.
Wide Awake by Katy Perry
One of the most annoying premenstrual symptoms is insomnia. Nevermind that your period can leave you feeling fatigued all day, come bedtime your uterus has you wide awake.
Born This Way by Lady Gaga
Maybe you wish you were born with a uterus, maybe you don’t. But this Lady Gaga song speaks to the truth of the matter: you can’t help that you bleed and you shouldn’t be made to feel ashamed of it.
Unpretty by TLC
Even though we think you’re gorgeous inside and out, no one with a uterus can get through a lifetime of menstrual cycles without feeling a little bleh about their appearance. Sing it out!
Respect by Aretha Franklin
When you bleed out of your vagina, you deserve all of the r-e-s-p-e-c-t. And chocolate. You also deserve chocolate.
Really Don’t Care by Demi Lovato
When you’re on your period, you sometimes just really don’t care. About the cutie you’re crushing on, about your boss’s attitude, about the period stain on your favorite underwear.
Here it Goes Again by Ok Go
“Here it goes, here it goes again” — the monthly anthem of everyone with a uterus, ever. Because, like it or not, your period is going to come. Again and again and again.
What the Hell by Avril Lavigne
Avril does it justice with this one. As people with periods, it’s like the phrase “What the hell?” is on repeat in our brains.
Don’t Give Up by Noisettes
You’ve got cramps, cravings, and mood swings for a week every month and, let’s be real, sometimes you just want to call it quits. Don’t give up — just turn it up.
Me and My Girls by Selena Gomez
Girl, guy, or somewhere in between, you’re not alone when it comes to your period. There are others who share the struggle. We’re in this bloody thing together!