We all have those songs that speak to us on a level so deep, they become part of who we are. In times of despair and stress, heightened anxiety and sadness, music can play a huge role in helping us heal and move forward. We are proud to introduce The Wonder Mix Tape for that very reason.
As a team, The Wonderment are all individuals who are passionate about helping others improve their mental health and find the wonder in the world that makes them feel alive, it’s who we are! One of the best ways to aid this is music, have a read of how music can be beneficial to improving your mental health to find out a little more.
The Wonder Mix Tape is an ever growing list of songs that you can access right here through Spotify. It is a list of songs added by the whole team and everyone that joins us on the magazine, whether that be interviewees, guest authors or brands that we work with.
The playlist is specifically songs that we feel, individually, are our go to mood boosters. Those songs you put on regardless of what you are experiencing and they help to change your day around, process your emotions or even comfort you.
Now, the songs have and will be chosen by people from all over, with different tastes and likes, so not every son will be to your liking and that’s okay because skip buttons were made for this. You might just find a song that resonates with you and becomes a part of your personal collection of mood boosting wonders.
Do you have a favourite song that you’d like to share and have added to our list? Each month we will choose readers to be featured in the playlist. Add your choices in the comments below or give us a shout on social media, we’re available on TikTok, Instagram, Threads, Facebook and Twitter.
- Ciarán – Team Wonderment
Now or never, Kendrick Lamar.
“To start with the general mood of the song but instrumentally and lyrically is upbeat and positive which goes a long way to boosting ones mood. Additionally, I have a deep personal connection with this song after having been on such a long journey of personal growth myself it is incredibly moving and motivating to hear someone else articulate their own journey in such a profound way. I remember listening to this song at least once a day for months on end during a very low period of my life hoping one day I would be in a place where I could celebrate my successes. Now that I am well on my way to being in that place this song just makes me smile and serves as a reminder to never give up.”
- Erika – Team Wonderment
Labour by Paris Paloma
“I tend to go through stages of having a song that connects with me deeply. Currently Labour is my go to song, it fills me with this excitement that is hard to explain each time I hear it. Whether I feel down or am in a good place, it gives me a lift, boosting my mood. The content of the song is quite personal to me and my journey also, it’s beautifully haunting.”
- Jennifer Balfour – Guest Author
“Alexa comes into this part as she is in my office when I am doing reports, note taking and paperwork she gets me through. I have a variety of music as I said I love music but for some reason I always play Ed Sheran or piano music but sometimes that can be too emotional. Then there are days I want to sing along too much.”
- Neil – Team Wonderment
One More Light – Linkin Park
“The song talks about recognising people and not letting them be alone and letting their lights go out. It resonated with me at a time when I was going through some struggles in life.”
- Jackie – Earthy Nail Polish
I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston
I’m not the greatest singer, so I tend to save it for when I’m in the shower, but I love I wanna dance with somebody by Whitney Houston, gets me moving every time I hear it!
- Dr Sona Kaur
For uplifting music, I enjoy listening to Punjabi cultural music, as it connects me to my roots and boosts my mood with its vibrant and energetic rhythms. I especially love listening to the music by the legendary Sidhu Moosewale.
- Hayley – Marvling Bros
Dancing Queen – Abba
I read, books are a great escape from real life and also educational. They can invigorate you or send you to sleep. Books are like friends.
- Nicola Rodriguez – Essex House Dolly
Sweet Like Chocolate – Shanks & Bigfoot
I love classic garage music from the 90’s so I always have this playing on my Spotify album when I am working. My clients say they feel like they are in a rave if I have it on loud without my ears pods in!
- Georgina Sturmer – Guest Author
Glory Box – Portishead
What a question! I’ll listen to absolutely anything and everything depending on my mood. Lately I’ve been on a bit of a 90s nostalgia trip, so my Spotify is full of Blur, Oasis, Massive Attack, and Portishead. Probably showing my age here …
- Elise Waters – Guest Author from Paguro Upcycle
Will Joseph Cook – any of his songs but especially ‘Be Around Me’
- Sarah Vaughan – Guest Author
Here Comes the Sun – George Harrison
My most favourite song ever is ‘Here Comes the Sun’, by George Harrison. It was played at our wedding 16 years ago, and now my eldest plays it beautifully on the guitar. It’s a really special song.
- Tom Walters – Guest Author from TW Body Mechanic
Bleeding Love – Leona Lewis
Interestingly, I have always liked Leona Lewis ‘Bleeding Love’, which always seems to boost my mood when I hear it.
- Karin Stephan – Guest Author from Earkick
Happy – Pharrell Williams
- Lauran – Lovendu
We Found Love – Rihanna
I love Coldplay, they have been my fav band since I was a teenager. But if I’m looking to boost my mood, I love listening to pop that I can dance to. Old school Chris Brown, Jason Derulo, NEYO, Usher, Rihanna, Beyoncé, etc.
- Tracy Richrardson – Guest Author
The Dawn by Tony Di Vit
Every-time, without fail, The Dawn by Tony Di Vit uplifts my mood, makes me smile and fills me with positive energy.
- Mark Morton – Journalise
It’s a Kind of Magic by Queen
My go to music is usually the heavier side of rock, and I’d tend to lean towards 80’s as that was my teen years and when I really found my music taste. If I was to choose a specific artist, it would be Queen and Freddie Mercury. Such talented musicians, amazing range and repertoire with something to suit any mood or occasion. I was also lucky enough to see them perform in the 1986 Kind of Magic tour before Freddie’s health stopped him performing. To this day I still look back on this concert and the music gives me good memories of that day, and others from the time – it’s a good bit of self-care.
- Eimear – Kindling Dating & Guest Author
This is Me from The Greatest Showman
Depends – working either Selena Gomez Calm Down if I’ve just rushed to the office, or the soundtrack from The Greatest Showman if I need to kick myself into action.
– non working Dirty Dancing soundtrack… all of it, I love it!
- Gillian McMichael – Author ‘Coming Home’
You Got The Love – Candy Stanton & The Source
When I’m feeling flat or need something to pick me up I always go to Candy Stanton & The Source – You got the love. It’s my all time fave, I pop it on and dance around my living room.
- Katie KG Salon
Run The World – Beyonce
Oh you can’t beat Beyonce!!
- Kamalyn Kaur – Author How to Take Control of a Controlling Relationship
I don’t have particular artists; it will all be dependent on how I feel and what is going on in my life at that moment in time. When I come back from holiday, I will continuously listen to music that belongs to the country that I have just visited because it reminds me of my holiday. If I am chilling at home, I will most likely listen to instrumental music. If I am wanting to relax or release emotion, then it will definitely be binaural beats.
- Harjit – Jewelled Buddha
Globetrekker by Ian Ritchie
Oh there’s so many! How could I possibly just choose one! As a wanderlust traveller I love the Globetrekker theme tune by Ian Ritchie. Always makes me feel good, reminds me of my all my travels and gets me excited when I think of all the places I haven’t been yet.
- Yen – Paguro Upcycle
Personally, I’m drawn to classical music, especially when tuned in to Classic FM. With my mind often racing at full speed, music has an incredible power to soothe me. The range of emotions conveyed through melodies is captivating, and I’ve found solace and focus to concentrate with the relaxing notes of classical in the background. Some of my favourites are pieces like Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” Massenet’s “Meditation,” “The Blue Danube,” “Pie Jesu,” and “O Mio Babino Caro”.
- Dhilon – Story Locker
Delilah – Fred Again
I like listening to Fred Again, a British artist and producer who is incredibly talented. I find his music really uplifting and it’s usually my go-to when I need a boost of motivation.
- Jonny – Eco Tortoise
Blank Space – Taylor Swift
My music taste is extremely varied. I was born in the 90’s, and had a bit of an emo phase in my teens. So I do often indulge myself in some nostalgic green day and the like. But I’m also a big fan of country music and EDM – and of course can’t deny a bit of Taylor Swift. For me, it’ll depend on the weather. If I’m already feeling energized and bright, I’ll stick on some EDM. If it’s more of a relaxed feel sunny day – I’ll go for some nice country music, and if I just want to belt it out in the shower, then it’s Tay Tay time.
- Noah Goldhirsh – Author
Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon and Garfunkel
The songs of Simon and Garfunkel accompany me and lift my spirit throughout my life.