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180 Songs to Add to Your Studio Playlist

180 Songs to Add to Your Studio Playlist

Posted by Stampington & Company on Oct 18th 2022

The creative women featured on the pages of In Her Studio are so generous with their advice on everything from how to conquer creative blocks to how to organize your art supplies. But as we all know, a studio is so much more than a room — a creative space is also an atmosphere, a feeling. When many artists set out to create an inspiring atmosphere in their studio, they begin with music. Here, we’ve complied nearly 200 songs that In Her Studio artists have shared in the magazine. These are their “go-to” songs that always set the creative mood. We hope you find as much musical inspiration in this list as they do!

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“Movin’ On” by Brandy

“Excuse Me” by Raphael Saadiq

“Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran

“Afro Blue” by Robert Glasper, Erykah Badu

“Say it Now” by Nick Wilson

“Let Her Go” by Passenger

“Underneath it All” by No Doubt, Lady Saw

“Apostasy” by Grand Squirrel Master

“Memories” by Maroon 5

Shared by Yvette-Michelle Cottle Darby in the Summer 2022 Issue of In Her Studio

“Clo’s Dreams” by Alizbar

“Every Breath You Take” by Karen Souza

“River Flows in You” by Martin Jacoby

“Counting Stars” (acoustic version) by One Republic

“Outside Helen” by Jane Long

“Beautiful Life Urselle” Dual Sessions

“Les Passants” by Zaz

“The Girl From Ipanema” by Stan Getz, João Gilberto, and Astrud Gilberto

“I See Fire” by Clara Oaks, originally performed by Ed Sheeran (Kygo Remix, Karaoke Version)

“Raphael” by Carla Bruni

Shared by Maria Kirshina in the Summer 2022 Issue of In Her Studio

“Waterfall” by Mogli

“Traveller” by The Weather Station

“From Gold” by Novo Amor

“Home” by Hollow Coves

“When We Were Young” by Hollow Coves

“Exile” by Taylor Swift, featuring Bon Iver

“Evermore” by Taylor Swift, featuring Bon Iver

“Scarborough Fair/Canticle” by Simon and Garfunkel

“Both Sides Now” by Joni Mitchell

“Haven” by Novo Amor

Shared by Kimberly Dodge in the Spring 2022 Issue of In Her Studio

“Vincent” by Don McLean

“Yesterday” by The Beatles

“The Look of Love” by Diana Krall

“Pictures of You” by The Cure

“Smile” by Lyle Lovett

“The Only Living Boy in New York” by Simon and Garfunkel

“L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole

“Stay” by Lisa Loeb

“Texas Sun” by Leon Bridges

“Alone Again, Naturally” by Gilbert O’Sullivan

“Moon River” by Lang Lang

Shared by Cami Boyett in the Spring 2021 Issue of In Her Studio

“Forever” by Labrinth

“Pacific” by Sleeping at Last

“I Need a Forest Fire” by James Blake

“Confessions” by Sudan Archives

“Me in 20 Years” by Mosey Sumney

“So We Won’t Forget” by Khruangbin

“Terrible Love” by The National

“My Body is a Cage” by Arcade Fire

“Black Star” by Ben Rothberg

“Colors” by Black Pumas

Shared by Abbie Preston Edmonson in the Autumn 2021 Issue of In Her Studio

“Whippoorwill” by Darlingside

“Turntable” by Dead Horses

“River Love” by Angus Stone

“Golden” by Becca Mancari

“Motel” by Caitlin Canty

“Pale November Dew” by Dead Tongues

“Things I Never Needed” by Grace Potter & The Nocturnals

“Vimy Ridge” by Mattie Leon

“If I Go, I’m Goin’” by Gregory Alan Isakov

“Shake Me Now” by Quiles & Cloud

“Broken Coastline” by Down Like Silver

“Red Dirt Girl” by Emmylou Harris

“Wildfire” by Mandolin Orange

Shared by Helana Coulter in the Winter 2021 Issue of In Her Studio

“Peer Pressure” by James Bay

“First Man” by Camila Cabello

“What a Man Gotta Do” by The Jonas Brothers

“Last Date” by Breakup Shoes

“Never Seen the Rain” by Tones and I

“Hold Me While You Wait” by Lewis Capaldi

“In Praise of the Vulnerable Man” by Alanis Morisette

“Falling Like the Stars” by James Arthur

“Daisies” by Katy Perry

“Be Like That” by Kane Brown, Swae Lee, and Khalid

Shared by Lora Zawisa in the Winter 2021 Issue of In Her Studio

“Living it Up” by Damien Marley

“Lockdown” by Coffee

“Fight This Feeling” by Shaggy featuring Beres Hammond

“Life We Live” by Jah Cure

“Lighting” by Mortimer

“Superior” by Gentleman

“Bridges” by Chronixx and Shaggy

“Rasta Love” by Ky-Mani Marley and Protoje

“We Pray” by Dre Island

“Love and Reggae” by Collie Buddz

Shared by Kadine Christie in the Winter 2021 Issue of In Her Studio

“Toast” by Koffee

“I Can” by Chronixx

“Leader” by Dexta Daps & Masicka

“Flairy” by Ding Dong

“Girlie ‘O’” by Patoranking & Tiwa Savage

Shared by Annya White-Brown in the Spring 2020 Issue of In Her Studio

“Pretty Pimpin” by Kurt Vile

“Mariner’s Apartment Complex” by Lana del Rey

“California” by Joni Mitchell

“Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman

“Hey Ma” by Bon Iver

“Big Jet Plane” by Angus and Julia stone

“All the Pretty Girls” by Kaleo

“Hawaii” by Neil Young

“Heart of Gold” by Neil Young

“Untold” by RY X

Shared by Freja Løwe in the Spring 2020 Issue of In Her Studio

“That’s My Story” by John Lee Hooker

“Emotionalism” by The Avett Brothers

“Lady Lady” by Masego

“Anything” by Fela Kuti

Shared by Sarah McLellan in the Autumn 2019 Issue of In Her Studio

“My Love is Your Love” by Whitney Houston

“Recite Remorse” by Waxahatchee

“Open” by Rhye

“Easy Baby” by Denyah

“Lately” by Wet

“Sliding Doors” by Nilufer Yanya

“I’ll Come Too” by James Blake

“You Learn” by Alanis Morrisette

“Always Be My Baby” by Mariah Carey

“San Luis” by Gregory Alen Isakov

Shared by Kayla Powers in the Autumn 2019 Issue of In Her Studio

“You Look Like Trouble but I Guess I do Too” by Lisa LeBlanc

“Bonnie and Clyde” by Bart Budwig

“Honeybody” by Kishi Bashi

“Turn Me Loose” by Loverboy

“Deceptacon” by Le Tigre

Shared by Alicia Renner in the Summer 2019 Issue of In Her Studio

“Unmade” by Thom Yorke

“The Big Ship” by Brian Eno

“Water From the Same Source” by Rachels

“Cloud Passade, No. 3” by Lubomyr Melnyk

“Follow My Voice” by Julie Byrne

“White Sheet Lightening” by Tiny Ruins

“Everything is Free” by Gillan Welch

“Oh Comely” by Neutral Milk Hotel

“West Palm Beach” by Palace Music

“Rock Bottom Riser” by Smog

Shared by Amber M. Jensen in the Summer 2019 Issue of In Her Studio

“The Sacred” by Yaima

“Just Let it Go” by India Arie

“Beauty in the World” by Macy Gray

“Calling all Angels” by KD Lang

“I am Light” by India Arie

“Halo” by Ana Brun

“Bowl of Light” by Trevor Hall

“Heavenly Day” by Patti

“Give Thanks” by India Arie

“Black as Night” by Nahko and Medicine for the People

Shared by Carrie Schmitt in the Spring 2019 Issue of In Her Studio

“Light of Your Face” by Kim Walker Smith

“Live With Abandon” by Newsboys

“Reckless Love” by Cory Asbury

“Joy” by George Winston

“Set a Fire” by Will Reagan

“Known” by Tauren Wells

“Overcomer” by Mandisa

“Beloved” by Jordan Feliz

Shared by Amy Weiner in the Spring 2019 Issue of In Her Studio


“In My Blood” by Shawn Mendes

“Barcelona” by Ed Sheeran

“Move With It” by Oh the Larceny

“Everything has Changed” by Taylor Swift

Shared by Melissa Giglio in the Autumn 2018 Issue of In Her Studio

“Little Yellow Spider” by Devendra Banhart

“My Old Man” by Mac DeMarco

“Kewali” by Flamingods

“Cut Me Down” by Kevin Morby

“El Condor Pasa” by Simon & Garfunkel

“Pink Moon” by Nick Drake

“Actually” by Rozi Plain

“Blind Willie” by Sonny Sharrock

“The Ledge” by Fleetwood Mac

“Shark Smile” by Big Thief

Shared by Lucy Rowan in the Autumn 2018 Issue of In Her Studio

“Thickets” by Patrick Wolf

“The Underwood Typewriter” by Fionn Regan

“Gethsemane” by Dry the River

“White Winter Hymnal” by Fleet Foxes

“Abacus” by Fionn Regan

“The Gypsy King” by Patrick Wolf

“One Day Like This” by Elbow

“Dog Days Are Over” by Florence + the Machine

“Green Youth Great Plans” by Abi Wade

“Simple X” by Andrew Bird

Shared by Natalie Toms in the Autumn 2018 Issue of In Her Studio

“Chandelier” by Sia

“Handle With Care” by Travelling Wilburys

“Runaway Train” by Soul Asylum

“What if God was One of Us?” by Joan Osborne

“You get What You Give” by New Radicals

“It’s all About Soul” by Billy Joel

“Free Falling” by Tom Petty

“Wuthering Heights” by Kate Bush

“Dancing in the Dark” by Bruce Springsteen

“9 to 5” by Dolly Parton

Shared by Krystal Lee in the Autumn 2018 Issue of In Her Studio

A big "thank you" to all of our published artists for sharing their "studio playlists" with our readers, for what we hope will encourage hours upon hours of creativity. 

Photo credits (from the top, down): 1 - The creative space of Lily Sol of Moon Flower Studio from In Her Studio Autumn 2022; 2 - where artist Veronique Verbrugge does what she loves: creating, from In Her Studio Summer 2022, 3 - the studio where Briana Corr Scott's illustrations come to life from In Her Studio Spring 2022 , 4 - where Charlotte Hupfield creates lasting impressions by transforming flowers into ceramic keepsakes as featured in In Her Studio Summer 2022, 5 - inspirational clippings and wall art from Caylee Grey's studio from In Her Studio Autumn 2022, and 6 - the colorful, fiber-filled haven of Yvette-Michelle Cottle Darby featured in In Her Studio Summer 2022.