Menopause Playlist: 31 Hot Hits for Women of a Certain Age
Make Menopause Seem Almost Fun: Smokin' Hot Songs
Menopause: Time for Change
You're a confident, sassy woman between the ages of about 45 and 55, and you know you can still make temperatures rise. But this feels different. Suddenly the room becomes smokin' hot, and this heat wave is all you, girlfriend.
Hey, Menopausal Mama, there's no need to be grumpy and glum. You can't truly fight nature, so why not face it and embrace it? It looks like you're joining the club!
Celebrate the fact that you're a "Woman Of A Certain Age" by making your own Menopause Playlist. Here are song suggestions to start you out.
Hot Songs: Fun with Hot Flashes
Own Your Awesomeness, You Middle Aged Maven
1. "Heat of the Moment" by Asia
When Asia introduced this worldwide hit in 1982, the group wasn't thinking about hot flashes, those intense episodes of heat that can come out of nowhere and last from seconds to minutes. Their line about "the heat of the moment shone in your eyes" sure takes on new meaning if you're a mid-life woman.
2. "The Heat Is on" by Glenn Frey
Glenn Frey keeps asking if you can feel whether the heat is on in this 1984 song. Yeah, Glenn, we feel it. Hot flashes can last anywhere from six months to 15 years.
3. "Too Hot" by Kool & The Gang
Kool & The Gang may be singing about love here in this 1979 song, but their lyrics capture the heat that a Woman of A Certain Age can identity with:
Oh, it's too hot, too hot, too hot, lady
Gotta run for shelter, gotta run for shade.
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4. "Hot Blooded" by Foreigner
When you think of Foreigner and this 1978 song, do you think of hot flashes? That's not the image they were aiming for when they sang of having a "fever of 103" but hey, we've all seasoned a bit since then.
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5. "Hot Hot Hot" by Buster Poindexter and the Banshees of Blue
This energetic, calypso-style song by Buster Poindexter and the Banshees of Blue (1987) almost makes hot flashing seem like a fun and fashionable thing to do.
6. "Hot Stuff" by Donna Summer
Back in 1979 when Donna Summer made this hit popular, disco was still hot. Other events that year: a gallon of gas cost just 86 cents, U.S. hostages were taken into captivity in Iran, the Sony Walkman was first introduced, and Saddam Hussein became the leader of Iraq. You've made it through all this and more, girlfriend.
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7. "Hot in Here" by Nelly
In this 2002 hip hop song, Nelly seems to empathize (for a moment at least) with those among us who have hot flashes:
It's getting hot in here, so hot, so take off all your clothes
I am getting, so hot, I wanna take my clothes off.
8. "Don't Cha" by the Pussycat Dolls
In this fun 2005 song by the Pussycat Dolls, the sings taunt, "Don't cha wish your girlfriend was hot like me?" We older ladies who are dealing with personal heat waves know that one day those younger women will be as hot as us. They just need to give their awesomeness some time to simmer and season a little.
9. "Heat Wave" by Martha and the Vandellas
Martha and the Vandellas compare love to a heatwave in this Motown song from 1963. The woman's "head is in a haze" and she is very emotional. Sound familiar?
Sometimes I stare in space
Tears all over my face
I can't explain it, don't understand it
I ain't never felt like this before.
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10. "Girl on Fire" by Alicia Keys
Middle aged masterpiece, here's a woman-affirming ode to you and your sisters by Alicia Keys (2012). Perhaps it'll make you think of your hot flashes as personal power surges.
11. "Hotter Than Hell" by Kiss
This song by Kiss (1974) is an old one, but the group sure describes the feeling just right: "hotter than hell ... burn you like a midday sun." Hey, thanks, guys! It must have been their hair and make-up that made them appreciate how uncomfortable we can feel.
12. "Burn" by Usher
Usher (2004) says that you can't do anything to stop the heat and you just gotta let it burn. Really?
13. "Time for a Cool Change" by Little River Band
Whether you use cooling towels or pillows, fans, or another solution, this 1979 song by the Australian group Little River Band will encourage you to seek comfort: "I know that it's time for a cool change."
14. "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" by C+C Music Factory
C+C Music Factory (1990) may have been sweating because they were dancing, but if you're going through the change of life, you know that night sweats can make it hard to get a good night's sleep.
15. "Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice
You remember this Vanilla Ice song from 1990 because you were there! It was the first hip hop single to cross over and become a commercial success on the Billboard charts. Although it later received heavy backlash and was named one of the worst songs ever, the thought of "ice ice baby" now seems not so bad in the midst of hot flashes.
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16. "Cry a Little" by Faith Hill
In Faith Hill's 2002 country song about rejection and regret, her crying is reminiscent of the emotionalism that can suddenly strike during menopause. It's worse if you have a partner who doesn't empathize. Sing it for us, Faith!
Could you cry a little? Lie just a little?
Pretend that you're feeling a little more pain?
I gave, now I'm wanting something in return
So cry just a little for me.
Say "Goodbye" to The Menstrual Fairy
Welcome to Mid-Life: Signs of Menopause
and more fun
lower sex drive
changes in mood (irritability, sadness, anxiety, discontentedness, and/or anger)
menstrual irregularity then cessation
insomnia/changes in sleep pattern
uncomfortable or painful intercourse
increase in abdominal fat
skin becomes thinner and less elastic
loss of bone mass
17. "Don't You Forget About Me" by Simple Minds
Menopausal Mama, you may be prone to mid-life memory lapses and trouble concentrating, but you're not alone. I bet you recall this 1985 song by Simple Minds from days gone by. You do, don't you?
18. "Forget You" by CeeLo Green
CeeLo Green (2010) may be singing about a cheating lover, but this fun, upbeat song will remind you that sometimes forgetting isn't such a bad thing!
Hey, You Powerful Lady
19. "The B*tch Is Back" by Elton John
Menopause can cause mood swings, but dare anyone to call you this to your face. Some vintage Elton John (1974) will help you make light of your irritability, you marvelous midlife maven.
20. "Nothing in Between" by Meredith Brooks
Also known as "The B*tch song," Meredith Brooks (1997) describes all the extremes of what she is. In a fun way, it will remind you of the mid-life roller coaster.
Yep, Her Too
21. "I Ain't as Good as I Once Was" by Toby Keith
Laugh along with Toby Keith with this 2005 country song. It'll remind you that we're all facing the realities of aging:
I ain't as good as I once was
I got a few years on me now
But there was a time, back in my prime
When I could really lay it down.
22. "I've Seen Better Days" by Citizen King
When you get to be of a certain age, you realize: who hasn't seen better days? This 1999 song by Citizen King might remind you that aging is nothing to be ashamed of.
23. "Older Women Make Beautiful Lovers by Ronnie Mcdowell
When it comes to a romp in the sack, Ronnie McDowell (1981) has discovered that older women are like a fine wine:
Older women, are beautiful lovers
Older women, they understand
I've been around some, and I have discovered
That older women know just how to please a man.
24. "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac (1975) depicts a person's life as a changing of seasons, and our challenge is to remain resilient and adjust to the demands of change. Some changes are more difficult than others, of course.
Well, I've been afraid of changing
'Cause I've built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Even children get older and I'm getting older too.
25. "I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair" by George Jones
This is a fun, defiant song about growing old on your own terms. Only "The Possum," George Jones (1992) could put this level of energy into a "take your Geritol and shove it" type song. Embrace your middle-aged awesomeness and let this be your anthem.
Even More Hot Songs About Menopause
The Pointer Sisters
27. Disco Inferno
28. This Is Why I'm Hot
29. Emotional Rollercoaster
30. Love Rollercoaster
Red Hot Chili Peppers
31. Older Ladies
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