Whether you’re primp­ing for a hot night or rail­ing against the pa­tri­archy, here’s the ul­ti­mate dat­ing sur­vival playlist.

Fashion (Canada) - - CONTENTS - By Bri­ony Smith

From your heart­breaks to hot dates, these are the songs that’ll get you through.


Re­jec­tion af­ter re­jec­tion. Thumb sprain. Dozens of un­so­licited man parts pop­ping up on the daily. For most mod­ern sin­gle peo­ple, swip­ing through the dreck over­flow­ing your 13 dif­fer­ent apps to find a de­cent hu­man with whom to cou­ple is less “fun” and more “te­dious part­time job you dream about quit­ting ev­ery day in favour of start­ing an ar­ti­sanal coun­try­side cat­tery.” Cue­ing up a lit­tle babe­pow­ered rock or pop with a puls­ing beat will give you enough life to pro­pel past the jil­lionth drugged­tiger pic or grotesque mir­ror selfie. THROW­BACK FAVES: “Chick Habit,” April March; “Dog Days Are Over,” Florence + The Ma­chine. FRESH INSPO: “Boys & Blondes,” Dear Rouge; “New Touch,” Cave­boy.


If love is a drug, longterm re­la­tion­ships are like weed: You’re cozy, cud­dly, couch­bound and calm with no im­me­di­ate ex­cite­ment. Dat­ing, how­ever, is more like co­caine: In be­tween the brief, dizzy­ing highs, you just want to stab your eyes out. One of the best buzzes is the ec­static mo­ments be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter a spec­tac­u­lar first date—and the right ac­com­pa­ny­ing track will help you re­ally savour it. Light a small can­dle and send up a prayer to the gods of soul and blues that this time it will work out. Then fin­ish off with a bouncy ’60s­in­spired jam. Can you get an amen? THROW­BACK FAVES: “Cry to Me,” Solomon Burke; “Smokestack Light­nin’,” Howlin’ Wolf. FRESH INSPO: “Girls Gotta Do,” Jill Bar­ber.


OK, so you’ve got your crush back at your place. Now what? Ev­ery grown­ass woman should have a do­ing­it playlist at the ready. (Give it an in­nocu­ous la­bel like “Work Tunes” or “Tax Songs” be­cause you’re classy like that.) The per­fect sex mix in­cludes an el­e­gant yet thirsty mélange of fuzzy syn­th­pop (’80s through to to­day), pervy hip­hop, Leonard Co­hen and the live ver­sion of “Heart­beats” by The Knife—you know, the one mixed with the

Twin Peaks theme. If any rumpy pumpy out­lasts your playlist, (a) con­grats, girl, and (b) one word: Sade. THROW­BACK FAVES: “Try Me,” James Brown; “Ten­der Mercy,” Au Palais.

FRESH INSPO: Any­thing from Sab­rina Clau­dio’s mix­tape About Time.


You may have just bro­ken up with a per­son. You may have just bro­ken up with men in gen­eral. Ei­ther way, the right playlist is key for quicker heal­ing. Take as your mantra WWRD: What Would Rihanna Do. In­dulge your mis­ery and cry it out to a care­fully cu­rated se­lec­tion of teary bal­lads rang­ing from heart­break­ing acous­tic cov­ers to win­some coun­try lite that will sound good played on re­peat 100+ times dur­ing your daily sobfest. My go­to: “Stay” by Rihanna fea­tur­ing hot mop­pet Mikky Ekko. (The video even shows the bad gal as sad gal mop­ing in the bathtub.) THROW­BACK FAVES: “Sea of Love,” Cat Power; “Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl,” Wet. FRESH INSPO: “Any­thing U Want,” Porches.


Re­place all your mis­ery mu­sic with ban­gin’ Rihanna and Rihanna­ad­ja­cent power an­thems to blast at the gym, on the street­car, in the shower—any­where and ev­ery­where. Let her strength course through you as you muster the courage to start dat­ing again…then cir­cle back to the be­gin­ning of this list and cue up your swip­ing tracks be­cause it’s time to work, work, work, work, work, work. THROW­BACK FAVES: “No Good Woman,” Elise LeGrow; “Here I Go Again,” Whites­nake. FRESH INSPO: “Lemon,” N.E.R.D. & Rihanna; “Bo­dak Yel­low,” Cardi B.

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