You're in the home stretch of your pregnancy, and getting everything ready for your little one's arrival. But while you're packing your go bag for the hospital, you don't want to forget the tunes. If you really want to get the party started, you're going to need a dope '90s labor playlist. And there's nothing like a good song from the '90s to help you forget your worries - including the tiny human trying to push their way out of your lady parts.
And it's not just a mental thing. It's been proven that music can provide a distraction and offer comfort during labor. So whether or not it's your first time in the delivery room, you're bound to have a few butterflies in your belly while you're waiting for your baby's arrival. From rock, to hip-hop, and R&B, the songs on this list are all that and a bag of chips. You're going to need all the help you can get to take your mind off of the stress of labor (at least for a little while), and find the energy and encouragement you need to push through the pain. So crank up your speakers as loud as the hospital will allow, and get ready to sing along. Soon enough, you'll have another little person "singing" with you.
1. "Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears
Pop princess, Britney Spears is a must on any dope '90s playlist. Her ridiculous abs are great motivation for your postpartum body.
2. "Mama Said Knock You Out" by LL Cool J
It's hard not to feel bad ass when listening to this hip-hop classic by LL Cool J — a great song to play when you need a little inspiration to get through the pain.
3. "Always Be My Baby" by Mariah Carey
You'll already be crying from the pain, and this song will only add to the tears.
4. "Say My Name" by Destiny's Child
There's nothing like a Destiny's Child song to put you in a fun and fierce mood. Belt it out along with Queen Bey and forget that you're really uncomfortable.
5. "I'm Too Sexy" by Right Said Fred
You might not feel sexy in that hospital gown with your feet in stirrups, but try to remember that underneath that mumu is a pretty fierce mama.
6. "Barely Breathing" by Duncan Sheik
After hours of pushing, you might feel like you need to come up for a little air.
7. "3 A.M." by Matchbox Twenty
If you're laboring into the wee hours of the morning, this song may make you laugh (or cry!).
8. "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)" by En Vogue
Most new moms can relate to this song after their labor and delivery experience. It might be a while before they allow their partners to get up close and personal again.
9. "This Is How We Do It" by Montell Jordan
One of the ultimate '90s party songs, this jam will make the delivery room feel more like a club.
10. "Gonna Make You Sweat" by C + C Music Factory
This hit probably had a totally different meaning for you in the '90s when you were bustin' a move on the dance floor. Now, you're sweating it out for a totally different reason.
11. "On & On" by Erykah Badu
If you want to chill, try this mellow R&B song from singer-songwriter, mom, and doula, Erykah Badu.
12. "Ray Of Light" by Madonna
Feeling like you want to quit? Take some inspiration from the Material Girl, who happens to look pretty amazing after giving birth to her third child at age 43.
13. "Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice
When you're in labor, ice is often the only thing doctors allow you to have to prevent dehydration. It may seem weird at first, but eventually, you may find yourself asking for it.
14. "I Want It That Way" by Backstreet Boys
Listening to the Backstreet Boys always puts me in a good mood. And this just happens to be one my all-time favorites.
15. "I Want You Back" by N'Sync
Focus less on the pain and more on this adorable boy band. Thinking about JT's '90s hair should be enough to give you a good chuckle.