Music: Crowdsourcing Ladytunes, The Follow Up

Back in November, I wrote about one of my annual gifts for my daughter, a mixed cd of women musicians that we call “˜Ms. Claus’s Party Mix’. It’s a tradition born out of desire for my daughter to be exposed to a wide variety of women’s voices and music. Every year I ask around for suggestions of what to put on that year’s mix.

I had a ton more suggestions this year than I have in the past, both here on Persephone and on my personal Tumblr. I also received a lot of very nice notes about what a good idea this is, and I encourage anyone to take the idea and run with it. There’s nothing inherently “˜Christmas-y’ about the concept ““ this would be a great idea for birthdays or celebrations or just nice gifts for young girls in your life.

Because of the interest, I present the final list of tunes I put on this year’s double CD. Thank you to everyone who gave suggestions. I have tried to individually thank everyone who took the time to help me out but I’m sure I probably missed a few people along the way. So, thank you. MiniBelle enjoyed your ideas.

Songs listed in the order they appear on the cds:

“Christmas Wrapping (Waitresses Cover)” —  Summer Camp*

“Tightrope” ““ Janelle Monáe

“Gravity” ““ Sara Bareilles

“Caesar” ““ I Blame Coco

“When Doves Cry (Prince Cover)” ““ Robyn

“Favorite Things” ““ Pomplamoose

“When I’m Small” ““ Phantogram

“Creep (Radiohead Cover)” ““ Scala & Kolacny Brothers

“Lemonade” ““ Cocorosie

“Bulletproof” ““ La Roux

“Rama Lama Bang Bang” ““ Rosin Murphy

“Samson and Delilah” ““ Shirely Manson

“Jesus Saves, I Spend” ““ St. Vincent

“The Pirate Song” ““ Go Betty Go

“Mouthwash” ““ Kate Nash

“This Corrosion (Sisters of Mercy Cover)” ““ Diane Birch

“All the Same To Me” ““ Anya Marina

“Breathless” ““ Corrine Bailey Rae

“Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen” ““ Andrews Sisters

“Anna” ““ Hello Saferide

“Chick Habit” ““ April March

“Dance Me to the End of Love” ““ Madeleine Peyroux

“Fear” ““ Jazmine Sullivane

“I’m Blue” ““ The 5, 6, 7, 8’s

“Je ne Veux pas Travailler” ““ Pink Martini

“Malo” ““ Bebe

“Quelqu’un m’a dit” — Carla Bruni

“Sort Of” ““ Ingrid Michaelson

“All My Love” ““ Bettye LaVette

“Walking on Broken Glass” ““ Annie Lennox

“The Habenera” ““ Maria Callas

“Merry Christmas and Happy New Year” ““ Kate and Anna McGarrigle

* The first song on the first Ms. Claus Party Mix was the Waitresses “˜Christmas Wrapping’, which is my favorite holiday song. I thought this was a nice bit of continuity.

By [E] Slay Belle

Slay Belle is an editor and the new writer mentor here at Persephone Magazine, where she writes about pop culture, Buffy, and her extreme love of Lifetime movies. She is also the editor of You can follow her on Twitter, @SlayBelle or email her at

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