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There was no way my sister and I were not going to love music. It was bred into us from a long line of music lovers who played various instruments, sang beautifully and appreciated the art of song more than most.

We grew up on everything from classic hymns to Merle Haggard; Cedarmont Kids to Shania Twain and Broadway soundtracks to Brad Paisley. Most home videos from our toddler years are of us singing some rendition of three songs: Jesus Loves Me, the ABC’s or Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. We sang in the car, in school programs, in church productions and at home. I never quite loved the stage the way my sister did. I didn’t have the ear for music the way she still does, but I loved music more than I loved most things.

While I didn’t necessarily love singing in the choir or taking a duet with my sister, there was one place I always felt I sounded good: the shower. Coincidentally (or perhaps not), the shower has always been one of my favorite places. Whether I was feeling sick, sad, sore, tired or any other emotion under the sun, my life motto remained the same: When in doubt, take a shower. Not only did the hot water make me feel better, but I also loved listening to music and belting out anything from sad songs to showtunes in the shower. In fact, my family has audio of me singing songs from Les Miserables in the shower when I was in high school! If you are a little like me and love singing in the shower, check out this list of songs to belt loud.

You can also find this playlist on Darling’s Spotify here.

Unwritten — Natasha Bedingfield 

 

Sucker — Jonas Brothers

If I Ain’t Got You— Alicia Keys 

Adelina — Johnnyswim

Walking On Sunshine — Katrina & The Waves 

I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For — U2 

I Wanna Dance With Somebody — Whitney Houston 

Somebody’s Daughter — Tenille Townes 

I’m Still Standing — Taron Egerton

Shower — Becky G

Second Wind — Maren Morris

The Middle — Zedd ft. Maren Morris

Wide Open Spaces — Dixie Chicks

She Is— Ben Rector

This Feeling — The Chainsmokers ft. Kelsea Ballerini

High Horse — Kacey Musgraves 

Keep Your Head Up — Andy Grammer

September Song — JP Cooper

Should’ve Been Us — Tori Kelly

Happy — Pharrell Williams

What songs make you feel like singing in the shower? Write them in the comments below.

Illustration via Heather Day, Darling Issue No. 24

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