The Ultimate Mix CD Revealed + Giveaway Winners

I thought it was time I revealed the master playlists from the Phenomenal Woman and Cafe Mixes. Every year I create 2 mix cds as gifts for my mom and sister – a phenomenal woman mix full of upbeat dance tunes, and a cafe mix for relaxing at home. I’ve enlisted help from the blogosphere for the past several years in finding just the right tunes to add and I hosted a giveaway for those that shared ideas.

Thank you all so much for sharing your musical suggestions with me. To see all the recommendations, check out The Ultimate Mix CD Project.

Here are the winning contenders!

Phenomenal Woman Mix:

1. Shake It Off  by Taylor Swift

2. Hideaway by Kiesza

3. Mother and Father by Broods

4. His Gorgeousness by The Shoe

5. Tough Love by Jessie Ware

6. Ghost by Ella Henderson

7. My Silver Lining by First Aid Kit

8. The Chain by Brandi Carlile

9. Knots by Lisa Hannigan

10. Gun by CHVRCHES

11. Coffee by Sylvan Esso

12. Wings by Birdy

13. Safe & Sound by Savannah Berry

14. Pompeii by Jasmine Thompson

15. Wolf by First Aid Kit

16. Last Bus Out by Jillette Johnson

17. Spectrum by Florence + the Machine

18. Beating Heart by Ellie Goulding

19. Higher by Lia Ices

20. Rockstar by Emily Kinney

21. Enough by The Mrs.


Cafe Mix:

1. Paper Cup by The Shoe

2. Long Way Off by Gungor

3. Fare Thee Well by Oscar Isaac and Marcus Mumford

4. Kids by Emily Kinney

5. Stay With Me by Bernhoft

6. Michigan by The Milk Carton Kids

7. Li’l Red Riding Hood by Laura Gibson

8. Just Another Day by Stacey Earle

9. I See Fire by Ed Sheeran

10. Come Out Wherever You Are by Paul Cook & The Chronicles

11. Like a Dream by Francis and the Lights

12. Woodstock by Joni Mitchell

13. Somebody That I Used to Know by Madilyn Bailey & Jake Coco

14. Mull of Kintyre by Wings

15. Be Not So Fearful by A.C. Newman

16. Shadow on the Wall by Brandi Carlile

17. Poison & Wine by The Civil Wars

18. 18th of December by The Deep Dark Woods

19. You and Me by You + Me

20. Go To Sleep by The Avett Brothers


There are the ultimate playlists! Happy listening.

And the winners of the cd giveaway are…

Lauralynn Elliott and Susan Dahlstrom

Congrats ladies!


What were your favorite tunes of the past year?
Find any new favorites from these playlists?


26 responses

  1. I’ve been dreading my editing day today. Time to whip a middle-grade manuscript into shape (or at least start the process). Now I have some music to keep me company!

    1. Hope it motivates you! And try to get more editing than dancing done. 😉

      But no one said anything about celebratory dance party after the editing!!!

  2. I like the idea of creating a playlist as a gift. I’m going to transfer these to spotify and have a listen. Thank you!

    1. Enjoy the new tunes Kim! It’s a great gift and has become my mom and sis’s favorite one. That’s how they get all their new jams each year.

  3. I started listening to your list. What a good Idea!

    1. Maybe some new tunes for you and Otis to dance to. 🙂

  4. Oh wow. I must have missed the post about contributing songs. Guess I was busy having a baby or something. 😉 Then again, I won last year, so it’s only fair that others get to experience your incredible generosity. 🙂

    I still listen to last year’s disks all the time, and I love how they introduced me to new songs and artists of which I was not previously aware, but now love! I’ll have to check out some of this year’s tracks as well.

    1. How dare you ignore my blog while having a baby? Couldn’t you comment and push at the same time??? LOL

      Hope you and mini you are doing well and having dance parties. Maybe if you’re lucky, some new tunes will make their way into a certain person’s birthday package…

    1. Email or message me your address Lauralynn and I’ll get your mixes off in the mail! Thanks so much for the suggestions! You said Mull of Kintyre, right? I loved that song! It made it onto the cafe mix.

      1. I love Mull of Kintyre. It gives me goosebumps. .

  5. The “Pompeii” cover is gorgeous.

    1. I thought you’d like that one. Thanks for sharing suggestions with me!

  6. How cool! Great idea for a gift and fun to see the list here.

    1. Thanks Nina! Hope you find some new songs you love.

  7. Always enjoy seeing the final list! Some great stuff here. Glad to see You and Me made the cut — beautiful song.

    1. I LOVED that song, Julie! Thank you so much for recommending it!

  8. Solid list, Jess! Women ROCK – literally! 🙂

  9. Cool to see The Milk carton Kids on there. Great musicians!

    1. I really like that song! They were a new band to me.

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