Music can set — or reset — your mood. And especially when you have a stressful job like event planning, sometimes you need just the right song to rock out to.

From pump-up jams to slow beats that calm you down, here are some tunes to add to your event planning playlist.

To start the day

Rusted Root – “Send Me On Your Way”

When you’re starting your day, this upbeat song has the perfect “rise and shine” vibe. Before the chaos of emails, phone calls, and vendor contracts, find your centre with this calming tune. The happy and peppy flute will have you whistling when you walk into the office – even though you might be facing tons of vendor meetings and calls.

Pharrell Williams – “Happy”

How can you not feel happy when you’re tapping your feet and clapping your hands to such a bright and cheery song? It’s a great way to tackle a long day of tedious work laying out the venue’s floor plan — all with a smile on your face.

Stevie Wonder – “Superstition”

Do you go through a ritual when you’re getting ready for an event? Do you freak out if someone opens an umbrella in the event venue, walks under a ladder, or steps on a crack? If that sounds like you, this is your jam, as long as you realise that your event success has nothing to do with luck. It’s all you.

When you’re in event crisis mode

Twisted Sister – “We’re Not Going to Take It”

If you’re ever having a “stick it to the man” kind of day, pop your headphones on and put this one on full blast. Maybe bureaucratic red tape is holding up a permit, or one of your speakers is making a last-minute unreasonable request. By the time you’re done giving this a listen, you’ll have gotten out your frustrations and can come up with a clear-headed plan.

Guns and Roses – “Welcome to the Jungle”

When you have 20 unheard voicemails from sponsors and 800 unread emails from vendors, you know where you are? You’re in the jungle, baby.

Queen and David Bowie – “Under Pressure”

The title says it all – event planners are always under pressure. Whether it’s to sell a certain number of tickets or to make sure the event runs like clockwork, there’s always a goal or deadline to meet. Play this one when you need to commiserate.

Imagine Dragons – “Whatever it Takes”

No matter what goes wrong, with a little motivation, you’ll make it through. If you’re having a moment of panic or doubt, this song’s mantra will remind you that you’re “ready for whatever it takes,” and get you right back in the zone.  

Getting pumped for your event

Survivor – “Eye Of The Tiger”

It’s cheesy and cliche, but every event planner knows that going into event day is like going into the boxing ring. The famed “Rocky” theme song is a great reminder that you’ve got a mean one-two punch combination of preparation and passion. In other words, you’re poised to have a knockout event.

Starship – “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”

Nothing feels quite as inspirational as a good team huddle at the start of event day — and if this song is playing, even better. “And we can build this dream together, standing strong forever, nothing’s gonna stop us now.”  Doesn’t that so perfectly describe all of the hard work that your team has put into making sure your event is successful?

Beastie Boys – “No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn”

More like “no sleep ‘til after the event.” This 80s anthem has the great lyric, “My job ain’t a job, it’s a damn good time.” It’s tough to remember that you love your job when you’re going on hours (or maybe just minutes) of sleep, but the truth is you thrive on the adrenaline.

Queen – “Don’t Stop Me Now”

Another adrenaline-inducing song, this rock anthem is great when you’re doing that last-minute sweep of the event floor to make sure everything is perfect right before the guests enter.

Europe – “The Final Countdown”

Your last pre-event marketing push is out. Your social media account is lighting up with people tagging your event. Attendees are lining up, waiting for you open the doors. The power-loaded keyboard intro is sure to get you hyped up for what’s about to come. “It’s the final countdooownwwnnn….”

When it’s all over

R.E.M. – “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”

You might feel a slight letdown when your event has come to a close, but you’ll “feel fine” knowing that you get to repeat history all over again. Bonus: This one is really fun to sing at an after-event karaoke.

Pink – “Raise Your Glass”

“So raise your glass if you are wrong, in all the right ways, all my underdogs…” Here’s to all of the hard-working event planning underdogs that somehow, someway, got it done and lived to tell the tale.

Having a go-to playlist of songs that motivate, inspire, and help you get your head on straight is always a good idea when you have a high-stress event planning job. The song choice actually matters less than how each tune makes you feel, so if the suggestions above aren’t your thing, add selections that speak to you.

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