Composer of the Month – What to listen to: Nina Simone

So far this month I have talked about who Nina Simone was, about her life and about how she used her music in her fight against racial injustice in the American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, but in this blog post I want to give you a playlist of her music. In making this playlist I have assumed that you have never listened to any of her music before. I have included some of her most famous songs, and some that are less well known. The songs are not in any particular order. If you wanted to listen to more of her music after reading this post, then there is plenty of her music available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, in the shops, wherever you get your music from.

A woman listens to music streamed online as she sits by the window. She watches the world go by outside the window as she is listening to her music.
Photo by Christina Morillo on

You will find a link to my Spotify playlist at the bottom of this post. Feel free to skip ahead to the bottom to have a listen to the playlist. As always, don’t feel you have to listen to the whole of the playlist, or to the songs in the order that I have listed them. The playlist can be dipped into and out of as much or as little as you want to. Hopefully it will spark your interest and you will like her music as much as I do. The playlist contains my two favourite Nina Simone songs, see if you can guess which songs they are.

So without further ado, and in no particular order other than the order in which I happened to add them into the playlist, here are the songs in my Nina Simone Suggested Listening playlist:

I Loves You Porgy (From “Porgy and Bess”)

Feeling Good

Ain’t Got No/I Got Life


Mississippi Goddam

Four Women

Here Comes The Sun

Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood

To Be Young, Gifted and Black

I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free

My Baby Just Cares For Me

I Put A Spell On You

You can listen to the playlist in whole, or in part by following this link to my Spotify playlist:

If you have enjoyed reading my blog post, thank you. I am always looking for ideas for the blog, so would love to hear from you with suggestions for topics you would like me to cover in the future. Also, if you would be interested in supporting me to keep this blog running, buying the books to review here, and supplies to make the DIY instruments, for example, I would be absolutely delighted if you would consider buying me a coffee using the following link: Buy Me A Coffee Thank you!!


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