Ina Garten Always Listens To 'Women Who Rock' When She Cooks

When it comes to getting a job done, most can use a little extra inspiration to get us going. For many of us, that needed boost comes from music. There are a lot of amazing connections between food and music: Music can affect how you shop, how and what you eat, how quickly you drink alcoholic beverages, and even how foods actually taste (per the National Library of Medicine). 

A great playlist can make or break your enthusiasm for a task — and it can even help you time things right, like Barilla's clever playlist for timing pasta.  Music can be really important in producing great food. When it's time to get to work, the right tunes can help get those creative juices flowing.

And in case you thought you were the only one, lots of great chefs like to cook to a playlist (via iNews.UK). Some have even been gracious enough to share their playlists. Anthony Bourdain's "Music to Cook By" playlist reflects his wide-ranging musical palate, and you can listen to it yourself and see if it fires up your imagination they way it did his. 

Barefoot Contessa's Ina Garten has shown how relatable she can be, and the cooking playlist she shared is no exception.

Ina Garten's Women Who Rock Dance Party

The Barefoot Contessa's playlist is titled "Women Who Rock" (available on Apple Music and Spotify) and it's a collection of greatest hits, featuring mostly upbeat tunes written and sung by some of the great singers of the past few decades who happen to be female. There's quite a range of generations and style represented: The 52 songs include hits by The Supremes ("Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye"), Lady Gaga ("Born This Way"), Beyoncé ("Love on Top"),  Cher ("If I Could Turn Back Time"), Blondie ("Heart of Glass", "One Way or Another") and Sara Bareilles ("Brave"). 

Looking at the list, you see signs of high energy and positivity –just the thing to get you moving in your kitchen. There's definitely a "Girl Power" theme going on.  Also included are classics like Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," Chaka Khan's "I'm Every Woman," and Shania Twain's "Man! I Feel LIke a Woman!" peppered throughout (via Barefoot Contessa).

Overall, it's great music for creating a feel-good "women who roar" vibe — once you're dancing in your kitchen and you've channeled all that great energy, it's only a few small steps to making a Barefoot Contessa-worthy meal, right? Which makes us wonder: Are some playlists better for making certain types of food?

And in the event that if you don't feel like cooking yourself, you can always listen to Garten's favorite tunes while you relax and watch her mix whip up some great food on TV.