So, big things are happening right now in this country. (Did you know?) And sometimes — in the middle of sparring over politics with family members, protesting in the streets, proactively donating to human rights organizations and/or generally coping with a sense of great frustration, confusion and despair — we all need an escape. (Like, logging out of social media, lighting some candles and sitting in complete darkness.)

Mercifully, the music is always there for us.

Betty Who, who just released her new single "Human Touch" on Friday (Nov. 11), knows a thing or two about the crucial distraction of song, which is why she was kind enough to put together a feel-good Human Touch playlist for us. It's chock full o'smashes from lots of legends, reminding us all to get a little closer and love each other.

"These last 7 days have been a real doozy (and by doozy I mean a s--t show), but here are some songs that, even if it's just for a moment, will do their best to take your mind off the state of our country," says Betty. Perfectly said.

Dive into the Human Touch Apple Music playlist curated by Betty Who, and check out what she said to say about each song below.


Hall & Oates, "You Make My Dreams"
Is there any better song to open up with here? Nothing makes my heart smile quite like this song does.

Tears For Fears, "Everybody Wants to Rule The World"
"Welcome to your life, there's no turning back." What a topical first lyric.

Michael Jackson, "Rock With You"
Michael can make everything better.

Janet Jackson, "Together Again"
SO CAN JANET. THE WHOLE JACKSON FAMILY JUST SMASHING IT.

Whitney Houston, "I Wanna Dance With Somebody"
This song could heal the whole damn world.

Wilson Phillips, "Hold On"
Try not to go all the way in on this one. JUST TRY. I DARE YOU.

Marvin Gaye, "Ain't No Mountain High Enough"
I am definitely "Back In The Habit" after this #tbt, which will always be "that song from Sister Act 2" to me. Sorry not sorry.

The Darkness, "I Believe In A Thing Called Love"
God I embarrassed myself as a pre-teen singing this song pretty much everywhere anybody would listen to me. To the patrons of the Bondi Junction movie theatre in mid-2003, I am issuing a formal apology for my behaviour every other weekend, and I hope I didn't ruin this song for you.

Donna Lewis, "I Love You Always Forever"
This is still my favourite song ever, so of course I covered it BUT nothing does the original any justice.

NSYNC, "It's Gonna Be Me"
*does best impression of puppet from this 2000's cinematic triumph of a music video*

Britney Spears, "Overprotected"
I believe this to be Britney's most underrated hit song. Please discuss.

Kesha, "Tik Tok"
I brushed my teeth with a bottle of jack on November 9th, I'll tell you what.

Beyoncé, "Crazy In Love"
Does anybody else do the giraffe strut when this song comes on? Like, full on, legs as long as I can make them, taking this room in three strides, people. THREE.

Rihanna, "Work"
I WILL NEVER. BE OVER. THIS SONG.

Betty Who, "Human Touch"
Maybe in these dark times, we could all hold each other a little closer. I think a Human Touch is exactly what we need.

"Human Touch" is out now.