Music is a universal language that speaks to everyone and gives us good vibes. We relate to a singer’s voice, connect with the writer’s lyrics, and feel transported by the instruments’ rhythm.
According to Psychology Today, music releases dopamine, a mood-enhancing chemical in our brain that makes us feel good. To give you a boost of confidence, we compiled 15 songs to brighten your day.
1. Blame It on the Boogie by Jackson 5
The electrified voices of Michael Jackson and his brothers have kept us on our toes for decades. Try not to dance to this sensational crossover between disco and Motown. If you do, blame it on the boogie.
2. Happy by Pharrell Williams
Williams’s chart-topper captures the infectious adrenaline we feel when we’re thrilled. This care-free bop, and his thought-provoking inspiration, will make you “clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth.”
3. Keep Your Head Up by Andy Grammer
Self-doubts and hardship can break down our motivation to follow our dreams. When times are tough, keep your head up, and you will persevere.
4. Can’t Stop By the Feeling! by Justin Timberlake
Pop singer Justin Timberlake’s smash hit became his most successful song to date. It was one he almost didn’t write. Can you imagine what the world would be like without this much-needed dose of positive vibes?
5. Feel Again by OneRepublic
Even when it might not seem like it, there are always signs of hope on the horizon. OneRepublic’s “Feel Again” permits us to feel better again.
6. Love Train by The O’Jays
One glance at the news, and it’s easy to believe the world is a negative place. But at the end of the day, The O’Jays rekindle the message that love makes the world go ’round.
7. Celebrate by Kool & the Gang
There’s no need to wait for the party to come to you. Hook up with Kool & the Gang’s robust declaration and make a promise to celebrate the good times no matter what.
8. Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles
George Harrison of The Beatles penned this cheerful number while feeling suppressed about his career’s direction. If you’re navigating a stormy period in your life, let this iconic melody inspire you to see the sun again.
9. Do You Believe In Magic? By The Lovin’ Spoonful
Sometimes magic can’t be reasoned. It’s something you experience. But The Lovin’ Spoonful does their best to put the mystery into words.
10. Good Vibrations by Beach Boys
“Good vibes” isn’t just a phrase we use to offer encouragement. It’s also a deeper layer of consciousness every living being shares between each other and the environment. The Beach Boys’ good vibrations might just be what you need to receive.
11. September by Earth Wind & Fire
It’s impossible to compile a list of upbeat anthems and not include Earth Wind & Fire. Inspired by clear skies and dancing under starry nights, songwriter Allee Willis and the band churned out this soul-infused mega-hit. It guarantees to put a pep in your step.
12. I Got Sunshine by The Temptations
Obstacles might surround us, but we can cultivate positivity every day. With opening lyrics like “I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day,” we learn that a happy mood and good vibes depend on our point of view.
13. Shake It Off by Taylor Swift
After facing criticism about her personal and professional life, pop icon Taylor Swift harnessed the haters’ messages into positivity. Her sick beat will call you to shake off your worries once and for all.
14. Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen
Queen’s discography is bound to put you in a good mood, but one has been scientifically proven to be the most upbeat song in the world. The combination of fun lyrics and a fast tempo certifies that “Don’t Stop Me” will make you feel unstoppable.
15. Don’t Worry, Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin
Bobby McFerrin’s simple doo-wop melody and a light-hearted chorus remind us to overcome our troubles with four simple words. Don’t worry, be happy.
No matter what challenges we face, music offers a potent antidote to shift our mood and support us through our difficulties. A powerful song can hit all the right notes to compel us to live healthier and happier. We hope this playlist delivers a spark of glee when you need a pick-me-up.