Looking for a playlist to brighten your day? Here are 15 feel-good songs that the internet can’t get enough of. From classics to modern hits, these tracks are the perfect pick-me-up for any situation:
1. I Got You (I Feel Good) – James Brown
The clue’s in the name with this one. Stick on this infamous track and let the Godfather of Soul cajole you into a better mood.
2. I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
This classic tune from Gloria Gaynor will lift your spirits from the first line. It’s a song about turning challenge into triumph and realizing your inner strength in the process.
3. Walking On Sunshine – Katrina & the Waves
With its catchy beat and feel-good lyrics, Katrina & the Waves will have you singing and dancing along in no time.
4. Valerie – Amy Winehouse ft. Mark Ronson
While it might not be the first “happy song” that comes to mind, the energy, attitude, and unique vocals of Amy Winehouse will restore the pep to your step in a flash.
5. Lovely Day – Bill Withers
On your down days, when the world outside feels full of gloom, stick Lovely Day on repeat and let Bill Withers’ dulcet tones whisk you into a brighter headspace.
6. Shout – The Isley Brothers
The melody, the rhythm, the lyrics…everything about this iconic Isley Brothers song makes you want to move your body and let loose. Resistance is futile.
7. Dancing Queen – ABBA
Want to sing until your voice goes hoarse, wrap your arms around your pals, and let the nostalgia work its magic? You can’t go wrong with ABBA’s Dancing Queen. It’s Europop at its finest.
8. Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
Get ready for Freddy Mercury at his glorious best. The starting lyrics of this timeless tune alone should be enough to inspire and lift your spirits. But if that doesn’t do it, the infectious melody that follows should.
9. Don’t Worry Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin
Bobby McFerrin’s 1988 hit lacks the fast beat and intense vocals of other feel-good songs. But its unique sound and positive lyrics work a treat all the same. Don’t miss the video, either. It’s silly, irreverent, and guaranteed to make you smile.
10. Mr. Blue Sky – ELO
Everything from the beat and melody to the lyrics of this classic ELO song lifts your spirits as soon as it comes on. Just take a look at the first verse: “Sun is shinin’ in the sky/ There ain’t a cloud in sight/ It’s stopped rainin’ everybody’s in the play/ And don’t you know/ It’s a beautiful new day, hey hey.” Everything about it screams positivity.
11. Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys
We’re pretty sure it’s impossible to listen to this 60s classic without feeling your mood lift. From the lilting vocals and buoyant beat to a chorus that gets you up on your feet, it’s a must for any feel-good playlist.
12. Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees
Fans of The American Office TV show may be unable to hear this song without remembering that classic scene where they’re learning CPR. That memory alone might be enough to put a smile on your face! But if you’ve never seen it, the song itself should do the trick, too. With its groovy melody, catchy guitar riff, and positive lyrics, you’ll be tapping your feet or up dancing in no time.
13. September – Earth, Wind & Fire
September is one of the catchiest songs, especially when the calendar marks the 21st of September. However, it’s a great song to get you in a positive mood any time of the year.
14. You Make My Dreams – Daryl Hall & John Oates
This euphoric and cheerful song by Hall & Oates will make you dance no matter where you are. This duo’s last song was a hit in the 80s, but it continues to be famous! Who hasn’t listened to this song before?
15. Happy – Pharrell Williams
It might not be the oldest song out there, but this 2014 song continues to be a hit. The song name says it all, and the rhythm makes you dance instantly.
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