Some say the best playlists have a mix of highs and lows. But when you’re looking to boost your mood, the last thing you want to listen to are melancholy ballads. You need a playlist of solid feel-good songs that won’t bring you down or bore you.
Whether you’re looking to add some tunes to your playlist or are creating a new line-up of feel-good songs from scratch, here are 10 that absolutely must be on your list.
1. James Brown — I Feel Good
This jam is one of the most quintessential feel-good songs — the title is literally, “I Feel Good.” And with that smooth, uplifting sax riff, you just can’t help but dance.
“Wo! I feel good, I knew that I would, now/ I feel good, I knew that I would, now/ So good, so good, I got you”
2. Katrina & The Waves — Walking on Sunshine
This classic, uplifting song is perfect to listen to while you’re cleaning, hanging out with friends or celebrating the start of the weekend.
“I’m walking on sunshine (Wow!)/ And don’t it feel good/ Hey, alright now/ And don’t it feel good, hey!”
3. The Beach Boys — Good Vibrations
Don’t believe what they say — you can listen to The Beach Boys even when there’s snow on the ground!
“I’m pickin’ up good vibrations/ She’s giving me excitations (Oom bop bop)/ I’m pickin’ up good vibrations (Good vibrations, oom bop bop)/ She’s giving me excitations (Excitations, oom bop bop)/ Good, good, good, good vibrations (Oom bop bop)”
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4. Kelly Clarkson — Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)
The first-ever American Idol winner doesn’t disappoint in this encouraging song about overcoming struggle. If you’re going through a rough patch, listen to this tune to keep your spirits high.
“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger/ Stand a little taller/ Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone/ What doesn’t kill you makes a fighter/ Footsteps even lighter/ Doesn’t mean I’m over ’cause you’re gone”
5. Sublime — What I Got
Listening to the soothing sounds of reggae rock could be all you need to calm your anxiety and start appreciating the little things in life. This Sublime classic reminds us of what’s important.
“Love’s what I got/ Don’t start a riot/ You’ll feel it when the dance gets hot/ Lovin’, is what I got, I said remember that/ Lovin’, is what I got, I said remember that”
6. The Monkees — I’m a Believer
While Smash Mouth’s version might be awesome in the Shrek movie, we have to give credit to the original masterminds in this list. The Monkees’ original rendition of I’m a Believer is sure to lift your spirits.
“Then I saw her face, now I’m a believer/ Not a trace of doubt in my mind/ I’m in love (Oooh)/ I’m a believer, I couldn’t leave her if I tried”
7. Abba — Dancing Queen
If Abba doesn’t make you want to dance, you need to reevaluate something — especially if you’re listening to Dancing Queen!
“You are the dancing queen/ Young and sweet/ Only seventeen/ Dancing queen/ Feel the beat from the tambourine, oh yeah/ You can dance/ You can jive/ Having the time of your life/ Ooh, see that girl/ Watch that scene/ Dig in the dancing queen”
8. Gloria Gaynor — I Will Survive
When it feels like everything is falling apart, you just need to tell yourself one thing — I will survive! If it’s tough to say it yourself, let Gloria Gaynor do it for you.
“Oh, no, not I/ I will survive/ Oh, as long as I know how to love I know I’ll stay alive/ I’ve got all my life to live/ I’ve got all my love to give/ And I’ll survive/ I will survive/ Hey, hey!”
9. Demi Lovato — Skyscraper
As a notorious anti-bullying advocate, Demi Lovato is one artist who makes sure to address the important issues in her music. She wrote this song to encourage kids who are victims of bullying in their schools.
“You can take everything I have/ You can break everything I am/ Like I’m made of glass/ Like I’m made of paper/ Go on and try to tear me down/ I will be rising from the ground/ Like a skyscraper, like a skyscraper”
10. La Roux — Bulletproof
Coming back from a failed relationship can be one of the most difficult things to do. La Roux addresses this in this hit song that’s sure to make you feel invincible.
“Been there, done that, messed around/ I’m having fun; don’t put me down/ I’ll never let you sweep me off my feet/ This time, baby, I’ll be/ Bulletproof/ This time, baby, I’ll be/ Bulletproof”
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