The 7 Best Feel-Good Songs to Add to Your Playlist

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If you’ve had a rotten day and a crummy week, it may be time to crank up some tunes. Whether it’s the lyrics, melody, or beat, some songs just give you a lift.

Scientific studies back up the claim that music boosts your mood, easing anxiety and lowering stress. It’s kind of like cheap therapy! So why not cue up some songs to get you to a better place? I’ve rounded up the seven best feel-good songs to put on your playlist for an instant mood boost — so next time you’re feeling down, use these songs as an instant pick-me-up!

Once you’ve turned up the music, why not cook up some of these mood and energy-boosting foods, too? Don’t forget to add these feel-good songs to your workout soundtrack, and try these four workout motivation ideas on for size while you’re at it.

Want to give these songs a listen? Check out our Feel-Good Playlist — all you need is a free Spotify account to enjoy this musical lift!

Track 1: Brighter Than the Sun by Colbie Caillat


Put this song on repeat! If the winter doldrums have you down, this song will transport you to a perfect sunny day. Its bright and summery style will send your mood soaring and put a smile on your face.

Perfect for putting some pep in your step while cleaning or moving you through the miles as you exercise. No matter what you’re doing or how you’re feeling, this sweet song will have you smiling.

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Track 2: War Paint by Fletcher


Need to feel like a warrior? Turn this one up loud. The first song from newbie songstress Fletcher, the catchy words and tribal rhythms will have you rocking out like a powerhouse in four minutes. You gotta have this one on your list!

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Track 3: Good Life by One Republic


This catchy tune will pull you in immediately. This dreamy song has lyrics that transport you to a good place, leaving your bad mood behind. In less than three minutes, you’ll be nodding your head and singing “Oh, this has gotta be the good life…this has gotta be the good life.” Another to add to your list!

Track 4: Superheroes by The Script


These empowering lyrics are like a pep talk to get you through bad times. If you’re looking to make yourself a better and stronger person, this is the song for you.

Remember and repeat: “When you’ve been fighting for it all your life; You’ve been working every day and night; That’s how a superhero learns to fly; Every day, every hour, Turn the pain into power.” Now that’s just the sort of stuff to pipe into your headphones when you need to feel a surge of brightness.

Track 5: Everybody Talks by Neon Trees


This totally catchy and dance-able song is an instant mood lifter. There’s no way you’ll sit around sulking with this song on your playlist.

Take this one on the go, press play, and hit the pavement for a good run (or fast walk). Your blood will be pumpin’, your heart will be thumpin’, and you’ll feel like a new person after jivin’ to this fun beat.

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Track 6: Happy by Pharrell Williams


There’s a reason everyone’s favorite yellow minions sing along to this song in Despicable Me 2. The lyrics celebrate all things happy, and you won’t be able to resist dancing, singing, or clapping along. Even if your day’s been a bad one, this song reminds you that happy is a totally achievable state of mind, and you shouldn’t let bad things bring you down. “Can’t nothin’; bring me down; my level’s too high!”

Track 7: Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars


This upbeat song just makes you want to get up, dance, and strut your stuff. Get groovin’ like nobody’s watching — even if they are — and let this song give you an emotional boost. Who’s too hot? You are!

Your turn! What mood-boosting song is a must-have on your playlist? Share it in the comments section below. We can’t wait to add it to ours.


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