Music soothes the savage beast, you know. That's why so many of us have playlists specifically dedicated to uplifting a bad mood, calming anxiety, and inspiring feel-good emotions. Since I tend to listen to very dark and depressing music, however, I had to have a conversation with my lovely, cheerful, bubbly wife, as I realize that not everyone feels better when they listen to Eminem or Placebo. Oops! Anyway, when you need a pick-me-up, consider listening to these feel-good songs so you can cheer up and feel better!
1 “MMMBop” – Hanson
I think this might be one of the best feel-good songs on earth. Heather loves it. I mean, she LOVES it. I think she might even know all the words, but I don't know because the “mmmbop” parts are all I understand.
2 “Looking up” – SafetySuit
You know what I love about SafetySuit? That they can rip your heart out or make you smile with their music.
3 “We Found Love” – Rihanna
Let this song serve as a reminder that you have found love, you have love, and you give love, even if it's not the romantic variety.
4 “Can't Stop the Feeling” – Justin Timberlake
What is it about Justin's music? It's so infectious! Not only will this song make you feel good, but you might just want to get up and dance.
5 “Hey Ya!” – Outkast
This pick is all mine. Who knows how many years later and Andre 3000 still gives me so much life with this song! (FYI, “Roses” is awesome, too.)
6 “Uptown Funk” – Mark Ronson
This jam just gets into your head and under your skin. I heard it all over TV and in the movies before I ever actually listened to it … by which time I really, really liked it.
7 “Cruise” – Florida Georgia Line
This is the perfect song to listen to when you take some time to yourself and go for a drive to nowhere. Roll down the windows, turn up the radio, and center yourself.
8 “Red Solo Cup” – Toby Keith
Heather's pick. I get it. I get how it can be a feel-good song. Sure!
9 “Drink in My Hand” – Eric Church
Play this while you're getting ready to go out somewhere. You won't be sorry – promise.
10 “Happy” – Pharrell
Well, this one goes without saying, doesn't it? No, really, song title aside, this is such a fantastic feel-good song!
11 “Safe and Sound” – Capital Cities
Wifey introduced me to this one, too, and I've gotta say, I'm a fan.
12 “Honey, I'm Good” – Andy Grammer
Ditto this one. It's pretty great, to be honest – I mean, it's made it into my rotation.
13 “Beautiful Day” – U2
Say what you will about U2, but this song can help make you grateful for each beautiful day you have – even if it seems perfectly ordinary.
14 “Run the World (Girls)” – Beyoncé
YES! Bey has several empowering, feel-good anthems you can choose, actually – or you can put all of them on your playlist!
15 “Skyscraper” – Demi Lovato
“Skyscraper” has a special way of making you feel good because it might make you feel a little melancholy first … but the ache is kind of beautiful.
16 “Don't Stop Believin'” – Journey
This song is still enjoying a moment. And I mean, it does make you feel good. Even the opening riff is unmistakable.
17 “Just the Way You Are” – Bruno Mars
And this? This is for the days when you need a reminder that you are amazing, just the way you are.
What songs make you feel great when you're in a bad mood?
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