The Ultimate List Of 20 Songs To Make You Happy

A great song played at the right time has the ability to make your heart sing, to make your mood change in an instant, to make you see yourself and the world in a new light. They are incredibly powerful tools that you can use anywhere to instantly get yourself in the state that you desire. So I thought I'd share with you some of the songs I use to get myself in a happy, expectant, excited, empowered state.

Some of them you will know. Some of them you will wonder why they are on here. Some of them will be completely new and you’ll add them to your list of favorite’s.

So here they are, in no particular order (though I have saved the best for last, #'s 19 and 20): 


1)   Let it go – Michael Franti and Spearhead, Ethan Tucker

If you haven’t listened to this song, listen right now! It has lines such as ‘don’t let nobody tell you that you shouldn’t be just who you are’ and ‘and though the days are dark sometimes you’ll always be my shining star’. Its also got an incredibly catchy chorus that you will find yourself singing or humming over and over to yourself throughout the day because of its fantastic message - ‘just let it go-o-o-o’

2)   Happy – Pharrell Williams

This is an absolute modern classic for a list like this. It has ‘happy’ in the title even. With lyrics like ‘clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth’ and ‘give all you got, don’t hold it back’, plus a catchy up-beat tempo, how could this song not get you happy. 

3)   My Silver Lining – First Aid Kit

Who said country music was just about broken hearts and lost horses? This fantastic little number will have you fall in love with country music. It’s a gentle song with messages such as ‘Got to keep on keepin’ on’, ‘Cant worry about what’s behind you’, ‘Try not to hold onto what is gone’ and ‘There’s hope, there’s a silver lining’

4)   Fight Song – Rachel Platten

This song has a chorus that you’ll want to belt you lungs out to. It goes “This is my fight song, take back my life song, prove I’m alright song. My powers turned on, starting right now I’ll be strong, I’ll play my fight song, and I don’t really care if nobody else believes, coz I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me.’ So turn it up and sing along loud. 

5)   Magic (feat. Rivers Cuomo) – B.o.B, Rivers Cuomo

Ok, so if you know this song you may be wondering what its doing on here. But read this: ‘I got the magic in me, every time I touch that track it turns into gold, everybody’s know I’ve got the magic in me’. Singing and affirming that you have magic in you and that what you touch turns into gold are fantastic thoughts to have going through your mind. So believe that you are full of magic and gold and get your groove on. 

6)   Dog Days are over – Florence + The Machine

It may take a little time for you to realize that this song has an uplifting message but it does. Its in the form of a story and the first line is ‘happiness hit her like a train on a track.’ Its about a woman who hides from her happiness but then realizes that ‘the dog days are over’, meaning that the worst is behind you.

7)   Brave – Sara Bareilles

A song about being brave and being unapologetically yourself, how awesome is that? The message here is to open your mouth and say what you need to, to stop being small and live your life with bravery (a total Fabulous Courage value). The main chorus lyrics are ‘Say what you want to say, and let the words fall out, honestly, I want to see you be brave’ 

8)   Lose Yourself – Eminem

Yes I’m serious; I am including an Eminem song on a list of songs to make you happy. Just listen to the bit at the beginning when he’s talking to you directly, asking what you would do when that moment comes and you have the opportunity to get everything you’ve been working for. This song will empower you and get you psyched up for life and ready to take on the world. A great line is ‘This world in mine for the taking, make me king, as we move toward a new world order, a normal life is boring’. Don’t settle for mediocre my friends. 

9)   Unwritten – Natasha Bedingfield

This song compares life to an unwritten book saying that the ending is unplanned but you’ve got your pen in hand. With lines such as ‘Live your life with arms wide open’, ‘We’ve been conditioned to not make mistakes but I cant live that way’ and ‘Release your inhibitions’, this is a song you will want to get to know. 

10)   Stronger – Kelly Clarkson

The original American Idol superstar has some pretty super songs but this one will make you dance around the room with joy and empowerment as you remind yourself that ‘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 ya makes a fighter, footsteps even higher, doesn’t mean I’m over coz you’re gone.’ 

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11)   Don’t stop believing – Journey

I know, I know, this one comes up on all lists like this one, but how could I not include it? With the title plus the amazing chorus it’s a go to classic for upping your happy and getting in the groove to believe in yourself and your abilities. But I thought id mix it up and give you a different version with a bit of Gleek action… coz I love a sing along. 

12)   Born this way – Lady Gaga

Now here’s a woman who knows how to throw some lyrics together. Born This Way will give you some club pumping, uplifting lessons that we should all embrace such as ‘my mama told me when I was young, we’re all super stars’, ‘there’s nothing wrong with loving who you are, coz he made you perfect babe’ and ‘rejoice and love yourself today coz baby you were born this way’. The chorus is also absolute gold, so listen loud and listen proud. 

13)   Let it go – Idina Menzel

If you haven’t heard this song yet I just have to ask where have been for the last few years? Yes, this is THE song from Frozen and you should listen to it. It teaches you to be yourself and let go of trying to hide who you are. And yes, I am an unashamedly huge fan of Disney songs J and I know the words off by heart to most of them (got to love a good sing along). Pay particular attention to the line ‘Its time for me to see what I can do, to test the limits and break through’. 

14)   Somewhere over the rainbow – Israel ‘Iz’ Kamakawiwo’ole

I’m not sure if this one should be classed as a happy and uplifting song but its absolutely beautiful. If you want a bit of beauty in your life listen to this amazing mans rendition. It will truly melt your heart. Enough said. 

15)   You gotta be – Des’ree

This is some true 90’s beauty. Listen to the whole song as it’s a list of character attributes that you should embrace in your life. You will feel powerful and unstoppable listening to this song, plus you may get a few tips on how to live a fabulous life especially from the line ‘love will save the day’. 

16)   Keep On Movin’– Five  

Wohoo another 90’s throw back moment, well actually 2001 but it may as well be. A bit of positive boy band action is all you need some times and the first line of this nostalgic number is all you need to know its going to make you feel awesome – ‘I woke up today with this feeling, that better things are coming my way’ 

17)   Remember The Name – Fort Minor

When you first play this song you’re going to think I’m nuts. But just stick with it. This is a powerful song; you will get that just in the music before they really jump into it. It’s a song that will leave you feeling like you can conquer the world. You’ll want to get out there and embrace your power. If you are looking for a song to get you motivated, confident, or psyched up then this is it.  (If words like ‘shit’ and ‘fuck’ make you uncomfortable don’t listen)

18)   Firework – Katy Perry

This is a modern pop single that will remind you that you are totally unique and worth so much to this world. You will be reminded that you are full of sparkle and brilliance and that‘You just got to ignite the light and let it shine’. Listen to this song and remind yourself of the beautiful, unique, special individual that you are.

19)   Budding Trees - Nahko and Medicine For The People

If there is only one song on this entire list that you listen to, make it this one! Budding Trees is an inspirational masterpiece full of wisdom that will affect your whole life. It has beautiful, life affirming lyrics such as ‘wake the dreams into realities’, ‘let go of blame, that shit will never serve me’ and ‘the body talks and meditation helps’. I listen to this song all the time. It’s a fantastic melody full of inspirational lyrics that will get you into a positive, expectant state.  

20)   Everything and all things Nahko and Medicine For The People

I know I tricked you with this one, but I’m not sorry. This group of musicians have a fantastic back catalogue of songs that are jam packed full of positive messages and inspiring lyrics that you can call on when ever you’re feeling down, flat or in need of inspiration and drive. So here’s a list of a few of their great songs but you should consider going over to Spotify or Youtube and discovering some of their other songs.   

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So what have I missed? What are some of the songs that you use to get you happy and feeling empowered and ready to take on the world? Let me know below.

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