Few things are as necessary as immediate mood-boosters, and songs are the easiest pick-me-ups around. You’ve definitely spent a night in dancing to “Call Me Maybe” while cleaning your room. Or, at least, to Taylor Swift and Beyoncé. Nothing has as much power as a feel-good song, which can transform any mundane task into an epic feat worthy of a montage.
Luckily, even if you tire of one song, there is always another that will lift your spirits. Here are the happiest songs we know that will always put you in a good mood. Blast these while driving down a highway in a convertible. Lip sync to them in your room (with a hair brush). Bump them the next time you're stirring risotto at the stove and looking to get in the mood. Dance to these while doing the dishes or plug them in when you really need to get shit done. From classic oldies to modern pop songs, these happy tunes are ones you actually want to get stuck in your head.1 of 106
Selena Gomez "Look At Her Now"Just try not to smile when you think about your higher self and all that you've overcome, just like Gomez does in her 2020 self-love hit.
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P!nk "So What"
There's no one who will put a swagger in your step quite like P!nk! When you need a shot of confidence, put this song on and turn it up.3 of 106
Maggie Rogers "Light On"
Leave the light on for Maggie Rogers, whose feel good music will leave you bopping and opening up your hear a little.
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Ciara "Level Up"
Let Ciara's dance moves be a lesson to us all and let her infectious, upbeat songs brighten your day.
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It ain't Lizzo's fault that she's out here getting loose.
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Ariana Grande feat. Nicki Minaj "the light is coming"
Grande manifests the happiness and light she wants to see in the world in this joyful track.
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Taylor Swift "22"
I don't know about you but I was pretty darn happy when I was 22 and carefree. Even if we aren't anymore, recapture the feeling for a moment on this bouncy song.
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The Staples Singers "I'll Take You There"
From the first notes, where trumpets and horns blare your mind to life to the groove where the Staples Singers promise to take you to a place where nobody's crying or lonely — this is a happy jam.
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The Rolling Stones "She's a Rainbow"
Give a little love to the happy days of flower power with this early Stones track that will have you seeing rainbows everywhere.
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Cardi B feat. Bad Bunny & J Balvin "I Like It"
Turn this song on and just try not to dance. It's impossible.
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Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug "Havana"
Nothing will perk up your spirits like a little trip to Havana nah nah nah.
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Janelle Monáe "I Like That"
Janelle sings an anthem for the outsiders who are cool with who they are that will bring a smile to your face.
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The Zombies "This Will Be Our Year"
Sometimes you just need a little reminder that things are going to get better, which the Zombies deliver in a delicious power pop package.
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Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B "Finess (remix)"
Okay so the music video is not original by any means (Mars partying in Vegas), but the song is annoyingly catchy and will probably be played at every wedding for the next year. For an extra boost of happiness, check out this dance video
set to Mars' latest hit.— Courtney E. Smith
Chaka Khan "Like Sugar"
In Chaka Khan's new song — released in 2018! — Chaka all but dares you not to have fun.
"When I feel the funk, I give in," she sings, wailing in her upper register. You'll give in, too. It's like sugar! So sweet!16 of 106
Ezra Vine "Celeste"
The exuberant, banjo-filled love song you need in your life.17 of 106
Vampire Weekend "A-Punk"
This exuberant song encapsulates everything that makes Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend: Intelligent and somewhat opaque lyrics, interesting and unexpected musical choices, and total catchiness.18 of 106
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Portugal, the Man "Feel It Still"
"Feel It Still" begins with a powerful bass, strumming its way into the opening of the catchiest song of 2017. This track made the cut of Barack Obama's favorite songs
of 2017, and it should be on yours.
Gloria Gaynor "I Will Survive"
If this song doesn't make you happy we don't know what will!20 of 106
Zella James "Man on the Moon"
When you're in that honeymoon phase with someone, you have that giddy feeling of experiencing a whole new world — kind of like how space astronauts must have felt on the moon. This exuberant song will lift you to dreamy places.21 of 106
George Michael "Faith"
You gotta have it.22 of 106
Ra Ra Riot & Rostam "Water"
"Don't punish me" for unabashedly loving this song (which contains the lyric "don't punish me").23 of 106
James Taylor "How Sweet it Is"
A lovely and earnest love song.24 of 106
The Emotions "Best of My Love"
This is perfect "credit outro" music for a Nancy Meyers.25 of 106
Three Dog Night "Joy to the World"
If only we all had Jeremiah the bullfrog as a good friend.26 of 106
Icona Pop "I Love It"
Bet you haven't thought of this song in a while — but we bet you're smiling thinking of its irreverent chorus.27 of 106
Prince doesn't need his girl to be anything but herself. His voice gets progressively more enthusiastic as the song goes on; it is infectiously happy.28 of 106
Stevie Wonder "You Are the Sunshine of My Life"
Stevie Wonder's anthem of love and gratitude will make you feel good about things, all things.29 of 106
Sigrid "Don't Kill My Vibe"
Seriously: This is is the only self-esteem boosting song you'll ever need.30 of 106
Hot Chocolate "You Sexy Thing"
I believe in miracles. The miracles of a deep, deep bass, and an overtly sexual chorus.31 of 106
The Troggs "Love is All Around"
If you're a Love Actually stan, you'll be more familiar with the song "Christmas Is All Around." But this original '60s version is just as wonderful, and actually has rhymes that work.32 of 106
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U2 "Beautiful Day"
Even if it's pouring rain, or you're completely snowed in, it's tough for this song
not to cheer you up.
Gillian Hills "Zou Bisou Bisou"
Made famous by the now-timeless Mad Men, this song is essentially "The Girl From Ipanema" with an extra wink and strut.34 of 106
Sixpence None The Richer “Kiss Me”
The song that played in our heads during every high school make-out session.35 of 106
Walk The Moon “Shut Up and Dance”
An inspiring, end-of-the-night dance tune that speeds up the wistfulness of "Don't Stop Believing" with an equally memorable chorus.36 of 106
The Naked And Famous “Young Blood”
Plug in your headphones and take a walk. This song will make everything appear in a whole new light.37 of 106
Vulfpeck "Back Pocket"
If you missed this infectiously funky tune from last year, well, here it is again, just in time to welcome warm weather.39 of 106
Zedd feat. Julia Michaels "Daisy"
The hook is undeniably contagious, and the song has the kind of beat you won't mind having stuck in your head. Sure, Michaels is singing about her broken heart, but the chorus is so upbeat that you won't be able to help breaking out into a smile.40 of 106
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Wham! "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"
Put the coffee pot on and get your morning started. It's going to be a great day
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American Authors "Best Day Of My Life"
There's no need for posting inspiring quotes on your mirror for a morning pick-me-up. Just play this track
as soon as on you wake up. Done.
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MIKA "Grace Kelly"
Even if you don't know who she is, after three minutes of this catchy track
you'll want to be her, too.
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Sia "Elastic Heart"
Even when the biggest loves knock you down, get back up. You can do it
Jackie Wilson "Your Love (Lifting Me Higher)"
In Wilson's voice, you can practically hear the infectious joy that comes from a generous and uplifting romance. This could very well be the happiest love song of all time.47 of 106
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Black Eyed Peas "I Gotta A Feeling"
Have you ever had a bad night after getting ready or pre-gaming to this song? And by bad, we mean not fun? (Too much fun
Yael Naim "New Soul"
Try not to be uplifted by Naim's graceful voice and catchy tune about perceiving the world with child-like joy. Just try!50 of 106
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Whitney Houston "I Wanna Dance With Somebody"
Admit it: Whether you're in the grocery store or a club, when this song comes on, it's impossible not to dance and sing along
Chance the Rapper "Finish Line/Drown"
The triumphant final track from Chance's album Coloring Book has a cool, reggae vibe that'll get you bopping in your seat.52 of 106
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Spice Girls "Wannabe"
If only you had a Spice Girls RV. For now, just relish in how great the 90s were — while getting down
to Mel B's rap, obviously.
Sam Cooke "What a Wonderful World"
For a little hope on dreary days...54 of 106
Saint Motel "Cold Cold Man"
A catchy piano riff and a Bond-inspired music video, in one poppy song.55 of 106
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One Direction "What Makes You Beautiful"
The boys may not be together anymore, but don't worry, you still light up their world
like nobody else.
Earl St. Clair "Feeling Alive"
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Earth, Wind & Fire “September”
Songwriter Allee Willis
heard the intro to this song and immediately thought, "It was obviously the happiest-sounding song in the world." The lyrics are nonsensical, but the groove never ends.
Martin Jensen "Solo Dance"
If the title of this track isn't enough to get you on your feet, just hit play and let your dance party commence.59 of 106
If the song doesn't get you, the joyful music video will.60 of 106
Cyndi Lauper “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”
This timeless classic is pretty much an anthem for doing what you want — and having a ball.61 of 106
Alessia Cara "How Far I'll Go"
As an original song for Disney's Moana, it makes sense that Cara's anthem goes from heartbreaking to inspiring to get-everything-done driven. Perfect for any training montage in your head.62 of 106
Moses Sumney "Everlasting Sigh"
It takes a while for this song to get there, but wait for the song to start building right around 2:20. You'll find yourself inspired to get moving and get things shakin', especially when the harmonies start coming int.63 of 106
Mariah Carey "Dreamlover"
Honestly, you can never go wrong with some old school Mariah.64 of 106
Regina Spektor "Fidelity"
The singer has proven her talent time and time again, but we will always revisit her classic 2006 single.65 of 106
Lianne La Havas “What You Don’t Do”
Wait for the drum beats starting 30 seconds in, and then revel in the soaring of Lianne’s gorgeous voice.67 of 106
Another stellar love song from 4, which proves that great songs aren't all about unrequited love.68 of 106
The Beatles “Here Comes The Sun”
If laid-back chill is more your speed, this Beatles classic is meant for you.69 of 106
The Isley Brothers “Shout”
Another dance floor classic that mixes doo wop, gospel, and blues.70 of 106
The Supremes "You Can't Hurry Love"
Hands down one of the best karaoke picks out there.71 of 106
The Generationals "When They Fight, They Fight"
It makes sense that G-Eazy sampled this song for "Make-Up Sex" — the chorus is simple, memorable, and oh-so-catchy.72 of 106
Chainsmokers feat. Halsey "Closer"
It's a slow burn, but by the end of the song you're wishing for a fling to dance with.73 of 106
Kate Nash "Merry Happy"
A few basic chords, a simple beat, and something you can sing along to while you do the dishes.74 of 106
Blue Swede "Hooked on a Feeling"
Forgive the annoying intro and sing along with the chorus.75 of 106
If you're in need of the perfect escape song, this is it.77 of 106
Katrina & The Waves "Walking on Sunshine"
How can you not smile while listening to this song? The lyrics literally say, "I'm walking on sunshine... And don't it feel good!"78 of 106
The Monkees "I'm A Believer"
A song to play at every beach-themed party — even in the middle of winter.79 of 106
Mark Ronson feat. Amy Winehouse "Valerie"
Songstress Amy Winehouse is still in our hearts, which soar at the sound of this upbeat tune.80 of 106
Fitz & the Tantrums "Roll Up"
Just in time for backyard barbecues, Fitz and the Tantrums comes out with yet another album full of jams. We plan on playing this song at every late-night dance session.81 of 106
Corinne Bailey Rae "Put Your Records On"
The British singer-songwriter is back with a third album, so here's a little throwback to one of her first hits. Sing along to this sunny medley and imagine yourself biking through a meadow.82 of 106
Tegan & Sara "Stop Desire"
Tegan and Sara are pros at writing incredibly catchy pop songs with sugary-sweet hooks and lyrics you can sing along to. Their latest summer song is no different.83 of 106
Al Green "Sha La La"
This isn't exactly a danceable tune by any means, but it is a feel-good one.84 of 106
Talking Heads “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)”
Just four chords repeated in 5 minutes. Somehow, this is the most happy-go-lucky tune in existence.85 of 106
OutKast "Hey Ya!"
This classic OutKast jam made Spotify's happiest songs in the world playlist, which makes perfect sense. Just try not to dance along in your head. Andre 3000, can we have another reunion tour, please?86 of 106
Pharrell Williams “Happy”
We swear this song was scientifically engineered to make you feel good.87 of 106
Jackson 5 "ABC"
One of the earliest signs of Michael Jackson's talent.88 of 106
Martha & the Vandellas “Heat Wave”
Sure, this has been covered many times (by The Supremes, The Jam, Phil Collins, etc) but this original Motown jam is just a little more rock 'n' roll.89 of 106
The Lovin’ Spoonful “Do You Believe in Magic”
Also see: Disney’s Aly & AJ cover.90 of 106
David Bowie & Mick Jagger “Dancing in the Street”
Two legendary musicians, one epic dance song that might just be the perfect soundtrack to your morning boogie jog.91 of 106
The Cure “Friday I’m in Love”
It may be about how dreary every other day of the week is, but this bright-hued song has become the soundtrack to many a rom-com.92 of 106
Sara Bareilles “Brave”
Go ahead — break out into this stellar dance routine in the middle of the street.93 of 106
Katy Perry “Roar”
Okay, but seriously, pretty much EVERY Katy Perry single is happy.94 of 106
There is a reason Hanson is still so popular — and it's not because of their beer, MMMHop.95 of 106
The Foundations “Build Me Up Buttercup”
Then again, some of them are.96 of 106
Marvin Gaye“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”
Best played when dancing with your BFF and swearing off anything that gets between your friendship.97 of 106
ABBA “Dancing Queen”
This is by far the most popular karaoke song to sing the wrong lyrics to.98 of 106
Beach Boys “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”
To be honest, growing up isn't that great. Still a happy song, though.