Music

Happy Songs That Will Instantly Put You In A Good Mood

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.

ADVERTISEMENT
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.

— Morgan Baila
2 of 106

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.

- Courtney E. Smith
4 of 106

Ciara "Level Up"



Let Ciara's dance moves be a lesson to us all and let her infectious, upbeat songs brighten your day.

- Courtney E. Smith
5 of 106

Lizzo "Juice"



It ain't Lizzo's fault that she's out here getting loose.

- Courtney E. Smith
ADVERTISEMENT
6 of 106

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.

— Courtney E. Smith
7 of 106

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.

— Courtney E. Smith
8 of 106

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.

— Courtney E. Smith
9 of 106

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.

— Courtney E. Smith
10 of 106

Cardi B feat. Bad Bunny & J Balvin "I Like It"



Turn this song on and just try not to dance. It's impossible.

— Courtney E. Smith
ADVERTISEMENT
11 of 106

Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug "Havana"



Nothing will perk up your spirits like a little trip to Havana nah nah nah.

— Courtney E. Smith
12 of 106

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.

— Courtney E. Smith
13 of 106

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.

— Courtney E. Smith
14 of 106

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
15 of 106

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!
ADVERTISEMENT
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

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.
19 of 106

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.
ADVERTISEMENT
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.
ADVERTISEMENT
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 "Kiss"



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.
ADVERTISEMENT
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

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.
33 of 106

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.
ADVERTISEMENT
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.
38 of 106

KT Tunstall "Suddenly I See"



Nothing like realizing how much you love the one you're with.
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

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!
ADVERTISEMENT
41 of 106

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.
42 of 106

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.
43 of 106

Journey "Don't Stop Believin'"



Gather your friends and break out the karaoke. It'll go on and on and on and on.
44 of 106

Jill Scott "Golden"



Is there ANY other way to live your life? Seriously, think about it, and then brush off your shoulders and keep it moving.
45 of 106

Sia "Elastic Heart"



Even when the biggest loves knock you down, get back up. You can do it.
ADVERTISEMENT
46 of 106

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

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 doesn't count.)
48 of 106

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!
49 of 106

Alicia Keys "Girl On Fire"



Belt it. Just belt it.
50 of 106

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.
ADVERTISEMENT
51 of 106

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

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.
53 of 106

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

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.
ADVERTISEMENT
56 of 106

Earl St. Clair "Feeling Alive"



Just wait until the brass section hits...
57 of 106

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.
58 of 106

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

Feist "1,2,3,4"



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.
ADVERTISEMENT
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.
ADVERTISEMENT
66 of 106

Queen “Don’t Stop Me Now”



Fun fact — a random sampling of 2,000 U.K. adults found that this was the most popular "feel-good song."
67 of 106

Beyoncé “Countdown”



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

Caloncho "Palmar"



If you're in need of the perfect escape song, this is it.
76 of 106

Hall & Oates “You Make My Dreams Come True”



The soundtrack to one of the best dance sequences in film history.
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

Hanson “MMMBop”



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.
99 of 106
Like this post? There's more. Get tons of celebrity news, fun takes on pop culture, and trending stories on the Refinery29 Entertainment Facebook page. Like us on Facebook — we'll see you there!
100 of 106

Björk "It's Oh So Quiet"

101 of 106

Röyksopp "Happy Up Here"

102 of 106

Nina Simone "Feeling Good"

103 of 106

Miley Cyrus "Party in the U.S.A."

104 of 106

Rihanna "Only Girl (In The World)"

105 of 106

Janet Jackson "Escapade"

106 of 106

Tina Turner "Proud Mary"

ADVERTISEMENT
Load more...
ADVERTISEMENT