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. 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.

"Like Sugar" by Chaka Khan

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!
"Celeste" by Ezra Vine

The exuberant, banjo-filled love song you need in your life.
"What Makes You Beautiful" by One Direction

The boys may not be together anymore, but don't worry, you still light up their world like nobody else.
"A-Punk" by Vampire Weekend

This exuberant song encapsulates everything that makes Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend: Intelligent and somewhat opaque lyrics, interesting and unexpected musical choices, and total catchiness.
"Feel It Still" by Portugal, the Man

"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.
"I Will Survive," Gloria Gaynor

If this song doesn't make you happy we don't know what will!
"Man on the Moon," Zella James

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.
"Faith" by George Michael

You gotta have it.
"Water" by Ra Ra Riot and Rostam

"Don't punish me" for unabashedly loving this song (which contains the lyric "don't punish me").
"How Sweet it Is" by James Taylor

A lovely and earnest love song.
"Bad Liar" by Selena Gomez

She's a bad liar but she's good at writing songs that you can't get out of your head.
"Best of My Love" by The Emotions

This is perfect "credit outro" music for a Nancy Meyers.
"Joy to the World" by Three Dog Night

If only we all had Jeremiah the bullfrog as a good friend.
"Hips Don't Lie," Sharkira feat. Wyclef Jean

It made you happy during your high school dances. It will make you happy now, too.
"I Love It" by Icona Pop

Bet you haven't thought of this song in a while — but we bet you're smiling thinking of its irreverent chorus.
"Kiss" by Prince

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.
"You Are the Sunshine of My Life," Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder's anthem of love and gratitude will make you feel good about things, all things.
"Don't Kill My Vibe" by Sigrid

Seriously: This is is the only self-esteem boosting song you'll ever need.
"You Sexy Thing" by Hot Chocolate

I believe in miracles. The miracles of a deep, deep bass, and an overtly sexual chorus.
"Love is All Around" by the Troggs

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.
“We Go Together” from Grease

Sure it's not as memorable as "You're The One That I Want," but the gibberish lyrics sure are fun to sing along to.
“Uptown Girl” by Billy Joel

Sonically, this is a happy song. Just don't listen to the lyrics about class stratification.
"Car Wash" by Rose Royce

The ultimate in cheesy, funky '70s jams? This gem, reinvented later by Christina Aguilera and Missy Elliott.
"Helpless" from the Hamilton Soundtrack

We won't all be able to see Hamilton live on Broadway, but this love song with audible references to Beyoncé's "Countdown" is pretty much why the world is obsessed.
Photo: Courtesy of Interscope Records.
"Beautiful Day" — U2

Even if it's pouring rain, or you're completely snowed in, it's tough for this song not to cheer you up.
"Zou Bisou Bisou" by Gillian Hills

Made famous by the now-timeless Mad Men, this song is essentially "The Girl From Ipanema" with an extra wink and strut.
"Almost Makes Me Wish for Rain" by Lucius

The perfect harmonies of Lucius are back, with many an upbeat melody on Good Grief. The most jam-worthy might just be this breakup anthem, which has a danceable beat and singable chorus.
“Kiss Me” by Sixpence None The Richer

The song that played in our heads during every high school make-out session.
“Shut Up and Dance” by Walk The Moon

An inspiring, end-of-the-night dance tune that speeds up the wistfulness of "Don't Stop Believing" with an equally memorable chorus.
“Young Blood” by The Naked And Famous

Plug in your headphones and take a walk. This song will make everything appear in a whole new light.
"Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side" by The Magnetic Fields

This super happy song contains certain jingle that adds a spring to every step. It sounds like summer, with a little hopeful pep — even if the lyrics are just a tad depressing.
"Make Me Like You" by Gwen Stefani

As a follow up to her breakup song "Used to Love You," Stefani released this poppy gem to fuel the first-date prep sessions of millions of teenagers.
"Back Pocket" by Vulfpeck

If you missed this infectiously funky tune from last year, well, here it is again, just in time to welcome warm weather.
"Suddenly I See" — KT Tunstall

Nothing like realizing how much you love the one you're with.
"Daisy" by Zedd featuring Julia Michaels

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.
"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" — Wham!

Put the coffee pot on and get your morning started. It's going to be a great day!
"The Wire" — HAIM

These sisters know how to get down and focus on the future rather than the past. We can all use a little help with that. Just wait for the bridge, and snap those fingers.
"Best Day Of My Life" — American Authors

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.
"Grace Kelly" — MIKA

Even if you don't know who she is, after three minutes of this catchy track you'll want to be her, too.
"Don't Stop Believin'" – Journey

Gather your friends and break out the karaoke. It'll go on and on and on and on.
"Chicken Fried" — Zach Brown Band

Beer and friend chicken. Best combo ever? Definitely.
"Home" — Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes

Home has never sounded so good.
"Golden" — Jill Scott

Is there ANY other way to live your life? Seriously, think about it, and then brush off your shoulders and keep it moving.
"Elastic Heart" — Sia

Even when the biggest loves knock you down, get back up. You can do it.
"Celebration" — Kool & The Gang

No matter where, when, or why, this classic perfectly compliments any get-together.
"Blame" — Calvin Harris ft. John Newman

The blame game is never fun, but somehow Calvin Harris makes it seem like it is. We'll buy it.
"Your Love (Lifting Me Higher)" by Jackie Wilson

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.
"Unwritten" — Natasha Bedingfield

Cue Blake Lively running through the sands of Mexico at soccer camp in Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants. Now it's your turn.
“You’re The One That I Want” from Grease

Anyone else excited for Grease Live?
Photo: Courtesy of Polydoor.
"I Got You (I Feel Good)" — James Brown

The godfather of soul. This song will never go out of style.
"New Soul" by Yael Naim

Try not to be uplifted by Naim's graceful voice and catchy tune about perceiving the world with child-like joy. Just try!
"Finish Line/Drown" Chance The Rapper

The triumphant final track from Chance's album Coloring Book has a cool, reggae vibe that'll get you bopping in your seat.
"Paradise" by Jeremih

Kim Kardashian selected this simple tune to be the soundtrack for her "year in review" video in January, and there's a reason she chose it — it's pretty damn uplifting.
"What a Wonderful World" by Sam Cooke

For a little hope on dreary days...
"Cold Cold Man" by Saint Motel

A catchy piano riff and a Bond-inspired music video, in one poppy song.
"Feeling Alive" by Earl St. Clair

Just wait until the brass section hits...
"Make Some Room" by The Suffers

Something to play Sunday mornings (or, any morning, really).
"Another Day Of Sun" from the La La Land soundtrack

From the arguably best scene in the much-lauded film, this dance number has the ability to make a Los Angeles gridlock enjoyable.
“September” by Earth, Wind & Fire

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.
"Solo Dance" by Martin Jensen

If the title of this track isn't enough to get you on your feet, just hit play and let your dance party commence.
"Cool Girl" by Tove Lo

This may be stuck in your head all day, but at least you'll be so cool singing it.
"1,2,3,4" by Feist

If the song doesn't get you, the joyful music video will.
"White Flag" by Joseph

The trio of sisters kill it with the harmonies, especially as we get to the rousing chorus.
"I Decided" by Solange

If you haven't listened to Solange's truly excellent album this year, go do it. In the meantime, her '60s throwback jam "I Decided" is the modern love song we need.
"Wonderful Life (Mi Oh My)" from the Angry Birds Soundtrack

Surprise! The Angry Birds soundtrack actually has a happy song.
“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper

This timeless classic is pretty much an anthem for doing what you want — and having a ball.
"Don't Worry Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin

You cannot listen to this song without singing along in your head, and you're guaranteed to feel just a bit better by the end.
"How Far I'll Go" by Alessia Cara

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.
"Everlasting Sigh" by Moses Sumney

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.
"Dreamlover" by Mariah Carey

Honestly, you can never go wrong with some old school Mariah.
"24K Magic" by Bruno Mars

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.
"Fidelity" by Regina Spektor

The singer has proven her talent time and time again, but we will always revisit her classic 2006 single.
“What You Don’t Do” by Lianne La Havas

Wait for the drum beats starting 30 seconds in, and then revel in the soaring of Lianne’s gorgeous voice.
“Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen

Fun fact — a random sampling of 2,000 U.K. adults found that this was the most popular "feel-good song."
“Countdown” by Beyoncé

Another stellar love song from 4, which proves that great songs aren't all about unrequited love.
“Here Comes The Sun” by The Beatles

If laid-back chill is more your speed, this Beatles classic is meant for you.
“Shout” by The Isley Brothers

Another dance floor classic that mixes doo wop, gospel, and blues.
"You Can't Hurry Love" By The Supremes

Hands down one of the best karaoke picks out there.
"I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz

This song, released 2008, is pretty much the best song to sing along to as summer slowly fades away.
"When They Fight, They Fight" by the Generationals

It makes sense that G-Eazy sampled this song for "Make-Up Sex" — the chorus is simple, memorable, and oh-so-catchy.
"Closer" ft. Halsey by The Chainsmokers

It's a slow burn, but by the end of the song you're wishing for a fling to dance with.
"Merry Happy" by Kate Nash

A few basic chords, a simple beat, and something you can sing along to while you do the dishes.
"Hooked on a Feeling" by Blue Swede

Forgive the annoying intro and sing along with the chorus.
"Palmar" by Caloncho

If you're in need of the perfect escape song, this is it.
“You Make My Dreams Come True” by Hall & Oates

The soundtrack to one of the best dance sequences in film history.
"Be Alright" by Ariana Grande

Need a little pick-me-up? Here's your song for the day.
"Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina & The Waves

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!"
"I'm A Believer" by The Monkees

A song to play at every beach-themed party — even in the middle of winter.
"Escape (The Piña Colada Song)" by Rupert Holmes

Let's just ignore the fact that this song is about a man looking to stray and just focus on the chorus that everyone can sing along to.
"Valerie feat. Amy Winehouse" by Mark Ronson

Songstress Amy Winehouse is still in our hearts, which soar at the sound of this upbeat tune.
"The Bare Necessities" from The Jungle Book

This Disney song is up there when it comes to feel-good songs, right next to "Hakuna Matata."
"Roll Up" by Fitz and the Tantrums

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.
"Put Your Records On" by Corinne Bailey Rae

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.
"Can't Stop The Feeling" by Justin Timberlake

JT's first track since 2013 is the perfect mix of pop, dance, and funky beats. Even better, the video features puppies, Anna Kendrick dancing, and plenty of clapping.
"Stop Desire" by Tegan and Sara

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.
"Dancing In The Dark" by Bruce Springsteen

If you were a teen in the '80s, there was no doubt that you listened to this song almost all the time.
"Cheerleader" by OMI

This laid-back jam set the stage for summer 2015.
"I Wanna Be Your Lover" by Prince

"Kiss" may be one of the most-played Prince songs on the radio, but this gem of a recording from Capitol Theatre in 1982 is equally infectious.
"Isn't She Lovely" by Stevie Wonder

Thirty years after this infectious jingle came out, and we're still humming along to it as we dance walk down the street.
"Sha La La" by Al Green

This isn't exactly a danceable tune by any means, but it is a feel-good one.
“This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)” by The Talking Heads

Just four chords repeated in 5 minutes. Somehow, this is the most happy-go-lucky tune in existence.
“Dance Apocalyptic” by Janelle Monáe

While we wait for new music from Janelle, we’ll have to make do with this upbeat, infectious jam from Electric Lady. Snap along.
"Hey Ya!" by OutKast

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?
“Happy” by Pharrell Williams

We swear this song was scientifically engineered to make you feel good.
"ABC" by the Jackson 5

One of the earliest signs of Michael Jackson's talent.
“Heat Wave” by Martha & the Vandellas

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.
“Do You Believe in Magic” by The Lovin’ Spoonful

Also see: Disney’s Aly & AJ cover.
“Dancing in the Street” by David Bowie & Mick Jagger

Two legendary musicians, one epic dance song that might just be the perfect soundtrack to your morning boogie jog.
“Friday I’m in Love” by The Cure

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.
“Sunday Candy” by Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment

Surf from Chance The Rapper and his crew is full of energetic, sonic explosions. "Sunday Candy" tones it down beautifully with the chorus.
“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” by Taylor Swift

Sure, "Shake It Off" is fun, but singing along to this breakup anthem is by far the best way to end the night.
“Brave” by Sara Bareilles

Go ahead — break out into this stellar dance routine in the middle of the street.
“Love on Top” by Beyoncé

4 is, by far, Queen Bey's happiest album, with anthems that sonically showcase just how in love she is. "Love On Top" is an instant boost of energy, with soaring vocals and a catchy background chorus. The key change half way through gets us every time.
“Roar” by Katy Perry

Okay, but seriously, pretty much EVERY Katy Perry single is happy.
“MMMBop” by Hanson

There is a reason Hanson is still so popular — and it's not because of their beer, MMMHop.
“Build Me Up Buttercup” by The Foundations

Then again, some of them are.
“Twist and Shout” by The Beatles

No real person can listen to this song and not smile (or think of Ferris Bueller).
“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye

Best played when dancing with your BFF and swearing off anything that gets between your friendship.
“Dancing Queen” by ABBA

This is by far the most popular karaoke song to sing the wrong lyrics to.
“I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5

Please, also listen to "ABC."
“I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston

Trying to figure out how to "chase [your] blues away?" Play this song. Get up and dance.
“Wouldn’t It Be Nice” by The Beach Boys

To be honest, growing up isn't that great. Still a happy song, though.
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