The famous author Hans Christian Andersen once said, “Where words fail, music speaks.” It’s a notion with which many can identify. Indeed, a whole lot has changed over the past two months, yet music has remained a constant in our lives — something to soothe, uplift and cheer on. In that spirit, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite feel-good songs and put them into one inspiring playlist. Whether you’re working from home, walking your dog (for the eighth time today), or are simply looking for a musical pick-me-up, turn on these songs to help brighten your day. And scroll to the bottom, where have included a link to a Spotify playlist with all of them. Happy listening!
Our Feel-Good Playlist
“Rainbow” by Kacey Musgraves
“Well the sky is finally open, the rain and wind stopped blowin’ / But you’re stuck out in the same old storm again / You hold tight to your umbrella, well, darlin’ I’m just tryin’ to tell ya / That there’s always been a rainbow hangin’ over your head.”
The lyrics speak for themselves in this Kacey Musgraves song. During a time where it seems like there’s always dark clouds above us, this song is short and sweet, reminding us what’s always on the other side of a storm — a rainbow.
“Here Comes The Sun” by The Beatles
“Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter / Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here / Here comes the sun, doo-doo-doo-doo, here comes the sun / And I say it’s all right.”
We’d be remiss not to include a song by The Beatles on our inspiring playlist, especially this timeless classic from the band. Going with the theme of weathering life’s storms, this song serves as another hopeful reminder of life on the other side.
“Keep Your Head Up” by Andy Grammer
“I know it’s hard, know it’s hard / To remember sometimes / But you gotta keep your head up, oh / And you can let your hair down.”
This song is an oldie but goodie, and its message still holds true today. When times are hard, it’s easy to feel helpless and let the situation control you. Despite that little voice in our heads telling us otherwise, it’s important to trust that everything will turn out alright in the end.
“Put Your Records On” by Corinne Bailey Rae
“Girl, put your records on, tell me your favorite song / You go ahead, let your hair down / Sapphire and faded jeans / I hope you get your dreams / Just go ahead, let your hair down / You’re gonna find yourself somewhere, somehow.”
This song is the epitome of a sunny Sunday morning. Between the lyrics, Corinne’s soothing vocals and the relaxing sounds of guitar strums, this song is perfect to listen to while having your morning cup of coffee.
“Walking On Sunshine” by Katrina & The Waves
“I used to think maybe you loved me now baby I’m sure / And I just can’t wait till the day when you knock on my door / Now every time I go for the mailbox, gotta hold myself down / ‘Cause I just can’t wait ’til you write me you’re coming around / I’m walking on sunshine.”
It’s important to keep up with a morning routine during this strange time, and what better song to belt in the shower every morning than “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina & The Waves? Not to mention it’s one of the most feel-good love songs to ever exist.
“The Bones” by Maren Morris
“When the bones are good, the rest don’t matter / Yeah, the paint could peel, the glass could shatter / Let it rain ’cause you and I remain the same/ When there ain’t a crack in the foundation / Baby, I know any storm we’re facing / Will blow right over while we stay put / The house don’t fall when the bones are good.”
This song opens with the line “We’re in the homestretch of the hard times.” Although it may not feel like it right now, we’re all going to come out of this difficult situation stronger than before.
“Own It” by Bailey Bryan
“Who cares what they say / I never listen anyway / In my head, yeah I’m cool/ Gonna keep making my own rules / So call me crazy / Dysfunctional, maybe / I don’t care, I’ll show it / ‘Cause I own it.”
This song screams “dance party for one,” so if you’re looking to take a break while working from home, we recommend turning this song up just a little bit louder. It’s all about embracing your true self, and who can’t relate to secretly loving going to bed at 9 p.m.?
“Waiting On the World to Change” by John Mayer
“One day our generation / Is gonna rule the population / So we keep on waiting (waiting) / Waiting on the world to change.”
It’s like that old saying goes, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” While we wait for the world to change, this song is a reminder of how the power of change often lies within ourselves. Not to mention the fact that this song is a classic everyone seems to recognize instantly.
“Love You For A Long Time” by Maggie Rogers
“And in the morning when I’m waking up / I swear that you’re the first thing that I’m thinking of / I feel it in my body, know it in my mind / Oh I, I’m gonna love you for a long time.”
If you’re a sucker for a good love song, then Maggie Rogers is your girl. It was hard to pick just one song of hers to include in this playlist, but we landed on this one because of its lyrics. Plus, as the cover art suggests, it’s the kind of song that makes you want to drive around town with your windows down (while still social distancing, of course).
“Wide Open Spaces” by Dixie Chicks
“Many precede and many will follow / A young girl’s dreams no longer hollow / It takes the shape of a place out west / But what it holds for her, she hasn’t yet guessed / She needs wide open spaces / Room to make her big mistakes / She needs new faces / She knows the high stakes.”
Who doesn’t love a classic country song? And in honor of the Dixie Chick’s legendary comeback, we couldn’t help but include one of our favorite songs from the group’s catalog.
“The Tide is High” by Blondie
“I’m not the kinda girl who gives up just like that, oh no / It’s not the things you do that tease and hurt me bad / But it’s the way you do the things you do to me / I’m not the kinda girl who gives up just like that, oh no / The tide is high but I’m holdin’ on / I’m gonna be your number one, number one.”
This is another classic song we couldn’t help but include in our inspiring playlist. During these weird and changing times, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and even a bit of anxiety, but thing song lends us the simple reminder to hold one. Better times are sure to be ahead.
“Sunday Morning” by Maroon 5
“But things just get so crazy, living life gets hard to do / And I would gladly hit the road, get up and go if I knew / That someday it would lead me back to you.”
There’s something particularly special about songs with imagery, and this one of those tunes. This song reminds us of our ideal Sunday morning — a lazy day with the person we love most. We can’t help but feel at peace when we listen to this one.
“Be A Light” by Thomas Rhett (feat. Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin and Keith Urban)
“In a world full of hate, be a light / When you do somebody wrong, make it right / Don’t hide in the dark, you were born to shine / In a world full of hate, be a light.”
This song is a relatively new release, but we couldn’t think of a better message to end this inspiring playlist with. While we’re all in this challenge together, be a bright spot — or “light” — in the world!
Check out the entire playlist below!
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