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20 Happy Songs to Play When You Just Want to Feel Good

20 Happy Songs to Play When You Just Want to Feel Good

There’s real science to back up how music can affect your overall mood. And if you’re looking to improve your well-being and happiness, look no further than these 20 classic hits, and, of course, Beyoncé’s vocals. After listening to this feel-good playlist, good luck resisting a smile or the urge to dance.

“Say Yes” by Michelle Williams feat. Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland

On this 2014 gospel song, Michelle Williams collaborated with her former Destiny’s Child band members, Beyoncé

and Kelly Rowland. The message promoted throughout the upbeat tune is that you can overcome any trial or tribulation through positive thinking and prayer.

“Valerie” by Mark Ronson feat. Amy Winehouse

Super producer Mark Ronson released this addictive, high-energy song with the late superstar, Amy Winehouse, in 2007. Its old-school vibe will have you smiling while dancing to the funky beat.

“Let’s Go Crazy” by Prince

When you need some assistance getting “through this thing called life,” turn up the volume on Prince’s 1984 single, “Let’s Go Crazy.” And while you’re at it, abandon your inhibitions as the song encourages listeners.

“Tightrope” by Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe’s “Tightrope” is all about keeping a can-do attitude in the midst of naysayers. When you need an extra boost of confidence or just need an anthem to sing along to while pumping your fists in the air, play this catchy, futuristic song.

“Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves

Renditions of this karaoke night favorite have been featured in films like Look Who’s Talking and Herbie: Fully Loaded. Even Dolly Parton recorded a version.

“I Got You (I Feel Good)” by James Brown

So good! The “Godfather of Soul” knew what he’d make you do with this one—dance. Released in 1964, the funky instrumentals stand the test of time.

“Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars

A team of 11 writers worked together on Ronson’s smash—and it paid off. “Uptown Funk” won the 2016 Grammy for Record of the Year.

“Happy” by Pharrell Williams

Who didn’t “clap along” to this at Pharrell’s command? Featured on the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack, “Happy” inspired so many fan tributes that Pharrell burst into tears discussing its success on Oprah Prime.

“(You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman” by Aretha Franklin

Though her vocals were nearly unparalleled, the late Aretha Franklin didn’t praise them. “I knew I could sing a little bit,” she humbly told Barbara Walter in 2008.

“I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas

Before pressing play, make sure the champagne is chilled for this quintessential party anthem.

“Love On Top” by Beyoncé

This soulful record would have been at home in the Motown era. Near its end, get ready for Bey’s final key change.

“Just Fine” by Mary J. Blige

Cue up Mary J. Blige when, as she suggests, you finally decide not to let anything get in your way.

“Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin

Repeating the name of this simple tune could turn your day around. After its 1988 release, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” was in the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks.

“Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper’s catchy single will prompt you to call your best friend, and maybe jump up and down a bit.

“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson

The powerhouse vocalist delivers a valuable life lesson here: you can get through anything.

“Can’t Stop the Feeling!” by Justin Timberlake

Similar to Pharrell Williams’s “Happy,” this chart-topper led the soundtrack to Trolls, encouraging fans to dance, dance, dance.

“Pocket Full of Sunshine” by Natasha Bedingfield

“In the darkness, there’s light,” croons Natasha Bedingfield. Released in 2008, this tune about seeing the glass half full is the perfect escape.

“Good Life” by One Republic

The infectious whistling throughout this ditty will hook you. Plus, lyrics like, “We all got our stories, but please tell me what there is to complain about?” are set to rewire your frame of mind.

“Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift’s lead single off 1989 doubles as a jingle for rising above the haters.

“Sunday Candy” by Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment

“Go For It” by CRUISR

“Juice” by Lizzo

“Yellowbrick” by Ric Wilson

“Give a Little” by Maggie Rogers

“Toast” by Koffee

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