Motivational Music

Many years ago, I awakened to my alarm playing a sad song on the radio, unkindly reminding me of a certain ex-boyfriend. At the time, the gloom that came over me was a forecast for the rest of the day—last-minute cancellations, spilled coffee, and more bad memories of the ex. It got me thinking about the powerful effects of sound on our mood, so why not use it to our advantage?


I began tuning out sad songs and tuning in to uplifting tunes. I saved my preferred inspirational songs for easy access so I could begin each day going forward on the right note. When I listen to a song that makes me smile, sing in the shower, or dance in the kitchen, the remainder of the day goes more serendipitously. A wonderful flow of energy accompanies a lively stream of music, generating further feel good vibes–the perfect cure for the winter blues!


According to the article “The Scientific Benefits of Music” by Danielle M. Baker, at, there are five major benefits to listening to music, including the fact that it improves memory. Studies have shown that patients suffering memory loss can remember song lyrics. And everyone knows listening to music helps to amp up the intensity of a good workout; otherwise, why would gym-goers have headphones on?

Here’s a playlist of ‘Feel Good’ tunes; some are old classics that never go out of style:

  • “I Got A Feeling,” The Black Eyed Peas
  • “Beautiful Day,” U2
  • “Happy,” Pharrell Williams
  • “Shut Up and Drive,” Rihanna
  • “Tub Thumping,” Chumbawumba
  • “We Are The Champions,” Queen
  • “I Will Survive,” Gloria Gaynor
  • “Break My Stride,” Matthew Wilder
  • “All Night Long (All Night),” Lionel Richie
  • “Life’s What You Make It,” Talk Talk
  • “Hey Beautiful Day,” Bedouin Soundclash
  • “Walking On Sunshine,” Katrina and the Waves
  • “Lust For Life,” Iggy Pop
  • “Don’t Worry Be Happy,”Bobby McFerrin
  • “Celebration,” Kool and The Gang
  • “All I Wanna Do,” Sheryl Crow
  • “Lovely Day,” Bill Withers
  • “Footloose,” Kenny Loggins
  • “Song 2,” Blur
  • “Feel Good Inc.,” Gorillaz
  • “Get Up Stand Up,” Bob Marley
  • “What A Wonderful World,” Louis Armstrong
  • “Float On,” Modest Mouse
  • “Good Vibrations,” Beach Boys
  • “Beautiful Sunday,” Daniel Boone
  • “Feels So Good,” Jody Reynolds
  • “Thrift Shop,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • “The Cisco Kid,” War
  • “Cake by the Ocean,” DNCE
  • “Fireball,” Pitbull
  • “Heart and Soul,” Huey Lewis & The News
  • “Running with the Devil, Panama, and Jump,” Van Halen


Breaking from miserable, tormented songs and plugging into upbeat, empowered tunes is a move toward a happier day ahead.  You’ll be sidewalk dancing your way to good vibrations (and maybe a few new friends) in no time.  On that note, let the rhythm move you in the right direction.

Photo credit of me in the last photo: Steve Baldwin

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