List of 50 Positive Songs to Wake Up To

Written by: Emily Cordz

Most people know the importance of starting their day off right. They ensure they are well rested, eat a nutritious breakfast, and maybe they even get in some exercise to start their day off right, but did you know the music you listen to in the morning can influence the rest of your day as well?

Listening to the right kind of music can help you be more productive, calmer and happier throughout your day. Below are some of the things you should consider when choosing good wake up songs.


What kind of tempo works best for you will depend on the individual and what part of the morning you’re listening to the song.

Some people like a fast paced tune right from the start to really jump start them to alertness. Many find this a little too abrasive for their systems and prefer a slower tempo song to slowly bring them into an awakened state.

Later in the morning, fast tempo songs can get you pumped for your morning workout or focused as you head to work.


The majority of people prefer to wake up to their favorite genre, but some find that jazz, new age or nature sounds are particularly good early in the morning. Pay attention to what emotions and mental states various genres invoke in you.

In the initial part of the morning it is great to choose genres that instill a sense of calm. For later in the morning it is nice to switch to something that makes you feel confident, happy and ready to take on the world.


Music can dramatically alter your moods, so it is important to choose morning songs that create the mood you want to achieve.

If the tone of the song is aggressive or dramatic, your mindset will adjust accordingly. Whereas if the tone is encouraging, funny or just plain fun, then that is where your mindset will fall.

Your agenda for the day will determine which is best.


Some people prefer instrumental music in the morning, while others think the lyrics make the song and rarely listen to a song without them. Many songs tone and lyrics are in agreement, but some have an upbeat tone and more negative lyrics.

If you are someone who likes lyrics but doesn’t listen to the words, then this doesn’t affect you much. But if you’re someone who listens to what the lyrics say, then you should consider how this conflict of tone affects you.

50 Great Songs to Wake Up to

Here are some great songs with positive lyrics to wake up to. Some are cheesy good fun, while others are more serious.

  1. Don’t Worry, Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin
  2. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go – Wham!
  3. Livin’ on a Prayer – Bon Jovi
  4. Less Than a Pearl – Enya
  5. Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
  6. Alive – Pearl Jam
  7. Skyscraper – Demi Lovato – Powerfully positive lyrics, “Go on and tear me down, I will be rising from the ground like a skyscraper”.
  8. Good Morning – You Am I
  9. When I am With You – Faber Drive
  10. Feeling Good – Michael Buble
  11. Good Morning Beautiful – Steve Holy
  12. Hot Air Balloon – Owl City
  13. Dreamer – K’naan
  14. Every Morning – Sugar Ray
  15. Rise Up – Yves LaRock
  16. Bittersweet Symphony – The Verve
  17. Perfect Day – Hoku
  18. Hello World – Belle Perez
  19. Fly High – Shaggy
  20. Hey Ya – Outkast
  21. Life is a Highway – Rascal Flatts
  22. Good Life – OneRepublic
  23. A Beautiful Morning – The Rascals
  24. Sunrise – Norah Jones
  25. Shiney Happy People – R.E.M
  26. This Year – Chantal Kreviazuk
  27. Sky – Sonique
  28. The Remedy – Jason Mraz
  29. Love Generation – Bob Sinclar
  30. Here Comes the Sun – Beetles
  31. The Show Goes On – Lupe Fiasco
  32. Viva La Vida – Coldplay
  33. Sun Child – The Vines
  34. Lovely Day – Bill Withers
  35. Blessed – Martina McBride
  36. Pocket Full of Sunshine – Natasha Bedingfield
  37. Upside Down – Jack Johnson
  38. Beautiful that Way – Noa
  39. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
  40. It’s My Life – Bon Jovi
  41. Circle of Life – Elton John
  42. Get Up – Technotronic
  43. I’m a Believer – Smash Mouth (Original by The Monkees)
  44. Happiness – Goldfrapp
  45. Fly with Me – Jonas Brothers
  46. Don’t Worry Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin
  47. What a Beautiful Day – Chris Cagle
  48. Rise and Shine – The Cardigans
  49. Three Little Birds – Bob Marley
  50. Ray of Light – Madonna
  51. Chariots of Fire theme song – Vangelis
  52. It’s a Beautiful Day – U2
  53. Walking On Sunshine – Kartina & The Waves

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I have two goals every day, learn something new and write. If I have done that much, then it has been a good day. I have been a fitness instructor for 12 years and enjoy helping others discover the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. I like to learn at least a little about everything with my current focus being on wild foods, crafting, yoga and travel.


  1. Just wanted to let you all know that the song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” this list might be referring to, is not by Bob Marley.

    The globally acclaimed song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” is by Bobby McFerrin.

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