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.
- Don’t Worry, Be Happy – Bob Marley
- Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go – Wham!
- Livin’ on a Prayer – Bon Jovi
- Less Than a Pearl – Enya
- Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
- Alive – Pearl Jam
- Skyscraper – Demi Lovato – Powerfully positive lyrics, “Go on and tear me down, I will be rising from the ground like a skyscraper”.
- Good Morning – You Am I
- When I am With You – Faber Drive
- Feeling Good – Michael Buble
- Good Morning Beautiful – Steve Holy
- Hot Air Balloon – Owl City
- Dreamer – K’naan
- Every Morning – Sugar Ray
- Rise Up – Yves LaRock
- Bittersweet Symphony – The Verve
- Perfect Day – Hoku
- Hello World – Belle Perez
- Fly High – Shaggy
- Hey Ya – Outkast
- Life is a Highway – Rascal Flatts
- Good Life – OneRepublic
- A Beautiful Morning – The Rascals
- Sunrise – Norah Jones
- Shiney Happy People – R.E.M
- This Year – Chantal Kreviazuk
- Sky – Sonique
- The Remedy – Jason Mraz
- Love Generation – Bob Sinclar
- Here Comes the Sun – Beetles
- The Show Goes On – Lupe Fiasco
- Viva La Vida – Coldplay
- Sun Child – The Vines
- Lovely Day – Bill Withers
- Blessed – Martina McBride
- Pocket Full of Sunshine – Natasha Bedingfield
- Upside Down – Jack Johnson
- Beautiful that Way – Noa
- Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
- It’s My Life – Bon Jovi
- Circle of Life – Elton John
- Get Up – Technotronic
- I’m a Believer – Smash Mouth (Original by The Monkees)
- Happiness – Goldfrapp
- Fly with Me – Jonas Brothers
- Don’t Worry Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin
- What a Beautiful Day – Chris Cagle
- Rise and Shine – The Cardigans
- Three Little Birds – Bob Marley
- Ray of Light – Madonna
- Chariots of Fire theme song – Vangelis
- It’s a Beautiful Day – U2
- Walking On Sunshine – Kartina & The Waves