Songs to Get You Through a Bad Day

Hey everyone!

You know when you have those days that just like… suck… for no particular reason (or maybe for many particular reasons)?  I know I do.  Whenever I’m having a bad day, I try my best to get myself out of the funk.  I don’t like the idea of turning to a glass of wine or some other vice, so I try to do it in the most constructive way possible.  Usually that involves getting outside, drawing or painting, good company and good music.

Here is a look at my “feel good”/”happy songs”/”cheer the hell up” play list!  Disclaimer: it’s nothing groundbreaking, just what I listen to to put me in a better mood.

Read to the end for some tips on how to make it your own!  

Rise Up – Andra Day

1985 – Bowling for Soup

I Like It – Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin

Put Your Records On – Corinne Bailey Rae

Accidentally in Love – Counting Crows

Hollaback Girl – Gwen Stefani

I’m Yours – Jason Mraz

Sing to Me – Jhene Aiko

Your Body is a Wonderland – John Mayer

Honey – Kehlani

Good as Hell – Lizzo

She Will Be Loved – Maroon 5

Feeling Myself – Nicki Minaj & Beyoncé

Guatemala – Rae Sremmurd, Swae Lee & Slim Jxmmi

Love Song – Sara Bareilles

Where Does the Good Go – Tegan and Sara

Die a Happy Man – Thomas Rhett

When You Look Like That – Thomas Rhett

Drops of Jupiter – Train

Free Fallin’ – Tom Petty

Nobody Else But You – Trey Songz

Banana Pancakes – Jack Johnson

Pursuit of Happiness – Kid Cudi

All That Talk – Mike Stud

That’s What I Like – Bruno Mars

Tears Dry On Their Own – Amy Winehouse

Wonderwall – Scary Pockets and Darren Criss

Joyful – X Ambassadors

In Repair – John Mayer

Gotta Make It – Trey Songz & Twista

Ocean Man – Ween

I Do – Colbie Caillat

Fallin’ For You – Colbie Caillat

Bubbly – Colbie Caillat

You and I – Ingrid Michaelson

Be OK – Ingrid Michaelson

Pocketful of Sunshine – Natasha Bedingfield

You Are the Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne

Love On Top – Beyoncé

All Night – Big Boi

Stop Where You Are – Corinne Bailey Rae 

Come On Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners

Body Count – Jessie Reyez

Yeah Boy – Kelsea Ballerini

Island In the Sun – Weezer

Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder

Uptight – Stevie Wonder

Mr. Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra 

Mambo No. 5 – Lou Bega

Hey Ya! – Outkast

Tell Me Something Good – Rufus & Chaka Khan

Glorious – Macklemore & Skylar Grey

American Boy – Estelle & Kanye West

Lovefool – The Cardigans

#GETITRIGHT – Miley Cyrus 

It’s A Great Day to Be Alive – Travis Tritt

A Good Night – John Legend & BloodPop

Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison

Valerie – Amy Winehouse

Love Me Do – The Beatles

Float On – Modest Mouse

Heaven – Salvador

Brick House – Commodores 


  1. Add songs that remind you of the people you love (like your mom or your best friend, NOT your ex-boyfriend).  Brown Eyed Girl is in my playlist because it is the only song that my Grandma knows all of the words to.  It makes me smile every time.
  2. Songs that you cannot resist dancing to are a must.  How can you be sad while dancing?!  If Come On Eileen doesn’t make you dance, who are you?
  3. Songs based around major chords sound “brighter” and “cheerier” than songs based on minor chords.  That sounds pretty technical, but if the song sounds like happiness, chances are it uses major chords.  Look for songs that have a sunshiny feeling.  Tom Petty’s Free Falling is all major chords.
  4. Singing along always cheers me up, so add songs that are fun to sing to.  My favorite singalong tunes are Love On Top and Nobody Else But You.



How I Found My Path and Why You Will Too

When I was in high school, I was extremely driven.  I got straight A’s, studied like crazy, and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life… or so I thought.

After graduating, I got very lost.  I had no idea what I wanted to do.  I didn’t know where I wanted to go to school.  I didn’t know what I wanted to major in.  I didn’t even know what I was interested in or wanted to spend my free time doing anymore.  Ages 18 to 20 were very rough years for me.  I lost a lot of friends, and my grades suffered, which eventually lead to me losing a lot of self confidence and overall happiness.

I had always wanted to be a doctor, lawyer or CEO.  I wanted to do something impressive and powerful.  I wanted to do something that I felt used my intelligence, something that not everyone could do.  I wanted to be a successful woman.

I’ve always put a lot of pressure on myself.  Nothing I do is ever good enough in my own mind unless it is absolutely perfect (which is something that I’m working on).  I just want to make my family proud.

I also was (and am) a feminist.  I didn’t want a career that my gender confined me to.  However, always, deep down, I knew that I want a family and that I love children.  When I was very little I wanted to be a teacher (if not a princess or something), but even though I still frequently thought about how much I would enjoy teaching, by high school I looked down on the girls that wanted to be teachers.  I thought that they were settling for what society expected of them rather than reaching their full potential.

After spending about a year and a half pretty depressed, I realized that I frequently relied on my little niece, nephew and cousins to cheer me up.  I had always wanted to make a difference in society.  I could do it by breaking the mold and becoming a part of the “boys club” as a doctor, lawyer or CEO, or I could do it by teaching little kiddos that all humans on earth are equal no matter their race, religion, social class or sexual identity and that they all should be treated equally.  I realized that I want to educate students not only about math, reading and history but also about how to treat others, the world and themselves.

However, I still often felt like I was settling.  I thought that by changing my major from Biology with a Pre-Medicine emphasis to Elementary Education I was saying that I wasn’t smart enough to become a doctor, but that is not true at all.  I could become a doctor, but I don’t think I would be the best doctor because I wouldn’t like it.  It is not what I am meant to do.  I know for a fact that I would hate the hours.  I want more than anything to have a family of my own someday, and being a doctor would not allow me to be the kind of mother I want to be.  However, I think that I will make a very good teacher someday (at least I hope) because I am passionate about it and I honestly think that I will enjoy it.

Eventually, I felt confident in my choice and became more and more excited about my future.  I realized that I felt lost because I was never pursuing the career that was really right for me, and now that I have chosen my path, I’ve never been happier or more motivated.  However, I’m grateful for the time I spend lost.  Because of how much I resisted teaching, I feel more confident in my choice.  I chose my career path despite my many reasons not to, and it feels right.

I hope that if you’re reading this and you feel lost, you know that you will find your way.  If you feel like you know what you want to do but are resisting it, give in.  Do what you love no matter the pay or status that comes with it.  If you don’t have a single clue, that is okay.  You’ll be okay.  Explore.  If you don’t find what is right for you right away, at least you’ll find out what you don’t want to do.

– ♥ Alana