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.