It is a bit of a strange time right now and it is only natural that many people will be feeling a bit out of sorts and downhearted. It might be harder to do your usual turn-to activity to give you a mental boost, but listening to music is a great way to feel a bit more energized and positive. With this in mind, here are some of the best songs to give you that feel-good factor. If you’re looking for professional mental health support to help you through this unprecedented time check out for additional information.

Happy – Pharrell Williams

This has got to be the ultimate feel-good song, certainly of the last decade, if not of all time. Everything about this song, from the lyrics, to the beat, to Pharrell’s dance moves, makes people want to just join in and clap and sing along with lyrics – ‘Clap along if you know what happiness is to you’. We challenge you to listen to this song and not feel more upbeat afterwards.

Walking on Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves

This one is old but gold. Even if the weather is miserable outside, put this track on, turn up the volume and you will soon think otherwise. This song has the power to transport you to a place where the sun is shining and everything is good with the world again.

I Got You (I Feel Good) – James Brown

Most people don’t know that this classic from James Brown is called ‘I got you’, because the catchy chorus exclaiming ‘I feel good’ is the bit that everyone knows so well. Throw in a few ‘Whoas’ and great instrumentation, such as the sax and drums, and you have a song that can put a smile on anyone’s face.

Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars

A more recent one for those who prefer modern-day music, Uptown Funk was a musical masterstroke from the genius Mark Ronson. Collaborating with fun-loving Bruno Mars, this song hits all the right feel-good spots. 

Get a Double Feel-good Whammy

A great way to lift your mood is to combine listening to these feel-good songs with other activities that can give you a mood boost. For example, you could listen to them whilst you are doing an exercise workout at home through online videos. Some high-tempo songs will also help you to work out harder.

Another way you could help boost your mental health whilst at home is having online tarot readings where you can discuss your thoughts and any issues you are facing, putting more focus onto your future. A good song that reflects this process is The Climb by Miley Cyrus, which includes the inspirational lyrics:

‘The struggles I’m facing
The chances I’m taking
Sometimes might knock me down but
No I’m not breaking.’

Getting into a good book, and having virtual meetups with your friends via Skype (or similar platform) will also help to lift your mood. So, get your feel-good playlist set up and start planning all of these additional ways that you can boost your mood without needing to leave your home.