61 Songs That Will Instantly Put You In A Good Mood

Don’t lie. You’ve definitely spent a night in with your friends dancing to "Call Me Maybe" while cleaning your room. Or, at least, to Taylor Swift. Of late, the R29 team can often be found getting our latin vibes on to Camila Cabello's "Havana" or feeling sassy after naming every one of Dua Lipa's "New Rules" (it's a fun group activity!)

Nothing has as much power as a feel-good song, which can transform any mundane task into an epic feat worthy of a montage. Luckily, even if you tire of one song, there is always another that will inevitably lift your spirits. Here are a few dozen that will always put you in a good mood. Blast these while driving down a highway in a convertible. Lip sync to them in your room (with a hair brush). Dance to these while doing the dishes or plug them in when you really need to get shit done. From classic oldies to modern pop songs, these happy tunes are ones you actually want to get stuck in your head. Click through to see the happiest songs, ever — and let us know your favourite feel-good tunes in the comments below.

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"Africa" by Toto

Camilla from Love Island can't be the only one who gets a dreamy look in her eye when Magic cranks up this power pop ode to a certain continent.
"New Rules" by Dua Lipa

In one fell swoop our beloved British belle gave us an updated version of the 10 commandments, and she even managed to condense them into three handy steps:

1. Don't pick up the phone

2. Don't let him in

3. Don't be his friend
Video: Courtesy of Warner Bros.
"Jump In The Line (Shake, Señora)" by Harry Belafonte

Not even Winona Ryder's gloomy teen Lydia could resist shaking her body line to this sick calypso beat in 1988's Beetlejuice. Where's our rum?
Video: Courtesy of VEVO.
"Sprawl II (Mountains By Mountains)" by Arcade Fire

These lyrics may be about The Man keeping you down, but there's still something so joyously defiant about Régine Chassagne's vocals. Screw punching the clock.
"Havana" by Camila Cabello 

On "Havana", the ex-Fifth Harmony member leaps on the 2017 latin music trend to create some finger clicking goodness (not to be confused with finger lickin'). Oh and the telenovela-inspired video is the very definition of extra.
Video: Courtesy of VEVO.
"Wishing Well" by Terence Trent D'Arby

This '80s hit toes the line between smooth soul and peppy pop thanks to D'Arby's raspy vocals and a hook you can't help whistling to.
Video: Courtesy of KLF Communications.
"Justified & Ancient" by The KLF

Country music icon Tammy Wynette singing about Mu Mu Land over a dance beat shouldn't work, but it does. Has anyone ever not screamed "TUNE!!!" upon hearing that first "hey, hey"? Doubtful.
Video: Courtesy of Chrysalis.
"I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by The Proclaimers

Admit it: You're belting out "da-da-da" right now, aren't you?
"Beautiful Trauma" by P!nk

Relationships are hard. No matter how perfect other people's lives may seem there is always beautiful trauma lurking underneath the surface and sometimes we just need a little pick-me-up to get us through the day. Trust P!nk to see the bright side in all the crazy f**ked up stuff that happens to us all on a daily basis.
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"Despacito" by Luis Fonsi with Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber

This Spanish-language hit stole the airwaves this summer thanks to its infectious beat and sexy lyrics. Anyone else tempted to retake Spanish 101?
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"Cut To The Feeling" by Carly Rae Jepsen

This is the ultimate in dance-around-like-a-fool-whilst-using-your-hairbrush-as-a-microphone power pop bops. Clap your hands, stomp your feet, break the ceiling, whatevs.
Video: Courtesy of Goldmind/Elektra.
"Work It" by Missy Elliott

In a perfect world, this 2002 hit would fire up every time we walked into a party (or the office, or a date/Tube carriage/post office). It's simply impossible to not feel empowered and badass-y.
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"Feel The Love" by Cut Copy

All the "girls of note" may be crying, but we can't help but hit the dance floor when this 2008 electro-pop number comes on.
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"Party All The Time" by Eddie Murphy

Yes, that Eddie Murphy. We are not embarrassed to embrace this bop from the comedian's short-lived pop career.
Video: Courtesy of EMI.
"Over And Over" by Hot Chip

"We'll give you laid-back," Alexis Taylor sings in the intro to this 2006 hit, and that they do. If the infectious chorus doesn't hook you, just watch Joe Goddard's enthusiastic keyboard-playing and bell-clanging in the video. That man is #goals.
'...Ready For It?' by Taylor Swift

"Baby, let the games begin!" There's nothing sweeter than the beginning of a relationship, and Taylor captures that feeling perfectly on this cut from her chart-smashing No.1 record reputation.
Video: Courtesy of Rak Records.
"Every 1's A Winner" by Hot Chocolate

Though it was used to ironic effect in the Paris scenes in Frances Ha, this disco track usually signals that the party is vibing and you are feeling yourself.
"Fun" by Blondie

The subject of this new Blondie track is actually "too good to be true," but the catchy beat isn't. Debbie Harry 4 Life.
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"Unwritten" — Natasha Bedingfield

Cue Blake Lively running through the sands of Mexico at soccer camp in Sisterhood Of The Travelling Pants. Now it's your turn.
"All I Want For Christmas Is You" by Mariah Carey

#sorrynotsorry
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"Ça Plane Pour Moi" by Plastic Bertrand

It is physically impossible to not bop your head when this 1977 punk hit is blasting. Fun fact: Though the lyrics are French, Plastic Bertrand actually hails from Belgium, not France.
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"The Wire" — HAIM

These sisters know how to get down and focus on the future rather than the past. We can all use a little help with that. Just wait for the bridge, and snap those fingers.
"Dog Days Are Over" by Florence and the Machine

The first line says it all: "Happiness hit her like a train on a track..." Cue a plucky harp and plenty of handclaps. Just try and not join in.
"I'm Still Standing" by Elton John

Th ultimate post-2016 anthem. No shame if you prefer the Taron Egerton version from Sing, FYI.
"Young Guns (Go For It)" by Wham!

New life goal: Listen to more George Michael.
"Can't Stop The Feeling" by Justin Timberlake

Once you get past the cheesy video and the fact that it's on the Trolls soundtrack, you'll appreciate this pop track for its feel-good vibes.
"Just Can't Get Enough" by Depeche Mode

Depeche Mode can get dark and gloomy, but they also know how to create the perfect pep-me-up pop banger. Pity it's been covered by so many cheesy acts.
"Superstition" by Stevie Wonder

Should a song about bad luck be this upbeat? No matter. This is always guaranteed to get everyone swinging their hips.
"Club Tropicana" by WHAM!

If this beachy '80s hit doesn't put a smile on your voice, the video surely will. What we wouldn't give for a strawberry daiquiri.
"Build Me Up Buttercup" by The Foundations

OK, Buttercup might never call when they say they will, but this is still a banger guaranteed to put you in a good mood.
"You Can Call Me Al" by Paul Simon

The lead single from Simon's ultimate moment, Graceland. We're not quite sure who Al is, but we defy anyone to resist bobbing along to this 1986 classic.
"Almost Makes Me Wish for Rain" by Lucius

The perfect harmonies of Lucius are back, with many an upbeat melody on Good Grief. The most jam-worthy might just be this breakup anthem, which has a danceable beat and singable chorus.
“Dance Apocalyptic” by Janelle Monáe

While we wait for new music from Janelle, we’ll have to make do with this upbeat, infectious jam from Electric Lady. Snap along.
"Car Wash" by Rose Royce

The ultimate in cheesy, funky '70s jams? This gem, reinvented later by Christina Aguilera and Missy Elliott.
"Hey Ya!" by OutKast

This classic OutKast jam made Spotify's happiest songs in the world playlist, which makes perfect sense. Just try not to dance along in your head. Andre 3000, can we have another reunion tour, please?
“Happy” by Pharrell Williams

We swear this song was scientifically engineered to make you feel good.
"ABC" by the Jackson 5

One of the earliest signs of Michael Jackson's talent.
“Heat Wave” by Martha & the Vandellas

Sure, this has been covered many times (by The Supremes, The Jam, Phil Collins, etc) but this original Motown jam is just a little more rock 'n' roll.
“Do You Believe in Magic” by The Lovin’ Spoonful

Also see: Disney’s Aly & AJ cover.
“Dancing in the Street” by David Bowie & Mick Jagger

Two legendary musicians, one epic dance song that might just be the perfect soundtrack to your morning boogie jog.
“Friday I’m in Love” by The Cure

It may be about how dreary every other day of the week is, but this bright-hued song has become the soundtrack to many a rom-com.
“This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)” by The Talking Heads

Just four chords repeated in 5 minutes. Somehow, this is the most happy-go-lucky tune in existence.
“Sunday Candy” by Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment

Surf from Chance The Rapper and his crew is full of energetic, sonic explosions. "Sunday Candy" tones it down beautifully with the chorus.
“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” by Taylor Swift

Sure, "Shake It Off" is fun, but singing along to this breakup anthem is by far the best way to end the night.
“Brave” by Sara Bareilles

Go ahead — break out into this stellar dance routine in the middle of the street.
“Love On Top” by Beyoncé

4 is, by far, Queen Bey's happiest album, with anthems that sonically showcase just how in love she is. "Love On Top" is an instant boost of energy, with soaring vocals and a catchy background chorus. The key change half way through gets us every time.
“Roar” by Katy Perry

Okay, but seriously, pretty much every Katy Perry single is happy.
“MMMBop” by Hanson

There is a reason Hanson is still so popular — and it's not because of their beer, MMMHop.
“Kiss Me” by Sixpence None The Richer

The song that played in our heads during every high school make-out session.
“Countdown” by Beyoncé

Another stellar love song from 4, which proves that great songs aren't all about unrequited love.
“Twist and Shout” by The Beatles

No real person can listen to this song and not smile (or think of Ferris Bueller).
“I Got You (I Feel Good)” by James Brown

This song should be played at every wedding.
“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye

Best played when dancing with your BFF and swearing off anything that gets between your friendship.
“Uptown Girl” by Billy Joel

Sonically, this is a happy song. Just don't listen to the lyrics about class stratification.
“Dancing Queen” by ABBA

This is by far the most popular karaoke song to sing the wrong lyrics to.
“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper

This timeless classic is pretty much an anthem for doing what you want — and having a ball.
“I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5

Please, also listen to "ABC."
“I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston

Trying to figure out how to "chase [your] blues away?" Play this song. Get up and dance.
“Wouldn’t It Be Nice” by The Beach Boys

To be honest, growing up isn't that great. Still a happy song, though.
“Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen

Fun fact — a random sampling of 2,000 U.K. adults found that this was the most popular "feel-good song."
"I Say A Little Prayer" by Aretha Franklin

Originally written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David for Dionne Warwick, in 1967, Aretha and vocalists the Sweet Inspirations re-recorded the hit in 1968, and it sounded just as sweet a second time round.
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