Happy Anthems: Songs That Boost My Mood

Here’s my list of 229 songs I love when I need to make my day a little better. They remind me to have fun. Let go. Feel connected to others. Be myself.

Any songs you’d add? Do any of these seem weird to you?

“A 2010 study published by the Association for Psychological Science linked creativity most with positive moods. Using music and video clips, participants were primed for certain moods by researchers of the University of Western Ontario. Those who listened to the happiest music or watched an cheerful video were most able to recognize creative patterns. The happy volunteers were better at learning the rules behind patterns than those in neutral or sad moods.” Read more about how mood impacts creativity.

Aaliyah Everything’s Gonna Be Alright
Aaliyah Try Again (f. Timbaland)
Aaliyah Journey To The Past
Aaliyah I Care 4 U
Ace Of Base Beautiful Life
Adele Right As Rain
AJR Weak
Alanis Morissette Thank You
Alanis Morissette You Learn
Alanis Morissette That I Would Be Good
Alanis Morissette Hand in My Pocket
Alanis Morissette Ironic
Alessia Cara How Far Ill Go
Alesso Heroes (we could be) (feat. Tove Lo)
Alicia Keys Lesson Learned [Ft. John Mayer]
AlunaGeorge You Know You Like It (DJ Snake Remix)
American Authors Best Day of My Life
Andy Grammer Keep Your Head Up
Arcade Fire Ready to Start
Ariana Grande The Way
Ariana Grande Break Free (feat. Zedd)
Avril Lavigne Complicated
Avril Lavigne Here’s to Never Growing Up
Bad Veins Kindness
Bastille Flaws
Becky G Shower
Becky G Shower
Beyoncé ***Flawless (feat. Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche)
Beyoncé Listen (From the Motion Picture “Dreamgirls”)
Beyoncé Pretty Hurts
Bjork Declare Independence
Breathe Carolina Blackout
Britney Spears Circus
Britney Spears Stronger
Capital Cities Safe And Sound
Carly Rae Jepsen Making The Most Of The Night
Cars Drive
Cheryl Cole Ghetto Baby
Christina Aguilera The Voice Within
Christina Aguilera Keeps Gettin’ Better
Christina Aguilera Not Myself Tonight
Christina Aguilera Beautiful
Christina Aguilera You Are What You Are [Beautiful]
Christina Aguilera I Am
Christina Perri Human
Clean Bandit Ft. Jess Glynne Rather Be (Original Mix)
Colbie Caillat Realize
Colbie Caillat Brighter Than the Sun
Colbie Caillat Try
Danity Kane One Shot
David Guetta Bang My Head (Feat. Sia)
David Guetta Feat Sia Titanium
Demi Lovato Confident
Destiny’s Child Survivor
Eminem Guts Over Fear (f. Sia)
Eminem Lose Yourself
Fergie Life Goes On
Fleetwood Mac Landslide (Live Album Version)
Florence + The Machine Dog Days Are Over
Florence + The Machine Shake It Out
Frou Frou Let Go
Fun. We Are Young (Feat. Janelle Monae)
Galantis No Money
Grouplove Tongue Tied
Hailee Steinfeld Love Myself
Hilary Duff So Yesterday
Hunter Hunted Lucky Day
Idina Menzel Let It Go
Idina Menzel/Kristin Chenoweth Defying Gravity
Idina Menzel/Kristin Chenoweth For Good
Iggy Azalea Fancy (feat. Charli XCX)
Imagine Dragons On Top Of The World
India.Arie The Heart Of The Matter
James Taylor Shower The People
Jason Mraz Wordplay
Jason Mraz The Remedy (I Won’t Worry)
Jason Mraz I Won’t Give Up
Jimmy Eat World The Middle
Journey Any Way You Want It
Judy Garland Get Happy
Justin Bieber Life Is Worth Living
Karmin Coming Up Strong
Kate Nash Mouthwash
Katy Perry Firework
Katy Perry Roar
Katy Perry This Is How We Do
Ke$ha We R Who We R
Ke$ha Die Young
Ke$ha C’mon
Ke$ha Crazy Kids
Keane The Starting Line
Keane Stop For A Minute (feat K’naan)
Keane Can’t Stop Now
Kelis Lil’ Star (f. Cee-Loo)
Kelis Appreciate Me
Kelly Clarkson A Moment Like This
Kelly Clarkson Thankful
Kelly Clarkson Breakaway
Kelly Clarkson Invincible
Kelly Clarkson Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)
Kelly Clarkson Bad Reputation
Kelly Clarkson Dark Side
Lady GaGa Born This Way
Lady GaGa Just Dance
Lady GaGa So Happy I Could Die
Lana Del Rey Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood
Lana Del Rey National Anthem
Lea Michele Cannonball
Lily Allen Hard Out Here
Lily Allen Fuck You
Lorde Royals
Luke Christopher Lot to Learn
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Same Love (feat. Mary Lambert)
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Can’t Hold Us (feat. Ray Dalton)
Madcon Don’t Worry (f. Ray Dalton)
Madeon feat. Passion Pit Pay No Mind
Madonna Express Yourself
Marina And The Diamonds I Am Not A Robot
Marina And The Diamonds The State of Dreaming
Marina And The Diamonds Oh No!
Marina And The Diamonds Blue
Marina And The Diamonds Happy
Marky Mark Good Vibrations
Maroon 5 Sugar
Meghan Trainor Better When I’m Dancin
MGMT Time To Pretend (High Contrast Remix)
MGMT Time to Pretend
Michael Jackson Man In The Mirror
Michelle Branch Breathe
MIKA Popular Song
MIKA Celebrate (feat. Pharrell Williams)
Mika Relax [Take It Easy]
Miley Cyrus Party In The USA
Miley Cyrus The Climb
Miley Cyrus Do My Thang
Miley Cyrus Rooting For My Baby
Miley Cyrus We Can’t Stop
Morrissey I Like You
Natasha Bedingfield Unwritten
Natasha Bedingfield Single
Ne-Yo Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)
Nelly Furtado Try
Nelly Furtado Powerless (Say What You Want)
One Direction Drag Me Down
One Direction What Makes You Beautiful
OneRepublic Good Life
Owl City Good Time
P!nk Raise Your Glass
Panic at the Disco Nine In The Afternoon
Panic! At The Disco Ready to Go (Get Me Out Of My Mind)
Panic! at the Disco New Perspective
Panic! at the Disco Camisado
Panic! at the Disco That Green Gentlemen
Panic! at the Disco Pas de Cheval
Panic! At the Disco Hallelujah
Panic! At The Disco Emperor’s New Clothes
Panic! At The Disco Victorious
Panic! at the Disco Hurricane
Panic! At The Disco Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time
Panic! At The Disco Hallelujah
Panic! At The Disco Emperor’s New Clothes
Panic! At The Disco LA Devotee
Panic! At The Disco The Good, The Bad And The Dirty
Panic! at the Disco Hurricane
Passion Pit Carried Away
Pharrell Williams Happy
PHASES I’m In Love With My Life
Pink Try
Pink Get the Party Started
Rachel Platten Fight Song
Radiohead Optimistic
Rihanna Diamonds
Robbie Williams Candy
Sara Bareilles Brave
Sara Bareilles King of Anything
Sara Bareilles Bottle It Up
Sara Bareilles I Wanna Be Like Me
Sarah McLachlan The Rainbow Connection
Sarah McLachlan Adia
Sarah McLachlan Perfect Girl
Selena Gomez Kill Em With Kindness
Selena Gomez & The Scene Who Says
Shakira Try Everything (From “Zootopia”)
Sheppard Geronimo (Matoma Remix)
Sia Burn The Pages
Sia You’ve Changed
Sia Stop Trying
Sia The Fight
Sia Bird Set Free
Sia Chandelier
Sia Alive
Sia You Have Been Loved
Sia Death By Chocolate
Sia Soon We’ll Be Found
Sia Lentil
Sia The Greatest (f. Kendrick Lamar)
Sneaky Sound System It’s Not My Problem
Sofia Carson Back to Beautiful ft. Alan Walker
Starship Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now
Taylor Swift Shake It Off
Taylor Swift Mean
Tegan & Sara Everything Is AWESOME!!! (feat. The Lonely Island)
The Aliens The Happy Song
The Beach Boys Good Vibrations
The Cool Kids x Hey Champ (We Are) Champions
The Killers Smile Like You Mean It
The Mowgli’s I’m Good
The Script Superheroes
The Vamps All Night (F. Matoma)
The Wombats Schumacher The Champagne
The Wombats Let’s Dance To Joy Division
TI Live Your Life (feat. Rihanna)
Timeflies Once In A While
Tlc Unpretty
Tove Lo Moments
Train Drive By
Train Calling All Angels
Travis The Last Laugh Of The Laughter
Two Door Cinema Club Something Good Can Work
Two Door Cinema Club This Is The Life
Vance Joy Riptide
Whitney Houston Exhale (Shoop Shoop)
Yael Naim New soul
Years & Years King
Zedd Beautiful Now (feat. Jon Bellion)


“I’ll let the dishes pile up until I need to get a bucket to keep them in. I can’t let my music pile up.” Dan Deacon

“I’ll let the dishes pile up until I need to get a bucket to keep them in. I can’t let my music pile up.” Dan Deacon (Baltimore musician)

Exactly how I feel about personal creative projects. And dishes.

We’re hoping to learn about how the city informs their work, and how they are shaping Baltimore itself, by working.Dan Deacon makes inventive, playful electronic music, and leads crowds through silly group exercises. He tells us about how he finds time to make new music, how he first began his famous crowd participation games at his shows, and his relationship with the city of Baltimore.


Listen to the Working Podcast from Slate: In Baltimore: How Does Dan Deacon Work? from Slate’s Working

Feeling envy? Your time will come.

Gretchen Rubin practically invented the concept of hacking your happiness. She’s the author of The Happiness Project, host of the podcast Happier with Grethen Rubin, and for years has been exploring the good habits that bring joy to everyday life. She’s here to chat about how we can get happy and stay that way.

I love the question “Who do you envy?” as a way to encourage our own habits. Since I grew up as a comic book kid, I often use the phrase “Steal their powers for my own.” It’s a huge spark in my mind to enjoy the feeling of other people’s cool and admirable qualities. I learn from witnessing what they’re doing and recognizing the ways we are like. (Rather than moping about how different we are.)

Listen to: The Upgrade by Lifehacker – How to Hack Happiness With Gretchen Rubin | Listen via Stitcher Radio On Demand

“If you’re keeping something just in your head – in terms of things to be reminded of, things to be aware of, or even what your priorities are – you will not give it the attention it deserves” David Allen

In this first installment of a two-part episode, David shares an in-depth, sweeping overview of GTD® to an audience in Milan, Italy.  Learn best practices, as well as what you can expect to have happen in your life once you start applying them.

“If you’re keeping something just in your head – in terms of things to be reminded of, things to be aware of, or even what your priorities are – you will not give it the attention it deserves. It’ll bother you more than it should. You won’t give it the strategic decision it deserves.” David Allen

Listen to the podcast: Ep: 29 – David Allen GTD® Keynote in Milan, Part 1 from Getting Things Done

How to Learn Resilience

Love this discussion on learned resilience. The idea of being comforted by research; I’m glad they all laughed about that because I’m that person! I listened to the audiobooks mentioned. They even deep dive into Martin Seligman’s ideas of Permanence, Pervasiveness and Personalization:

  • Practice explaining that bad events, feelings, and failures are temporary. Pay attention to the ways good things link to permanent qualities.
  • Rehearse seeing problems in one area of life as being in their own world separate from your life.  At the same time, use good things to see good in all parts of your life.
  • Train yourself to pay attention to how issues have causes outside of yourself. Take confidence in how you made a difference when good things happen.

After her husband died suddenly from a cardiac arrhythmia, Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg (Lean In) thought she would never experience true joy again. Nearly two years later, she is out with a new book, Option B, that delves into how she proved herself wrong— and how others can build resilience in the face of trauma, too. Sandberg wrote Option B with her friend Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist and Wharton professor. They both join Katie onstage at the 92Y in Manhattan to discuss insights from the book, including how to support grieving children, dating after loss, and the “three P’s” that can hinder recovery.

Listen to the episode: 26. Sheryl Sandberg: Living Option B from Katie Couric

“You keep going until you find the stream that feels right to you.” Ina Garten

Listen to Katie Couric episodes free, on demand. Ina Garten welcomes Katie and Brian to her home on Easter morning for a lesson on slow-cooked scrambled eggs (with truffles!) and a wide-ranging conversation at her kitchen table. Between bites of breakfast, they discuss Ina’s views on feminism, other celebrity chefs, and her unlikely path from White House nuclear energy expert to Food Network star.

“People stand on the side of the pond. Talking about the pond what the pond is. Is it too hot, is it too cold? You have to jump into the pond. I have a low threshold of boredom. If I’m bored, I have to change things. When you’re jumping into that pond, it’s not that you’re gonna just stay in that pond. You keep going until you find the stream that feels right to you.” Ina Garten

Listen to the podcast: Katie Couric – 25. Ina Garten: At Home With the Barefoot Contessa