We all need the right playlist at the right time, the songs that resonate with how we’re feeling or songs that can pick us up. Rock, rap, blues, funk, folk, disco, etc. All musical styles can be useful in our daily lives.
Listening to a song might seem unimportant, but it can change our mood, remind us something in the past, or bring up fond memories whether it’s a wistful ballad or the latest pop-rock banger. Furthermore, singing along can maximise the effects.
With that in mind, here are some of Superprof’s favourite songs to change how you feel or improve your mood. There’s something for all tastes so make sure that you sing at the top of your voice!
Build Confidence Through Song
Sometimes, our self-confidence can take a knock, especially after setbacks. In some cases, we can feel like we don’t fit in or aren’t getting things right.
Is it our fault?
Usually not! It’s a good idea to listen to inspirational music in moments like these!
Katy Perry - Roar
In 2013, Katy Perry sang Roar, a mainstream and commercial anthem for standing up tall. In this chart-topping song, the singer describes herself as an animal who’s roaring to show that she’s a champion:
"I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter,
Dancing through the fire,
'Cause I am a champion, and you're gonna hear me roar,
Louder, louder than a lion,
'Cause I am a champion, and you're gonna hear me roar.”
It's a good song to give you a boost and start your day off right. There’s nothing better than a bit of Katy Perry or Lady Gaga in the morning to start your day off right!
Ava Max - Who’s Laughing Now
Ava Max gained mainstream popularity with her single Sweet but Psycho. Now, with several hits under her belt, the singer has quickly become a household name due to her sparkling self-affirming dance-electro-pop.
The 2020 single Who’s Laughing Now invites us to feel powerful. It describes a woman under the influence of a toxic person who’s rhetorically asking “Who’s laughing now?” as a sign of victory. It’s a great song for feeling strong and independent.
“Don't ya know that I'm stronger?
Don't ya see me in all black?
Don't ya cry like a baby?
Who's laughing now?”
Ava Max’s first album also included some excellent empowering tunes like Salt, Kings & Queens, and Alone Pt. II with Alan Walker. These tunes are bound to get you moving, dancing, and feeling more confident.
2NE1 - I Am the Best
Those with a fondness for K-pop (Korean pop), the girl group 2NE1 were active from 2009 to 2016. Their songs are some of the most popular of the genre along with groups like Big Bang and SHINee.
Their 2011 song I Am the Best is a call-to-action for self-confidence. The hook “Naega Jeil Jal Naga” means “I am the best” and you can see from the music video that they genuinely believe it. Sing the words loud and proud for a bit of motivation!
Music to Start Your Day Right
Feeling up to it isn’t always easy. For most of us, our alarm clock doesn’t put us in a good mood and you’d rather go back to sleep than face the day. Fortunately, here are a few songs to get you up and jumping.
Justin Timberlake - Can’t Stop the Feeling
Justin Timberlake’s 2016 song Can’t Stop the Feeling was released as part of the Trolls film soundtrack. Much like Pharrell Williams’ Happy, this song focuses around positivity and invites the listener to have a good time.
The song asks us to get up and dance. It’s brimming with optimism and it’s likely to get you in the groove for the whole day. You’ve probably heard it somewhere before.
Katrina & The Waves - Walking on Sunshine
If you’re looking for an upbeat song to chase the blues away, here’s our go-to. The 1985 song Walking on Sunshine from the pop-rock group Katrina and the Waves is literally about feeling good!
With its positive lyrics, you won’t necessarily need it to be a sunny day to start feeling good.
Red Velvet - Red Flavor
You mightn’t know the South Korean group Red Velvet. Of course, K-pop isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but we reckon this should get you moving.
Of all our feel-good songs, the 2017 Red Flavor track should make you feel full of energy and want to dance along with the video.
There are plenty of other songs that you might want to listen to, too:
- Dumb Dumb
- Power Up
- Umpah Umpah
- Russian Roulette
- Ice Cream Cake
- Sunny Side Up
If you need some feel-good music, you know what to do.
The Most Famous Romantic Songs
Love songs are arguably the most popular type of songs. We can feel in love just by listening to them and when we’re sad, the lyrics can be uplifting. Here are our favourite love songs.
Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You
You can’t mention love songs without mentioning Whitney Houston’s 1992 song. It’s one of the most beautiful love songs ever written and was featured in the soundtrack of the film The Bodyguard.
The lyrics are exceptional, it’s soulful, and Whitney’s incredible voice smash this one out of the park. You’re bound to hear this one on Valentine’s day.
If you don’t know it, you’ve got to listen to it!
Edith Piaf - La Vie en Rose
How can we talk about love songs without the great Edith Piaf’s love songs?
One of France’s greatest singers left an incredible body of work behind. La Vie en Rose is probably the most famous song from the artist and for obvious reasons.
The lyrics are incredibly romantic and tell the tale of a perfect and passionate romance. This is a classic and over 70 years after its recording, it still resonates. If you want to sing a love song, you know where to start!
Other Love Songs
There are just so many love songs that it would be impossible to name them all. However, here are a few worth checking out:
- U2 - With or Without You
- Adele - Make You Feel My Love
- Nat King Cole - L-O-V-E
- Coldplay - The Scientist
- Michel Polnareff - Love Me, Please Love Me
- Ariana Grande - Just a Little Bit of Your Heart
- Avril Lavigne - Wish You Were Here
- Little Mix and Jason Derulo - Secret Love Song
- WayV - Love Talk
- Lord Huron - The Night We Met
- Taeyang - Eyes, Nose, Lips
- Nicky Jam and Enrique Iglesias - El Perdón
- IKON - Love Scenario
- Nicolle Croisille - Téléphone-Moi
- TWICE - What is Love
- Jonas Brothers - Sucker
- Lady Gaga - You and I
- WONHO - Losing You
- Iron & Wine - Flightless Bird, American Mouth
You could easily listen to these for ages.
Songs to Dance To
After singing to build your self-confidence and get in a good mood, you might want some music to dance to. If you’re looking to cut a rug, here are the best songs to sing and dance along to.
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
It’s impossible to talk about music to dance to without mentioning the King of Pop. Michael Jackson’s entire back-catalogue is full of songs to dance to whether you can pull off the moves or not.
The 1982 track Billie Jean has had the world dancing for nearly 40 years! It’s difficult to not move to it.
Daft Punk - One More Time
The French electronic duo Daft Punk has been getting the world to dance since 1993. Their album Random Access Memories took home 5 Grammy Awards, but long before that, there was their album Discovery.
It’s in their second album that you can hear some of their most famous songs like One More Time, Digital Love, and Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger. Released in 2000, its rhythm house and electro style got millions of people moving.
You don’t need a robot voice to sing One More Time. Just enjoy yourself!
Billy Idol - Dancing with Myself
"I'm dancing with myself,
I'm dancing with myself,
Well, there's nothing to lose and there's nothing to prove,
And I'll be dancing with myself"
This is the perfect song for dancing at home. Do as Billy Idol was suggesting back in 1985. This song is great for blowing off some steam on the dancefloor.
Now you should have a few songs to get started with no matter what mood you’re in. To discover more songs, check out our other articles.
You can also get private lessons in singing or music from the tutors on Superprof!
There are three main ways to get private tutorials: face-to-face, online, or in a group. Each type of tutorial comes with advantages and disadvantages in terms of teaching approach and budget so you'll need to carefully consider which is right for you and what you want to learn.
Don't forget that many of the tutors on Superprof offer the first lesson for free. This is a great opportunity to try out potential tutors and types of tutorials to see which is right for you. It's also important that you get on well with your tutor as we learn more effectively when we're in a good mood and if you're planning on spending a lot of time learning from your tutor, you must have a good working relationship.