Your Feel Good Playlist

feel good playlist“You are born with a melody in your brain, a song capable of keeping you balanced, bringing you peace from within and shaping your neurochemistry.”

That’s Sting writing about how our favorite songs can bring positive change into everyday life.

Which many of us practice to a certain extent already, but it’s worth getting very deliberate about leveraging the power of music to shift the vibe.

From the book Your Playlist Can Change Your Life, the authors share that science documents “the profound influence of music on your physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being.”

They say music can be used to trigger various mental states, which is why your playlist can help “cleanse your mind of negative and unwanted thoughts and emotions, making it easier to reach goals, maintain alertness, and achieve an all-encompassing calm.”

No surprise, right?  We inherently know the power of music to affect our vibrational state – so I imagine most of us already have a playlist for feeling good.

And if you don’t, it’s high time!  This is easy and fun vibe management methodology here.  🙂

This post is inspired by a reader who recently asked me to share my feel good playlist, after she read this piece about Songs for Manifesters.

I actually have several playlists designed to make me feel better depending on where I’m at on the vibrational scale.  One is called Chill Out (to use when tense or when it’s time to dial down), one named Life Is Good (for enhancing the feel good vibe), another titled It’ll Be Okay (for when I’m down), and a fun one called Get Busy (for quality time with a sweetie).

My ipod also sports a Wake Up playlist, an SHB list (for amping up the sexy), one to get the confidence up for presenting to a group, and a few others.

I’ll share a few selections from my Life Is Good playlist, but I’m most interested in getting new tips on great songs from you all:

  • Will Smith – Gettin’ Jiggy With It
  • Tesla – Getting Better
  • Steppenwolf – Magic Carpet Ride
  • Pat Benatar – All Fired Up
  • Lifehouse – Everything
  • Kid Rock – All Summer Long
  • James Brown – I Feel Good
  • Fatboy Slim – Right Here Right Now
  • Diddy Dirty Money – Hello Good Morning
  • Cat Stevens – Peace Train
  • Adam Lambert – Feelin’ Good
  • Bee Gees – Saturday Night Fever
  • Jason Aldean – Dirt Road Anthem

We know music is a personal thing and what one person loves may make another wince, but there’s still lots of benefit in sharing our favorites.

So … what’s on your feel good playlist?

  • May 31, 2012
  • Cyndi says:

    Here are some of my “feel good favorites” (it’s an eclectic list :-):
    Friends — Led Zeppelin
    Golden Brown — The Stranglers
    Rise — Herb Alpert
    Return to Innocence — Enigma
    More Than a Woman — The Bee Gees
    Superfly — Curtis Mayfield
    I’m So Glad — Cream
    Shamanic Journey — Anugama
    World Hold On — Bob Sinclar
    and…most recently:
    Play that Funky Music as performed by Nicholas David and Cee Lo Green!

  • PhoenixRose360 says:

    Radio by Musiq Soulchild
    Respect by Aretha Franklin
    Be Happy by Mary J Blige
    Empire State of Mind by Jay Z & Alicia Keys
    Tell Me Something Good by Chaka Khan
    Single Ladies by Beyonce
    Telephone by Lady Gaga & Beyonce
    1999 by Prince
    Getting Over You by David Guetta feat Fergie & LMFAO
    When Love Take Over by David Guetta & Kelly Rowland
    Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5
    Tik Tok by Ke$ha
    Firework by Katy Perry
    Sexy & I know it by LMFAO
    Three Little Birds by Bob Marley
    Imma Be by Black Eyed Peas
    Go Get it by Mary Mary
    Love on Top by Beyonce
    Countdown by Beyonce
    Don’t Stop Believing by Journey
    If by Janet Jackson
    Escapade by Janet Jackson

  • Brenda says:

    I bookmarked this blog post a while back, with the intention of revisiting. I’ve added a few of everyone’s selections to my own list – thank you all!
    Here’s a handful of my own mood lifters – hope you enjoy some of them. 🙂
    You Gotta Be – Des’ree
    Good Mother – Jan Arden
    Haven’t Met You Yet – Michael Buble
    Weight of the World – Chantal Kreviazuk
    Bubbly – Colbie Caillat
    Hey Yah – Outkast
    You & I – Celine Dion
    Who Says You Can’t Go Home – Bonjovi
    Breathless – The Corrs
    I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
    Firework – Katie Perry

  • Marquina Rawlings says:

    Hi Jeannette,
    I saw a link to this blog post and could not help but want to share! 😀
    I don’t have my playlist physically set up yet (will get with my son for that), but here goes:
    Lose Yourself – Eminem (from the 8 Mile soundtrack)
    Whatcha Waitin’ For? – Gwen Stefani
    Stomp – The Brothers Johnson (I had always thought this was an Earth, Wind & Fire song, but I was wrong!)
    Boogie Wonderland – Earth, Wind & Fire
    Live Your Life – Yuna
    Butterfly Surprise – Shifty
    Remember the Time – Michael Jackson
    Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ – Michael Jackson
    Butterflies – Michael Jackson
    Please Don’t Stop the Music – Rihanna
    Paparazzi – Lady Gaga
    Just about everything on John Mayer’s Room For Squares album
    Beautiful Day – U2
    Vertigo – U2
    Holiday – Green Day
    Drop Me in the Middle – Natasha Bedingfield
    Without the Girl – Daniel Bedingfield (Natasha’s brother)
    Spice Up Your Life – Spice Girls
    Saturday Night – Spice Girls
    Sexy Back – Justin Timberlake
    Kick Push – Lupe Fiasco
    GoldDigger – Kanye West
    Single Ladies – Beyonce
    Anyway You Want It – Journey
    Philadelphia Freedom – Elton John
    Bennie & The Jets – Elton John
    I just LOVE music! I’m smiling right now while I’m typing this list… But I’ll stop for now, tee, hee, hee…

  • Never heard that tip from Rob before, Leah. Thanks for sharing it!
    (And love that you found your fierce! ha ha)
    Thanks, Christina, for suggesting the video. It’s amazing how much more impact a song can have with the right visual accompaniment.

  • Leah says:

    Found my fierce….
    Clear by Kardinal Offishal

  • I heard this on the radio the other day and had to add it to the list.
    Pink – Perfect.
    The video is amazing.

  • Leah says:

    Hi Jeanette…
    Rob Breszny suggest that we listen to a blasting copy of our “fierce” song as soon as you get up, everyday this week and see what happens.
    ground shake – dirty radio
    perfect day – Hoku
    the middle – Jimmy eat World
    Big Wheels – Down with Webster
    Screaming bloody murder – Sum41
    Wrecking Ball – Mother Mother
    Titanium – David Guetta
    I remember – Deadmau5 and Kaskade
    Drive by Incubus
    I’m just having a hard time deciding what my fierce song is…

  • Mariette says:

    One song that I really love is by a Swedish group called Timberville, It’s called “Enjoy The Ride”.
    I cant find it on Youtube but they have a sample from it on Amazon
    and it is sooo Abraham!!!!
    “ lets go down this road in stride, enjoy the ride. I’ve been upstreams, there’s nothing there, upstreams, it aint worth it.. Now I’m not afraid to try this once again. I’m going downstreams, go with the flow…”
    Glee cast – Love you like a lovesong
    The beat makes me happy and I like this version better than the original.
    Lady Gaga – Edge Of Glory
    The wonderful and amazing voice of
    Joss Stone – Put your hands on me baby
    Kelly Clarkson – Stronger
    Jessie J – Domino

  • Love New Shoes!!!! Adding it!!
    Thanks for the Grooveshark reminder/tip, Christina. And for including one from the country artists – I noticed my list was short on those.
    Janette, I wouldn’t have pegged you for a Gaga fan. 😉

  • Kim Falconer says:

    Okay, a short list but these are major vibe lifters for me!
    New Shoes – Paolo Nutini –
    Walking on Sunshine – Thrillbilly Stomp

  • Janette says:

    My playlists change all the time LOL – low boredom threshold! But I have maybe a half dozen guaranteed go-to songs that will always raise a smile:
    Missy Higgins – Steer
    P!nk – F*cking Perfect
    Lady Gaga – Born This Way
    Smashmouth – All Star
    Jesse J – Price Tag
    Louis Armstrong – Wonderful World
    Mmm…. 😀

  • I have a playlist on Grooveshark that I listen to at home. I have most songs on my Ipod but I need to get more. I am loving everyone’s suggestions and will be adding to my playlist. I got a lot of ideas from the post you did before about positive music.
    Here’s a blog post I did that shares my Groovshark playlist. (Warning:if at work, turn down the volume, it does start to play automatically)
    I’m going to add more songs, though. I love Glee, and I have found that the Broadway songs they do sometimes really hit me.
    Defying Gravity from Wicked
    Something’s Coming from West Side Story
    I know there’s more, though.
    My next favorite is Kenny Chesney / Tim McGraw’s Feel Like a Rockstar. That’s a definite one that will be added soon.

  • Stacy, you’re making me remember another’s list (who emailed it to me) that had exclusively nature sounds on it. Talk about a feel good tune, huh?!

  • I got a giggle out of the first song you mentioned, Jeannette. Will Smith’s (we share the same birthday – Sept. 25 – which isn’t that the day after yours?) Gettin’ Jiggy With It. I was just thinking of that song because earlier in May marked 14 years since the day I graduated college. And on that day, while standing in line to go up on stage to get my diploma, I had “Gettin’ Jiggy With It” stuck in my head and I was doing the little shimmy thing that goes along with that song as I was in line.
    Whenever I hear or think of that song it reminds me of that very happy day.
    On another point – sometime back I had a little mp3 player that I put some of my favorite songs on – my favorite HAPPY/feel good songs. Those ran the gamut from “Reproduction” from the Grease 2 soundtrack to “Hakuna Mata” from the Lion King soundtrack to obvious ones like “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” and “Uptown Girl” by Billy Joel and a ton others that I’m blanking on right now.
    I have known for a long time that there are few things better than putting one in a good mood than really belting out some tunes. I get in music moods where I just want to stay up all night singing to my favorite songs and soak in those vibes.
    Not quite the same as music, but it could be just audio – I love comedy and funny stuff. I have a huge folder of those old Bud Lite radio commercials (and I don’t even like beer at all), ie. Real Men of Genius. I still crack up over ones such as “Mr. Really Bad Toupee Wearer”. And I love stand up comedy. I’ve been known to listen to it on Sirius radio and get to laughing so hard while I’m driving I am doubled over with tears streaming down my face.
    Interesting side note: I met Jeff Foxworthy the other night! Nice guy!

  • Am loving seeing everyone’s lists! And picking up a couple of new additions that I hadn’t thought to include, as well as getting introduced to great tunes I didn’t know.
    Thank you guys! 🙂

  • Karen says:

    Wow, I am totally loving everyone’s lists! I’ve discovered some really great new songs from what’s here so far. Thank you to everyone.
    For when I want to amp up my energy (on my way to work for example):
    Mary Chapin Carpenter—I Feel Lucky
    Grand Funk Railroad—Some Kind of Wonderful
    Black Eyed Peas—I Gotta Feeling
    Robert Randolph and the Family Band—Thrill of It
    The Asteroids Galaxy Tour—Around the Bend
    Bon Jovi—It’s My Life
    Dropkick Murphys—Sunshine Highway
    The Kinks—Victoria (live version– soooo superior to the studio version, the crowd energy really transforms the song)
    For the times I need to clear my head of negative thoughts:
    Shania Twain—Today is Your Day
    Matisyahu—One Day
    Jefferson Starship—Count on Me
    Jason Mraz—The Remedy (I Won’t Worry)
    ABBA is always a guaranteed way to get myself out of a funk—how can anyone listen to Waterloo and not sing along?!

  • Ashley says:

    Oh Fun!
    For me it is all about driving and singing at the top of my lungs.
    The Cure – Just Like Heaven
    General Public – Tenderness
    REM – Radio Free Europe
    U2 – Beautiful Day
    U2- Pride (The is nothing like Edge’s guitar that sends chills through me)
    David Bowie – Modern Love
    Madonna – Get Into the Groove
    C&C Music Factory – Everybody Dance Now
    Lenny Kravitz – Are You Gonna Go My Way
    Prince – Let’s Go Crazy
    Billy Idol – Dancing With Myself
    Bob Marley – Is This Love
    Jimmy Cliff – Many Rivers to Cross
    Toots Hibbert – Sweet & Dandy
    Toots Hibbert – Pressure Drop
    Allman Bros. Band – Dreams
    Allman Bros. Band – Blue Sky
    Lynyrd Skynyrd – I Ain’t the One
    And I saved the best for last – Meatloaf – Paradise By the Dashboard Light
    Thank you! This was loads of fun!

  • Ashley says:

    Oh Fun!
    It’s all about singing while driving.
    The Cure – Just Like Heaven
    General Public – Tenderness
    REM – Radio Free Europe
    U2 – Pride
    U2 – Beautiful Day
    David Bowie – Modern Love
    Billy Idol – Dancing With Myself
    Madonna – Get Into the Groove
    Lenny Kravitz – Are You Gonna Go My Way
    Prince – Let’s Go Crazy
    Bob Marley – Is This Love
    Allman Bros. Band – Dreams
    Lynyrd Skynyrd – I Ain’t the One
    Allman Bros. Band – Blue Sky
    Toots Hibbert – Pressure Drop
    Toots Hibbert – Sweet & Dandy
    Aerosmith – Dueces Are Wild
    Thank you – This was so much fun!

  • Cat says:

    General positive songs (my actual playlist is called “LIVE! – Anthems to Inspire”):
    Nickelback – If Everyone Cared, If Today Was Your Last Day, When We Stand Together [three songs]
    Rob Thomas – Little Wonders, Someday
    Katy Perry – Firework
    Smash Mouth – All Star
    Natasha Bedingfield – Unwritten
    Kris Allen – Live Like We’re Dying
    Delta Goodrem – In This Life
    Gary Jules – Something Else
    Sarah McLachlan – Ordinary Miracle
    Celine Dion – The Power of the Dream
    Selena Gomez – Who Says
    Demi Lavato – This Is Real, This Is Me [one song]
    Grant Lee Phillips – Good Morning Happiness [I think I heard this on an episode of “Bones”]
    Alyssa Bonagura – I Make My Own Sunshine [from a Lowe’s commercial]
    Raising the vibe on love (“LOVE! – Songs to Deepen”):
    Nickelback – Gotta Be Somebody [this one and the next are real LOA songs]
    Michael Bublé – Haven’t Met You Yet
    Josh Groban – In Her Eyes, When You Say You Love Me, You Are Loved [this one could go equally well in the “LIVE!” playlist], and For Always
    Dana Glover – It Is You (I Have Loved)
    Laura Pausini – Surrender [reminds me of David Deida’s work, if you can be loose with the interpretation of it]
    Savage Garden – I Knew I Loved You [this one’s got a pretty good LOA theme, too]
    And “You Raise Me Up” by whoever your favorite artist is (whoever they are, they’ve probably covered this one ). I like the Secret Garden version because it’s the only one I’ve ever heard with the second verse.
    Both lists are still growing… I’ll probably add half the stuff people mention here, so thanks!

  • Caroline says:

    Bill Withers – Lovely Day
    Thank you all for sharing your uplifting selections, it’s all I listen to!

  • Cat says:

    General Vibe-Lifters (My actual playlist is titled “LIVE! – Anthems to Inspire”):
    Nickelback – If Everyone Cared, If Today Was Your Last Day, When We Stand Together
    Rob Thomas – Little Wonders, Someday
    Katy Perry – Firework
    Smash Mouth – All Star
    Natasha Bedingfield – Unwritten
    Kris Allen – Live Like We’re Dying
    Delta Goodrem – In This Life
    Gary Jules – Something Else
    Sarah McLachlan – Ordinary Miracle
    Celine Dion – The Power of the Dream
    Selena Gomez – Who Says
    Demi Lavato – This Is Real, This Is Me
    Grant Lee Phillips – Good Morning Happiness
    Alyssa Bonagura – I Make My Own Sunshine
    Josh Groban – Thankful
    Vibe-Lifters for Love(“LOVE! – Songs to Deepen”):
    Nickelback – Gotta Be Somebody [definitely an LOA song]
    Michael Buble – Haven’t Met You Yet [this one too]
    Josh Groban – In Her Eyes, When You Say You Love Me, You Are Loved (Don’t Give Up), and For Always
    Secret Garden (or any of the other few dozen artists who’ve covered it) – You Raise Me Up
    Savage Garden – I Knew I Loved You
    Laura Pausini – Surrender [reminds me somewhat of David Deida’s work]
    Dana Glover – It is You (I Have Loved)
    Gloria Estefan – Path of the Right Love [great LOA quote by Mother Meera at the end!]
    Both lists are always growing… I’ll check out everyone else’s suggestions, too! 🙂

  • Rawr says:

    Matisyahu – King without a crown
    Marky Mark – Good Vibrations
    Gloria Estefan – Conga
    Gabrielle – Dreams can come true

  • GorgeouSophie says:

    This made me cry, wrings your heart but hope, again, springs eternal & music rhymes with miracles…pinched of Imelda’s blog, a GVU member & LOA coach in Brighton, a beautiful seaside town in the UK.
    If you desire to partake, please do so, I shall see what I can do myself

  • Thanks for chiming in, Erin! Katy, love the variety – and forgot to put Bust a Move on my shuffle! I think that’s a universal feel good song, right? lol

  • Katy Lowe says:

    Oh let’s see-I’m all over the place
    ELO – Don’t Bring Me Down
    Partridge Family – I think I love you
    Cat Stevens – Peace Train
    Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
    The Emotions – Best of My Love
    Michael Buble – Everything
    Young MC – Bust A Move
    Gene Kelly – I’m Singing in the Rain
    Beatles – Here Comes The Sun
    Lots more..but these come to mind and make me smile!

  • Just got tipped off to a “My Fabulous Life” list compiled on Charismatic Woman’s facebook page:
    One Republic – Good Life
    Cindy Lauper – Girls Just Want to Have Fun
    Natasha Bedingfield – Unwritten
    Natasha Bedingfield – Pocket Full of Sunshine
    Kelly Maize – Third Eye
    Earth Wind and Fire – Fantasy
    Madonna – Ray of Light
    Katy Perry – Firework
    Jill Scott – Golden
    Louie Armstrong – What a Wonderful World
    Patti Griffin – Heavenly Day
    Sheryl Crow – Soak Up the Sun
    Pink – Raise Your Glass
    Pink – Trouble
    Maroon 5 – Moves Like Jager
    LMFAO – Sexy and I Know It
    LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem
    EWF – September
    Missy Higgins – Steer
    Kool and the Gang – Celebrate

  • Erin says:

    The Sound of Sunshine by Michael Franti!

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