Many countries over the past twelve months have been through tremendous amounts of strain on operating within a sense of normality. Citizens have been in and out of lockdowns that have separated families and friends from living normal lives, celebrating birthdays and holidays. During the times of lockdown, people are finding ways to keep active day by day.
Music is a source for people to express their feelings and emotions. In a recent paper written by Ulrik Volgsten, a Professor of Musicology, states “The we not simply perceive music, but differentially attune to its affective properties that come to resonate in us,” and “Music, for good or bad, assists us in the process of becoming human” (Volgsten 2019). This shows an important aspect in that people take an individual approach to how they interpret tunes and lyrics from songs through the terms ‘perceive’ and ‘differentially’. However, as people grow, music follows through social interactions with friends and relatives to create memories that last a lifetime. As for a lockdown, although it may feel like a lifetime, does not last that long.
Therefore, to support you in getting into a positive, enthusiastic mood, use the list of best mood booster songs below; share them with friends and family (Hey! Add them to your own feel-great playlist too).
1. “I love It (feat. Charli XCX)”- Icona Pop, Charli XCX
Released May 2012 in Sweden, over a year after its release in other countries, the song charted at number one in the UK. The song has a high tempo start to get you in a great dancing mood, and with catchy lyrics that repeat on a continual basis will have you singing along in no time at all, with that all-important smile on your face.
2. “Young Hearts Run Free”- Candi Staton
Formally, a disco song written by David Crawford, recorded by American soul singer Staton in 1976. The song peaked at number two in the UK Charts during this year, and number one in the US Billboard Hot Soul Singles. “Young Hearts Run Free…Run Free” takes the oldies back to their inner youth and the young generation having the world at their feet to do anything and everything in life. A positive energy you will surely get from this song to lighten up your morning with a tea/coffee on the sofa.
3. “High Hopes”- Panic at the Disco
The song released on 23rd May 2018, as the second single from the bands sixth album. Reached number twelve in the UK Singles, and number four in the US Billboard Hot 100. With a short trumpet instrumental at the beginning of the song, influence the upbeat feeling you get from the song throughout. This in turn with continuous repetition of “High Hopes” blasting out in the car or at home, the energy to go about your day with positivity and know that lockdown does not last forever.
4. “Born This Way”- Lady Gaga
Gaga’s freedom song, “Born This Way” released February 2011 as a single for her second album. The song reached number three in the UK Singles charts for the year and number one in the US Billboard Hot 100. Everyone was “Born” to listen to this song, and why not, with such powerful meanings behind it. Play this classic Lady Gaga tune while rocking out at home!
5. “Decpacito”- Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee
Charting in early 2019 this fun, bouncy song can take you to a white sand beach, with a Pina Colada in your hand relaxing in the sun… all day long. Creating an electric chorus that everyone can dance to in a nightclub and at home!
6. “Jump (For My Love)- The Pointer Sisters
Released in April 1984 as The Pointer Sisters third single. Reached to number six in the UK Singles Charts, and number three in the US Billboard Hot 100. If anyone has seen the ‘Love Actually’ scene then you know why this song made it on this list. “Jump in…” to this brilliant 80’s classic for all generations to dance around everyone nook and cranny in the house.
7. “December, 1963 (Oh What a Night!)”- Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
Featured on The Four Seasons’ 1975 album, Who Loves You. Originally called “December 5, 1933,” although changed by Valli. Reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks in March 1967, where it also topped the UK and Canadian Charts in the same year. Keeping to the 80’s era comes this song; another classic from this great band, with a catchy beat can get the body moving throughout!
8. “Hey, Soul Sister”- Train
Released in August 2009 for their first single. With a ukulele and soulful based beat, it became their biggest hit and best-selling single of that year. Quick beat influences the feel good feeling you get from the start to finish with this song. ‘Hey…’ get up from the couch and start booging without a care in the world. Go on enjoy yourself!
9. “Somebody Told me”- The Killers
From The Killers first album Hot Fuss, released in 2006. Dave Keuning, Ronnie Vannucci Jr., Mark Stoermer, and Brandon Flowers wrote the song. Flowers refers to the song as their “most Vegas-influenced song on the album”. As all travelling for the time being, this is a great tune to liven up the evenings at home with its fast-paced beat, until that time; again, we can all travel again… possibly even Vegas.
10. “The Best”- Tina Turner
This cover of Bonnie Tyler’s original song featured on Tina Turner’s seventh studio album, Foreign Affair realised in 1989. This became a highly successful single for Turner. This classic song from the 80’s puts everyone in a good mood.