You know those songs that make your body move in a way that is both liberating and ever so slightly alarming? It starts with a tapping of toe, maybe a modest happy head nod, then before you know it you’re using the Hoover nozzle as a microphone and the kitchen as your stage. Things escalate. Your hair has a mind of its own, neighbours start banging on walls, car alarms start going off. But nothing can hold you back because you’re having such a good time, you’re having a ball. You are Freddie Mercury levels of unstoppable.
Whether you’re knee-deep in DIY and housework, looking for some motivation to get you up and at ’em for the day or simply looking for some feel-good bops to add to your car playlist, these are the songs that are sure to put a spring in your step! Find the Spotify playlist here.
The Killers – Mr Brightside
You can’t not sing along to this banger, it’s my no1 Karaoke pick. I love it so much my husband and I had an acoustic version as our first dance song at our wedding.
Bon Jovi – It’s my life
If I’m ever feeling down this song is GUARANTEED to make me feel better. I’m a huge advocate of the YOLO mentality and this song is all about living life to the fullest. It’s now or never.
Bruce Springsteen – Dancing in the dark
If there was ever a song to put a spring in your step, it’s this one. Picture a young fresh-faced Courtney Cox rocking out on stage with The Boss and you’ll be bopping along in no time.
Britney Spears – Work Bitch
This song never fails to get me positively PUMPED. I like to blast it on the way to work when I’ve made the effort to do both my hair & makeup and the sun is shining.
Kanye West / Sunday Service Choir – Every Hour
If you have not listened to this album yet stop what you’re doing and blast it straight into your ear holes. Nothing can get people bouncing like a full-blown church choir. AMEN.
Major Lazer – Light it up
SHABBA, this is song is just great and reminds me of festivals, beer gardens, and sunny wonderful days.
S Club 7 – ALL SONGS
When the sun starts shining my mood is instantly lifted. This time last year Alfie surprised me by getting S Club to sing at my 29th birthday and now I will forever link this time of year with those songs and the happy memories!
Whitney Houston – I wanna dance with somebody
Do I need to give an explanation with this one? IT’S JUST SUCH A TUNE!
Daryl Hall & John Oats – You Make My Dreams
This song is so happy and bouncy and it instantly puts me in a great mood!
Three Little Birds – Bob Marley
This is my ultimate spring/summer song! I love sitting out in the garden on a beautiful clear day with this blaring and a book in my hand.
One Direction – Olivia
A classic (in my opinion) upbeat bop that always features in my feel-good playlists. I have so many happy memories attached to the album this featured on!
The 1975- The Sound
Every time I see The 1975 live it solidifies how infectious and ‘sing-along-able’ so many of their songs are, and The Sound epitomises that.
Ariana Grande – Successful
There’s really nothing not to love about Ariana, and Successful is my go-to whenever I need a confidence boost or hype up before a big day or night out.
Mariah Carey – Always Be My Baby
This song just makes me wanna bop as soon as it comes on. It reminds me of my mum – she’d always have old school Mariah on when she was ironing away and now I do the same.
Love On Top – Beyonce
It never fails to make me move my body uncontrollably.
Michelle Branch – Everywhere
This just reminds me of being young and carefree in the 00s!
Gabrielle Aplin – Miss You
It never fails to instantly brighten my mood. I honestly feel like skipping when it comes on.
Years and Years – Eyes Shut
Years and Years performed at one of my first Pride events ever and it reminds me of my happiest time of the whole year. I happy cry every time this song comes on.
Whitney Houston – How will I know
Just an absolute bop really isn’t it.
Drake – Passionfruit
This song reminds me SO MUCH of summer and I instantly feel happy when I hear it. I can literally envisage myself sitting at a bar along the seafront, Pimm’s in hand and the sunshine beaming.
Khalid, Swaa Lee – The Ways
This song has been an all-time fave for a while, it’s just so chilled and uplifting. Also, it’s Khalid so how can you not like…
LeAnn Rimes – Can’t Fight The Moonlight
Coyote Ugly is an ultimate feel-good film and this song is just SO good!
Childish Gambino – Feels Like Summer
As the title says, this song makes you feel like it’s summer, and that always will put a spring in my step.
Marina – About Love
Kinda obsessed with this tune at the moment, it’s feel-good pop with heartfelt lyrics, and the beat always gets me dancing on the way to work!
Harry Styles – Sunflower Vol. 6
I love the drums in this song from Hazza, it’s so upbeat and makes me feel happy every time I hear it, it’s the definition of ‘BOP’.
David Bowie – Golden Years
This is a classic in my eyes, the finger clicks and groovy sounds just make for easy listening and thinking about all the garden parties and beach BBQs to come!