My Top 20 Feel Good Songs

Posted in: Musicouching by Summer18 on March 4th, 2008 | 60 Comments

Music that’s good for your soul.

It’s raining here and it’s got me thinking. The power of music is undeniable. It can literally transport you to a certain time, specific place or to an exact emotion. The songs that linger in our memories and the lyrics that grab hold of our souls are extremely personal. Here is my top twenty list that I have compiled, carefully, thoughtfully and sincerely that hopefully, may help someone come out of a blue funk. At least long enough to remind them, how important it is to take your daily dose of tunes.  The songs are in no particular order.

  1. Seal: My Vision. Soulful, uplifting and definitely a great way to start your morning.
  2. U2: Beautiful Day. I dare you not to smile. “after the flood, all the colors came out”. I have been in love with Bono since I first saw him at the Red Rock Collesium rocking “Sunday Bloody Sunday”.
  3. Alicia Keys: No One. A sultry expression of love at its best. Love so strong, nothing can tear it apart.
  4. Guns ‘n Roses: Sweet Child of Mine. Incredibly Sexy that always takes me “to a faraway place”
  5. Dexie’s Midnight Runners: C’mon Eileen. This may have been a “one hit wonder”, but this song never fails to bring me back to a less stressful world.
  6. Van Morrison: Brown Eyed Girl. Another classic song that defies you to sit still (to the dismay of all of my sisters).
  7. The Monkees: I’m a Believer. A childhood favorite reminding me of my first 4 year old love. Although Mickey Dolenz was the lead singer for this song, Davy Jones is and always will be my first real “crush”.
  8. Peter Gabriel: In Your Eyes. Romantic and sweetly intense. Always gives me goosebumps.
  9. Jimmy Cliff: I Can See Clearly Now. A song that offers hope when things don’t seem to be going your way. Who better than the legendary Jimmy Cliff to convey this message?
  10. The Beatles: Here Comes the Sun. Uplifting and happy. The Beatles were truly ahead of their time. This is one of those songs that no matter how many times I hear it, the sentiment is always clear.
  11. Lynard Skynard: Sweet Home Alabama. The guitar intro is enough to make you forget why you felt down in the first place. A must to experience.
  12. John Lennon: Imagine. One of the greatest songs of all time from a prolific writer who would shake his head in sadness if he were alive today.
  13. John Cougar Mellencamp: Little Pink Houses. Reminds me of growing up in a small town surrounded by people who love me. :)
  14. Dave Matthews Band: Crash Into Me. Poetic and sensual. “Hike up your skirt a little more, and show your world to me” ::sigh:: do I need to say anymore?
  15. Red Hot Chili Peppers: Under the Bridge. Raw emotion. A triumphant song about overcoming even the seemingly most insurmountable obstacles.
  16. Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody. The brilliance that is Freddie Mercury. Genius, lyrically and musically.
  17. James Taylor: Up on the Roof. There’s something about the voice of James Taylor that is instantly soothing to me. Whenever I hear this song in particular, I feel as though, all is good.
  18. Eminem: Lose Yourself. Angry and motivating (in a good way). Heart Pumping, if hearing this doesn’t move you, please get your pulse checked immediately.
  19. Don McLean: American Pie. Nostalgia at its best.
  20. Styx: Come Sail Away. A Seventies Classic that stands the test of time.
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60 Responses to “My Top 20 Feel Good Songs”
  • Kenny March 11th, 2008 at 11:35 am

    Good choice of music. I admit I didn’t recognise them all but a good percentage. Cheers.

  • Ponderosa March 31st, 2008 at 8:09 am

    Lot of nice stuff there, but I could never stand “Come On Eileen.” The guy’s voice just grates my nerves!

  • Bryan June 26th, 2008 at 2:27 am

    This is great, i would have picked the same thing. you’ve done perfect job.

  • Nav July 2nd, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    good selection bud. i have to point out though that it was Johnny Nash, not Bob Marley who sang “I can see clearly now”, although the wailers were the backing group on the original version(unless you’re thinking of the version from Cool Runnings, in which case it’s Jimmy Cliff)

  • 007exterminator July 23rd, 2008 at 7:01 am

    i would of incorporated ‘Slinkee Minx – Summer Rain’ its a good feel good song.. but good choice

  • lara September 20th, 2008 at 10:42 am

    i don’t think i’ve met anyone with the same taste in music as me until now. this was a genius compilation. thanks. you don’t know how it helped.

  • Craggle October 26th, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    Alot of good songs yeah, but i was hoping to find something a little more deep cut. This is very commercial stuff that i would imagine would be on alot of peoples lists.

  • wtf November 10th, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    worst selection!

  • wtf November 10th, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    except for lennon, the beatles, and dave mathews

  • lisa November 10th, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    You seem a bit confused wtf, your medication is meant to be taken daily :)

  • JAmal November 30th, 2008 at 9:45 am

    I can see clearly is not by bob marley idiot!

  • jessaryn January 16th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    i really liked your list. it wasnt what i’d expect to find but i listened to the songs and they definately put me in a better mood! thnks!

  • pretty good. January 16th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    i thought the music selection was good, except for “under the bridge”.. i love that song, and i adore rhcp, but i associate it with a sad meaning. even the lyrics are sad. but if it makes you happy, good for you! :)

  • Keely January 28th, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Wow! I came online to find some more great feel good songs, but you’re list is almost identical to mine. One of my absolute favourites would be called Halcyon & On & On by Orbital. I can’t help but smile from ear to ear whenever I hear that song, and I couldn’t tell you why.

  • Keely January 28th, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Another amazing one.. I’m On Fire by Bruce Springsteen.

  • Erm.... February 2nd, 2009 at 7:38 am

    i dont see how this music is feel good music i was hoping for more james morrison you give me something and coldplay yellow that kind of slow feel good stuff. HUMPH….!!!!!!!

  • Mohammed Asif February 4th, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    decent list i would say a good mix, definitely lose yourself, also no one. what about take that rule the world, ad usher yeah

  • Danielle March 1st, 2009 at 10:52 am

    aah great list, however, I lean towards Motown stuff more Everyday people -Sly and the family stone, or something along those lines. Your music taste is similar to mine though. I love how you had James Taylor, right on there with Eminem.

  • cass March 7th, 2009 at 10:00 am

    Bob marley did not sing i can sing clearly now, jimmy cliff did….

  • I-MAN BAD BWAI March 19th, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Hail.. Hear me now bobo, u bin bafan wid Labrish Coo ya! Ease Up Cease & Sekkle wid Reggae and Ganja

  • vspot March 25th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    I dare you to be sad when you’re listen to Bob Marley!!!!

  • confused May 6th, 2009 at 12:29 am

    i was looking for a feel good list. john legend’s imagine is one of the most depressing songs about mankinds failures in existence. and lose yourself??

  • holy Crap May 13th, 2009 at 10:02 am

    man that playlist is awesome you my friend are a legend

  • Droeze May 16th, 2009 at 2:43 am

    Try Lady Linn, I don’t wanna dance :)

  • music geek May 18th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    just vibe bone thugs n harmony

  • Ceri May 21st, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    I love the songs you listed, but if I could suggest others (more songs for those here to search and discover)..
    Dear Prudence- Siouxsie and the Banshees
    Brighter than Sunshine- Aqualung
    Heroes- David Bowie
    I love to Boogie- T.Rex
    Ride a White Swan- T.Rex
    Don’t Worry Baby- The Beach Boys
    Island in the Sun- Weezer

  • Ceri May 21st, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    2 more additions-
    Three Little Birds- Bob Marley (don’t worry about a thing, cause every little thing is gonna be alright….)
    Town Called Mallice- The Jam

  • Angie June 9th, 2009 at 2:14 am

    staring at the sun-t.v. on the radio
    november-azure ray
    shes got style-never shout never.

  • Jesss June 10th, 2009 at 6:56 am

    my fav has gota b .. Yolanda Adams – Believe ! out of honey (Y)

  • Rich June 16th, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Yeah Bob marley is the master of feel good music, but he didnt do the song listed here. I can see clearly now is a ub40 song.

  • Daniel July 8th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Nice choices, but my Feel Good Song of all time is “March On” by Good Charlotte

  • mitchell July 26th, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    how is don’t stop me know by queen not on here!?!?!?!?
    that song is perfect for this list!!!!
    this list is pretty good though
    i made a feel good list before i sawthis list and many of these songs are on there

  • mitchell k July 26th, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    how is don\\\’t stop me know by queen not on here!?!?!?!?
    that song is perfect for this list!!!!
    this list is pretty good though
    i made a feel good list before i sawthis list and many of these songs are on there

  • brian August 9th, 2009 at 12:43 am

    Excellent List.
    I have 100% of these in my iPod.

  • devin August 11th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    good songs except under the bridge is about anthony kiedis sittin under a bridge doing heroin with gangsters

  • Dani September 10th, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Wow people like to pick holes in your list lol. I personally disagree with it, but as long as it makes you feel good who cares lol =) x

  • Nour Ismail September 27th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    i like your list a lot :)
    i also listen to these they make me feel good but not necessarily to everyone :)
    Beautiful – Christina Aguilera
    Happy – Leona Lewis
    I Gotta Feeling – The Black Eyed Peas
    Have You Ever Seen The Rain – Creedence Clearwater Revival

  • Harry Haller November 9th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    I think you have to listen to this:

    1. Badly Drawn boy “Once around the block”
    2. Weezer: “Island in the sun”
    3. Jack Johnson: “Banana Pancakes”
    4. Coldplay: “Strawbeery swing”

    they are truly relaxing and feel good songs ;)

  • JImmie November 26th, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    The funny thing about this is I was just listening to “come on Eileen” then looked up feel good songs.. lol

  • Sidakid December 19th, 2009 at 8:02 am

    Tiesto, ft. 3 6 Mafia – ‘Feel It’.
    You probably missed this one.

  • Gooodmornin' January 3rd, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Good morning, by chamillionaire is a great one.

  • David March 4th, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    awesome. i creamed my pants when i first saw this list

  • SOK111 March 7th, 2010 at 6:48 am

    “I Can See Clearly Now” was not performed or written by Bob Marley, but by Johnny Nash who originally hit the charts in 1972 with it. The Wailers were actually the backing band on the original single, though. Jimmy Cliff’s cover hit the charts in 1993, but still not his tune. UB40 has done lots of covers, but don’t know that this was one of them, though it gets attributed to them a lot. Anyway, no matter since it’s all still music, and if it moves you, so be it….

  • BelaidKL May 21st, 2010 at 11:46 am

    you cant make a list and miss out ‘Hoppipolla’…..that song is beautiful

    others include – Mr Blue Sky and You Make My Dreams

  • matt June 13th, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    How is “More than a Feeling” by Boston not on this list?

  • MrGrim121 June 20th, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Here are some absolute stunners.

    Get Off My Cloud – The Rolling Stones
    Dreaming of You – The Coral
    House of Fun – Madness
    Our house – Madness
    Peace Frogs – The Doors
    Praise You – Fatboy Slim
    Wouldn’t It Be Nice- The Beach Boys
    All Day And All Of The Night – The Kinks
    You Really Got Me Going – The Kinks
    All Along The Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix
    Elenore – The Turtles
    One Day Like This – Elbow
    Give Me Shelter – The Rolling Stones
    Heartbreaker – The Rolling Stones
    And any song from Jack Johnson as well :D (Y)

  • Kenny September 15th, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Sweet Home Alabama…? Really…? It’s (in my opinion) one of the most annoying and monotonous songs I’ve ever heard in my life

  • jaimemragos October 15th, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Nice article. In the list of songs that you presented, I like best “Bohemian Rhapsody”.

  • Faith Summer October 22nd, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    I think I have mose of these songs on my ipod!

  • kim January 3rd, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    This is a good list of songs, but I think there’s a big difference between ‘feel good’ songs, and just good songs. Not a list that would necessarily bring me into a better mood – but maybe that’s just me. ;)

  • Elvis Russell January 4th, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    How can you not put Sir Duke by Stevie Wonder that is a the definition of a feel good song

  • Mealisa January 12th, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    you musce sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mealisa Manthie January 12th, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    you musce sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Feeling Better Now January 20th, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Thanks, definitely some great songs in there.
    Glad to have this list :-)

  • grumpleStilsken March 4th, 2011 at 1:18 am

    very good choice of music. A wide variety but all top notch feel good songs – I’m impressed!

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  • Skiddle April 7th, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Somebody mentioned Mr. Blue Sky, the best call of all, it’s a feel good song by definition if you hear the lyrics. The ultimate feel good song.

  • Mari Lee November 24th, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Bohemian Rapsody? Really?
    This song makes me so depressed…

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