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40 Best Songs to Wake Up to (Morning Songs)

November 6, 2023
Songs to wake up to

I’ve compiled upbeat, positive songs to wake up to that will start your morning off right.

This feel-good playlist features melodic alarms across genres guaranteed to make you bounce out of bed.

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Top picks of songs to wake up to

  • “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers
  • “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles
  • “Break My Soul” by Beyoncé
  • “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay
  • “Brave” by Sara Bareilles
  • “A Thousand Miles” by Vanessa Carlton
  • “Morning Has Broken” by Cat Stevens
  • “Beautiful Day” by U2
  • “No Tears Left to Cry” by Ariana Grande
  • “Start Me Up” by The Rolling Stones

1. “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers

The song “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers is mellow, soulful music from the 1970s that has an uplifting vibe to it, which makes it the ideal song to pull you out of bed in the morning.

The upbeat melody is reminiscent of well-known tunes from the past, such as Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds” and “One Love.”

The uplifting nature of the song’s lyrics, together with the world-record-setting 18-second note that Withers maintains at the song’s conclusion, have contributed to the song’s widespread popularity.

1978 saw “Lovely Day” achieve a peak position of #6 on the Billboard R&B charts as well as #30 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song “Lovely Day” has been included on a number of different soundtracks, including that for the movies 127 Hours and Hoot.

2. “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles

The Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun” is widely regarded as the definitive example of a morning song, and if you want to greet the day with a pleasant smile on your face, there is no tune that can compare to it.

Even on a day that you are dreading, you will find that the soothing voice and lyrics of George Harrison will offer you an optimistic attitude.

Harrison penned the tune on a day when he was trying to put off taking care of business and was anticipating the arrival of spring with joy.

3. “Break My Soul” by Beyoncé

Beyoncé’s “Break My Soul,” the lead single off her forthcoming seventh studio solo album, Renaissance, pretty much sums up how we’re all feeling.

The song was released two years into the Covid-19 pandemic, and its uplifting lyrics (such as “I’m lookin’ for motivation / I’m lookin’ for a new foundation, yeah / And I’m on that new vibration”) are set against a thumping dance beat.

4. “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay

Who would have thought that a song that has the potential to win the Grammy Award for Song of the Year would also be the ideal way to jumpstart any weekday morning?

The track was included on Coldplay’s album ‘Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends,’ which was released in 2008.

5. “Brave” by Sara Bareilles

The song “Brave” by Sara Bareilles, which focuses on confronting one’s anxieties and was inspired by her close friend’s battle to come out, is without a doubt one of the most upbeat and positive songs of all time.

This is the kind of music that may give you the confidence and inspiration you need to face whatever the day brings you.

In 2013, Sara and Jack Antonoff (from the band Fun) collaborated to write the song, and it shot to the top of the charts almost immediately all around the world.

It peaked at number 23 on the Top 40 Hits chart in the United States and number 3 in Australia. At the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, this outstanding song was also considered for a nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance.

6. “A Thousand Miles” by Vanessa Carlton

It’s not only the fantastic piano part of the megahit from 2002 that shot Vanessa Carlton to the top of the charts; it’s the compelling lyrics that have kept us singing along all these years.

According to an interview that Carlton gave to Elle magazine in 2017, “It’s such a miracle to have one song that pierces through everybody’s space and every culture.”

7. “Morning Has Broken” by Cat Stevens

“Morning Has Broken” by Cat Stevens is a fantastic selection to play when you get up in the morning if you favor a more soothing kind of music.

Before you begin your day, the spiritual and contemplative tranquility that Stevens’ soothing voice and soft guitar provide will help you get your bearings.

8. “Beautiful Day” by U2

After listening to this hit song by the Irish rock band U2, which talks about finding joy in everything, you’ll feel as if you’ve had a good night’s sleep.

When you wake up to alarm music as pleasant as this one, it’s impossible not to have a wonderful day.

The song was recognized as the “Record of the Year,” “Song of the Year,” and “Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal” at the 2001 Grammy Awards.

Additionally, it topped the singles chart in Ireland, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia respectively.

9. “No Tears Left to Cry” by Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande’s single from 2018 is just what you need to get out of bed on those days when it’s difficult to find the motivation.

The director, Dave Meyers, discussed the meaning behind the song and the imagery in a film that was shot behind the scenes.

Meyers explained the idea, “The concept that we wanted to explore was the disorientation that you go through in life and the quest we all go through to find the ground again.”

10. “Start Me Up” by The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones’ “Start Me Up” is the perfect song to get you out of bed in the morning since it’s an amazing banger.

You’ll be bopping out the door in no time at all thanks to Mick Jagger’s infectious enthusiasm and some twangy, 1960s-style electric guitar.

11. “Valerie” by Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson

Another famous hit ideal for an early morning jam is “Valerie” by Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson.

But did you know that “Valerie” was first performed and written by the Liverpool group The Zutons?

Either way, it’s an unforgettable catchy tune that can set you in the right mood before you leave the house in the morning. 

12. “Wake Me Up” by Foals

Can the title of the song be more suitable for this list?

But this fresh tune from the British band Foals is cool and lively – a perfect wake up song.

So, if you need to boost both your energy and confidence, you can’t go wrong with Foals.

13. “Free Yourself” by Jessie Ware

Another brand new tune that will get you out of bed right away is “Free Yourself” by Jessie Ware.

Imagine yourself walking down the street while listening to this – you will feel like you can do anything.

That being said, listening to Jessie Ware before you start your day is always a good idea.

14. “Wake Me Up” by Avicii

Of course, with didn’t forget about this wake up classic.

After being released in 2013, “Wake Me Up” quickly became a chart-topping hit. And while listening to it today, it’s fair to say it’s still a banger.

One thing is for sure – this song will make you feel energized, hopeful, and ready for the day ahead.

15. “Turn Up the Sunshine” by Tame Impala and Diana Ross

“Turn Up the Sunshine” is a part of the soundtrack to ‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ produced by Jack Antonoff.

And although Tame Impala isn’t famous for cute, uplifting tunes (their music is uplifting in a different way), this collaboration definitely works – the song turned out to be very catchy and enjoyable.

16. “Wake Up” by Rage Against the Machine

Perhaps you’re looking for a different kind of wake up music. And maybe “Wake Up” by Rage Against the Machine is your jam.

Whether you like RATM or not, this tune will surely wake you up properly. So, this is another good option for your morning alarm.

17. “Wake Up” by Arcade Fire

Let’s continue with the songs with the title “Wake Up”.

Released in 2004, Arcade Fire’s single is definitely worth mentioning. It’s powerful and hopeful, and it definitely still sounds fresh.

It’s a type of song that makes you think about the bigger picture. And sometimes that’s all you need before you start your day.

18. “It’s Time” by Imagine Dragons

This familiar tune by Imagine Dragons was released more than 10 years ago. Time really does fly…

And when it’s time to wake yourself up, this gentle yet powerful song can help you out.

19. “Free” by Florence and the Machine

There are so many songs by Florence and the Machine that would fit this list, but we decided to go with “Free” released in 2022.

This song is an absolute delight – it has a catchy beat and it’s uplifting and meaningful. In short, it’s everything you can expect from Florence Welch.

20. “Gotta Wake Up” by Harry Nilsson

This is a rather quirky tune about waking up in the morning. It was featured in the TV show ‘Russian Doll’, and that makes it even quirkier. If you’ve watched the show, you know what we’re talking about.

Nevertheless, “Gotta Wake Up” would definitely be a funny choice for a morning alarm.

21. “Lucky” by Two Door Cinema Club

Speaking of quirky, Two Door Cinema Club’s video for their new song fits the description.  

The song’s melody is fast-paced and rather positive, and we hope it will bring you luck today.

22. “Revolution” by Bastille

Yes, Bastille is back with some new tunes.

Their “Revolution” sounds like a radio hit, but not a bad one. It’s catchy and lively, and it would make a nice addition to your wake up songs list.

The track was released on their album ‘Give Me the Future’ in early 2022.

23. “Heroes” by David Bowie

Now let’s go back to some all-time hits.

In a way, Bowie’s “Heroes” sounds like a celebration of life. And although the whole album wasn’t a commercial success at first, it was a life-changing record.

So, turn up the volume, and let’s be heroes just for one day.

24. “A Kind of Magic” by Queen

How about some Queen early in the morning?

If you’re looking for uplifting wake up songs, look no further – Freddie’s voice and his band’s iconic, energetic melodies is all you need.

And this specific tune will undoubtedly make you feel awake. It’s a kind of magic.

25. “Send Me On My Way” by Rusted Root

“Send Me On My Way” is such a delight.

It’s positive and catchy, and it’s an ideal wake up tune.

And it’s hard to believe that it was released in 1995… Although it does have that 90’s vibe, it somehow sounds very fresh. 

26. “Mr. Blue Sky” by ELO

Positive vibes, bright guitars, and quirky lyrics… This is what “Mr. Blue Sky” by ELO is all about.

The song was even proclaimed one of the happiest songs ever.

And it’s a part of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” OST. In fact, the whole soundtrack should be a part of this list.

27. “Daylight” by Harry Styles

Just like the rest of the songs on Harry’s new album “Harry’s House”, “Daylight” is a nice, easy-listening tune.

If you want to wake up in a slow, gentle way, putting “Harry’s House” in the background while making breakfast is definitely a good idea. 

28. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

This is undeniably one of the nicest songs to wake up to in the morning.

Released in 2009, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” is a true emotional hymn. It will make you feel peaceful and optimistic, so is there a better way to start your day?

29. “Sunrise” by Norah Jones

Another song ideal for a calm morning is “Sunrise” by Norah Jones.

It’s one of Norah Jones’ signature songs, and it’s probably one of the most gentle songs ever written… It will undoubtedly relax you and prepare you for the day.

30. “Banana Pancakes” by Jack Johnson

A perfect song to start a lazy Sunday morning is “Banana Pancakes” by Jack Johnson.

All you need to do is wake up, make some banana pancakes, and just relax.

Sometimes things can be really simple; if you let them.

31. “Put Your Records On” by Corinne Bailey Rae

Sunny morning, a nice cup of tea, three birds on your window… Sounds familiar?

Well, even if your morning doesn’t look like that, this song will make it better.

This positive tune by Corinne Bailey Rae was released in 2006, and it’s a nice reminder of all of those feel-good pop songs of the early 2000s.

32. “Torn” by Natalie Imbruglia

Speaking of older pop hits, “Torn” was definitely one of the highlights of 1997.

And it’s such a brilliant throwback. It’s uplifting and familiar, and it seems like it really doesn’t get old.

33. “In the Morning” by The Coral

Here comes another sweet wake up tune.

“In the Morning” was the second-most-played song on UK radio in 2005.

No wonder it was such a hit (and still is) – it’s cheerful and memorable, and it has a tendency to get stuck in your head. So, listen to it with caution. 

34. “Walking On Sunshine” by Katrina & The Waves

When thinking about the best songs to wake up to, it’s impossible to skip “Walking On Sunshine” by Katrina & The Waves. It’s a classic.

If you’re looking for a song to dance to in the morning, you can’t go wrong with this 1983 hit.

It’s an unforgettable energy booster that will probably continue to motivate people for a long time. 

35. “Slow Song” by The Knocks

This gem is a perfect song for dancing around in pajamas in the morning.

It’s energetic but not too intense, and it will definitely help you start your day on the right note.

36. “Oceanic Feeling” by Lorde

Are you looking for something more chill?

If yes, you can’t go wrong with Lorde’s 2021 album “Solar Power” – the whole album is a perfect summer easy-listening.

That being said, “Oceanic Feeling” perfectly captures the atmosphere of a slow, relaxed August morning by the sea.

37. “The Steps” by HAIM

“The Steps” by HAIM is an upbeat, happy tune that will instantly put you in a good mood.

It’s not overwhelming though – it’s just what you need before leaving the house in the morning. 

38. “You Make My Dreams (Come True)” by Daryl Hall & John Oates

Expand your morning playlist with this 1981 tune and you will undoubtedly feel more optimistic.

Of course, sometimes even a good song can’t improve a bad day or situation. But if you need an extra boost of energy and optimism, “You Make My Dreams (Come True)” is a great choice.

The song was used in multiple movies including “500 Days of Summer”.  

39. “Mountain to Move” by Nick Mulvey

Sometimes you just need a reminder that you can do anything that you set your mind to. And one of the best reminders is music.

Nick Mulvey’s “Mountain to Move” is a perfect wake up song because it allows you to ease into a morning, without feeling stressed or overwhelmed.

But the song also builds up and turns out to be very positive, upbeat, and motivating.

40. “Circle of Life”, Lion King OST

One of the most iconic songs to wake up to is “Circle of Life” from the “Lion King” movie.

The song is powerful, uplifting, and meaningful. In essence, it’s everything you need from a good wake up song.

That being said, this unforgettable tune is a perfect ending to our list.

Wake Up Songs – Final Thoughts

We hope our list of the best wake up songs will help you start your morning on the right note.

Mornings can be the best time of the day if you take your time and do what suits you best.

And is there a better way to start a new day than listening to some good music?

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Will Fenton

Will, the founder of MIDDER, is a multifaceted individual with a deep passion for music and personal finance. As a self-proclaimed music and personal finance geek, he has a keen eye for futuristic technologies, especially those that empower creators and the public.

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