10 universal feel-good songs that will instantly lift your spirits

From ABBA and Luther Vandross to Outkast and Pharrell, these tunes are guaranteed to put a smile on your face

10 universal feel-good songs that will instantly lift your spirits

There’s nothing quite like the joy of music. No matter what mood you’re in, there’s a song for it. Whether you’re dealing with loss, excitement, getting ready for a night out or perhaps trying to stay positive during a global pandemic – there’s a tune out there to help.

Luckily, we’re here to guide you through the latter with our own definitive list of universal crowd pleasers that will lift your spirits in no time.

Blast one feel-good hits through your speakers while you're in self-isolation, it just might brighten up your day.

ABBA – Dancing Queen, 1976

This '70s classic by everyone’s favourite Swedish pop group will have you on your feet as soon as you press play.

Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer, 1986

Who doesn’t love a bit of Bon Jovi? Besides, these motivation lyrics are just what we need right now.

Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want To Have Fun, 1993

Always one to start the party, Cyndi Lauper’s early ‘90s hit is a party starter that will instantly put you in a happier mood.

Katrina & The Waves - Walking On Sunshine, 1985

What better way to start the day than with this ‘80s gem? It really will make you feel like you’re walking on sunshine.

Luther Vandross - Never Too Much, 1981

Luther Vandross has a whole catalogue of hits but this feel-good track is definitely a universal favourite thanks to its happy-go-lucky beat and romantic lyrics.

Mark Ronson feat. Amy Winehouse - Valerie, 2006

This karaoke classic will have you belting out your best Amy Winehouse impression whilst dancing around the house. Just the kind of positive energy we’re after.

Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk, 2014

It seems like everything Mark Ronson touches becomes a chart-topping hit but this joyous Grammy-winning single deserves all the accolades.

Mary Mary – Shackles, 2000

An R&B hit that continues to survive the test of time, Mary Mary’s Shackles is a crowd pleaser that’ll leave you feeling positive and nostalgic.

Outkast – Hey Ya! 2003

We bet you’ll find it hard not to shake-shake it during this Grammy-winning hit by Outkast, but we don’t blame you. Who could sit still through it?

Pharrell William – Happy, 2013

The title of this song says it all, and so do the lyrics. Clap along and feel those dopamine levels raise through the roof.

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