By Samantha Iacia
Tedious tasks, like stuffing invitation envelopes and arranging your seating chart, instantly become more fun with this list of the best songs to boost your mood.
Let’s be real: There are going to be times when you’ll feel a little overwhelmed with your wedding to-dos, especially if you’ve recently had to change your plans or are struggling to balance wedding planning between work, free time, and all of your other responsibilities. So we compiled a playlist of the best songs to boost your mood and put a smile on your face, no matter what you’re going through—play them to remind yourself to feel excited (not stressed!) about the big day anytime you need a pick-me-up.
Squash that wedding planning anxiety and lift your spirits by listening to our favorite songs to boost your mood.
“Whenever, Wherever” by Shakira
This early 2000s bop will get you out of a funk in no time. Blast it and dance like no one’s watching for an instant mood boost.
“Golden” by Harry Styles
Play this song when you first wake up in the morning to immediately put yourself in a feel-good mood. “Golden” reminds us of summertime and sunshine—what more could you want?
“Honey” by Kehlani
Acoustic songs can put you in a great mood, too! Listen to “Honey” anytime you want three minutes and 28 seconds of chilled-out bliss.
“You’ve Got the Love” by Florence + The Machine
There are a number of different covers of this ’90s song, but this version by Florence + The Machine always stands out. It’s perfect for a dance break or if you’re in the mood to belt out the lyrics at the top of your lungs. You might recognize “You’ve Got the Love” from Sex and the City or Gossip Girl—it was featured in both series finales.
“I Believe” by Jonas Brothers
When the JoBros released their comeback album in 2019, it did not disappoint. The lyrics of this catchy song are about meeting that one person you can’t live without. Now that all three brothers are happily married, we think we can expect a lot more tracks like this sweet song, and we’re not mad about it.
“First Love” by Jennifer Lopez
This song is about finally finding The One who loves everything about you—even if you’re just wearing jeans and a t-shirt, as JLo says. It’s so catchy that it you’ll want to play it on repeat.
“Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd
It’s the song that has inspired a million TikTok dances while we’re all social distancing. Chances are you’ve already heard the opening beats of “Blinding Lights”, but the entire toe-tapping song is like an old-school ’80s pop hit (and we mean that in the best way possible). Just try to resist dancing along—we dare you!
“Good Life” by OneRepublic
It’s been more than 10 years since OneRepublic released their song “Good Life,” but it’s still one of the best songs to boost your mood and make you smile. The lyrics remind us that even when our days are crazy, there’s so much to be thankful for.
“Everywhere” by Fleetwood Mac
From the ’80s synthesizers to the sweet, straightforward lyrics about love (‘I want to be with you everywhere’), you can’t resist smiling when this song comes on.
“Billion” by Mat Kearney
Mat Kearney summed up the feeling of meeting your soulmate with the lyrics of this song: ‘Seven billion in the world, baby / I only wanna be with you / I don’t want another girl, baby / I only wanna be with you.’ What’s even sweeter is that he wrote it for his wife, Annie (who’s also featured on his album cover). Excuse us, we have something in our eye.
“You Are the Sunshine of My Life” by Stevie Wonder
We couldn’t make a playlist of songs to boost your mood without including this classic Stevie Wonder hit. “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” is a hugely popular first dance song, but it’s also an uplifting tune to play anytime you need to brighten your day.
“Lover” by Taylor Swift
Find your partner and grab them for an impromptu slow dance to this song. The lyrics for “Lover” are all about finally meeting the one you never want to leave: ‘Can I go where you go? / Can we always be this close, forever and ever? / And ah, take me out, and take me home / You’re my, my, my, my lover.’
“Good Day Sunshine” by The Beatles
We can always count on The Beatles to give us some musical cheer. “Good Day Sunshine” is one of their most underrated songs—it’s so good it will make you feel like you’re on a sunny walk at the beach, even on the rainiest of days.
“XO” by Beyonce
This iconic Queen Bey song always puts us in a good mood. The lyrics are all about living in the moment and loving to the fullest, which is a message we can all relate to.
“Love You For a Long Time” by Maggie Rogers
With it’s folk-y acoustic vibes, “Love You For a Long Time” makes us want to jump in the car and go for a road trip. Maggie Rogers sums up the feeling of falling completely head-over-heels with the lyrics: ‘Oh, I never knew it, yeah, you took me by surprise / While I was getting lost so deep inside your diamond eyes / So many things that I still wanna say / And if devotion is a river, then I’m floating away.’
“Black and White” by Niall Horan
We’re calling it now: this could be one of the next big wedding songs. “Black and White” from Niall Horan’s second album is a sweet, upbeat tune about picturing the rest of your life from someone. Cue our happy tears.
“The Way You Love Me” by Faith Hill
This throwback country song is an instant-mood booster, especially if you know the lyrics to sing along.
“Juice” by Lizzo
Bring on the feel-good vibes. Lizzo is our self-empowerment hero, and this song will make you feel like you can tackle your wedding planning list like it’s no big deal at all.
“Carry Me Away” by John Mayer
This John Mayer track is more mellow, but that’s exactly why we love it. “Carry Me Away” is one of the best songs to boost your mood if you’re feeling stressed and need to relax—it’s so soothing you’ll want to play it on repeat in the background all day long.
“Levitating” by Dua Lipa
Not only is this catchy pop song a fun addition to your wedding planning playlist, but we think it would be great to play during your reception to get everyone on the dance floor.
“Butterflies” by Kasey Musgraves
Dedicate this one to your S.O. “Butterflies” is a beautiful song about being with the one who loves you for exactly who you are.
“10,000 Hours” by Dan + Shay ft. Justin Bieber
This sentimental pop-country song was written for the the singers’ wives—and they’re all featured in the music video. What could be sweeter than that?
“Everything” by Ella Mai ft. John Legend
Send this R&B song to bae to let them know how much they mean to you. You know a song is going to be a hit when John Legend is involved, but Ella Mai’s voice and lyrics are worth the listen alone.