Everyone needs a little pick-me-up on occasion.
Whether for your school, at home, or on a workout, motivational upbeat songs can take you from blah to wow in a few short minutes.
I compiled my favorite list of these to share with you below, with links to YouTube videos scattered throughout.
I’ll talk and share my top 25 with you, and then there will be a list of another 75 I really enjoy too.
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#1 “Happy” by Pharrell Williams
“Happy” by Pharrell Williams is a wildly popular and infectious upbeat song that exudes joy and positivity.
Released in 2013 as part of the “Despicable Me 2” movie soundtrack, this feel-good anthem is characterized by its catchy melody, funky beats, and lyrics that inspire listeners to dance, clap, and smile.
It’s a celebration of happiness that’s sure to uplift your spirits and make you groove to the rhythm!
#2 “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey
“Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey is a timeless classic that has become an anthem for perseverance and hope. With its catchy melody, inspiring lyrics, and powerful vocals, this iconic rock ballad encourages listeners to never give up on their dreams and to keep believing in themselves, no matter the challenges they may face. It’s a song that has touched the hearts of millions and continues to inspire generations with its uplifting message.
#3 “I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas
“I Gotta Feeling” is an energetic and uplifting song by The Black Eyed Peas, released in 2009. It’s a party anthem that gets people on their feet with its catchy beats and positive lyrics. The song exudes a sense of anticipation and excitement, making it a perfect addition to any upbeat playlist or dance floor.
#4 “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift
“Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift is an empowering and catchy pop anthem that encourages listeners to brush off negativity, criticism, and setbacks with confidence and resilience. With its upbeat tempo, infectious chorus, and Swift’s signature songwriting, “Shake It Off” is a feel-good tune that inspires self-acceptance and self-assurance.
#5 “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
“Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars is a Grammy-winning, chart-topping hit that exudes infectious energy and funky vibes. Released in 2014, this song is a modern-day homage to the funk and R&B sounds of the 70s, with Bruno Mars’ soulful vocals and Mark Ronson’s groovy production creating an irresistible dancefloor anthem. With its catchy hooks, funky brass instrumentation, and lively lyrics, “Uptown Funk” is a timeless track that gets people moving and grooving every time it plays.
#6 “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor
“Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor is an iconic rock anthem that gained worldwide fame as the theme song for the movie Rocky III. Released in 1982, this powerful song features electrifying guitar riffs, soaring vocals, and motivational lyrics that inspire perseverance and determination. It has become a symbol of strength and resilience, often used in sports events, workouts, and motivational settings. “Eye of the Tiger” is a timeless classic that continues to captivate listeners with its energizing and empowering spirit.
#7 “Brave” by Sara Bareilles
“Brave” by Sara Bareilles is an empowering and uplifting pop anthem that encourages listeners to be true to themselves and face their fears with courage. Released in 2013, this Grammy-nominated song features Bareilles’ powerful vocals, heartfelt lyrics, and a catchy piano-driven melody. With its positive message and catchy chorus, “Brave” has become a beloved and inspiring song that resonates with audiences around the world.
#8 “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor
“I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor is an iconic disco anthem released in 1978 that has become an empowering anthem of resilience and strength. With its infectious beat, soulful vocals, and empowering lyrics, the song has resonated with generations of listeners, inspiring them to overcome challenges and rise above adversity. It’s a timeless classic that continues to be a symbol of empowerment and survival.
#9 “Roar” by Katy Perry
“Roar” by Katy Perry is an empowering pop anthem released in 2013 that inspires listeners to find their inner strength and resilience. With its catchy chorus, powerful vocals, and uplifting lyrics, “Roar” encourages individuals to overcome challenges, stand up for themselves, and embrace their true selves with confidence and determination. It’s a feel-good song that motivates and empowers, making it a favorite among fans of Katy Perry and those seeking a boost of self-empowerment.
#10 “Good Vibrations” by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch
“Good Vibrations” by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch is a classic hip-hop and dance track that gained widespread popularity in the early 1990s. Released in 1991, the song features Mark Wahlberg, also known as Marky Mark, delivering confident and energetic rap verses over a catchy beat, with a chorus that samples the iconic riff from “Love Rollercoaster” by the Ohio Players. With its upbeat tempo, catchy hooks, and energetic delivery, “Good Vibrations” is a feel-good party anthem that continues to make people groove on the dancefloor.
#11 “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” by Justin Timberlake
Introducing “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” by Justin Timberlake, the song that’s so catchy, it should come with a warning label for excessive toe-tapping and head-bobbing! It’s like trying to resist dancing to this upbeat pop hit is as impossible as trying to resist eating just one potato chip. It’s “ear-wormy” in the best way possible, making it the perfect anthem for dancing your worries away. So, get ready to bust a move, because once “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” starts playing, you won’t be able to stop yourself from grooving along! Just be warned, it may cause spontaneous dance parties and uncontrollable smiles.
#12 “Happy Together” by The Turtles
“Happy Together” by The Turtles is a timeless pop-rock hit that’s sure to put a smile on your face. Just like the title suggests, this song is all about happiness and togetherness. It’s so catchy, it’s like a song that gets stuck in your head, but in a good way – like a really funny joke that you can’t stop telling! So get ready to groove and sing along to this classic tune that’s guaranteed to brighten your day and make you feel “happy together”!
#13 “I’m Still Standing” by Elton John
“I’m Still Standing” by Elton John is a triumphant anthem about resilience and perseverance, and it’s also a perfect song to play when you need a boost of motivation. Just like Elton John’s enduring career, this song is a reminder that no matter how many challenges life throws at you, you can still stand tall and keep moving forward. And hey, if you’re feeling down, remember that Elton John’s piano never falls over – it’s always “upright”!
#14 “Don’t Worry Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin
“Don’t Worry Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin is a lighthearted and uplifting song that’s impossible not to smile and groove along to. Released in 1988, this a cappella track features McFerrin’s unique vocal talents and a simple yet powerful message to embrace positivity and let go of worries. With its catchy melody and cheerful lyrics, “Don’t Worry Be Happy” is the perfect remedy for a bad day and a reminder to keep a positive outlook in life.
#15 “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors
“Best Day of My Life” by American Authors is a peppy, upbeat song that’s sure to put a smile on your face. Just like that time a friend tried to sing it in karaoke but forgot the lyrics, creating the best day of their life when they realized they were making up their own hilarious version on the spot! With its infectious melody, uplifting lyrics, and catchy folk-pop sound, “Best Day of My Life” is a surefire mood-booster that will have you singing along and tapping your toes in no time. It’s the perfect anthem for celebrating life’s little joys and making the most of every day, even if you forget the words along the way!
#16 “All Star” by Smash Mouth
“All Star” by Smash Mouth is a catchy pop-rock anthem that gained immense popularity in the late 90s. As the song goes, “Hey now, you’re an all star, get your game on, go play.” This lyric reminds us to strive for greatness, embrace our unique talents, and go after our dreams with determination and confidence.
Hey! This song is also featured on our list of the best meme songs, so check it out there too!
#17 “I Want to Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles
“I Want to Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles is a timeless classic that captures the innocence and sweetness of young love. As the Beatles’ first US chart-topping hit, this iconic song is filled with memorable lyrics, but one that stands out is, “And when I touch you, I feel happy inside.”
#18 “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves
“Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves is a bright, upbeat 80s pop-rock anthem that’s bound to lift your spirits. As the lyrics joyfully proclaim, “I’m walking on sunshine, whoa-oh! And don’t it feel good!” This line captures the carefree and exuberant spirit of the song, inspiring a sense of pure joy and positivity.
#19 “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson
“Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson is a powerful pop anthem that inspires resilience and empowerment. As Kelly famously sings, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” this lyric encapsulates the song’s message of overcoming challenges and emerging stronger than ever. With its empowering lyrics and energetic pop-rock sound, “Stronger” has become an anthem of strength and perseverance for many listeners.
#20 “Just Dance” by Lady Gaga ft. Colby O’Donis
“Just Dance” by Lady Gaga ft. Colby O’Donis is an electrifying pop and dance track that shot Lady Gaga to stardom. As she belts out, “Just dance, gonna be okay,” the lyrics remind us to let go of our worries, embrace the moment, and dance our way through life with abandon.
#21 “Believer” by Imagine Dragons
“Believer” by Imagine Dragons is a powerful rock anthem that has been featured in numerous TV shows, movies, and commercials, as well as covered by various artists. Its empowering lyrics and dynamic sound have resonated with audiences worldwide, making it a popular choice for sports events, motivational montages, and uplifting moments in media.
#22 “Good Life” by OneRepublic
OneRepublic’s “Good Life” is a pop-rock anthem that has been featured in various TV shows, movies, and commercials. Its catchy chorus and optimistic lyrics have made it a popular choice for feel-good moments, while covers by artists like Kanye West and Glee Cast have added their own unique spins to this uplifting song.
#23 “Beautiful Day” by Michael Bublé
“Beautiful Day” by Michael Bublé is a heartwarming and soulful song that has been famously used in various TV shows, movies, and commercials. Bublé’s smooth vocals and the song’s optimistic lyrics have made it a popular choice for wedding dances, graduation ceremonies, and uplifting moments in film and television. It has also been covered by several artists, showcasing the universal appeal and enduring charm of this beloved track.
#24 “Firework” by Katy Perry
“Firework” by Katy Perry is a powerful pop anthem about self-empowerment and embracing one’s uniqueness. It has been used in numerous high-profile events, including as the soundtrack for New Year’s Eve celebrations in New York City and covered by artists like Ariana Grande and Pentatonix. With its uplifting lyrics and soaring vocals, “Firework” has become a symbol of inspiration and positivity for many.
#25 “We Will Rock You” by Queen
“We Will Rock You” by Queen is an iconic rock anthem that has been widely used in sports arenas, stadiums, and movies to pump up crowds and create an electrifying atmosphere. It has been covered by numerous artists and featured in popular films like “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “A Knight’s Tale.” The stomping beat, powerful vocals, and legendary guitar riff make it a timeless anthem that continues to rock audiences around the world.
75 More Motivational Upbeat Songs To Enjoy
- #26 “Counting Stars” by OneRepublic
- #27 “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
- #28 “Wake Me Up” by Avicii
- #29 “Jump” by Van Halen
- #30 “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi
- #31 “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston
- #32 “Dancing Queen” by ABBA
- #33 “I’m So Excited” by The Pointer Sisters
- #34 “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen
- #35 “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC
- #36 “Dare You to Move” by Switchfoot
- #37 “Fighter” by Christina Aguilera
- #38 “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen
- #39 “I Feel Good” by James Brown
- #40 “Get Up Stand Up” by Phunky Phantom
- #41 “Hall of Fame” by The Script ft. will.i.am
- #42 “I’m Alive” by Céline Dion
- #43 “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Ray Dalton
- #44 “I’m on Top of the World” by Imagine Dragons
- #45 “We Are the Champions” by Queen
- #46 “Don’t You Worry Child” by Swedish House Mafia ft. John Martin
- #47 “The Greatest” by Sia ft. Kendrick Lamar
- #48 “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
- #49 “Viva la Vida” by Coldplay
- #50 “Can’t Stop” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
- #51 “Thunder” by Imagine Dragons
- #52 “Haven’t Met You Yet” by Michael Bublé
- #53 “I Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty
- #54 “Dog Days Are Over” by Florence + The Machine
- #55 “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz
- #56 “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” by David Lee Murphy ft. Kenny Chesney
- #57 “Can’t Hold Us Down” by Christina Aguilera ft. Lil’ Kim
- #58 “On Top of the World” by Imagine Dragons
- #59 “Don’t Stop” by Fleetwood Mac
- #60 “Happy” by Leona Lewis
- #61 “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera
- #62 “The Middle” by Jimmy Eat World
- #63 “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson
- #64 “Dynamite” by BTS
- #65 “Unstoppable” by Sia
- #66 “Applause” by Lady Gaga
- #67 “I Believe I Can Fly” by R. Kelly
- #68 “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon
- #69 “Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé ft. Jay-Z
- #70 “I Love It” by Icona Pop ft. Charli XCX
- #71 “This Is Me” by Keala Settle (from The Greatest Showman)
- #72 “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)” by The Jacksons
- #73 “Just Can’t Get Enough” by The Black Eyed Peas
- #74 “Move Your Feet” by Junior Senior
- #75 “Rock Your Body” by Justin Timberlake
- #76 “C’mon” by Ke$ha
- #77 “Yeah!” by Usher ft. Lil Jon, Ludacris
- #78 “Dance Monkey” by Tones and I
- #79 “SexyBack” by Justin Timberlake ft. Timbaland
- #80 “I’m the One” by DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne
- #81 “Raise Your Glass” by P!nk
- #82 “Titanium” by David Guetta ft. Sia
- #83 “Feel It Still” by Portugal. The Man
- #84 “The Edge of Glory” by Lady Gaga
- #85 “A Sky Full of Stars” by Coldplay
- #86 “Adventure of a Lifetime” by Coldplay
- #87 “Closer” by The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey
- #88 “Sugar” by Maroon 5
- #89 “I Got You (I Feel Good)” by James Brown
- #90 “Shine” by Take That
- #91 “Wild Ones” by Flo Rida ft. Sia
- #92 “Treasure” by Bruno Mars
- #93 “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams
- #94 “Just Like a Pill” by P!nk
- #95 “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd
- #96 “Finesse (Remix)” by Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B
- #97 “Don’t Start Now” by Dua Lipa
- #98 “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Ray Dalton
- #99 “Adventures of a Lifetime” by Coldplay
- #100 “Can’t Stop the Feeling! (Original Song from DreamWorks Animation’s ‘Trolls’)” by Justin Timberlake