100 Happy Songs to Listen to in 2021

by Emma Brodie

Over the past year, our world has been crazy, and things have been difficult for most people. We have been in our homes more this year than ever before due to the pandemic. One thing that has allowed me to keep a positive and lifted spirit during these times is through music. Music is a way to disconnect from your realities and connect with any emotion, artist, or genre you want. 

Music as an Outlet

I’ve always used music as an outlet from the real world, whether it be as a six-year-old dramatically staring out the car window pretending I am in a Miley Cyrus music video, or as 20 year old listening to calm music when I study. There are endless platforms to stream music easily that even have premade playlists for different moods.

If you are ever bored, sad, lonely, happy, there is always a genre of music that will allow you to connect with yourself and your emotions. Music lets you create a space of mindfulness and can boost happiness and reduce anxiety, (even sad songs!)

Get Your Headphones!

I have always had a deep connection and am a fan of all genres of music from different time periods of which have created my music library. So, here are some songs that can automatically make me smile and want to dance, I hope they work for you too! Mind you, this list is in no particular order- use it as a checklist and listen to all 100 on our Spotify happy playlist!

  1. Man! I Feel Like a Woman!- Shania Twain
  2. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da The Beatles
  3. The Tide is High- Atomic Kitten
  4. Valerie- Amy Winehouse
  5. 22- Taylor Swift
  6. Dancing Queen- ABBA
  7. I’m Coming Out- Diana Ross
  8. Pierre- Ryn Weaver
  9. Happier- Marshmello, Bastille
  10. Good Days- SZA
  11. Come On Eileen= Dexys Midnight Runners
  12. I Want You Back- Jackson 5
  13. Sweet Caroline- Neil Diamond
  14. I Wanna Dance with Somebody- Whitney Houston
  15. Move Your Feet- Junior Senior
  16. Stupid Love- Lady Gaga
  17. Don’t Start Now- Dua Lipa
  18. Physical- Dua Lipa
  19. This Is Real- Jax Jones & Ella Henderson
  20. Electric Love- Borns
  21. Dancing With Myself- Billy Idol
  22. Head & Heart- Joel Corry
  23. Forever- Chris Brown
  24. Waking Up In Vegas- Katy Perry
  25. Fire Burning- Sean Kingston
  26. Everytime We Touch- Cascada
  27. Electric Church- Mike Taylor
  28. Tubthumping- Chumbawamba
  29. Still Into You- Paramore
  30. Ain’t It Fun- Paramore
  31. Waka Waka- Shakira
  32. Let’s Get Loud- Jennifer Lopez
  33. Kiss Kiss- Chris Brown
  34. Girlfriend- Avril Lavigne
  35. You Make My Dreams (Come True)- Daryl Hall & John Oates
  36. Sweet Home Alabama- Lynyrd Skynyrd
  37. December, 1963- The Four Seasons
  38. Shut Up and Dance- WALK THE MOON
  39. Hey Ya!- Outkast
  40. Cigarette Daydreams- Cage The Elephant
  41. Don’t Stop- Foster The People
  42. The Middle- Jimmy Eat World
  43. Semi Charmed Life- Third Eye Blind
  44. New Soul- Yael Naim
  45. Hey Soul Sister- Train
  46. Banana Pancakes- Jack Johnson
  47. Better Together- Jack Johnson
  48. Unwritten- Natasha Bedingfield
  49. Don’t Worry Be Happy- Bobby McFerrin
  50. Rather Be- Clean Bandit, Jess Glynne
  51. Sugar- Maroon 5
  52. Shake It Off- Taylor Swift
  53. I’m Yours- Jason Mraz
  54. Haven’t Met You Yet- Michael Buble
  55. Blame It on Me- George Ezra
  56. Keep Your Head Up- Andy Grammar
  57. Geronimo-Sheppard
  58. This Will Be- Natalie Cole
  59. September- Earth, Wind & Fire
  60. Reflections- MisterWives
  61. Boom Clap- Charli XCX
  62. Anything Could Happen- Ellie Goulding
  63. Little Talks- Of Monsters and Men
  64. Mambo No. 5- Lou Bega
  65. Ho Hey- The Lumineers
  66. Life is a Highway- Rascal Flatts
  67. Wagon Wheel- Darius Rucker
  68. Only the Good Die Young- Billy Joel
  69. Everybody Talks- Neon Trees
  70. Brightside- The Killers
  71. Never Know- Jack Johnson
  72. Stuck Like Glue- Sugarland
  73. Hurricane- Bridgit Mendler
  74. Let it Be- The Beatles
  75. Here Comes the Sun- The Beatles
  76. Live While We’re Young- One Direction
  77. Shotgun- George Ezra
  78. Put Your Records On- Corinne Bailey Rae
  79. Accidentally in Love- Counting Crows
  80. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough- Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
  81. All Summer Long- Kid Rock
  82. American Boy- Estelle & Kanye West
  83. Are You Gonna Be My Girl- Jet
  84. Axel F- Crazy Frog
  85. Baiana- Bakermat
  86. Banana Pancakes- Jack Johnson
  87. Beautiful Girls- Sean Kingston
  88. Big Yellow Taxi- Counting Crows
  89. Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom!!- Vengaboys
  90. Boss Bitch- Doja Cat
  91. Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Deep Blue Something
  92. Brick House0 the Commodores
  93. Brown Eyed Girl—Van Morrison
  94. Bust a Move- Young MC
  95. Call On Me- Eric Prydz
  96. Signed, Sealed, Delivered- Stevie Wonder
  97. My Girl- The Temptations
  98. Don’t Stop me Now- Queen
  99. Jessie’s Girl- Rick Springfield
  100. Come and Get Your Love- Redbone