The Mood Playlist: Songs to Listen to When You Feel…

Music has a large impact on our emotions. A fast-paced song can make us want to dance, and a slow and sentimental song can bring us to tears.

Film scores play a huge part in making audiences react the way that directors want, so a single song packs a big punch!

Here are some songs to listen to when you’re feeling or want to feel…


When someone wants to relax, they put on some soft music, generally consisting of acoustic sounds and a single voice.

One artist who has a great mix of acoustic and singing is Vance Joy. His songs “Georgia” and “Like Gold” are two great songs to listen to when you want to keep your peaceful vibe going.

The Lumineers is another great option. Most people have heard their song “Ho Hey”, but the song “Sleep on the Floor” has mellow vibes that make you want to close your eyes and enjoy the music.

If you’re more into instrumental music, Pete Rock has a lot of great jazzy music that keeps the peaceful feeling going. “Pete’s Jazz” and “A Little Soul” are two of his hits that make you want to nod along with the beat.


When people feel lonely, they tend to listen to sad songs that can be related to how they’re feeling. Although this may be a helpful tactic for some, I always found that doing so made it harder to shake off the funk I was in.

Songs like “Love Myself” by Hailee Steinfield remind me that I’m amazing the way I am, and I don’t need anyone to tell me that!

There are times that I need a song that isn’t about love or heartbreak, so I find some of Ed Sheeran’s songs. Although he writes a lot of music about love, he has some like “Castle on the Hill” that tell stories that are fun to listen to (with a great beat in the background!).

OneRepublic is another great band to listen to when you’re lonely; they have some awesome, uplifting songs like “I Lived” to help get your mood back up.


Something amazing just happened to you and you need a song that can match your excitement!

“Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon is a great mood booster and dancing song. It’s a song that’s guaranteed to get great reactions wherever it’s played. Meghan Trainor’s “NO EXCUSES” is another great song to bounce around to.

If you want something a little less upbeat, “Put Your Records On” by Corrine Bailey Rae is a classic that’s bound to keep your smile on your face. It’s easy to sing along to and generally a happy-go-lucky tune.


Need a little motivation to get to the gym, finish the paper, do the thing?

“Save the World” by Swedish House Mafia is a great push to get your brain moving and heart thumping. It helps motivate you with uplifting lines like “We’re gonna make it you and I, we’re gonna save the world tonight.”

Want something with less words and more encouraging beats? Daft Punk’s “Harder Better Faster Stronger” is practically guaranteed to help you focus on your task and get it done.

One of my favorite motivational songs though is, “Amazing” by Kanye West. It’s just a general reminder that yes, I’m amazing, and I can do anything.


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