20 Songs You Should Listen to When You Have a Bad Day

It might be bright and sunny outside, but you’re bringing your own thunderclouds with you. Sometime, we can’t help it if we have a bad day. It happens. Something happened on the way to work. Someone said something in class, and your day is ruined – or that’s what you might think! Let music change your mood and brighten your day. Some of us take music for granted, but why do you think kids like listening to their jam so much? It’s because: A) They can relate to the song B) Listening to the song makes them feel better.

Well, it’s time we learn from them and do the same things! So, here’s a list of songs you should listen to when you have a bad day (based on personal experience, that is)!

The songs here are for EVERYONE! Whether you love rock, classic, or pop, expand your tastes and listen to these songs.

1. Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves

The first few chords are a dead giveaway. This song is poppin’! It makes you want to dance, and even though it’s about romantic love, it’ll make you think of sunny skies and the beach.

2. Really Don’t Care by Demi Lovato

Most Demi fans are twenties and below, but this song speaks to everyone who has been dumped. But what brightens this song is the sense of “So what? You left me, and now, I really don’t care!” The tune is upbeat it makes you want to dance and rock along with it. Even if you are a dude/guy/male species, don’t diss this song, buddy. You know you’ve been dumped, too, and you just want to tell them that you couldn’t care less anymore!

3. Best Day of My Life by American Authors

The title says it all. This song will make you feel like you’re having the best day of your life. It makes you look around you. DON’T FOCUS ON THE NEGATIVE STUFF THAT HAPPENED. If you have a problem, don’t ever BROOD on it. 1) Solve the problem. 2) If there’s nothing you can do about it, at least don’t let it ruin your day.

4. Perfect Day by Hoku

Hoku’s song really makes you feel that you should have a perfect day. Don’t sweat the small stuff and have fun! This song is especially geared towards the teens or early twenties although older ones can also find themselves tapping their feet to the tune.

5. Footloose by Kenny Loggins

If you’re not into the Golden Oldies, then you can check out Blake Shelton’s version, but the song still rocks it! It tells you exactly to get footloose and shake yourself free of the stress. Do your work with energy, fun, and cheer! This song just makes you want to have a dance party!

6. Don’t Stop Believing by Journey

You can listen to the new one in the Rock of Ages film or the Glee version. Either way, the song tells you to never give up. It also has a beat that just makes you want to rock on stage. The high notes also make you want to shout and scream into the skies. It’s great for relieving stress, especially if you want to go to a karaoke place after work.

7. On My Way by Phil Collins (Brother Bear OST)

From the Disney film Brother Bear, this is a feel-good song about the joy of traveling and taking a trip. Listen to this and make your commute better. It’ll wipe off the crease on your forehead. The country-ish sound will also make you feel calmer.

8. It’s Not Just Make Believe by Kari Kimmel (Ella Enchanted OST)

The song has been used in the Disney franchise (since the Miramax films that produced Ella Enchanted is a partner) and is actually how believing in love like in the fairy tales is “not just make believe”. Even if you’re not into the whole lovey-dovey thing, this song’s upbeat tune is too hard to resist. It make you want to dance and the lyrics are very cute: I’m Cinderella at the ball. I’m Alice growing ten feet tall. It’s not just make believe.

9.  My Life Would Suck Without You by Kelly Clarkson

C’mon, who doesn’t like this song? It’ll also make you rock on stage, complete with a headbang and a fist in the air. With it’s upbeat tune and rock edge, it gives you confidence and drive to face the day.

10.  Young Volcanoes by Fall Out Boy

Oh, yes! We are the young volcanoes! This song is empowering and makes you want to clap your hands to the rhythm. Fall Out Boy is known for their upbeat tracks that are poetic and deep, without resorting to using swear words in their lyrics.

11. Welcome to the Black Parade by My Chemical Romance

This is probably the black sheep of the list. Welcome to the Black Parade is, without a doubt, a rock song to beat all rock songs. My mother finds this song too loud, but for those who want to be hyped up and raring to go, this song will definitely make you forget your black mood (I know, enough of the black words) and join in the headbanging.

12. Roar by Katy Perry

The lyrics are encouraging and motivational. It tells us to roar and voice out our feelings. But if you really not the type to stick it to the man, then you can listen to this song. The pop tune will make you feel happy and bubbly.

13. King of Anything by Sarah Bareilles

This is an awesome song, with a theme that’s a little bit like Roar. It’s a song about deciding for yourself and finding your own voice and telling someone who thinks they’re the King of Anything to leave you alone.

14. Phineas and Ferb Songs

If I would list down all the songs from Phineas and Ferb you need to listen to when you have a bad day, this list might not end. Because it’s a kid show, the songs are upbeat and pop, but they’re not for babies. They’re fun and will make you want to shake your groove. You can look up: Today’s Gonna Be a Great Day (full is by Bowling for Soup, who also have amazing songs), Gitchi Gitchi Goo, Busted, and Summer Belongs to You, among others.

15. Loser Like Me by Glee Cast

An original song by the Glee production, this is the anthem of all those who have been called losers and inferior. This song is about how you shouldn’t allow those “cool kids” and their insults get to you, because in the end, they just “wanna be a loser” like you!

16. Friday by Glee Cast

Originally by Rebecca Black, this song was featured in a Glee episode with a makeover. The song is pretty simple, but have you tried listening to it during a Friday? Awesome right? It makes you feel like you really want to just scream, “It’s FRIDAY! I don’t care whether you scold me, hate me, or insult me! I’m not gonna see you for a weekend!”

17. Raise Your Glass by Pink (or Glee Cast)

This is another call for all to celebrate your uniqueness and individuality. The Glee Cast one has a clean version, though. The song is very upbeat and it makes you want to have a party!

18. Starships by Glee Cast (’cause this is the clean version)

This is also an upbeat song that just makes you want to step side-to-side, clap, and twirl while walking. That’s right. You won’t even care about the stares.

19. On Top of the World by Imagine Dragons

The music video is hilarious and the song just makes you want to get up and move. It’s by Imagine Dragons, after all. The song make you really feel as if you’re on top of the world.

20. No Worries by McFly

British boy band that’s actually a band, Mcfly’s No Worries has a sweet and charismatic tune. It’s also upbeat and calming at the same time. You’ll want to learn how to play a guitar, listening to this song. The plucking is skillful and the song will have you smiling from Day One.

So, how about you, what go-to songs do you listen to when you have a bad day?



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6 thoughts on “20 Songs You Should Listen to When You Have a Bad Day”

  1. I like your list! But I may suggest “What a Wonderful World,” sorry I do not know who the original singer was. But that song is very positive.

  2. Thanks, guys! I’ll listen to “What a wonderful world”. I heard it before and I think it’s very soothing and can calm you down 🙂


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