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46 Songs to Start Your Day Off Right | Music Monday Playlist


We think it’s probably a universal problem: you have a great weekend and then Monday rolls around. Getting out of bed seems to take a little bit longer than usual, and you find yourself thinking, “Man, I wish I had an extra day!” or “How did that go so fast?” 

And sometimes on those days (and let’s be honest, this problem might happen every day, no matter what part of the week it is), you need a little something “extra” to help get you going. So we took it upon ourselves here at the Nostalgia Diaries to put together a Music Monday playlist that might just help with those slow-moving mornings when getting out from under those covers seems just a little too hard.

You’ll probably find that this playlist is quite eclectic, but that’s for good reason: we reached out to a bunch of our friends — both real and virtual — and asked them to let us know what ONE song they would wake up to every day if they could. The answers ran the gamut from upbeat and happy to soft and mellow. As to be expected with music, everyone has their own tastes, which makes this playlist diverse, fun, and sure to keep you on your toes — and keep them tapping, too! Happy listening! We hope these songs help your day (and week) start off on a high note!

Talk to Us: If you had to pick one song to start your day with every morning, what would it be?

Below you’ll find our YouTube Playlist, and right below that, the list of all of the songs that are included in it. (Click on the three lines in the upper left-hand corner of the YouTube link to individually play any of the songs on our playlist.)
  1. Walking on Sunshine – Katrina and The Waves
  2. Wagon Wheel – Darius Rucker
  3. Lovely Day – Bill Withers
  4. Atlantic City – The Band
  5. Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap
  6. Proud Mary – Creedence Clearwater Revival
  7. Be Ok – Ingrid Michaelson
  8. Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles
  9. Good Morning – Mandisa
  10. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers
  11. Somersault – Zero 7
  12. Build Me Up Buttercup – The Foundations
  13. Let’s Get it Started – The Black-Eyed Peas
  14. Izzo (H.O.V.A.) – Jay Z
  15. HandClap – Fitz and the Tantrums
  16. Gives You Hell – All-American Rejects
  17. Soul to Squeeze – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  18. Enter Sandman – Metallica
  19. Alive – Edwin
  20. Baby Got Back –  Sir Mix-a-Lot
  21. I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
  22. Good to Be Alive (Hallelujah) – Andy Grammer
  23. Sit Still, Look Pretty – Daya
  24. Party Up – DMX
  25. Fat Bottomed Girls – Queen
  26. Don’t Take the Money – Bleachers
  27. I.G.Y. – Donald Fagen
  28. Brand New – Ben Rector
  29. Happy – Pharrell Williams
  30. Good Morning Starshine – Hair (Original Broadway Cast)
  31. Gypsy – Fleetwood Mac
  32. Today is Your Day – Shania Twain
  33. Mexico – James Taylor
  34. I Can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash
  35. Rocky Mountain High – John Denver
  36. Colours – Donovan
  37. Turning Awake – Ayla Nereo
  38. Hallelujah – Pentatonix
  39. Don’t Cry for Me Argentina – Madonna 
  40. Holland Park – Michael Ball
  41. The Heart Asks Pleasure First – Michael Nyman
  42. Of the Father’s Love Begotten – Fernando Ortega
  43. Orchard House – Thomas Newman
  44. Cello Suite No. 5 – Bach 
  45. Berlin SongLudivico Einaudi
  46. Naima – John Coltrane


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41 thoughts on “46 Songs to Start Your Day Off Right | Music Monday Playlist

  1. This post really made me smile – what a fab list of songs! Music is so emotive and really can change your mindset – or mine at least! Love this, I’m off to make a new morning playlist now!

  2. Great list but I’d have to add Don’t Stop Believing and Baba O’Riley as well!

    Nicole | The Professional Mom Project

  3. What a great post to find while drinking my morning coffee (still early here in sweden). Today I won’t turn on spotify the first thing I do, thanks!

  4. Cool list you got, but if you don’t mind, here’s one of my all time favorite songs, Avenged Sevenfolds, “Bat Country”. ALWAYS wakes me up and leaves me feeling good!

  5. This is the best list. I’ve been sitting here with my kids going over these song. You should see their faces. They argued with me over Madonna and laughed at Rocky Mountain High and danced at Baby got Back…..I am defiantly holding on to this list.

  6. This is a great list! I like that you included a lot of different sounds and genres. Music is an awesome way to start the day, I agree. Personally, I’m partial to “Walking on Sunshine,” by Katrina and the Waves 🙂

  7. Such an upbeat playlist full of classics from all eras! I’ve found that I need to ease my way into the day, so I have a playlist of gently invigorating songs that I rely on every single morning. It was genuinely important for my mood when I was working in a job that was beating me down. Crazy how important music is to our happiness!

  8. Music is a great way to get you going in the morning! This is a great list of songs. I listen to many of these myself. 🙂

  9. I can’t even count the number of times I have woken up with “Walking On Sunshine” stuck in my head. It’s the BEST song to get me up in the morning! Such a great list!

    xo, Taylor || The Millennial Sprinkle (

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