1.”Another Day (Gotta Get Up)” by Jill Scott
This goes first because it’s a literal ode to getting your lazy bones out of bed. Jill Scott sings, “I – don’t want to – Go to work today – I ‘d rather – Stay home – And play video games- I wanna chill. But I gotta get up. I gotta gotta gotta gotta gotta gotta gotta gotta gotta get up.” That’s basically the entire song—her yelling at you to get up and stop pressing “snooze” on your alarm clock. I played this song a lot when I was in college and had the terrible misfortune of having a class before noon, and it totally worked.
2. “Sympathy For The Devil” by The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones may seem like a cliche choice but their music is just so perfect for giving you that kick in the ass you need in the morning. Listening to their music always makes me feel like I’m some very important character in a coming-of-age film. I walk with purpose and there are montages of me sashaying to various places. It belongs to one of my favorite sub-genres of music: “Perfect Songs To Strut To Like You’re In an Opening Scene of a Movie.”
3. “Since U Been Gone” by Kelly CLarkson
In order for you to fully embrace the day, you need to take a shower. Trust me, I know it sounds like a lot of work, but once you get in there, you’ll feel like you’ve been fed an Adderall and drank some “Bring it, bitch!” juice. Listening to “Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson and singing along to it in the shower will only enhance your energy by giving you the gift of The Perfect Pop Song. That killer beat combined with Kelly’s wail will have you fist pumping in the shower like a damn fool and totally amped to start your day.
4.”Perfect Day” by Hoku
If you feel like you woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning, just blast this Hoku song (LOL) until you feel sufficiently brainwashed to experience optimism. It worked for Elle Woods in Legally Blonde so it can definitely work for you. (Also, was I the only who was obsessed with Hoku back in the day? #NotClearOn her career but obsessed with everything else!)
5.”What The Hell” by Avril Lavigne
This song puts a literal swing in my step. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked the streets of New York feeling like some powerhouse diva listening to this song on repeat with my headphones blasting. I used to be embarrassed about liking Avril’s music but now I’m thinking, “What the hell?”
6.”Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen
This song is so infectious, it melts even the coldest of hearts. (Read: Bloggers.) Are you in a fight with someone? Sit down in a room together and play this song. I bet that by the end of it, you will be jumping up and down holding hands and singing along. I’m curious about what makes this song so damn joyful. Is it just a really addictive melody or are we secretly being force-fed some terrifying propaganda?
7. “Queen Of The Night” by Whitney Houston
I had to include Whitney Houston on a playlist of uplifting morning jams. Have you ever tried picking out your outfit for the day while blasting this song? HAVE YOU EVER BEEN A HOMOSEXUAL?
8.”Don’t Tell Me” by Madonna
Okay, now you have to take it down a notch before your brain explodes from a fun overdose before 9am. “Don’t Tell Me” by Madonna is the perfect marriage between upbeat and mellow. It will give you the confidence to finish getting dressed and leave for work without turning you into a jittery psycho. Plus, you can pretend you’re one of the cowboys in the music video and do a weird dance out the door.