Feeling Funky? 48 of THE best upbeat songs to instantly get you out your funk

Music. Quite possibly the most almighty of arts. It has that je ne sais quoi. A mojo so powerful it can influence our moods, lift our spirits and even make us feel like Marty McFly and travel back in time.

Music can take our feelings away, or at least allow how we are feeling to be replaced by another one. Studies show that listening to music when we are stressed can be a good thing because it affects the amount of stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol and all the rest of that scientific jazz (pun intended) the body releases. As a result? We feel relieved from the symptoms of the nasty stuff like anxiety and depression.

Some songs even have the capacity to remind us of particular moments in our lives and these memories may either want to make us smile- or forget. I’m sure we can all think of that one song that when we hear it, triggers an emotional response.

Music can help us to disconnect from the outside world and transport us into our own private little one where our worries are left behind. It can be an opportunity to focus our attention elsewhere or even motivate us. Often we find it difficult to make sense of how we are feeling but by listening to music- which has the ability to echo feelings, we are able to get the hang of our emotions.

Where words fail, music speaks

-Hans Christian Andersen

If you’ve ever been in a bit of a funk, you’ll know what I’m talking about. You’ll probably agree when I say music is a pretty personal art form and that’s because most of us connect with it on an emotional level. Music can strengthen your resilience to bad shit, because chances are, at some point, music has or will help you to understand and make sense of your emotions, like if you feel uncertain about your future, suffer with anxiety or are going through a bit of a rough time.

So with that said, here are 48 of THE best upbeat songs to help you get out of your funk:

  1. Close To Me- The Cure
  2. Your Cover’s Blown- Belle and Sebastian
  3. Don’t You- Simple Minds
  4. Love and Happiness- Al Green
  5. Let’s Dance- David Bowie
  6. I’m Like A Bird- Nelly Furtado
  7. Boston-Augustana
  8. Lovely Day-Bill Withers
  9. Kids-MGMT
  10. You’ve got the love- Florence + the machine
  11. The Wire- HAIM
  12. Monster v.2- Tom Odell
  13. Grow Till Tall- Jonsi
  14. No Roots-Alice Merton
  15. Wriggle (Mr Jukes Edit)- Cosmo Sheldrake, Mr Jukes
  16. Blue Light- Bloc Party
  17. A little word in your ear- Tom Vek
  18. Pumped up Kicks- Foster The People
  19. Believer-Imagine Dragons
  20. Sober- Aquilo
  21. Get Up Offa That Thing- James Brown
  22. Buffalo Soldier- Bob Marley & The Wailers
  23. ‘Dancing In The Moonlight’- King Harvest
  24. Hounds of Love- The Futureheads
  25. It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)- The 1975
  26. 5 Years Time- Noah And The Whale
  27. Something Just Like This- Coldplay
  28. Good As Hell- Lizzo
  29. Here Comes The Sun- The Beatles
  30. We Built This City- Starship
  31. OutKast- Ms. Jackson
  32. She Wants To Move- N.E.R.D
  33. Sophia- Nerina Pallot
  34. Rootless Tree- Damien Rice
  35. The Seed (2.0)- The Roots
  36. You Get What You Give- New Radicals
  37. Save Tonight- Eagle Eye Cherry
  38. Play That Funky Music- Wild Cherry
  39. Feel It Still- Portugal The Man
  40. Hang Me Up To Dry- Cold War Kids
  41. Put Your Records On- Corinne Bailey Rae
  42. Love Rage On- Nizlopi
  43. I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’- Scissor sisters
  44. Best of You- Foo Fighters
  45. Only Love Can Hurt Like This- Paloma Faith
  46. Somewhere Only We Know- Keane
  47. Can’t’ Hold Us- Macklemore
  48. Pompeii- Bastille

Do you have any songs that help you get out your funk? It would be awesome if you could share them.

14 responses to “Feeling Funky? 48 of THE best upbeat songs to instantly get you out your funk”

  1. Thanks so much for this list! I’ve added a few of them to my uptempo playlist for power walking.

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    1. 😀Brilliant! I hope you find them as motivating and upbeat as I do!

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  2. Great post. I must say that we have a similar taste in music! Indeed I listen to most of these songs to get my groove on and get funky! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Who doesn’t love letting their hair down and getting their groove on? Thanks for taking the time to read and comment 😊

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  3. Great list! How about “Take On Me” by A-Ha?

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    1. Yes! That’s a great one! I can hear the intro in my head now and I’m wanting to dance. Thanks for your suggestion wynneleon 😌

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  4. Music is indeed powerful! Love your list of upbeat songs!

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    1. Thanks Anne! In the words of Louis Armstrong, ‘music is life itself’ 🤍

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  5. Music be my food for life👌

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    1. 👆Agree. I’d probably give up all my favourite foods if it meant I had to choose between those and music for the rest of my life. You feel me?!


  6. Great list! I’m Alive by Celine Dion always lifts me up too

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    1. I’m not sure I’ve heard that but I’m for sure going to give it a listen on spotify asap. Thanks for the suggestion Christy!


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