Music Therapy: Songs to Boost your Mood

When I’m looking for ways to boost my mood, one of the most effective techniques I’ve found is to stick on some music and stage my own mini-concert for my cats! I just know they appreciate it too…

I like to choose songs that are upbeat, powerful, and/or motivational – anything to release some emotion and soak up some positivity.

Here are some of my top picks for a mood-boosting playlist.

This Is Me – Demi Lovato

No more hiding who I wanna be
This is me

I love this song because it helps me to remember that I have the right to express myself and be the person that I want to be, no matter what anyone else thinks.

Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson

You didn’t think that I’d come back
I’d come back swinging
You try to break me but you see
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger

Kelly is rocking some serious “f*** you” vibes in this one, and when I’m belting it out in my living room, it’s kind of like a metaphorical middle finger to past toxic relationships/situations.

Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself – Jess Glynne

Everyone trips, everyone falls
So don’t be so hard on yourself, no

I am notoriously self-critical, so this song is great for reminding me to be kind to myself.

Fight Song – Rachel Platten

And I don’t really care if nobody else believes
‘Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me

Not only am I self-critical, but I also tend to assume that other people think badly of me, or think I’m not good enough. This song helps me to remember that I’m a strong person, and it doesn’t matter if anyone else disagrees with that.

Shake It Off – Taylor Swift

But I keep cruising
Can’t stop, won’t stop moving
It’s like I got this music in my mind
Sayin’ it’s gonna be alright

Now, I’m going to be honest here… I’m not a huge Taylor fan. BUT, I do find this song useful for “shaking off” negativity.

Bring It All Back – S Club 7

If people try to put you down
Just walk on by, don’t turn around
You only have to answer to yourself

This one is just a bit of fun, really! Yes, the lyrics are motivational, but mostly I like this one because it’s a bangin’ tune! Great for a little boogie around the house.

What are your favourite mood-boosting songs? Let me know in the comments below!




  1. These are great. I’m really into musicals. Some songs that I go to are “Everything’s Alright” for when I’m upset from Jesus Christ Superstar (love the Sara Bareilles version), “Breathe” for when I’m anxious from In the Heights and “Answer Me” for when I’m feeling isolated from The Band’s Visit. Great post!

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