The warmer weather and spring season are thankfully upon us once again! With the sun shining and the temperature climbing up, it’s the perfect time for feel-good songs to make you enjoy your days a little bit more. Whether it be walking across campus or getting ready in the morning, here is a compiled list of songs to add to your springtime playlists for fun vibes only.
“Good Days” by SZA:
No feel-good song list made in 2021 leaves out the song “Good Days”. Despite being released on Christmas, the brand-new SZA song gives off the ultimate soulful start to a great day. A song all about moving on from your toxic ex that took too much from you, SZA takes it back with this fresh take on independence starting with, “Good day in my mind, safe to take a step out”.
“Rich Girl” by Hall & Oates:
The Hall & Oates classic from 1977 provides an unbelievable, must sing-along tune. It’s perfect for when you need a pick-me-up melody. Even though this track was actually written about the wealthy male son of a fast-food chain, understandably, “Rich Girl” sounded better than “Rich Guy”.
“Walking in the Wind” by One Direction:
This bonus track off the band’s 2015 album, “Made in the A.M.” makes everyone who hears wonder why it was a bonus track. The band experimented a lot with different sounds and melodies on their last album and this track really stands out among the others. The meaning is up for interpretation but can be taken as a celebration for when you are now better off with somebody than when you started. It is an acknowledgment that goodbyes can be bittersweet and leave you better just for knowing them.
“FourFiveSeconds” by Rihanna, Paul McCartney and Kanye West:
It shouldn’t be so surprising that “FourFiveSeconds” is really as good as it is. It is, after all, the collaborative creation of three of the most prominent music artists around. This surprising release between Rihanna, Paul McCartney and Kanye West took 2015 by storm with its unapologetic lyrics, minimalist instrumentation and truly enjoyable beat.
“Dreams of Mickey Mantle” by Bleachers:
In the first track off the bands’ seminal sophomore album, “Gone Now”, “Dreams of Mickey Mantle” depicts the in-between state between wakefulness and slumber. Beginning the concept album with a song that combines themes from different songs and lyrics off the album with a hopeful quality present throughout. A song so simple in its transcendence that makes you think twice about the line, “All the hope I had when I was young/I hope I wasn’t wrong”.
“This Kiss” by Faith Hill:
An all-time country classic from Hill’s third album, “Faith”. This feel-good love song came out in 1998 and added onto the decade of immaculate country tracks from female artists and remains one of Faith Hill’s best. Who else could sing phrases like “centrifugal motion” and “perpetual bliss” and still have it be one of the most sing-along country anthems?
“Jackie and Wilson” by Hozier:
One of the most underrated love songs to come out in recent years is the third track from Hozier’s debut album. This tune tells the story of a man who has been mesmerized and mystified by the love of a woman. The song depicts a sought-after romance with Bonnie-and-Clyde-level adventures, backyard gardens and the change that love brings even if it isn’t perfect. The ultimate song to roll-down-the-windows for on a summer day, singing out “We’ll name our children Jackie and Wilson, raise them on rhythm and blues”.
“Half Light II (No Celebration)” by Arcade Fire:
This track from Arcade Fire’s third album, “The Suburbs” celebrates moving on and moving away from your childhood home. Though somber in thought, the song rather takes the approach of growth as an inevitable process to be better and is meant for you to put on at full-volume and scream at the top of your lungs.
Go outside, go for a drive, enjoy this beautiful weather and celebrate the fact that you have made it through this year. With midterms coming-and-going and another semester underway, put on whatever songs make you feel your best, and take that time to enjoy your days!