The Positivity Playlist—Songs That Will Lift You Up

written by MEDA Undergraduate Intern, Alexa Riobueno-Naylor 

The Positivity PlaylistNeed a break from negativity? Want to jam out to tunes that will make you feel powerful, uplifted, and remind you about how wonderful you are? Listen to the Positivity Playlist!

Recent research out of Durham University and the University of Jyväskylä in Finland revealed that listening to music can impact your mood significantly, both positively and negatively. There is no doubt that music is a powerful force, and can do wonders in changing your mood, energy, and level of confidence.

Thanks to everyone who gave me song recommendations for this playlist!

Click here to listen to the playlist on Spotify, or clink on the links below to listen to each of the songs on YouTube.

I Lived (One Republic)

“I owned every second that this world could give, I saw so many places, the things that I did, with every broken bone, I swear I lived.”

Quit Pulling Me Down (Secret Someones)

“This time, baby, I’m not coming back to you. You won’t break me, it don’t matter what you do. I’d forgotten I was strong since you came around. Quit pulling me down.”

Firework (Katy Perry)

“You don’t have to feel like a waste of space, you’re original, cannot be replaced. If you only knew what the future holds, after a hurricane, comes a rainbow.”

My Skin (Lizzo)

“I woke up in this, I woke up in this, in my skin.”

Brave (Sara Bareilles)

“Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live. Maybe one of these days you can let the light in. Show me how big your brave is.”

Fight Song (Rachel Platten)

“My power’s turned on. Starting right now I’ll be strong. I’ll play my fight song. And I don’t really care if nobody else believes. ‘Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me.”

Roar (Katy Perry)

“You held me down but I got up. Already brushing off the dust. You hear my voice, you hear that sound, like thunder gunna shake the ground. You held me down, but I got up. Get ready cause I had enough.”

Marchin On (One Republic)

“There ain’t no other step than one foot right in front of the other”

Unstoppable (Sia)

“I’m so powerful I don’t need batteries to play, I’m so confident, I’m unstoppable today.”

Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself (Jess Glynne)

“Don’t be so hard on yourself, no. Learn to forgive, learn to let go. Everyone trips, everyone falls. So don’t be so hard on yourself, no”

Beautiful Day (U2)

“It’s a beautiful day, don’t let it get away.”

Love Myself (Hailee Steinfeld)

“I’m gunna put my body first and love me so hard ‘til it hurts.”

Beautiful (Christina Aguilera)

“I am beautiful no matter what they say. Words can’t bring me down. I am beautiful in every single way.”

Walking on Sunshine (Katrina & The Waves)

“I’m walking on sunshine, and don’t it feel good?”

Born This Way (Lady Gaga)

“Don’t hide yourself in regret, just love yourself and you’re all set.”

Soy Yo (Bomba Estéro)

“Y no te preocupes si no te aprueban cuando te critiquen tu solo di soy yo” / “and don’t worry if you are judged, when they criticize just say I am me”

Wings (Little Mix)

“And we don’t let nobody bring us down. No matter what you say—it won’t hurt me. Don’t matter if I fall from the sky. These wings are made to fly.”

The Greatest (Sia, Kendrick Lamar)

“I’m free to be the greatest, I’m alive”

Live Your Life (Yuna)

“Find your light, don’t hide from who you are. And rise before you fall in hope for something more.”

Shake It Out (Florence + The Machine)

“Shake it out, shake it out. It’s hard to dance with a devil on your back.”

Be OK (Ingrid Michaelson)

“I just want to be ok. I just want to be ok today.”

Set It All Free (Scarlett Johansson)

“I can finally see, it’s not just a dream when you set it all free.” 

Brave Honest Beautiful (Fifth Harmony, Meghan Trainor)

“Don’t criticize yourself no more. You got a smile worth fighting for.”

Express Yourself (Labrinth)

“It’s not what you look like when you’re doing what you’re doing, express yourself.”