Music that gets us moving: The ultimate motivational and feel-good playlist


To help make the nation smile and get people feeling energised, we’ve created the ultimate happy and motivational playlists, so you can smash your day and feel like a boss.

By analysing over 1.2m Spotify playlists that contained specific key words and identifying the songs which appeared the most often, we curated the ultimate motivational playlist to get you ready to take on the world, and the ultimate happy playlist to fill your days with joy!

Below you can see and download the top 50 tracks in both playlists.


Music has a way of lifting your spirit and motivating you to power through any challenge that comes your way. Whether at the gym, or relaxing at home, putting on the right tunes can get you pumped up and ready to boss your day.

From our research, we found that Eminem, Cardi B and Doja Cat are the most motivational artists, appearing the most on energising playlists. Songs such as Survivor's ‘Eye of the Tiger’, The Script’s ‘Hall of Fame’ and Foster the People’s ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ were also found to be melodies that get us moving.

Having created the ultimate motivational playlist, we set out to test its impact on UK women, who were asked about their mood both before and after listening to the songs2.

We found that 90% of women felt more alive and energetic after hearing the tracks, 60% felt more motivated and 52% felt they could take on any challenge that faced them!

Ready to feel like a boss? Give our playlist a listen!


Music also has the ability to turn that frown upside down and instantly change a dull day into a bright one. Whether jamming to tunes in the car, or having a boogie while you clean, music can make every day feel like it’s full of sunshine.

BTS, Harry Styles and One Direction topped our charts of the artists making the happiest beats. However, the most popular songs on good vibes playlists are Katrina and the Waves’ ‘Walking on Sunshine’, followed by ‘Shut Up and Dance’ by WALK THE MOON. ELO’s ‘Mr Blue Sky’ and Pharrell's ‘Happy’ are also on the list of songs that make us smile.

If you’re in need of a bit of a pick me up, or just fancy some good vibes, give this playlist a listen!


What music makes you feel good? Tweet us @GalaBingo to let us know!