Music to Our Ears

This playlist is guaranteed to make your day.


We've all been there. A day when everything goes wrong, nothing breaks your way, and nobody cares. Maybe it happens once a month—or, if you're a little fragile, once a week. But when it strikes, the funk is hard to shake.

One surefire plan, though, is to cue up some feel-good jams. There's nothing quite like a good song to calm you down, make you smile, or provoke an impromptu dance session (hopefully in public).

Here, a playlist from the Sweet team full of pick-me-up music to turn your day (hey, maybe even your week) around. Check it out—and, like TSwift says: shake it off!

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Maia Schoenfelder, social media editor, @maiaschoenf

Song: "This Must Be The Place" by Talking Heads

Why? There's just something so joyful and hopeful about this song. Once it's playing, you can instantly tune out the haters. Wherever you are, that must be the place. Everything you try to conquer? Suddenly easier.

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Biya Haq, editorial intern, @biyahaq

Song: "You Make My Dreams" by Hall and Oates

Why? If the melody doesn't get me to dance (rarely), that scene from 500 Days of Summer—you know the one I'm talking about, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt dancing to it in the park… all the feels.

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Helen Slavutsky, designer, @hellbell123

Song: "NEW DORP. NEW YORK." by SBTRKT, Ezra Koenig

Why? If I'm in a bad mood or just having a rough sleepy start to the morning at work, this song instantly cheers me up and inspires me to focus and get my work done faster.

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Song: "Jasmine" by Jai Paul

Why? This pure liquid gold of a song mellows me out when I feel like I have too many things going on at once, or when I have jitters from my morning coffee. And that voice! Where are you, Jai Paul?! Come back.

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Chantal Strasburger, assistant editor, @chantagold

Song: "Unless It Kicks" by Okkervil River

Why? I know everyone has that one song they say is the best windows-down-blasting-music driving song, but trust me, this actually is the best song to play while driving with the windows down. Next time you're in a car, play what you think is your favorite song and then play this song, and we'll see which one is more fun.

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Song: "Genghis Khan" by Miike Snow

Why? I recently added Miike Snow's new track to my lengthy "Commute" playlist, but every day I arrive at work and realize it was the only song I listened to the whole ride. I now have to turn on Spotify's "Private Listening" so my friends can't see that I'm listening to it on repeat again….

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Martin Sanchez, writer, @thet_t

Song: "Demon" by Shamir

Why? You have to look past the title of this song and just give it a listen. Once you do, you'll understand why it's such a feel-good song. There's something really euphoric about it, and it instantly puts you in a better mood. It helps to picture Shamir's happy, smiling face, which I'm pretty sure is stuck that way.

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Elana Rubin, editorial intern, @elanarubin

Song: "Seeing Stars" by BØRNS

Why? This song starts playing and all I want to do is dance—it automatically makes me happy and I forget anything that's bringing me down. Plus, he's pretty cute.

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Megan Chong, designer, @mchongyeah

Song: "Honey and I" by Haim

Why? This is my go-to song when I want to wind down on my way home from work. It's a calming but upbeat track that always puts me in a better mood. Such a good mood, in fact, that I temporarily forget how sad it is that I'm not a Haim sister.

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Molly Elizalde, associate editor, @mollyelizalde

Song: "Maple Leaves" by Jens Lekman

Why? It's impossible to listen to this song and not feel like there is a sunny, productive day ahead of you. I used to play it on weekend mornings in college and it always made the impending day of essay-writing feel more possible.

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