Motivational Upbeat Songs: The Best Uplifting Playlist

motivational upbeat songs

Get your motivational upbeat songs right here! The power of a good song cannot be underestimated. Whether it's an upbeat track for those moments you need an extra push, a powerful song during hard times, or an inspiring anthem that reignites your inner strength, the right song can be a great motivator. Research even shows that music can have a profound effect on our mood, blood pressure, and even our ability to focus.

As a coach and business owner, I know first-hand that a favorite song, with its catchy beat and motivational lyric, can make all the difference on a tough day. And it's not just about the good days; even during difficult times, a go-to song can provide a surge of positive energy that helps keep us on the right track. This is the beauty of music—it provides a helping hand when we need it, regardless of the task at hand.

Grab your headphones

If you're looking for that perfect way to kick-start your day or your workout, or perhaps need a little bit of a pick-me-up, then this collection of songs might be just what you need. This list of motivational songs ranges from the classic rock anthems to the stirring ballads of Marvin Gaye & Tammi, all with a powerful, positive message. From the Hall of Fame of the best inspirational songs to the lesser-known tunes that will become your new 'theme song', each is a great addition to your playlist.

So, whether you're tackling your to-do list, dealing with life's challenges, or just in need of a little uplift, tune in to this selection of great tunes that promise to make every day a great day! To make it easier for you to find the upbeat song you need, I've done the - not so - hard work of organizing them into three categories.

Pumped - Songs that get you excited and ready for action. Uplifting - Easy listening that helps you feel better. Empowering - Songs that remind you how unstoppable you are and prepare you to dominate. Click on the title of any track and it will be opened in Spotify. Or you can use the playlist above.

Let's turn up these motivational upbeat songs!


Bon Jovi - It's my life.

It's now or never, and you know it. The guitar rift alone is enough to get you in an 'I can do anything' mindset.

Daft Punk - Harder Better Fat Stronger

I love having this track come on while I'm working on something. It makes me feel like I'm living in a montage of getting sh*t done.

Survivor - Eye of the Tiger

Doesn't matter if you're running upstairs or pounding a punchbag, this song is for champions.

Imagine Dragons - Believer

If you weren't a believer - in yourself - before listening to this, you will be after. Also, Thunder off the same album is EPIC.

David Guetta - Titanium

The power of Sia's vocals in this track vibrates through your very being. I AM TITAAAANIIIIIIUUUUUUUUUUUM!

Swedish House Mafia - Greyhound

If I need to focus or get something done quickly, this track works - almost too - well.

Elvis Presley - Jailhouse Rock

Sometimes you just want to dance around and get lost in a rock classic. WARNING: You will need to make some space around you.

Kanye West - Power

In the locker room getting ready for a big game? This track will have you ready to bring your best and defeat anyone in your way.

Carrie Underwood feat. Ludacris - The Champion

From Country to this hard-hitting beat. Really listen to the lyrics. Maybe I should have put this under 'Empowering'.

Rolling Stones - Paint It Black

Don't let the intro fool you. This track will have you running around getting stuff done in no time.


Whether you've been knocked down or just need a little boost, these are the best songs to help lift you up.

Taylor Swift - Shake It Off

The message of this song is clear. Take the hit, shake it off, and keep going. You got this.

Katy Perry - Firework

A reminder of what you are when you feel like your light has been put out. Now you can shine.

Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful Work

Get back in a good mood in less than 2 minutes and 19 seconds. Appreciate what a beautiful life you have.

John Lennon - Imagine

Not the most upbeat song, but still has the ability to lift us up when we're feeling low.

Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry Be Happy

This song was made to make people feel better and put you in a good mood.

Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling

This song will lift you back up and look forward to the future. Good times await!

Mariah Carey - Hero

Man, I love that high note. It hits and it hits hard. You are the hero in your story. Remember that.

Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell - Ain't No Mountian High Enough

Doesn't matter the obstacle. You can do it, and you will. LET'S GOOOOOOOO!!

Bob Marley - Three Little Birds

Just chill out. It's going to be ok. Let go of the pressure and let the universe do its thing.

Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop The Feeling

Gear shift! Get up on your feet and start making stuff happen.

Lee Ann Womack - I Hope You Dance

A country song that is great for helping you get back up when you've been let down.

U2 - Beautiful Day

Another track to help you appreciate. Today is a new day, let's make it beautiful.

American Authors - Best Day Of My Life

A feel-good song that will leave you smiling and ready to take on what comes next.

Bill Withers - Lovely Day

Perfect song for the morning after a rough day. As the moon sets and the sun rises, you know what it's gonna be.

Monty Python - Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life

Originally written for comedy, but still, the message is clear and they'll make you smile.


Some of the most inspirational songs ever made. These will have you feeling limitless.

Kelly Clarkson - Stronger

Her voice was made to empower people. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Fact.

Elton John - I'm Still Standing

Originally written as a middle finger to the press, but done in a way that it applies to everything in life.

Rachel Patten - Fight Song

To be honest, I didn't like this song at first. But it grew on me and it's good for building you up.

Britney Spears - Stronger

Possibly my favorite Britney track. Feel free to sing it at the top of your lungs.

Christina Aguilera - Beautiful

You are beautiful. No matter what they say. In every single way. How empowering is that!?

Alicia Keys - Girl On Fire

The beat, the voice, I've got goosebumps just thinking about this song.

Destiny's Child - Survivor

I just want to chant along to this chorus every time I hear it.

Celine Dion - It's All Coming Back To Me

Such a great build-up. Hard not to sing along to. Grab the shower head and just go for it!

Miley Cyrus - The Climb

It's the journey, not the destination. That's what it's all about.

Journey - Don't Stop Believing

Speaking of the journey - see what I did there - this track will restore your faith in yourself.

Fifth Harmony - BO$$

Put on AirPods and strut into any event/meeting/date with ultra confidence.

Des'ree - You Gotta Be

I listened to this track a lot growing up. Lyrics to live by.

My Personal Favorites

Here are some of my own choices that have had an impact on my life over the years.

Chip feat. Chris Brown - Champion

An inspiring song to get you in the mood to take over the world.

Demi Lovato - Confident

I just love the backing track to this tune. Makes for a great entrance song.

Galantis - Peanut Butter Jelly

No matter what's happened or how bad I'm feeling, this song will always make me feel better.

Baz Luhrmann - Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)

Possibly the best song ever - in my opinion. I try to listen to it every once in a while. It grounds you in a way that no other song can.

There you have it. I hope you enjoy this playlist of motivational upbeat songs. You can find all of them on Spotify right here. Grab your headphones and get pumped, uplifted, and empowered whenever you need.

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