If you once used substances such as drugs and alcohol to get amped up and have now taken the road to sobriety, you probably miss the rush. Whether you’re at the gym, gearing for an event you’re excited about or headed for a night out with your friends, you may be on the prowl for ways to elevate your mood.
Surprisingly, listening to music alone can induce the same kind of boost. Music can transport you from a rotten mood to a significantly better one without the risk of changing your life’s circumstances. Music is also known to give you energy and awaken your senses. If you’re looking for a quick and easy pick-me-up, these seven timeless hits are sure to leave you feeling wonderfully sober and vibrant.
1. "Pon de Replay,” Rihanna
This classic Rihanna track is bound to get your foot tapping and your hips swaying. It’s monotonous enough to allow you to detach a bit while bobbing your head and getting into the groove of things.
2. "Seven Nation Army,” The White Stripes
This song’s steady drum beat along with the distorted guitar riffs will get you feeling some rocking energy. It’s simplistic and sparse while still heavily groove-based.
3. "Stronger,” Kanye West
Now that you’re feeling the groove from the warm-up that was the first two tracks, this song by Kanye West will help you to take it up a notch. This one is not only dance-worthy and electronic-based, but the lyrics will help you feel both sexy and invincible at the same time.
4. "R U Mine?,” Artic Monkeys
After getting some energy from an electronic track, take it back to the amped-up rock music vibe with this Arctic Monkeys track. The electric guitar riffs groove in a way that will undeniably get you moving. Once you master the lyrics, you’ll love singing along to it too.
5. "Crazy In Love," Beyoncé
Make a switch from energizing rock to this horn-laden diva track by none other than Beyoncé. It’s almost impossible to listen to this song and not get an energy surge.
6. "Digital Witness," St. Vincent
Now that your mood is up, take your energy boost to the cool indie vibes of songstress St. Vincent. This is the perfect kind of track for any energy requiring endeavor. It’s the kind of song that will keep you running well into your workout.
7. "Electric Feel,” MGMT
Take your energy to the finish line while simultaneously cooling off from reaching your zenith with this MGMT track. This song will keep the groove going while making you feel peaceful and uplifted.
Remember that music is more influential over how we feel than many people realize. The next time you’re feeling listless or blue, give music a chance to improve your mood. This isn’t just another woo pseudoscience theory; it is backed by real science. An endless amount of research shows that music, truly, can help make you feel better.
For more musical inspiration, check out our Top 10 Recovery Songs You Should Listen To playlist.