Are there any songs that make you crank up the volume, roll down the windows and sing along? While lots of summer hits don’t have deep lyrics, there’s no denying they make us feel happier almost instantly.
Below are the top 10 feel-good songs of the summer, as well as a few to move us into the fall season.
“Brand New Chick” by Anjulie
Though this song was released last summer, it’s one of those “roll down the windows, get your sunglasses on and crank up the volume unapologetically” feel-good hits. Though you’re about to say goodbye to summer, Anjulie sings about reinventing oneself, so the song fits well with becoming a strong, confident person this fall. And even better, Anjulie is a Canadian artist!
“Where Have You Been” by Rihanna
When has Rihanna not topped the charts, especially in the summer? This hit is no different, and while it may have been overplayed on the radio this summer, you have to admit it’s catchy and will definitely get more plays in the colder weather.
“Part of Me” by Katy Perry
Though this song may be somewhat autobiographical after her divorce from Russell Brand, Katy’s “Part of Me” is one of those tunes that instantly makes you feel good despite breakups or drama that may have happened over the summer. Just don’t make any rash decisions to join the Marines or to chop off your hair like she did in the music video.
“Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson
The title of this song says it all. Kelly sings, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” to a catchy beat — an instant feel-good song to work out, dance or drive to this summer and in the fall. Warning: You will immediately feel stronger.
“Titanium” by David Guetta featuring Sia
Just like Kelly Clarkson’s empowering song, “Titanium” by David Guetta featuring Sia is one of the biggest hits this summer and will surely be played into the fall. Though Sia sings about being shot down or criticized, she also boasts about being as strong as titanium — an expression that is sure to have you feeling great!
“Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen
This song instantly put previous Canadian Idol contestant Carly Rae Jepsen on the map. Though the lyrics aren’t really deep, you can’t deny this is one song that has been stuck in your head at one point this summer. It’s an instant pick-me-up even if you don’t want it to be.
“Dance Again” by Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull
J.Lo made a great comeback, and her song “Dance Again” is sure to get you dancing again, even if in your car. It’s not surprising the hit featuring Pitbull made it to the top 40 charts this summer. Celebrate the end of a great summer, and get ready to enjoy the cooler weather with this sizzling song.
“Is Anybody Out There?” by K’naan and Nelly Furtado
This song may not have the most upbeat lyrics, but it’s a good one to transition into a milder fall. The lyrics tell stories of different people but carry a very human message. The melody is still catchy, and both artists are Canadian!
“How We Do” by Rita Ora
The U.K.’s Rita Ora, signed to Jay-Z’s label, Roc Nation, reminds me of Ke$ha for some reason. Maybe it’s because this song makes no excuses for partying all night. While the lyrics leave something to be desired, you can easily get this tune stuck in your head well into the fall.
“We Are Young” by Fun featuring Janelle Monae
If the cast of Glee remakes a song on the show, then you know it was or still is a hit. “We Are Young” by Fun is one of those songs. It combines a good melody with the nostalgia of being young, free and invincible. You could definitely have this hit playing around the campfire or in the backyard as you raise a glass and say goodbye to summer.