10 feel-good songs for summer days

Mental Health

Relax in the sun with this line-up of feel-good songs for summer days

There’s nothing like lounging around on a summer day with the sound of good music in your ears. For many people, sunshine is already a wellbeing booster, as the sun’s rays boost vitamin D in the body, and it’s even been linked to an increase in the ‘happy’ hormone serotonin. Add a feel-good playlist into the mix, and you’ve got a recipe for a soothing, supportive day.

Here, we round up our pick of 10 feel-good songs for sunny days.

1. ‘Sunny’ – Bobby Hebb

From the moment you press play on ‘Sunny’, the feel-good vibes are sure to take over. A simple, nostalgic track, ‘Sunny’ instantly captures the laid-back, dreamy feeling of a summer day.


2. ‘Sunflower’ – Rex Orange County

The unique sound of Rex Orange County is instantly recognisable, and this is an artist not afraid to talk honestly about mental health. ‘Sunflower’ is the perfect mix of uplifting sounds mixed in with lyrics that touch on the challenges of ‘feeling down’ and the comfort that we can find in each other.


3. ‘Sunny Afternoon’ – The Kinks

For the ideal track to lounge around to, look no further than The Kinks’ ‘Sunny Afternoon’. With the bouncy beat and soft sounds tuning in to the feeling of ‘lazin’ on a sunny afternoon’, pop this track on your playlist as a reminder of the joys of R&R.


4. ‘Shotgun’ – George Ezra

The perfect song for driving down sunny roads, ‘Shotgun’ is sure to get your toes tapping, and who can resist singing along to that chorus? This one is best listened to with the volume up.


5. ‘Heartbeats’ – José González

Heat getting a bit much for you? Take it down a notch with this supremely soothing track from the abundantly talented José González. Think summer evenings with loved ones, deep chats, and good feelings.


6. ‘New Soul’ – Yael Naim

There’s something undeniably sunny about the sound of Yael Naim’s ‘New Soul’. All about embracing new starts and finding your way in the world, you’ll be joining in with the chorus before you know it!


7. ‘Island in the Sun’ – Weezer

Reminiscent of the feeling of heading down the beach on holiday, this classic track from Weezer will have you dreaming of the feeling of the ocean waves between your toes.


8. ‘Waitin’ On a Sunny Day’ – Bruce Springsteen

In this feel-good track, the legendary Bruce Springsteen paints a picture of looking forward to the happy times laying in front of us.


9. ‘Summer in the City’ – The Lovin’ Spoonful

Allow yourself to be carried by this relentless feel-good classic. City dwellers will know there’s something special about summer in the city – this is the song for them, and all those who are waiting to tap into the undeniable energy of the season.


10. ‘Mr Blue Sky’ – Electric Light Orchestra

To round up our list, could there be a better option than ‘Mr Blue Sky’? Guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face, this classic from ELO embodies that special joy that comes with a sunny day.


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