20 Best Alarm Clock Songs

Getting up in the morning can be a rough, painful routine for a lot of us, but it doesn’t have to be. You and your alarm clock can be friends.

Spotify enlisted the help of music psychologist, David M. Greenberg, to create the perfect “wake up” playlist. Greenberg and Spotify created the list based on the following three elements that help one obtain an energy boost in the morning and make you hate your alarm clock less as broken down in Business Insider:

Music that builds:

A song that’s too vicious too soon won’t help, but simply annoy you. Songs that start off gently and have a gradual build or crescendo effect are a lot better at getting you out of bed.


Once alert, you need to become motivated for the day to come; positive lyrics can get you out of a grumpy state and shift towards a feel-good attitude.

Strong beat:

According to Spotify, songs with a BPM of approximately 100 – 130 that emphasizes beats 2 & 4 of a measure will get you moving in the morning.

Based on these prerequisites, here are the songs they recommend:

  1. Coldplay – Viva La Vida
  2. St. Lucia – Elevate
  3. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Downtown
  4. Bill Withers – Lovely Day
  5. Avicii – Wake Me Up
  6. Pentatonix – Can’t Sleep Love
  7. Demi Lovato – Confident
  8. Arcade Fire – Wake Up
  9. Hailee Steinfeld – Love Myself
  10. Sam Smith – Money On My Mind
  11. Esperanza Spalding – I Can’t Help It
  12. John Newman – Come and Get It
  13. Felix Jaehn – Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better)
  14. Mark Ronson – Feel Right
  15. Clean Bandit – Rather Be
  16. Katrina & The Waves – Walking on Sunshine
  17. Imagine Dragons – On Top of the World
  18. MisterWives – Reflections
  19. Carly Rae Jepsen – Warm Blood
  20. iLoveMemphis – Hit The Quan

Understandably, these may not be your ideal songs to wake up. We would like to make a couple additions to the list:

“The Ballad of Mona Lisa” – Panic! At The Disco

“Everywhere I Go (Kings & Queens)” – New Politics

“Panic” – The Smiths

“Snap Out Of It” – Arctic Monkeys

“Jungle” – X Ambasadors

Are there any songs you would like to add to the list? Leave your suggestions in the comment section and we may make a playlist out of your recommendations.

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