No one wants the first thing they hear in the morning to be the blaring honk honk honk of their alarm. Some of us have gone as far as to chuck our phones across the room (Am I alone here?).
But maybe, just maybe, if we had the right alarm, we'd want to wake up, continue to listen to it, and maybe have a better day because of it.
That's where science comes in.
In order to create the perfect “wake-up” playlist, Spotify enlisted the help of music psychologist and Cambridge PhD candidate, David M. Greenberg, according to Business Insider. Greenberg and Spotify's data team found three key elements that each songs needed to have:
- Music that builds: It has to nudge you out of bed gently and then gradually get your energy levels up.
- Positivity: A song about heartbreak is not going to encourage you to get out from under the covers.
- Strong beat: If a song makes you feel like dancing — especially one that emphasizes "beats 2 and 4 of each measure — usually with the bass and drums — with a BPM of approximately 100-130," you're not going to want to say in bed.
Here are the songs:
- Coldplay - Viva La Vida
- St. Lucia - Elevate
- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Downtown
- Bill Withers - Lovely Day
- Avicii - Wake Me Up
- Pentatonix - Can't Sleep Love
- Demi Lovato - Confident
- Arcade Fire - Wake Up
- Hailee Steinfeld - Love Myself
- Sam Smith - Money On My Mind
- Esperanza Spalding - I Can't Help It
- John Newman - Come and Get It
- Felix Jaehn - Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better)
- Mark Ronson - Feel Right
- Clean Bandit - Rather Be
- Katrina & The Waves - Walking on Sunshine
- Imagine Dragons - On Top of the World
- MisterWives - Reflections
- Carly Rae Jepsen - Warm Blood
- iLoveMemphis - Hit The Quan
(Disappointed that my personal favorite wake-up song I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times) by Jamie xx ft. Young Thug and Popcaan didn't make the cut...)
If you want to save it, here's the complete playlist:
And if you're looking for sexier, beats-for-the-sheets music, check out this other data-backed playlist.
What songs do you like to wake up to?
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