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The Best Songs To Wake Up To, According To A Psychologist

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With freezing morning temperatures in Australia at the moment, getting out of bed has become a daily uphill battle. Luckily, there are a few things that have been proven to coax you out from beneath the blanket with ease, and it’s not just your first coffee of the day. Apparently, the right tunes will get you pumped for the day in an instant.

Music streaming service Spotify recently partnered up with psychology PhD candidate David M. Greenberg to put together the perfect playlist for waking up in the morning.

The 20-song playlist features everything from Coldplay’s ‘Viva La Vida’, to the classic Bill Withers tune ‘Lovely Day’ and even the literal ‘Wake Me Up’ by Avicii if you’re keen to wake up to some serious beats. According to Greenberg, the secret to these songs is that they build slowly, send a positive message and have a strong beat.


Spotify isn’t just making waking up easier, either. The service also offer an Ultimate Workout Playlist, Office Mix and even a selection of songs curated by a gynaecologist to play while giving birth. Hey, whatever floats your boat.

Check out the playlist here, or see a selection of the songs below.

  1. Viva La Vida – Coldplay
  2. Elevate – St. Lucia
  3. Downtown – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  4. Lovely Day – Bill Withers
  5. Wake Me Up – Avicii
  6. Wake Up – Arcade Fire
  7. Money On My Mind – Sam Smith
  8. Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better) – Felix Jaehn, Jasmine Thompson
  9. Rather Be (ft. Jess Glynne) – Clean Bandit
  10. Walking On Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves

[via TIME]

  • Alex Cox

    I’ve set Ri Ri, Work work work work work, through the week as my alarm. On the weekend, i like to mix it up.

  • Luc Wiesman

    I would have thought 2 live crew throw the “d” would have been on high rotation for you


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