100 happy songs for a sparkling creative mood

Cheerful tunes can actually make you healthier, both mentally and physically. So here are 100 songs that could help get you in the groove, and keep you cool and creative when you need it most.

In Want to be more creative? Here’s what music to avoid at all costs, we made a scientific case for making a personal playlist of songs and using it to dial up your creative mindset on demand. But if those songs are happy songs, you can reduce stress and do your body a few favours too.

Twenty-three separate studies – covering 1,500 people – have concluded that music can reduce anxiety, heart rate, even blood pressure. One University of Missouri study into music and mood found that: “People were successful at raising their positive mood as long as the music they listened to was happy and upbeat”.

Of course, music is very subjective and personal. One person’s happy song is another's pass-the-sick-bucket cheese fest. Personally, I love disco – and its musical mothership, funk.

Why disco works for me

Disco runs at 120 beats per minute, the pace of your heartbeat on a confident strut. Upbeat and sonically interesting, it’s essentially a live orchestra making dance music. Most of these songs in my personal playlist were huge hits before I was born – but somehow, I know them inside out.

It’s not just me. They are familiar to millions. Do you know them too?

If so, all of those different instruments and hooks mean loads of little dopamine boosts in your brain’s pleasure centres – which means focus, concentration and a little shoulder shuffling and whistling while you work. And if you’ve never heard of them before, you’re in for treat…

My funky disco personal productivity playlist

  1. Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band - A Fifth Of Beethoven
  2. Marvin Gaye - Got To Give It Up
  3. Chic - Dance Dance Dance
  4. KC and the Sunshine Band - Shake, Shake, Shake
  5. Shirley & Co - Shame Shame Shame
  6. The Jackson 5 - Shake Your Body Down To The Ground
  7. Cheryl Lynn - Got To Be Real
  8. Earth, Wind & Fire - September
  9. Fatback Band - (Are You Ready) Do The Bus Stop
  10. KC & The Sunshine Band - That's the Way I Like It
  11. Sister Sledge - He's the Greatest Dancer
  12. Boney M - Daddy Cool
  13. Odyssey - Use It Up And Wear It Out
  14. Mcfadden and Whitehead - Ain’t No Stopping Us Now
  15. Gibson Brothers - Cuba
  16. Thelma Houston - Don't Leave Me This Way
  17. Stevie Wonder - I Wish
  18. Kool and The Gang - Ladies Night
  19. Jackson 5- Blame it on the Boogie
  20. Loose Joints - Is It All Over My Face
  21. Rose Royce - Car Wash
  22. Sugar Hill Gang - Rappers Delight
  23. Curtis Mayfield - Superfly
  24. Chaka Khan - I'm Every Woman
  25. Chic - Everybody Dance
  26. Anita Ward - Ring My Bell
  27. Donna Summer - Bad Girls
  28. Sylvester - You Make Me Feel Mighty Real
  29. James Brown - Superbad
  30. Barry White - It's Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To Me
  31. Chaka Khan - Ain't Nobody
  32. The Gap Band - Oops Upside Your Head
  33. Wild Cherry - Play That Funky Music
  34. Heatwave - Boogie Nights
  35. Dan Hartman - Instant Replay
  36. Michael Jackson - Don't Stop Til You Get Enough
  37. Average White Band - Pick Up The Pieces
  38. Third World - Now That We Found Love
  39. KC And The Sunshine Band - I'm Your Boogie Man
  40. Rick James - Super Freak
  41. LaBelle - Lady Marmalade
  42. KC and the Sunshine Band - Get Down Tonight
  43. Stevie Wonder - Superstition
  44. Baccara - Yes Sir, I Can Boogie
  45. K.C. and The Sunshine Band - Boogie Shoes
  46. Diana Ross - Upside down
  47. Kool And The Gang - Jungle Boogie
  48. Hues Corporation - Rock The Boat
  49. Chic - Soup For One
  50. Diana Ross - My Old Piano
  51. Chic - My Forbidden Lover
  52. Funkadelic - One Nation Under A Groove
  53. Diana Ross - I'm Coming Out
  54. Earth, Wind & Fire - Boogie Wonderland
  55. David Bowie - Let's Dance
  56. Curtis Mayfield - Move On Up
  57. Sister Sledge - Lost In Music
  58. George Benson - Give Me The Night
  59. The Real Thing - You To Me Are Everything
  60. Candido - Jingo
  61. Kelly Marie - Feels Like I'm in Love
  62. Jimmy Bo Horne - Spank
  63. Peaches & Herb - Shake Your Groove Thing
  64. Van McCoy - The Hustle
  65. Indeep - Last Night A DJ Saved My Life
  66. Hot Chocolate - Everyone’s a Winner
  67. Mary Jane Girls - All Night Long
  68. Candi Stanton-Young Hearts Run Free
  69. The Emotions - Best of my Love
  70. The O'Jays - Love Train
  71. Amii Stewart - Knock On Wood
  72. Gloria Gaynor - Never Can Say Goodbye
  73. Blondie - Heart Of Glass
  74. Doobie Brothers - Long Train Running
  75. Chic - Good Times
  76. Jimmy Bo Horne - Dance Across the Floor
  77. MFSB featuring The Three Degrees - TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia)
  78. The Salsoul Orchestra "Ooh, I Love It (Love Break)"
  79. Andrea True Connection - More, More, More
  80. Sister Sledge - Thinking Of You
  81. Boney M - Rasputin
  82. Womack & Womack - Teardrops
  83. Lipps Inc - Funky Town
  84. Class Action - Weekend (Larry Levan Remix)
  85. Fox - S-S-S-Single Bed
  86. Stevie Wonder - Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing
  87. CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers - Like A Virgin (live)
  88. Sly & The Family Stone - Everyday People
  89. Patrice Rushen - Forget Me Nots
  90. Teddy Pendergrass - You Can't Hide From Yourself
  91. James Brown - I Feel Good
  92. Bill Withers - Lovely Day
  93. Parliament - Give up the Funk
  94. Roy Ayers - Running Away
  95. Chic - Le Freak
  96. Donna Summer - I Feel Love
  97. Ian Dury and The Blockheads - Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
  98. Odyssey - Native New Yorker (Disco Mix)
  99. Crusaders feat. Randy Crawford - Street Life
  100. Stevie Wonder- Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours


As I said, musical taste is a very personal thing. I just thought it would be nice to show you what I work to. I used to think I did my best work in silence, but disco saved me from writer's block recently and now I’m totally addicted!

Check out the YouTube playlist or enjoy the sounds via this Spotify playlist.