Whether you're looking to honor the life of a deceased loved one, lift your spirits after a tough battle, celebrate after a huge success in your life, or just party the night away, at least one of these songs about celebrating life will fit the bill!
1. “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield
Song Year: 2004
If you ever desire a quick pick me up to remember how good life is, “Unwritten” is a sure winner.
With its lovely melodies, inspirational build-up, and insanely catchy chorus, it's hard not to forget all your worries and feel excited about the journey ahead in your life.
2. “Don't Stop Believin'” by Journey
Song Year: 1981
“Don't Stop Believin'” is one of the most popular choices for karaoke night and one of the best songs about celebrating life.
Singing (or screaming) the chorus is a guaranteed way of feeling uplifted. Even in the hard times, you don't have to stop believing in love, hope, and the beauty of life.
3. “Let It Be” by The Beatles
Song Year: 1970
“Let It Be” is a soft yet powerful song by The Beatles. It's a great song to put on when you're feeling sad but looking to let something off your chest to feel lighter.
This song is also a popular option for a Celebration of Life event after someone has passed. It's emotional and touching, yet light enough to soothe the soul.
4. “On Top of the World” by Imagine Dragons
Song Year: 2012
Imagine Dragons’ “On Top of the World” has one of those jovial instrumentals that's difficult not to smile when listening to.
The lyrics are about reflecting on your past challenges and successes. It's also about celebrating the times you've succeeded but, perhaps more importantly, the times you didn't give up.
5. “Good Feeling” by Flo Rida
Song Year: 2011
Flo Rida is known for his catchy party tunes. It's hard to resist getting up and dancing when one of them comes on, and “Good Feeling” is a great example of that.
It's about feeling good and restoring your spirit with music, dancing, and anything else that'll make you feel good in life.
6. “Sunday Best” by Surfaces
Song Year: 2019
Some people get the “Sunday Scaries” by thinking about going to work the next day, but Surfaces highlights the purpose of Sundays – to relax, feel good, and feel grateful for the lovely aspects of life.
This song is a reminder that everything will be okay.
7. “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
Song Year: 1967
Louis Armstrong's raspy yet soothing voice singing about enjoying green trees, blue skies, and white clouds is all you need to feel grounded in the present moment and grateful for the little things.
It's a beautiful song that can put anyone in high spirits. It's hard not to close your eyes and sway back and forth to this timeless hit.
8. “I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas
Song Year: 2009
If energetic party hits are more your vibe when it comes to lifting your spirits, then turn on “I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas.
This song is all about anticipating a good night, living life to the fullest, and going a little crazy regardless of what anyone else thinks. It's a great way to celebrate any success or milestone in your life or just let loose for the sake of it.
9. “Perfect Day” by Hoku
Song Year: 2001
“Perfect Day” is well-known for its role in introducing the character of Elle Woods in the movie Legally Blonde.
Listening to the song can make you feel a little bit like Elle Woods – exhilarated by life, bubbly, and never too discouraged to pursue even the biggest dreams.
10. “(I've Had) The Time of My Life” by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
Song Year: 1987
Another song that reminds people of a movie is “Time of My Life,” as it's in the most iconic scene in Dirty Dancing.
Thousands of couples have used it as their first dance song for their wedding because it perfectly represents those giddy feelings of true love and helps you celebrate having that special person in your life.
11. “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper
Song Year: 1983
“Time After Time” is an excellent song choice for celebrating the life of a loved one who has passed.
The lyrics inspire you to reflect on all the good memories you had with this person, as well as feel hopeful that you will see them again in another lifetime.