A Playlist for Achieving Late-Night or Early-Morning Bliss

  1. Lay All Your Love On Me – ABBA: It doesn’t get much more blissful than ABBA, and this is by far one of their most exciting songs. Guaranteed to rouse your spirit.
  2. 1901 – Phoenix: I understand that this song has been used in half-a-dozen ensembled romantic comedies, but sometimes you have to reclaim really great songs from oversaturation.
  3. Little Lion Man – Mumford & Sons: It has finally been long enough since this was on the radio every three songs! It’s not constantly stuck in my head anymore! I can enjoy it again! We can all enjoy it again!
  4. Come Sail Away – Styx: This is a classic sweeping ballad; I recommend allowing it to inspire the viewing of the Freaks and Geeks series pilot episode, which is even better after 11 pm.
  5. With You ft. Drake – Lil Wayne: A pretty, soulful song that still has all of the usual characteristics of a Lil Wayne number. It will be impossible not to sing along to the oohs after the first verse.
  6. When a Man Loves a Woman – Percy Sledge: This is romantic. I recommend this song to people who want to have blissful romance. Blissful, late-Saturday-night-early-Sunday-morning-at-college romance.
  7. If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keys: This is also romantic. So romantic. Also really fun to sing. If there were more karaoke here I would probably be singing this.
  8. Wasting My Young Years – London Grammar: This is one of the slower-tempo songs that I think is really joyful; it’s particularly excellent to listen to while you’re driving.
  9. Superstar – Lupe Fiasco: My best friend calls herself Lupe Fiasco’s official hype woman because of this song.
  10. Dancing in the Moonlight – Toploader: This one serves you best on temple green or somewhere else outside where you can actually potentially “dance in the moonlight.”
  11. I and Love and You – The Avett Brothers: Okay so, there are songs with chords that make it impossible to not feel uplifted and this is one of them, but The Avett Brothers are entirely not-obnoxious about it.
  12. Take a Bow – Rihanna: This song is not romantic. So not romantic.  I recommend this song to people who want to feel blissful about their break-up. Also really fun to sing. If there were more break-up karaoke here I would probably be singing this.
  13. San Francisco – The Mowgli’s: It’s impossible to listen to this song and not feel the urge to dance, and dancing is scientifically proven (probably, because of endorphins, right?) to make you happier.
  14. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell: I know there doesn’t need to be an explanation for this, but I will say that this is bright and unaffected and the perfect duet.
  15. Can’t Fight This Feeling – REO Speedwagon: This song is perfect for when you’ve had a few and are trying to decide whether or not to tell that special someone you have the feelings.
  16. Oui – Jeremih: This might be the most intimate song I’ve ever heard. I actually feel like I’m intruding every time I listen to it, but damn, it’s so good.
  17. Fooled Around and Fell in Love – Elvin Bishop: I know this song is on the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack, but there’s a reason: it’s so shiny. I think if songs could display physical properties, this one would be shiny.
  18. Rather Be ft. Jesse Glynne – Clean Bandits: The double beat before the chorus breaks has often proven to create some of the most blissful moments of my life. This song is also perfect for driving.
  19. You Make My Dreams – Hall & Oates:  This song will make you nostalgic for the 80’s, especially if you were not born before 1990.
  20. Sunday Candy – Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment: I dare you to listen to this song and not become giddy. I dare you. •