21 Positive Songs You Should Listen to and Memorize by Heart in the 21st Century

Out of 70 million songs on Spotify, I had to choose 21. It wasn't easy.

What is music?

How does music affect emotions and mood?

How do we choose what to listen to?

Why do you sing, but not dance, in the shower?

How much does it cost to create a summer hit?

You won't find answers to these and many other questions here.

On the other hand, you can listen to the songs I've chosen. And it took 6 hours. On average, about 17 minutes per song.

The choice of songs is entirely subjective and not open to criticism. Share your songs in the comments.

My simple perspective on music.

Music has a strong impact on mood, and vice versa. A good analogy is with food. You need to understand and think. Avoid overindulging in sweets and fast food.

One of the models of emotions is Plutchik's Wheel of Emotions.

Music does influence emotions and feelings. It's easy to conduct an experiment - listen to the song Marilyn Manson — WE ARE CHAOS with 8,346,558 views ten times. The song is of very high quality, a perfect ten. BUT! Pay attention to the nuances and your emotions during the process.

More about emotions - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Plutchik

Why did I choose exactly 21 Positive Songs?

The difference between adults and children lies in the fact that adults take responsibility for what happens to them, for what they do, what they say, and ideally, even for what they think.

What makes a song positive?

Various things: melody, lyrics, the meaning of the words, different forms of humor, the artist's image, and the performance itself.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. People perceive the world differently, which is why everything is relative.

A Change Of Seasons — Dream Theater

Country: USA

Genre: Progressive Metal, Progressive Rock


Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/1qZGjqfS5QoZQ5BKAhAauT?si=2e97686850bc4ce3

Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dream_Theater

Why this song? I haven't found a stronger song yet. Considering various factors, including its length and complexity. Perhaps, song length matters. The performance skill is impressive.

Drawbacks: It's challenging to do a plank exercise with this long song.

Bailando — Enrique Iglesias

Country: Spain

Genre: Latin Pop


Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/4X4eypK7U3nCtOegosnciD?si=27bcdac7dcf645df

Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enrique_Iglesias

Why this song?  It reminds us of the importance of spending time with friends and going dancing.

Drawbacks: Enrique, in his repertoire, often explores themes of love and romance, and it works. It's not even a drawback, but rather a plus for him!

Бацилл — Olga Chikina

Country: Russia

Genre: Singer-Songwriter


Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/0h793UolyRvmJDNl3RdYQ7?si=37ce7a13165743df

Wiki: https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%A7%D0%B8%D0%BA%D0%B8%D0%BD%D0%B0,_%D0%9E%D0%BB%D1%8C%D0%B3%D0%B0_%D0%A1%D0%B5%D1%80%D0%B3%D0%B5%D0%B5%D0%B2%D0%BD%D0%B0

Why this song?  Chikina is a genius of original songwriting. His creative work is of the highest level. The song tells about a life situation that everyone has encountered. That's why it brings smiles...

Drawbacks: Not everyone will understand the humor; people might even take offense...

How You Like That — BLACKPINK

Country: South Korea

Genre: K-pop


Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/4SFknyjLcyTLJFPKD2m96o?si=9c3bebfe82224041

Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackpink

Why this song?  It's obvious.

Drawbacks: It'd be expensive to invite them to a corporate event.

Kids of the diaspora — Shantel

Country: Germany

Genre: Trip Hop


Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/54jOabXhcjFt0BtDbmZP2p?si=d4655e23e3064ceb

Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shantel

Why this song?  A mix of Gypsy culture in different languages, with various voices. As you can hear, even without bears, Gypsies are cool. A song about immigrants. With humor.....

Drawbacks: You need to know the Russian language to fully understand this song.

Bumpin’ Bumpin —Kreayshawn

Country: USA

Genre: Hip Hop


Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/1rLTMSZ92QLFM3vBTe1pgA?si=535c72b5490043b1

Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kreayshawn

Why this song?  Because I listened to it thirty times - now it's your turn.....

Drawbacks It's not entirely clear how to befriend Kreayshawn.

We have everything — Samoe Bolshoe Prostoe Chislo

Country: Russia

Genre: Ambient, Indie Rock


Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/2VPAZ3VHwqwl8qTHZmlHfA?si=427d1d139a594a5a

Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samoe_Bolshoe_Prostoe_Chislo

Why this song?  A unique genre and positive mantras. 'The Biggest Simple Number' (SBPCh) is a Russian indie band formed in 2006 by Kirill Ivanov and the duo 'Yolochki Igrushki.

Drawbacks The largest known prime number is 282,589,933 - 1. It was discovered by Patrick Laroche as part of the GIMPS project on December 7, 2018, and it contains 24,862,048 decimal digits.

Me Quedo Contigo — Manu Chao

Country: France, Spain

Genre: Latin Rock, Alternative Rock, World Music, Reggae, Ska, Punk Rock, Mestizo-Music, Salsa, Alterlatino


Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/6u9GgwXbMs5jJlA29zGHu5?si=8b89d353bff3463c

Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manu_Chao

Why this song?  Arguably, the most positive song on the list. Manu Chao's music can be characterized as a fusion of rock and Latin American music. Manu Chao's song lyrics are in French, Spanish, Galician, Portuguese, and English.

Drawbacks It's a must to attend a concert - I haven't been to one yet.

We're turning POP into Chanson / Klava Koka - Left the chat - RADIO TAPOK 

Country: Russia

Genre: Chanson, Singer-Songwriter



Wiki: https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio_Tapok

Why this song?  Radio Tapok is ultra talented. He made it funny.

Drawbacks: Unfortunately, the song will never become a laureate at the Grushinsky Festival.

Opus — Eric Prydz

Country: Sweden

Genre: House Techno, Progressive House, Tech House


Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/3v2oAQomhOcYCPPHafS3KV?si=8e7725dd54f84ab4

Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Prydz

Why this song?  Reminds sx, represented in music.

Drawbacks: None. You can listen to it many times in a row.

Молитва — Би-2

Country: Belarus / Russia

Genre: Alternative Rock, Art Rock, Post-Punk, Indie Rock, Electronic Rock, Post-Grunge, Pop Rock


Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/4SoXv5KBB0b7dDjiLXlcnz?si=8025f4df599843a5

Wiki: https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%91%D0%B8-2

Why this song?  Because it's about love!

Drawbacks: There's no English version. The group should take a cue from Enrique Iglesias.

He's constantly... — Valentin Strykalo 

Country: Ukraine

Genre: Comedy Rock


Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/6w99CH2jHVEAgWeI51Pr2M?si=aabeffcc6ebc4c80

Wiki: https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%92%D0%B0%D0%BB%D0%B5%D0%BD%D1%82%D0%B8%D0%BD_%D0%A1%D1%82%D1%80%D1%8B%D0%BA%D0%B0%D0%BB%D0%BE

Why this song?  Because it's the truth of life. The sweet truth of life. 😋

Drawbacks: Valentin Strykalo" is a Ukrainian rock band founded in 2010 by lead singer Yuriy Kaplan, who gained recognition after recording a series of video appeals to showbiz stars on behalf of a naive provincial guy named "Valentin Strykalo from the village of Burilcovo." In July 2018, the band performed concerts in Moscow and St. Petersburg and went on an indefinite creative break. In May 2019, Yuriy Kaplan announced the dissolution of the band. In May 2019, Yuriy Kaplan announced the dissolution of the band.

Hell Right — Blake Shelton

Country: USA

Жанр:  Country


Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/02jGo2FGICuwh0WnFSiLuG?si=acf9d30e7b4340eb

Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blake_Shelton

Why this song?  This is a trigger to gather friends and head into the great outdoors.

Drawbacks: First, you need to find some friends.

Old New Year — Roman Lankin

Country: Russia

Genre: Singer-Songwriter



Wiki: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Roman_Lankin.jpg

Why this song?  It reminds you of gifts.

Drawbacks: In the USA, Old New Year is not celebrated, but there is the Super Bowl.

WorkOut — SYAVA

Country: Russia

Genre: Russian Rap, Satirical Pop


Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/2iibqG1ThsvEWVb4iSSSfE?si=11889a93042542dc

Wiki: https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%A1%D1%8F%D0%B2%D0%B0_(%D1%80%D1%8D%D0%BF%D0%B5%D1%80)

Why this song?  Funny, energetic, and about sports.

Drawbacks: Syava has no downsides. Only positives.

Black Star — David Bowie

Country: United Kingdom

Genre: Art Rock, Glam Rock, Pop Electronic, Experimental


Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/0Fao855T3klV3REFRFHRF3?si=40ef07c928d04a0c

Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Bowie

Why this song?  A leading figure in the music industry, Bowie is considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. He created 26 studio albums (including nine number one albums in the UK), 21 live albums, 46 compilations (including two number one albums in the UK), 10 extended plays (EPs), 128 singles (including five number one singles in the UK), 4 soundtracks, and 12 box sets. Bowie also released 28 video albums and 72 music videos.

Drawbacks: Blackstar was his last album. It was released on January 8, 2016. Two days later, on January 10, 2016, at the age of 69, Bowie passed away in New York, USA.

My way — Frank Sinatra

Country: USA

Genre: Traditional Pop, Easy Listening, Jazz, Swing, Vocal Jazz


Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/6lTTzSk1hRrxp4VMwXBp2l?si=5ed13a03308d4870

Wiki: Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Sinatra

Why this song?  A strong idea. A beautiful cult song. It may seem that this song is not at all cheerful. Well, it's like a glass half full or half empty. Frank Sinatra won the Grammy Award eleven times......

Drawbacks Didn't quite make it to the 12th Grammy.

Oh, you, green grass — Sektor Gaza" — Сектор Газа

Country: Russia

Genre: Folk Rock



Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sektor_Gaza

Why this song?  Due to ethical considerations, I couldn't overlook the band "Sektor Gaza." They are among the standards of positivity and humor in music. I chose this song as a reminder of the USSR, with a humorous touch... ..

Drawbacks The recording quality.

Убить свою мать — Оргия праведников

Country: Russia

Genre: Progressive Metal, Hard Rock, Progressive Rock


Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/3fNILKCrhb0hfNh5OAecT9?si=7e474c1031814f29

Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orgia_Pravednikov

Why this song?  An interesting philosophical idea and execution. In Ancient China, "mother" is greed and passion. When we enter the sensory world, the world of passions and desires, with a focused consciousness, and we try to find all these passions, but we only see the emptiness behind them.

When there is no attachment anywhere, it is called "killing one's mother.".......


Drawbacks: There aren't many views on YouTube. Give the song a like.

Живи — Вася Обломов

Country: Russia

Genre: Rock, Britpop, Alternative Rock, Alternative Chanson, Multi-instrumentalist


Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/7EhUj5NXbQOXd9HH8EWAJ4?si=4ae703cd338749d7



Why this song?  The lyrics are good, and they even added a choir!

Drawbacks: It might seem sad, but it's still very positive.

Fatty Boom Boom — Die Antwoord 

Country: South Africa

Genre: Alternative Hip Hop, Electronic Dance


Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/79zdJUpZ5R7ES6lDxPgwEZ?si=73b3a2c1abe64719

Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die_Antwoord

Why this song?  Art, energy, an amazing video, costumes, and dancing. 😍

Drawbacks: There are too few of such videos in the world! We need more.

Discoveries in music to you!

I'm constantly looking for new music. I would appreciate it if you could send one or several positive songs in the comments. Maybe I'll include them in a future article.

Let’s share good music! 😇 👻🎶


One response to “21 Positive Songs You Should Listen to and Memorize by Heart in the 21st Century”

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    Great list!

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