Despite what people say, the morning is absolutely not the "best part of the day". If we could rise at the leisurely hour of, say, midday, we would be considerably more refreshed and happy (and we'd still be up in time for Neighbours).
But, sadly, the daily grind is what we face, so we can at least try and be positive about it, and carpe diem. To aid you in this quest, we have kindly compiled 50 song lyrics to get you off and running, with a "can-do" attitude. Think of it as aural Shredded Wheat.
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The Boo Radleys - Wake Up Boo
"Wake up, it's a beautiful morning,
Feel the sun shining for your eyes"
Bob Marley - Sun is Shining
"Sun is shining, the weather is sweet,
Make you want to move your dancing feet"
Joe Esposito - You're The Best Around
"History repeats itself,
Try and you’ll succeed,
Never doubt that you’re the one,
And you can have your dreams!
You’re the best! Around!
Nothing’s gonna ever keep you down"
U2 - Beautiful Day
"It’s a beautiful day. Don’t let it get away"
Primal Scream - Movin' On Up
"I'm movin' on up now,
Gettin' out of the darkness,
My light shines on"
Cat Stevens - Morning Has Broken
"Morning has broken, like the first morning,
Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird"
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Runnin' Down a Dream
"It was a beautiful day, the sun beat down,
I had the radio on, I was drivin',
Trees flew by, me and Del were singin' little Runaway,
I was flyin'"
Tina Turner - The Best
"You're simply the best, better than all the rest,
Better than anyone, anyone I've ever met"
Elbow - One Day Like This
"Cause holy cow, I love your eyes,
And only now I see the light,
Yeah, lying with you half awake,
Stumbling over what to say,
Oh, anyway, it's looking like a beautiful day"
Jimmy Cliff - You Can Get It If You Really Want
"You can get it if you really want,
But you must try, try and try,
Try and try, you'll succeed at last"
Eminem - Lose Yourself
"Success is my only m***********g option, failure’s not"
The Beatles - Here Comes The Sun
"Little darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter,
Little darling, it feels like years since it's been here,
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun,
And I say it's all right"
The Shamen - Move Any Mountain
"I will not fail nor falter, I shall succeed,
My perception is altered, I do believe,
Faith is so strong now nothing shall bar my way,
Firm conviction is no fiction,
This is my day.
I can move, move, move any mountain"
ELO - Mr Blue Sky
"Sun is shinin' in the sky,
There ain't a cloud in sight,
It's stopped rainin', everybody's in a play,
And don't you know, it's a beautiful new day, hey"
Oasis - Don't Look Back In Anger
"Step outside 'cos summertime's in bloom"
Michael Jackson - Man in the Mirror
"I'm Gonna Make A Change,
For Once In My Life,
It's Gonna Feel Real Good,
Gonna Make A Difference,
Gonna Make It Right"
Doves - Pounding
"See the light,
But it won't last forever,
Seize the time,
Cause it's now or never baby"
Bachman-Turner Overdrive - You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet
"You ain't seen nothin' yet,
B-b-b-baby, you just ain't seen n-n-nothin' yet"
The Levellers - What a Beautiful Day
"What a beautiful day (hey hey),
I'm the king of all time,
And nothing is impossible,
In my all powerful mind"
The Beloved - The Sun Rising
"Movement outside, silence inside,
Restless lovers spread your wings,
As the day begins.
It's just the sun rising"
Billy Bragg - Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards
"Start your own revolution, cut out the middleman."
D:Ream - Things Can Only Get Better
"I'm singing it now, things can only get better,
They can only get better if we see it through,
That means me and I mean you too"
Queen - It's a Beautiful Day
"It's a beautiful day,
I feel good, I feel right,
And no-one, no-one's gonna stop me now"
Carole King - Beautiful
"You've got to get up every morning with a smile on your face,
And show the world all the love in your heart,
Then people gonna treat you better,
You're gonna find, yes, you will,
That you're beautiful as you feel"
Buddy Holly - Raining in my Heart
"The sun is out, the sky is blue,
There's not a cloud to spoil the view"
Iggy Pop - Lust for Life
"I'm worth a million in prizes"
Oasis - Cigarettes & Alcohol
"All I need are cigarettes and alcohol"
Take That - Greatest Day
"Today this could be the greatest day of our lives"
Chic - Good Times
"Good times, these are the good times,
Leave your cares behind, these are the good times,
Good times, these are the good times,
Our new state of mind, these are the good times,
Happy days are here again,
The time is right for makin' friends"
Curtis Mayfield - Move On Up
"Take nothing less than the supreme best,
Do not obey for most people say 'cause you can past the test,
So what we have to do is move on up and keep on wishing,
Remember your dream is your only scheme so keep on pushing"
Diana Ross - I'm Coming Out
"There's a new me coming out,
And I just had to live, and I want to give,
I'm completely positive,
I think this time around,
I am gonna do it, like you never do it,
Like you never knew it,
Oh, I'll make it through"
Elton John - I'm Still Standing
"I'm still standing better than I ever did,
Looking like a true survivor, feeling like a little kid,
I'm still standing after all this time"
Fleetwood Mac - Monday Morning
"Monday morning you look so fine"
Hurts - Wonderful Life
"Don't let go,
Never give up, it's such a wonderful life"
Massive Attack - Be Thankful For What You've Got
"But just remember brothers and sisters,
You can still stand tall,
Just be thankful for what you've got"
Ian Dury & The Blockheads - Reasons to be Cheerful (Part 3)
"Reasons to be cheerful part 3:
Summer, Buddy Holly, the working folly,
Good golly Miss Molly and boats,
Hammersmith Palais, the Bolshoi Ballet,
Jump back in the alley and nanny goats"
James Brown - I Got You (I Feel Good)
"I feel good, I knew that I would, now,
I feel good, I knew that I would, now,
So good, so good, I got you"
Louis Armstrong - What a Wonderful World
"I see trees of green, red roses too,
I see em bloom, for me and for you,
And I think to myself: what a wonderful world"
McFadden & Whitehead - Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now
"Don't you let nothing, nothing,
Stand in your way!
I want ya'll to listen, listen,
to every word I say, every word I say!
Ain't No Stoppin Us Now!
We're on the move!"
Nina Simone - Feeling Good
"It's a new dawn, it's a new day,
It's a new life, for me,
And I'm feeling good"
New Radicals - You Get What You Give
"But when the night is falling, and you cannot find the light,
If you feel your dream is dying, hold tight,
You've got the music in you, don't let go,
You've got the music in you, one dance left,
This world is gonna pull through,
Don't give up, you've got a reason to live"
Pet Shop Boys - Opportunities
"I've got the brains, you've got the looks,
Let's make lots of money,
You've got the brawn, I've got the brains,
Let's make lots of money"
Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush - Don't Give Up
"Don't give up, 'cos you have friends
Don't give up, you're not beaten yet
Don't give up, I know you can make it good"
The Pointer Sisters - I'm So Excited
"I'm so excited, I just can't hide it,
I'm about to lose control and I think I like it."
Queen - We Are The Champions
"We are the champions, my friends,
And we'll keep on fighting, 'til the end
We are the champions, we are the champions
No time for losers, 'cause we are the champions of the World"
Snap! - The Power
"I've got the power, I've got the power,
I've got the power, I've got the power,
The Source feat. Candi Staton - You Got The Love
"Sometimes I feel like throwing my hands up in the air,
I know I can count on you.
Sometimes I feel like saying, "Lord, I just don't care"
But you've got the love I need to see me through"
Starship - Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now
"And we can build this dream together,
Standing strong forever,
Nothing's gonna stop us now"
The Stone Roses - She Bangs The Drums
"The past was yours, but the future's mine"
Stereophonics - Have a Nice Day
"So have a nice day,
Have a nice day,
Have a nice day,
Have a nice day"