Top 10 wake-up songs for the morning

Morning songs to wake up to

Wake up to some good morning songs that will help stir you from your slumber without tempting you to throw your wake-up alarm against the wall.

By Simon Doyle

Good Morning, Good Morning – The Beatles

A cockerel crow and trumpet call at the start of the song should wake you from your sleep. The Beatles were actually inspired to write this song after viewing a Kellogg’s Cornflakes advert which marketed the cereal as a food that can wake you up each morning

Find it on: Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles

Wake Up Boo! – The Boo Radleys

You know the song: 'Wake up it’s a beautiful morning, the sun shining for your eyes.' It’s a tune that's guaranteed to produce a feeling of summer and 'get up and go.

Find it on: Wake Up! - The Boo Radleys

I’m Gonna Be (500 miles) – The Proclaimers

This is a great, rousing wake up song that’s guaranteed to make you feel positive in the morning. It's been belted out at many a Scottish international and more besides.

Find it on: Sunshine on Leith - The Proclaimers

Wake Up – The Arcade Fire

Rather than shock you into life, ‘Wake Up’ gradually builds from a midtempo affair to something reminiscent of Phil Collins’ ‘You Can't Hurry Love’, before breaking into a rousing ending.

Find it on: Funeral - The Arcade Fire

Walking on Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves

This one is is a real morning awakener. ‘Walking On Sunshine’ is another one of those songs that can brighten your day and lift your spirits even when you’re not initially feeling great.

Find it on: Katrina and the Waves - Katrina and the Waves

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go – Wham

With inane lyrics – even rhyming ‘go-go’ with ‘yo-yo’ – it’s definitely throwaway pop, but undeniably catchy and guaranteed to wake you up. Watch the video and relive the days when short shorts were all the rage.

Find it on: Make it Big - Wham

Beautiful Day – U2

This rip-roaring number was a return to form for U2, and everything from The Edge’s distinctive guitar to Bono’s powerful voice is in place. As Bono sings ‘It’s a beautiful day, don’t let it get away’, you can take it as a powerful reminder to get up and make the most of the day.

Find it on: All That You Can't Leave Behind - U2

Sex Machine – James Brown

This tune won't overpower you, but will wake you up sufficiently enough for you to funk your way to the bathroom without tripping over the cat. James Brown at arguably his finest.

Find it on: Sex Machine - James Brown

I'll Sleep When I'm Dead – Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi's message is as clear as anything: don't waste your precious time sleeping in bed. It was the 4th single off the 1992 album Keep the Faith and has become a mainstay of the band's live performances.

Find it on: Keep the Faith - Bon Jovi

Wake Up And Live – Bob Marley

Bob Marley rouses you with a count of ‘One, two, three, four!’ before launching into this song and telling you to ‘Wake up and live, y’all, wake up and live!’ The reggae star adds: ‘There’s work to be done, so let's do it littleby little: rise from your sleepless slumber!’ 

Find it on: Survival - Bob Marley and the Wailers

Still in need of some songs to kick-start your morning, then check out our Songs for your morning shower playlist.

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