Waking up to the wrong song is the morning equivalent to getting rained on after a crummy day at the office. Growing up, I kept my trusty alarm clock tuned into CBC just to avoid the chance of waking up to Celine Dion. My alarm currently goes off at 4:40am. Beeping, buzzing and ringing tones don’t improve my mood. In hopes of making waking up in the middle of the night slightly more pleasant, here are my top 5 songs to wake up to:


5. Van Halen – Jump

I get up…and nothing gets me down…

The splits, overhead jazz hands and a hair toss is generally my morning routine, so I really feel I connect with David Lee Roth on this one. 

4. Katrina and the Waves – Walking on Sunshine 

I’m walking on sunshine, whoa-oh…and don’t it feel good!

Positive reinforcement people. You tell yourself it feels good until it does. Works every time.

Check out the vid here. Also: I like her dancing. It is how I dance. I prefer to think of it as an expression of joy…not so much a slave to the beat. 

3. James Brown – Get up offa that thing

Get up offa that thing and dance ’til you feel better.

If the shriek at the beginning doesn’t scare you out of bed, the man TELLS YOU WHAT YOU NEED TO DO.

2. Jay-Z vs The Verve – Bittersweet Dirt Off your Shoulder

You gotta get that dirt off your shoulder.

With this as the soundtrack to your morning, your day will be a sweeping slow-motion epic. Go win something. 

1. Dolly Parton

I tumble outta bed and stumble to the kitchen, pour myself a cup of ambition

Dolly, you’re a day-maker.