There are problems in life that can only be solved by a dance party. Whether you’re dancing in your car, lifting the roof off the club, or tearing it apart in your bedroom alone, moving to the beat has been scientifically proven to release dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin and endorphins – i.e. happy chemicals – in your brain. Basically, letting yourself go to a pulsating beat filled with major chords and bass drops is a form of self-care.
You do not believe it ? Take it from the experts. English DJ Jamie xx (who tagged a song on this list) explained in 2015 why he believed dancing to electronically charged music was essential. “It’s important to me because it makes me happy,” he said. Molten. “There are not so many things that make me happy. I mean, that’s why it’s important to a lot of people. It can be something you listen to on your own if you want, but it’s really something designed to make people happy, even if it’s a sad song. The act of dancing is a happy thing to do.
Billboard has the perfect playlist for the next time in your life that a dance therapy session is warranted – which means all you have to do is put on your headphones, turn up the volume and shake it . From old school songs to modern masterpieces, this list has something groovy for everyone, whether you like current pop hits, EDM originals from DJ geniuses like Dillon Francis, Skrillex and Calvin Harris, remixed versions of already dance-worthy tracks from Michael Jackson, Lizzo and Nelly or radio staples that make you feel a decade younger at the push of a button.
From A (Avicii) to Z (Zedd), keep reading to see BillboardThe 50 best feel-good songs that will put a smile on your face and put a spring in your step.