Music isn't just a nice way to drown out your overly chatty colleagues or pump yourself up when you're barely awake at 3 p.m. Music can have profound effects on your health, your mood, and your interactions with others, according to science.

Not only do the right tunes, tailored to the task you're trying to accomplish, boost productivity, listening to music together as a team can also boost collaboration, studies show. Playing music at home even helps families talk more and feel closer.

With music holding such power, it's no surprise that the perfect morning playlist can set you up for success all day long. That's according to David Greenberg, a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge who studies how musical preferences and psychology are intertwined. He partnered with music platform Spotify to come up with the perfect get-your-butt-out-of-bed playlist, Time reports.

Greenberg says that a song needs three key characteristics to make the cut as the perfect wake-up tune: It must build from mellow to pumping to help you wake up gradually; it should be positive to set the tone for the day; and it has to possess a driving beat to get your energy levels up. These are the 20 tunes that made the cut:

  • Coldplay - "Viva La Vida"
  • St. Lucia - "Elevate"
  • Macklemore and Ryan Lewis - "Downtown"
  • Bill Withers - "Lovely Day"
  • Avicii - "Wake Me Up"
  • Pentatonix - "Can't Sleep Love"
  • Demi Lovato - "Confident"
  • Arcade Fire - "Wake Up"
  • Hailee Steinfeld - "Love Myself"
  • Sam Smith - "Money on My Mind"
  • Esperanza Spalding - "I Can't Help It"
  • John Newman - "Come and Get It"
  • Felix Jaehn - "Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better)"
  • Mark Ronson - "Feel Right"
  • Clean Bandit - "Rather Be"
  • Katrina and the Waves - "Walking on Sunshine"
  • Imagine Dragons - "On Top of the World"
  • MisterWives - "Reflections"
  • Carly Rae Jepsen - "Warm Blood"
  • iLoveMemphis - "Hit the Quan"

Maybe it's time to set a new song as your alarm.

What's your preferred wake-up music?

Published on: Aug 29, 2016
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