Top 20: Wake Up Songs

Top 20: Wake Up Songs

Every 24 hours or so, we go through the sometimes arduous task of waking up from the world of sleep. The majority of the time we wake up, we are required to quickly get ourselves prepared to interact as a functional part of society. Music can be a wonderful tool to help bring out the best of your mood and motivation after waking up.

We compiled a list of 20 wake up songs that can help you get your day started whether you are waking up and heading to work or school, just relaxing, or anything else you may be planning. Our list features a lot of rap, beats, and jazzy jams that we think will aid your waking up process. Set some of these songs as your alarm clock, bump them while eating breakfast, showering, or getting dressed, and get ready for your waking life!

Our selection is also available as playlist on Spotify and as video mixtape on DragOnTape. Both are collaborative playlists so you can share your personal favorite wake up songs and morning tunes with everyone.

20. Cal Tjader – Morning

Our list starts off with a Cal Tjader tune we talked about in our first Grooves & Samples feature. The laid back latin jazz vibes spearheaded by Cal’s marimba will definitely get your day headed in the right direction.

19. 40 Winks – The Day Breaks

Next up comes a track by 40 Winks and one of our favourite labels, Project: Mooncircle. The beat goes perfectly with daybreak and is a really excellent alarm clock tune. This one will help get your eyes open and good thoughts flowing.

18. Bonobo – Days to Come

The title track from Bonobo’s 2006 album, Days to Come, is a brooding yet uplifting number that would accompany a good cup of coffee and breakfast. Vocals from Bajka melt within the rolling rhythms and melodies of the beat, massaging your mind and preparing you for a new day and the days to come.

17. Yusef Lateef – Morning

Jazz is quite possibly some of the best morning music, and who better to be next up on our list than Yusef Lateef. The aptly titled “Morning” is a soothing and exotic live track recorded in 1957. Check this one out for a thoughtful and introspective start to the day.

16. The INS x Miles Bonny – Breakfast feat. Fleur Earth

The Ins, Miles Bonny, and Fleur Earth joined forces on a Melting Pot Music release and the sweetly sensual song “Breakfast”. This is the type of song that will make you want to have breakfast in bed and stay around the bed most of the day with a special friend, if you know what I mean.

  • Chee Yang

    Kero One and Aloe Blacc – Get Down.
    “gotta get up to get down”

  • Joeri de Vries

    thanks, great music

  • Joeri de Vries

    thought ”The Day ft. Blu, Phonte & Patty Crash” would be in this tho great list either way

  • J. Rizzle

    Everyone did a great job…I’m glad to be apart of a great crew of people..The Find

    • thefindmag

      And we’re glad that you’re part of the crew man, keep the ‘finds’ coming!

  • Tilghman

    thanks for introducing me to Star Slinger – Morning. What an amazing track.

  • Leslee

    brighter than the sun!

  • Aidan O’Donnell

    Don’t mean to step on toes but made a youtube playlist of these songs for ease (and added the couple of suggestions in comments too). Great selection

  • Aidan O’Donnell

    Great selection! Didn’t see the playlist links at first but DragonTape is cool! :D

  • Kevin Pang

    Bonbon FTW!

  • Regan Gregory

    This music is just the best! keep it up.

  • Hugh J’wang

    Gorillaz – 19/2000 (Soulchild remix)

  • fioi

    why the fuck do all the songs have to be so fucking corny – a good wake up song does not have to have ‘wake’ or ‘morning’ in the title…

  • Scott Rabinowitz

    There is a beautiful song called ‘Boker Tov’ by artist ‘Craig Taubman’ which would be totally perfect to top this list. It’s about waking up, having a beautiful day and being alive! :-)

  • Strike

    Great compilation, but quite a few dope tracks are missing:
    RUN – D.M.C. – Wake Up
    Ice Cube – Today Was A Good Day
    Bone Thugs-N-Harmony – 1st of tha Month
    Killarmy – Wake Up
    Little Brother – Beautiful Morning
    Twista feat. Anthony Hamilton – Sunshine
    Nas – Good Morning
    Missy Elliott – Wake Up
    Saigon – Wake Up
    The Game – Cali Sunshine
    Killer Mike – I Woke Up This Morning
    Kanye West – Good Morning

  • Kit

    Those realy aren’t wake up songs. they are like 8 degres out of 10 too calm. Especially for one who is ‘searching the Internets’ for ‘wake up song’.

  • gh

    As an alarm song wouldn’t it be good to include Wake me up (Wham!)? The songs you’ve included are good though.

  • Upperoath

    In Regards to Myself by Underoath

  • Nina

    Whoa, what an amazing list. Thank you so much for this post. All best.

  • ad

    chop suey, nuff said

  • Michael Vogel

    Definitely Bohemian Rhapsody is the best because it gradually wakes you up – plus you get to wake up in time for the wicked solo. actually has their default YouTube alarm as Bohemian Rhapsody too, so guess I’m not alone.

  • EOAC

    I’m sorry but most of these song keep you in bed and don’t give you that pleasant Kick that’s better than coffee. P!nk’s “So What!”,Willow Smith’s “Whip My Hair” and so on have the type of song for a great, even though slightly disturbing, WAKE UP!!! effect.

  • Sapphier225

    Labrinth – Let The Sun Shine

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  • Neil Haque

    Man I really appreciate this list, amazing stuff here. Thank you!

  • DesiréeVanessa

    Ok so I want to wake up next to the guy who done dat playlist; you totally had me on Blu & Exile and just everything else hahaha thanks