Songs to Wake Up To

I was recently asked by Folgers to write a post about my favorite part of the morning and share how coffee and music play a part in my morning routine. It was perfect timing because I was just thinking it’d be fun to write a post about songs that are fun to wake up to in the morning. Anything to aid in waking up on the right side of the bed, lol! I am admittedly not a morning person, so I love finding upbeat songs that instantly put you in a good mood, start the morning off right, and energize you for the day. I keep them on my playlist all day long! Here’s what’s currently motivating us in the morning at our house. :)


Kevin’s Wake Up Song

Everybody’s Working for the Weekend
by Loverboy

Kevin says… “I grew up listening to 80’s music and this song always stuck with me. It’s a fun and catchy reminder that there’s always reason to stay positive — the weekend is coming up soon. I remember hearing it on the radio at the end of the day, but I thought it seemed appropriate to listen to it at the beginning of the day. I made it my alarm clock song to help me stay motivated through the week. I love weekends and every morning I wake up with a fun reminder that the weekend is just a few days away.”


Amanda’s Wake Up Song

Viva la Vida
by Coldplay

To be perfectly honest, my favorite part of the morning is turning off the alarm, rolling over, and snuggling back under the covers for a few more minutes, lol! Since I only hear the first few seconds of a song anyway, the inspiring, building intro of Coldplay’s Viva la Vida is perfect for my alarm clock song. After grabbing my phone and checking Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, I am usually ready to start the day! ;) 


Morning & Coffee

Growing up I would always wake up to the smell of bacon and coffee. Now that really is the best part of waking up, lol! Talk about motivation to get out of bed! :) Breakfast was my family’s favorite meal of the day, and my mom and dad did it right. Every morning before school my mom would fix eggs, toast, and grits while my dad made the bacon and coffee. On the weekends we’d go even bigger for brunch with my dad’s famous homemade biscuits, Belgian waffles, and my mom’s sausage cheese grits. Whenever we visit, I still ask for their famous breakfasts in the morning! :) I still love waking up in their house to the smell of bacon and coffee.  


Folgers + Music

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What’s Your Wake Up Song?

Do you have a song you wake up to every morning? What songs get you out of bed and help you stay positive and motivated for the day? Let me know in the comments! :)

Iced coffee is perfect for summer and I’m completely obsessed with the velvety-rich chocolate iced mocha pictured at the beginning of this post. Here’s where you can find my easy overnight recipe. Warning: It’s way too good to be legal: Homemade Iced Mocha.

P.S. If you like mocha you might like these Brown Butter Salted Caramel Mocha Cookies. They have coffee in them, so you can totally eat them for breakfast. ;) These cookies would definitely motivate me to get out of bed in the morning!


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Cristy May 22, 2013 at 1:52 am

Shut up and Let Me Go by the Ting Tings usually gets me stoked to get out of bed. Although there are mornings when I wish it was the alarm that would shut up and let me go (back to sleep)!! :)


Amanda May 22, 2013 at 11:49 am

Lol!! Me too!! :)

Carolyn May 22, 2013 at 5:40 am

Folders must be stalking my Facebook page because I JUST posted about this. The first song that comes on for me is Ellie Goulding’s Anything Could Happen. If that doesn’t get me out of bed, Pitbull comes on ten minutes later with Shake Señora. THAT is fun to wake up to. You can’t help but dance!!


Amanda May 22, 2013 at 11:49 am

Fun!! Will have to check these out!! :)

Jenny May 22, 2013 at 6:58 am

Yum, that iced mocha looks so good! I think my wake-up song right now is Can’t Hold Us by Macklemore.


Joana May 22, 2013 at 7:05 am

Dear Amanda & Kevin,
I just love your blog thank you for sharing it with us.
As for my “wake up” song, I’m listening actually to : “get lucky” from Daft Punk so cool and fresh :
Please listen to this song !!
Joana from France


Amanda May 22, 2013 at 11:50 am

Clicking right now! :)

Candice May 22, 2013 at 7:33 am

Love drinking a cup of coffee & getting ready to “Bette Davis Eyes” … Makes me feel empowered! ;)


Heather D May 22, 2013 at 7:57 am

I love “Good Morning” by Mandisa. Peppy and happy. =)


Angie May 22, 2013 at 8:29 am

This morning it was love and affection by the Nelson Brothers. They’re still so cute! So much blonde hair, love it.


Paulette May 22, 2013 at 8:42 am

Jimi Hendrix Purple Haze Now you know I am a flower child. Giving away my age. Scuse me while I kiss the sky. A real eye opener. Paulette


Pamela May 22, 2013 at 8:50 am

No Hurry, Zac Brown Band….anything livelier before coffee and somebody is goin down!


Amanda May 22, 2013 at 11:50 am

Lol! Love it :)

Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective May 22, 2013 at 9:08 am

Great song list!


Tami May 22, 2013 at 9:25 am

I have kids who don’t really love to get up at 6:30 in morning, but once we put on some music, the dancing starts (even if it is just chair dancing while eating breakfast). We listen to Kid’s Place Live on Sirius and love when “I’m Blue (” comes on. It is so fun and wakes us up while I have my espresso and they have their tea.


Teresa Young May 22, 2013 at 10:37 am

I love Viva la Vida!


Toni Thomas May 22, 2013 at 10:51 am

Good Morning by Mandisa! Possibly the best wake up song EVER :)


Cathy May 22, 2013 at 11:42 am

Good Morning by Mandisa! Just makes you want to pop out of bed and dance!!


Tania S. May 22, 2013 at 11:48 am

Like a few others have already said, my wake up song is Good Morning by Mandisa.


Amanda May 22, 2013 at 11:51 am

Heading to YouTube right now to check this one out!! :)

Melissa May 22, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Definitely Good Morning by Mandisa!! Ever since I stumbled across your blog, Amanda I have Loved it!! This is the one blog I know I can trust to pull a recipe off of and my family will live it! So thank you for taking the time to share all that you do!!


Paige May 22, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Here Comes the Sun is a great one that is my default, but one that I NEVER get tired of is the intro to Sweet Home Alabama. It reminds me to TURN IT UP for the day!


Jeanette May 22, 2013 at 12:16 pm

I’m definitely more of a night owl than a morning person. Maybe I just need some motivational tunes to start my day off – I just use my phone alarm right now LOL.


Diane {Created by Diane} May 22, 2013 at 12:28 pm

My current wake up song is Soul Meets Body from Death Cab for Cutie, I hear the first couple bars and hit the snooze, then a few minutes later hear it again. It’s been on there for a while, it may be time for a new one. I like songs that start out slow so that I’m not TOO alarmed when they start to play, that makes for a bad morning for me :)
As I scrolled down to comment I noticed the other comments and LOVED your response…it’s perfectly worded and honest and I hope that the ugly comments don’t ruin one minute of your day Amanda!


Rena May 22, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Im really into This girl is on fire by alicia keys lately. Great motivating song!!


Rachael May 22, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Goodnorning by Mandisa, best wake up song ever!!!


Carolyn May 22, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Wake up song? I just want my darn coffee! Song that gets me pumped, though, is Good Feeling by Flo Rida. Also totally loving Next To Me by Emeli Sande. And I think you do a great job balancing the fun, for the heck of it blog posts and the ones that include a little commerce. It’s a tricky balance!


Rachael May 22, 2013 at 1:25 pm

My get up and go song is Mat Kearney’s “Hey Mama!” Such a peppy song to get out of bed to…especially when you are going to be chasing 2 kiddos around for the rest of the day! :)
Amanda, I love your blog. Yours is one of the first I ever started reading and I love everything about it. I love your great weeknight recipes and great tips, I love seeing your great vacations and all the fun you have with the other awesome bloggers (especially the bakery tours), and I love when you post your favorite things. I always find something I just need in those. You inspire me to make the most of every day and I always look forward to your posts. Please don’t let anyone make you feel bad for doing what you love to do…and so what if it’s sponsored. We all love to win free goodies! :) If I knew you in person, I would bring you a Cup of coffee and give you a big hug to brighten your day! Maybe one day I’ll meet you, until then I’ll keep enjoying each and everyone of your new posts!


Lauren May 22, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Coffee looks fantastic! I can’t wait to give it a try. I love the song Janglin’ by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros in the morning. It just makes me happy! Side note… Your blog is great! I LOVE seeing stuff about Miley and Howie since I have two feisty little BT’s myself (Martin and Max) … and everything else that you post about is fantastic, too. Keep doing what makes YOU happy and don’t listen to the naysayers. Thanks for sharing your life with us!


SharonS May 22, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Zac Brown Band wakes me up every morning with Knee Deep! Makes me wish I was headed to the beach instead of waking up at 4:30 to get my workout in before work!


Erin @ Brownie Bites May 22, 2013 at 2:13 pm

I feel like I need to listen to more mellow stuff in the morning. I know the norm is to go for more upbeat tunes to wake you up, but when it’s that early in the morning, my brain needs to be eased into the idea of starting my day. :)

Erin @ Brownie Bites


nessa May 22, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Love this post :-)
I love listening to the radio first thing in the morning-it energizes me.


Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen May 22, 2013 at 3:41 pm

You know I’ve never thought of starting the day off with music, that’s a nice idea, much better than an alarm.


Susan May 22, 2013 at 3:44 pm

I LOVE anything by the Newsboys, TobyMac or Mandisa first thing when I wake up! As the coffee in the cup goes down I like Casting Crowns, MercyMe and Phillips, Craig and Dean to name a few. My Keurig is always on and ready to brew!!


Cat Yates May 22, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Lenny Kravitz always is a charmer for me. Especially on those mornings when I work out, I throw some Lenny on and he just gets me moving. From one blogger to another, YOU GO GIRL! Way to go on sponsored posts! That’s a big deal! Love your blog. :)


Kelly May 22, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Great Big Sea’s ‘If I Were King’* is delightful, bouncy, and has the added bonus of the first two words in the song being, “Wake up.” Honestly, there’s a whole lot of GBS that is quality first-thing-in-the-morning!

*video here –


TidyMom May 22, 2013 at 7:12 pm

no wake up song here – I just listen to the radio in the morning – then switch to Pandora, I like such a variety of music, it changes day to day!


Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. May 22, 2013 at 8:26 pm

FUN post girl!


Cookbook Queen May 22, 2013 at 8:52 pm

If I listen to music first thing in the morning, it is normally on K-Love (Christian radio station). I love regular music too (just about any kind), but it’s nice to hear that message first thing in the morning — gives me a few things to think about!!

This is my current favorite song:


Cammie D May 23, 2013 at 8:32 am

We LOVE LOVE LOVE to wake up to “Say Hey” by Michael Franti & Spearhead! You can’t help but get up and dance and bop around! My 11 year old daughter and I love to listen to this on the way to school. It just makes you happy.

Other favorites of ours are “Good Morning Baltimore” from Hairspray, “On The Floor” by Jennifer Lopez, “Run The World” by Beyonce, “Something In The Water” by Brooke Fraser, “Another Day” by Pomplamoose (if you haven’t heard of them you MUST go directly to YouTube and listen NOW!) … I could go on and on! Thanks for this post!!


Lynn May 23, 2013 at 8:35 pm

#thatPower by – how very teenagerish of me! My 18 year old son cannot believe that is my favorite song right now. LOL


Kelli May 24, 2013 at 12:22 am

Now is the New Start by A Fine Frenzy…


Kristin Thomas May 25, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Jason Mraz -Sleeping to Dream


Shaina May 29, 2013 at 10:24 am

I am terrible about having wake-up songs. I really need to change that. Perhaps this summer I can make a point of picking something each morning as we get ready for swim team practice.


Bear September 11, 2013 at 4:05 am

I think my wake up songs would have to be …… Boo Radleys ‘Wake up Boo’ .. or Proclaimers ‘500 Miles’ … …. Joe Boxers ‘Boxerbeat’ … ….. You have to wake to something you can dance around the house to lol :)


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