Happy Song Playlist for Writers: For Hopeful Scenes and Happy Ever Afters

Happy Song Playlist For Writers #feel-good playlist #great upbeat songs #feel better songs

Writers, I know how it is. You need to write a hopeful beginning, an upbeat scene where two friends meet, an adorable date, a triumphant moment, or a happy ending. And you need to get into the right mood.

Here’s an uplifting playlist to help you feel happy and put that happiness down on the page. It has an overall contemporary feel. This playlist might be especially helpful to someone writing romance (especially romantic comedy), young adult, or a script that’s going to be the next big feel-good hit.



You might also use it for background music when you’re doing work you don’t necessarily feel like doing. It might make you feel more like you’re the main character in a feel-good movie or novel yourself.

These are all songs without lyrics, since may writers get distracted by listening to other words while they write. I’ve linked to them on YouTube for some of them. (I try to avoid linking to any content that is shared by anyone but the copyright holder.)

However you use the playlist, I hope you enjoy it!


Happy Song Playlist For Writers #feel-good playlist #great upbeat songs #feel better songs


“Sort Of” (Instrumental),” Ingrid Michaelson

“Cambridge, 1963,” Jóhann Jóhannsson (from The Theory of Everything)

“Forces of Attraction,” Jóhann Jóhannsson (from The Theory of Everything)

“Growing Up (Epic Mix,” Shepard Audio

“Maestro,” Hans Zimmer (from The Holiday)

“In the Clouds,” Analog Heart

“Together,” Analog Heart

“Katherine,” Pharrell Williams, Benjamin Wallfisch, Hans Zimmer (from Hidden Figures)

“River Flows In You,” Yiruma

“Kiss the Rain,” Yiruma

“Sequoia,” Zachary David

“Love in Murmansk,” Alexandre Desplat (from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)

“A New Life,” Alexandre Desplat (from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)

“Your Hand In Mine,” Explosions in the Sky

“Pink Medicine,” Bearson

“Here Too Far,” Beta Radio

“Stay” Gavin Mikhail, Avicii

“Fade Into Darkness – Instrumental Radio Mix,” Avicii

“Main Titles,” Rachel Portman (from The Cider House Rules)




If you use Spotify, you can get the playlist here! It’s just over one hour, so if you have a goal of writing for one hour on a particular day, you can just keep writing until you get to the end of the playlist.

Would you like to recommend other uplifting instrumental music to write to? Are you working on a happy scene right now? We’d love to hear about it in the comments! Thanks for reading, and have a good week!

9 thoughts on “Happy Song Playlist for Writers: For Hopeful Scenes and Happy Ever Afters”

  1. This is beautiful. Thank you so much.
    As a sci-fi, fantasy writer… other artists I listen to are:

    Ivan Torrent
    Full Tilt
    X-ray Dog
    (These are a few)
    Many of these have a cinematic feel, some may have lyrics but they aren’t disruptive. Others have voices or choruses that can give a background to the angels that arrive at someone’s door, for example.

    1. Oooh, I haven’t heard of these, and I will check them out! I’m going to do a scifi list later on, too. Thank you so much! (Angels arriving at someone’s door…I like that. 🙂 )

  2. Awww. Thank you my dear Bryn…You are such a smart woman! I read once a long time ago..”Music empowers our daily foundation. It washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” I have never forgotten it. I have a playlists that keep my heart beating and my outlook bright. I have inspiring playlists for about everything. Happy Labor Day!!!

  3. I love a good instrumental playlist.
    Personally I have a habit of using either video game soundtracks or Derek and Brandon Feicher I believe it is spelled. They have some amazing stuff up on YouTube and other music sources.

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