Your mp3 player doesn't have to be solemn just because it's raining outside. We scanned decades worth of music in all different genres to find the perfect sunshine songs to brighten up your day. Chase those clouds away with these illuminating tunes. You can't change your weather but you can change how you feel about it. Use these songs for a sunny disposition even when it's raining outside.
18. 'Sunrise,' Norah Jones (2004)
Turn into a morning person just by lip-synching to this soulful tune. This song was a hit at the Grammy Awards in 2005 allowing Jones to walk away with the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance Award.
17. 'Ray of Light,' Madonna (1999)
Neither Madonna or the sun need a last name. She won multiple grammies in the illuminating short form music video and dance recording categories. If only music could give you a tan.
16. 'Walkin' on the Sun,' Smash Mouth (1998)
From the band that launched a million soundtracks comes a song that is so cool it's the musical equivalent of wearing sunglasses in doors. Disclaimer: This site and its subsidiaries recommend that you only walk on the sun with proper safety gear.
15. 'Five Years Time,' Noah and the Whale (2007)
Noah and the Whale takes poetry to a whole new level by rhyming sun and fun as well as heck and neck. This tune made an appearance in a Saturn car commercial so it's the perfect soundtrack for driving off into the sunset.
14. 'Raining Sunshine,' Miranda Cosgrove (2009)
Someone in the "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" production decided that it should "Rain Sunshine" on their soundtrack instead. While both options are scientifically impossible wouldn't it be yummy if it actually happened? There's a meteorology report worth watching.
13. 'Sunshine on My Shoulders,' John Denver (1973)
Denver recounts that he wrote this song when the weather was dismal in Minnesota. He was looking forward to spring. This music also bridges the generation gap. Turn it on if your mom is complaining about you trying to brighten up the day with pop or rock.
12. 'Pocketful of Sunshine,' Natasha Bedingfield (2008)
The girl with hair as bright as the sun's rays brings us the perfect rainy day song. It's great music for anyone who likes to dance unabashedly in their living rooms; just as long as they can ignore glaring grammar errors.
11. 'The Sunshine Song,' Jason Mraz (2009)
Who says sunshine has to be happy all the time? The lyrics are most aptly described by the album title "Beautiful Mess". This melancholy but hopeful tune bridges the gap between inspiring and the stormy weather blues.
10. 'A Song for the Lonely,' Cher (2002)
Of course Cher would sing a Sonny errr sunny song. On cloudy days you just want to wrap up in a blanket and be comforted. "Song for the Lonely" is like a musical duvet cover. It has an upbeat tempo but the lyrics are still relatable if your disposition is less than cheerful.
9. 'Hard Sun,' Eddie Vedder (2007)
Think your winter is lasting forever? 'Hard Sun' was featured on the "Into The Wild" soundtrack. This movie tells the biographical story of Christopher McCandless in the Alaskan wilderness. Always remember on those long, cold days that it could be worse.
8. 'There Will Be A Light,' Ben Harper (2004)
Harper reaches into the darkness to bring reassurance with this piece. It serves as a candle of hope on dark days. The album by the same name was rated #1 on the Top Gospel Albums chart and #81 on The Billboard 200 in 2004.
7. 'Black Hole Sun,' Sound Garden (1994)
Soundgarden, like all good 90's bands looks on the darker side of things. Think of this song as the alternative alternate to your usual cheerful song about the sun. Reportedly, it only took Chris Cornell 15 minutes to write this song. It was number one on the Billboard Mainstream Rock tracks chart for seven weeks. Not bad for a few minutes of work.
6. 'You Are the Sunshine of My Life,' Stevie Wonder (1973)
Stevie Wonder won the Best Male Pop Vocal Performance Grammy for this song. More importantly, try singing it or just playing it on your stereo for a girl you like. It's a fool proof way to get someone to fall in love with you.
5. 'Good Day Sunshine,' The Beatles (1966)
There just has to be a song from The Fab Four on any top music list. This song has the distinction of been used on the Space Shuttle as a wake up call. If it's good enough for astronauts to wake up to, it's good enough for us.
4. 'It's a Sunshine Day,' The Brady Bunch (1973)
No one can chase the clouds away like Greg, Peter, Bobby, Marcia, Jan and that adorable Cindy. This song first appeared in an episode of the show called "Amateur Night". The Brady's can see the weather report and they are predicting sun.
3. 'Ain't No Sunshine,' Bill Withers (1971)
The bad weather might match your mood; especially if you are going through a break up. "Ain't No Sunshine" is versatile. It can either be about love or someone leaving depending on what you need to use it for. Listen to it on repeat with a pint of ice-cream to mend a broken heart.
2. 'Walking on Sunshine,' Katrina and the Waves (1983)
'Walking on Sunshine' is the instant key to happiness. Warning: Song may make you subconsciously start dancing, even if you are in the grocery store. It won't be the restrained kind of dancing either; you'll be doing full leg kicks from the 1980's. Use with caution.
1. 'My Girl,' The Temptations (1964)
There's just something about classy guys in suits singing about love that can cheer up a dreary day. There is a reason why it has been featured in so many movies and TV shows; it's irresistible. If you've never sung the opening lines of this tune into a hairbrush you are missing out.