20 Best Songs About Being Playful

By Nico Gonzalez

It’s no secret that playfulness is an important part of life. We need to be able to let go and have some fun every now and then, or we’ll become bogged down – by the stresses of daily life. And what better way to encourage playfulness than with some great songs about having a good time?

Here are 20 of the best songs about being playful:


Let’s Go Crazy – Prince

Prince & The Revolution - Let's Go Crazy (Official Music Video)

“Let’s Go Crazy” is a 1984 hit song by Prince and the opening track of both the album and film Purple Rain. The song starts with a countdown from an unidentified female voice, after which a guitar riff plays that has been described as “funk-metal in its intensity”. The song is primarily driven by synth and drums, with the guitar playing a minor role. The lyrics are about being playful and enjoying life despite the chaos of the world. Prince himself stated that the song is about “the feeling of being electrified”, which is also reflected in the music video. In the video, Prince can be seen performing with his band in a nightclub, with scenes of him driving a motorcycle and riding a horse intercut. The song was a huge commercial success, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and becoming one of Prince’s signature songs. It has been covered by numerous artists and has been featured in various films and television shows.

I Got You – James Brown & The Famous Flames

I Got You (I Feel Good)

I Got You (I Feel Good) is a song by James Brown & The Famous Flames. It was released as a single in 1965 and became one of Brown’s signature songs. The song is positive and uplifting, with a simple message of “I feel good.” The lyrics are playful and lighthearted, and the music is upbeat and catchy. I Got You is a perfect example of a song that is both fun and easy to sing along to. It is a great choice for a summertime party or any other celebration. Whether you are dancing on your own or with friends, I Got You is sure to put a smile on your face.

Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen

Queen - Don't Stop Me Now (Official Video)

Few songs capture the joy of being alive quite like Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now.” Released in 1978 as part of the band’s seventh studio album, Jazz, the track celebrates the simple pleasures of life and the boundless energy that comes with youth. Written by frontman Freddie Mercury, the song is an ode to hedonism and excess, with Mercury urging listeners to let go of their inhibitions and enjoy themselves. While some may find the song’s message irresponsible, there’s no denying the infectious thrill of its exuberant arrangement and Mercury’s unbridled charisma. Above all else, “Don’t Stop Me Now” is a celebration of life itself – and a reminder that we should all cherish every moment.

Good As Hell – Lizzo

Lizzo - Good As Hell (Video)

The song “Good as Hell” by Lizzo is all about self-love and feeling good in your own skin. The lyrics encourage listeners to let go of their insecurities and embrace their inner beauty. The upbeat tempo and catchy hooks make it impossible not to dance along, and the message is one that everyone can relate to. Whether you’re having a bad day or just need a little pick-me-up, this song is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. So turn up the volume and enjoy some much-needed self-care. You deserve it!

Walking On Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves

Katrina & The Waves - Walking On Sunshine (Official Music Video)

Walking on Sunshine by Katrina & The Waves is a feel-good song about being playful and enjoying life. The lyrics are uplifting and encourage listeners to let go of their troubles and just have fun. The song has a catchy, sun-kissed melody that is impossible to resist dancing to. It is the perfect tune for a summer road trip or a sunny day at the beach. Walking on Sunshine was released in 1985 and quickly became a worldwide hit, spending nine weeks at the top of the Billboard charts. It remains one of the most popular songs of all time and is sure to put a smile on your face every time you hear it.

Lovely Day – Bill Withers

Bill Withers - Lovely Day (Official Audio)

“Lovely Day” is a song written and recorded by American singer Bill Withers. It was released in 1977 as the lead single from his third album, Menagerie. The song’s simple yet uplifting lyrics are set against a backdrop of sparse instrumentation, resulting in a sound that is both cheerful and reflective. “Lovely Day” has become one of Bill Withers’ most popular songs, and its enduring appeal is due in part to its optimistic message. In a time when the world can often seem dark and discouraging, “Lovely Day” reminds us that there is still beauty to be found in everyday moments. 

Play Date – Melanie Martinez

Melanie Martinez - Play Date (Lyrics)

Play Date by Melanie Martinez is a song about childhood playfulness and innocence. The lyrics describe a young child’s experience of going to a play date, filled with excitement and anticipation. The playful tone of the song reflects the child’s perspective, with references to toys and games. While the lyrics may appear to be simple, they convey a deep meaning about the value of play in our lives. The song reminds us that childhood is a time of exploration and discovery when we learn about the world around us through play. It also highlights the importance of personal connections, and how friendships formed in childhood can last a lifetime. In addition to being a fun and catchy tune, Play Date by Melanie Martinez is a thought-provoking look at the role of play in our lives.

Good Time – Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen

Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen - Good Time (Official Video)

“Good Time” is a song by American electronica project Owl City and Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen. It was released as the lead single from Owl City’s fourth studio album, The Midsummer Station, on June 26, 2012. The song was written by Owl City founder and frontman Adam Young and Matthew Thiessen, and produced by Young. The song is a synth-pop track that contains elements of dance-pop and draws influence from European disco music. Lyrically, it is an ode to having fun and enjoying life. The song received positive reviews from critics, who praised its production and catchiness.

Girls Just Want To Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Want To Have Fun (Official Video)

“Girls Just Want to Have Fun” is a song by American singer Cyndi Lauper. The song was released in 1983 as the lead single from Lauper’s debut studio album, She’s So Unusual. The song was written by Robert Hazard, who recorded it in 1979. It was first recorded by Laura Branigan in 1982 and became a hit, reaching number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. This version was also a top ten hit in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. The song is about teenage girls who just want to have fun without worrying about homework or boys. Lauper’s version of the song was nominated for Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

Dancing Queen – ABBA

Abba - Dancing Queen (Official Music Video Remastered)

ABBA’s “Dancing Queen” is a fun and energetic song that celebrates the joy of dancing. The lyrics describe a young woman who loves to dance and is eager to hit the dance floor every night. The song has a positive and uplifting message, encouraging people to let loose and have fun. “Dancing Queen” was a huge commercial success, topped the charts in multiple countries, and has become one of ABBA’s most iconic songs. It is often played at weddings and other celebrations, and its catchy melody and positive message make it a timeless classic. Whether you’re looking to get your groove on or just want to enjoy a feel-good song, “Dancing Queen” is sure to put a smile on your face.

A Beautiful Morning – The Rascals

The Rascals - A Beautiful Morning (Official Audio)

A Beautiful Morning by The Rascals is a song about being playful and enjoying the moment. The lyrics talk about the beauty of the morning and how it’s a time to be happy and enjoy the day. The song is upbeat and has a positive message, making it perfect for a morning pick-me-up. It’s also a great song to sing along to when you’re feeling playful yourself. Whether you’re enjoying a beautiful morning or just looking for a bit of motivation, this song is sure to put a smile on your face.

I Wanna Dance with Somebody – Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Official 4K Video)

I Wanna Dance with Somebody by Whitney Houston is a song about the joys of dancing and being playful. The song features a catchy beat and playful lyrics that invite listeners to let loose and have fun. The arrangement is bright and upbeat, making it perfect for dancing. The lyrics express the desire to find a partner to dance with, and the video features Houston dancing with friends and family. The song is perfect for anyone who wants to feel the joy of being playful and carefree. It is sure to get even the most reluctant dancers on their feet. So put on your dancing shoes and enjoy Whitney Houston’s I Wanna Dance with Somebody.

Feel Right – Mark Ronson ft. Mystikal

Mark Ronson - Feel Right (Official Video) ft. Mystikal

“Feel Right” is a song by Mark Ronson featuring Mystikal. It was released as a single on January 13, 2015. The song peaked at number eight on the UK Singles Chart. The song is about being playful. Mystikal’s verses emphasize the need to enjoy oneself and not take life too seriously. The chorus encourages listeners to “feel right” and let go of their inhibitions. The song has been described as a “party anthem” and as a ” timeless club banger”. It has also been praised for its positive message and catchy hook. “Feel Right” is an excellent example of how music can be used to promote positive messages and encourage people to let go of their inhibitions and enjoy themselves.

September – Earth, Wind & Fire

Earth, Wind & Fire - September (Official HD Video)

“September” is a song by American R&B group Earth, Wind & Fire. The song was written by Maurice White and Al McKay, and it was released as a single in 1978. “September” became one of the group’s most successful singles, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and selling more than two million copies. The song is known for its distinctive opening horn riff and its uplifting lyrics. “September” is a celebration of life and love, and it encourages listeners to enjoy the moment and be playful. The message of the song is timeless, and it continues to resonate with people of all ages.

Happy – Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Williams - Happy (Video)

Musician Pharrell Williams rose to fame in the early 2000s with his work on the hip-hop album “The Neptunes Present… Clones.” He later found success as a solo artist with the release of his album “In My Mind” in 2006. “Happy,” a single from that album, became a worldwide hit, reaching number one in more than 20 countries. The song’s success helped to propel sales of the album, which ultimately went on to sell more than three million copies. “Happy” was written by Pharrell and produced by The Neptunes. It is an uptempo song with a positive message about being happy and enjoying life. The song’s lyrics are simple and repetitive, with Pharrell singing “clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth” throughout the chorus. The song’s positive message and catchy beat have made it a favorite among listeners of all ages, and it has been used in a variety of commercials and films.

Can’t Stop The Feeling! – Justin Timberlake

CAN'T STOP THE FEELING! (from DreamWorks Animation's "TROLLS") (Official Video)

Can’t Stop The Feeling! by Justin Timberlake is a fun and upbeat song that is perfect for getting people moving. The catchy beat and feel-good lyrics make it impossible to not want to dance along. The message of the song is all about being playful and enjoying the moment. No matter what might be going on in the world, this song reminds us that it’s important to take time to have fun. In a way, it’s a call to put away our troubles and enjoy life. Whether we’re young or old, we can all benefit from letting loose and having a good time. So next time you need a pick-me-up put on Can’t Stop The Feeling! and let yourself go.

Girls Just Want To Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Want To Have Fun (Official Video)

“Girls Just Want to Have Fun” is a song by American singer Cyndi Lauper. The song was released in 1983 as the lead single from Lauper’s debut studio album, She’s So Unusual (1983). It received positive reviews from music critics and became a worldwide hit, reaching No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and becoming Lauper’s signature song. The single was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of one million copies in the United States. In 2013, the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Don’t Worry, Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin

Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry Be Happy (Official Music Video)

Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” is a catchy tune that delivers an important message: worry is unnecessary and happiness is a choice. The lyrics are simple but profound, urging listeners to let go of their fears and enjoy the moment. The song has a light, upbeat feel that belies its deep wisdom. It reminds us that life is too short to spend our time worrying and that we should instead focus on being happy. The next time you find yourself feeling stressed or anxious, take a cue from Bobby McFerrin and don’t worry, be happy.

Thunder – Imagine Dragons

Imagine Dragons - Thunder

Thunder by Imagine Dragons is a song about the joys of being playful. The lyrics talk about the feeling of freedom that comes with letting go and just having fun. The song starts with a light, upbeat feel that gradually builds to an anthemic chorus. This reflects the carefree attitude of the song, which encourages listeners to let loose and enjoy themselves. The final verse brings the song back to its playful roots, with a catchy melody that will leave listeners humming along long after the song is over. Whether you’re dancing around your living room or driving down the highway with the windows down, Thunder by Imagine Dragons is sure to put a smile on your face.

Shake It – Metro Station

Metro Station - Shake It (MTV Video)

“Shake It” is a song by American pop rock band Metro Station. The song was released on June 17, 2008, as the second single from the group’s self-titled debut album. It peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 2009. The song was written by Trace Cyrus, Mason Musso, and Blake Healy, and produced by drained. “Shake It” is primarily an uptempo dance-pop track that draws influences from electropop and synthpop. The song contains elements of new wave music. Lyrically, the song is about being playful and having fun. The song’s protagonist is telling his love interest to forget about everything else and just enjoy the moment. “Shake It” received positive reviews from music critics.