Shake It Off: 20 Tunes to Tame the Winter Blues

January, for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, is one tough month. Short days, long nights, and low temperatures make the month a dreary one to say the least. While some people fight off the depressive winter elements by numbing themselves with unhealthy cocktails or potentially dangerous pharmaceuticals, I recommend a simpler, low-cost approach: getting your groove on.

Yes, the simple act of listening and dancing to a few upbeat tunes every day can help you beat back the winter blues, improve immunity, boost brain function, and trigger the brain’s release of the feel-good chemical dopamine. You’ll also relieve stress and anxiety and pack in a little more exercise.

Simply put, enjoying upbeat music and dancing can have powerfully positive effects on health, so my prescription is to shake winter off as often as possible — or at least until you can book that sunny getaway!

To help get you into the groove, here are a few up-tempo tunes with a wonderfully medicinal kick for body and mind:

  1. 1) I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like) (Michael Franti & Spearhead)
  2. 2) Happy (Pharrell Williams)
  3. 3) S.O.B. (Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats)
  4. 4) 27 (Passenger)
  5. 5) Can’t Stop The Feeling (Justin Timberlake)
  6. 6) Pushing On (Oliver $ and Jimi Jules)
  7. 7) Uptown Funk (Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars)
  8. 8) The Fighter feat. Ryan Tedder (Gym Class Heroes)
  9. 9) Hello (Reggae Cover) (Conkarah & Rosie Delmah)
  10. 10) Who Knows (Protoje featuring Chronixx)
  11. 11) Stand By Me (Playing for Change)
  12. 12) Me Gustas Tu (Manu Chao)
  13. 13) Mas Que Nada (Sergio Mendes)
  14. 14) Duele El Corazon (Enrique Iglesias feat. Wisin)
  15. 15) Be the Change (MC YOGI)
  16. 16) Sénégal Fast Food (Amadou & Mariam feat. Manu Chao)
  17. 17) Scatterlings Of Africa (Johnny Clegg)
  18. 18) Yela (Baaba Maal)
  19. 19) Cleopatra (The Lumineers)
  20. 20) Dance Me to the End of Love (Leonard Cohen)

See you on the dance floor!