Attention, sleepy heads: here are the 20 best songs to wake up to.

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Let’s be honest — mornings just aren’t that great. Groggily dragging oneself from a toasty bed and enduring the clumsy zombie walk towards the coffee machine is nobody’s idea of fun.

According to one scientist, perhaps all we need is a little Coldplay to help us along. Spotify has partnered with music psychologist, David M. Greenberg, to create a playlist that’s “scientifically engineered” to help you rise and shine without the aid of Berocca. All 20 songs on the Wake Up playlist have three things in common:

1. They slowly build

Dr. Greenberg and the team and Spotify understand that nobody wants to wake up to the musical equivalent of a fog horn.

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2. They’re positive.

They emanate good vibes and uplifting lyrics to get you feeling good about the fact the sun probably still hasn’t risen.

3. They all have a strong beat.

More specifically, beats two and four of each measure are emphasised, and all the tunes all have a timing of 100-130 beats per minute. In non-musical terms: they’re good to tap your feet to.

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Here’s the playlist all its promising glory:

  1. Coldplay – Viva La Vida
  2. St. Lucia – Elevate   
  3. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Downtown       
  4. Bill Withers – Lovely Day
  5. Avicii – Wake Me Up
  6. Pentatonix – Can’t Sleep Love
  7. Demi Lovato – Confident
  8. Arcade Fire – Wake Up
  9. Hailee Steinfeld – Love Myself
  10. Sam Smith – Money On My Mind
  11. Esperanza Spalding – I Can’t Help It
  12. John Newman – Come and Get It
  13. Felix Jaehn – Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better)
  14. Mark Ronson – Feel Right
  15. Clean Bandit – Rather Be
  16. Katrina & The Waves – Walking on Sunshine
  17. Imagine Dragons – On Top of the World
  18. MisterWives – Reflections
  19. Carly Rae Jepsen – Warm Blood
  20. iLoveMemphis – Hit The Quan. (Post continues after this delicious and very rousing coffee gallery)

“Science shows that music affects us in all types of ways, including emotionally, physiologically, and in the brain,” explains Greenberg.

“The right music – like Viva La Vida by Coldplay with its positive energy and strong momentum – can help you wake up, get energised and tackle the rest of your day.”

I have to say, it’s all pretty convincing… so much so I’m willing to overlook the travesty that is the definite lack of T.Swifty.

In case you want to perk yourself up right this minute, you can listen to the playlist here:

Do you have a favourite song to wake up to?

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