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60 Songs To Wake Up To - Chosen By You

  • This week at NME we’ve been discussing the best songs to wake up to. We asked you guys what’s your musical medicine to cure the morning blues. The responses came in the thousands. Kicking us off is Marvin Gaye, ‘Got To Give it Up’. NME's Lucy Jones “favours a funky slab of soul to make things alright.”

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  • LCD Soundsystem's ‘Never As Tired As When I’m Waking Up’ is Kevin EG Perry's pick: “The lullaby quality of the song is exactly the gentle shake awake I need when I’m in a delicate state.”

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    Added: 06 Dec 2011

  • Greg Cochrane picks Arcade Fire, ‘Wake Up’: “Even if there wasn’t an obvious clue in the title, this would still be a huge get-yourself-moving anthem”.

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  • Sky Ferreira, ‘Night Time, My Time’ is Eve Barlow's choice. “The only time I ever wake up and immediately want to hear a song is when I’m obsessed with a record.”

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    Added: 26 Jun 2013

  • Waka Flocka Flame, ‘Hard In Da Paint’ is David Renshaw's choice: “If this song doesn’t spring you into life then get back to bed, the day holds nothing for you.”

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    Added: 28 Aug 2013

  • Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers, ‘The Morning Of Our Lives’ - Dan Stubbs says “It’s the musical equivalent of a morning cartoon – colourful, simple and relentlessly cheery.”

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    Added: 24 Nov 2011

  • Rhian Daly’s wake up song is The Supremes, ‘Baby Love’. “It’s soft and fluffy enough to make it still feel you’re in some kind of dreamworld”

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  • The Foundations, ‘Build Me Up Buttercup’ is "the go-to classic" for NME reader @DeclanCochran.

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    Added: 17 Oct 2013

  • "Babyshambles' ‘Pipedown’, just because it’s energetic enough to wake me up properly” says @NCFCNathan on Twitter.

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    Added: 31 Jul 2013

  • Pixes, Debaser’ is the wake up song for @BKJDandy. “Best morning song going for me, sets the tone of any day positive!”

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    Added: 26 Sep 2013

  • @Lsmith927 wants to wake up to “Blazin’ Squad. In-person. Each member in a separate room of the house so you can always hear those sweet harmonies”. That’s ambitious, so how about Blazin’ Squad, ‘Flip Reverse’ to get you out the front door.

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  • Alexi Murdoch, ‘All My Days’ @dylansdailydose tells us is “mellow enough for the morning, but enough kick to get me going”

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    Added: 17 Oct 2013

  • Recommended by @Joe_Bolano is Babyshambles' ‘Baddies Boogie’: “Makes you wake up instantly happy”.

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    Added: 04 Sep 2013

  • Fleet Foxes, ‘Blue Ridge Mountains’ is “A sure fire-way to put off reality for a minute or two” says @Jjwints24.

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    Added: 20 Apr 2011

  • The XX, ‘VCR’. "If you are the kind of person who wakes up slowing and is a snooze-button fan” this is one for you.

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    Added: 20 Dec 2012

  • R.E.M, The Wake-Up Bomb is “Perfect on a Monday morning” advises @vinimzo.

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    Added: 30 Sep 2013

  • Radiohead's ‘Everything In Its Right Place’ is a favourite for @RahadityoMB.

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  • “It gives you a mild heart attack if you have it as an alarm” - @jburgy_95 suggests the Arctic Monkeys' Brianstorm

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    Added: 08 May 2012

  • What about a '90s pop classic? @ClareHeidi suggests 5ive, ‘Everybody Get Up’.

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    Added: 21 Oct 2011

  • Bombay Bicycle Club, ‘How Can I Swallow So Much Sleep’ is @SimGoldstraw's pick.

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    Added: 30 May 2012

  • Quad City Dj’s, ‘Space Jam’ - A slam dunk offering from @kristieferriso, who says “Nothing beats the Space Jam theme song in the morning”.

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    Added: 17 Oct 2013

  • Cat Stevens, ‘Morning Has Broken’ is the obvious choice, says @nightwingsson.

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    Added: 17 Oct 2013

  • “I refuse to acknowledge that I might live in a world where ELO, ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’ isn’t considered one of the best” from @mr_swire.

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    Added: 17 Oct 2013

  • @camatronlaa suggests Chico, ‘It’s Chico Time. Each to their own.

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    Added: 02 Mar 2012

  • “Waking up to Two Door Cinema Club, ‘Something Good Can Work’ is rad," says @bluejeansdrying.

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    Added: 28 Jun 2013

  • The Rolling Stones, ‘Brown Sugar’ “Gets you dancing out of bed” says @Gaveeee.

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    Added: 09 Jul 2013

  • Black Keys' ‘Strange Times’ “Wakes me up every morning and makes sure that I won’t sleep again” writes @fabianimatos.

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    Added: 26 Aug 2012

  • Phil Collins' ‘In The Air Tonight’ “Starts off nice and soothing, then the drums kick in to make sure your awake,” says @ArcticSoul.

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    Added: 07 Mar 2011

  • Beatles, ‘Good Morning, Good Morning’ is the one for @analeorne.

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  • Empire Of The Sun's ‘Alive’ is @maru_carrillo13's selection.

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  • The Boo Radleys' ‘Wake Up Boo’ - “What else do you need?” tweets @harryhenrysmall.

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  • Rolling Stones, ‘Start Me Up’ is “A great song to wake up to!” writes @_CR4iG.

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    Added: 29 Jun 2013

  • Primal Scream's ‘Movin’ On Up’ @_rjlee tells us “always gets me out of bed”.

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    Added: 10 Jul 2013

  • The Verve's ‘Bittersweet Symphony gets the nod from @Haaarold_.

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    Added: 20 Jun 2013

  • Opting for a soulful awakening, @Drivad selects Tom Jones' ‘It’s Not Unusual’: “Morning anthem right there, you’ll dance out of bed”.

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    Added: 10 Feb 2012

  • “I dare you to not feel hyped after a listen” to M.O.P., ‘Ante Up’ says @dnyklmrtn.

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    Added: 17 Oct 2013

  • @_O_Rourke prefers waking up to Hole, ‘Celebrity Skin’: “[it] always puts me in a good mood”.

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    Added: 21 Oct 2011

  • Lipps Inc., ‘Funky Town’ - “If you’re not up by the end of this song, you’re destined to say in bed forever” says @Pinter_13.

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    Added: 17 Oct 2013

  • @anassparrow suggests Arcade Fire, ‘Ready to Start’. “Great way to start the morning right!”

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    Added: 31 Jul 2013

  • The National's ‘Sea of Love’ is also good says @anassparrow.

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    Added: 28 Aug 2011

  • There's also a shout for Goldfrapp's ‘Alive’ from @anasparrow.

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    Added: 22 Aug 2010

  • Dan Townsend comes in with this naughty little comment “I listen to Travis so I know that my day can only get better.” Perhaps Travis, ‘Eyes Wide Open’ is relevant.

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    Added: 24 May 2013

  • “Nothing beats the Lion king, ‘Circle of Life’” says @nikisorabjee.

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    Added: 19 Sep 2011

  • Alex Turner, ‘Submarine’ and Arctic Monkeys, ‘AM’ are playing for @anasofiarolim in the AM.

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    Added: 10 Sep 2013

  • The Strokes, ‘Someday’ - “I’ll be either smiling or sobbing but I’ll be awake when it’s over” says @somescallywag.

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    Added: 20 Feb 2013

  • Blur's ‘Song 2’ - “The ‘woohoo’ part wakes me up and the guitar distortion really helps,” says @iamskalo.

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    Added: 13 Mar 2013

  • “London Grammar is a great way to start the day. My drive [to work takes] 45 minutes and they take up every second,” tweets @amazin_blue. Try London Grammar's ‘Stay Awake’.

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    Added: 10 Oct 2013

  • The Cure's ‘Doing The Unstuck’ - “The lyrics say it all” says @wingnarada.

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    Added: 05 Aug 2013

  • “Any Bruce Springsteen” says @biggestbossfan.

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    Added: 05 Nov 2012

  • Daft Punk, ‘Random Access Memories’ is perfect for Jackie Helena Gayl as it “takes a long time to wake up”.

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    Added: 10 May 2013

  • The Partridge Family's ‘I Woke Up In Love This Morning’ will make you “dance your ass through to the shower” according to Honey Badger Meikle on Facebook.

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    Added: 17 Oct 2013

  • Oasis, ‘Morning Glory’ get NME reader Jorge Sakuma going in the morning.

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    Added: 08 Sep 2011

  • The Horrors' ‘Still Life’ also gets a nod from Jorge Sakuma.

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    Added: 31 Jul 2013

  • The Rolling Stones, ‘Gimmie Shelter’ - “Every morning for the past year and it never gets old…wrote Will Batey on Facebook.

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    Added: 26 Jun 2013

  • Chris Morley gets deep on us: “I’m surprised nobody’s said birdsong, a very natural way to wake up and arguable the root of all human music so there’s a certain poetry there isn’t there?”

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    Added: 17 Oct 2013

  • The Killers' ‘Mr Brightside’ is tailor made “For those tough Monday mornings” says Immy Done on Facebook.

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    Added: 13 Sep 2013

  • ...as is and Palma Violets' ‘Best Of Friends’, according to Immy Done.

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    Added: 24 Aug 2013

  • Simon Naylor has been waking up to The Cribs' ‘Men’s Needs’ recently.

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    Added: 04 Oct 2013

  • Cajun Dance Party's ‘Amylase’ also gets Simon Naylor out of bed.

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    Added: 23 Jan 2009

  • Finally, a favourite of ours from Neil Rogers: “I’ve been waking up to [the] Lord Of The Rings soundtrack for about five years now.” Because no matter how bad your work day ahead looks, at least you're not being chased around Mordor for a bit of bling, right?

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    Added: 20 Sep 2012