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.”
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.”
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”.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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”
The Foundations, ‘Build Me Up Buttercup’ is “the go-to classic” for NME reader @DeclanCochran.
“Babyshambles’ ‘Pipedown’, just because it’s energetic enough to wake me up properly” says @NCFCNathan on Twitter.
Pixes, Debaser’ is the wake up song for @BKJDandy. “Best morning song going for me, sets the tone of any day positive!”
@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.
Alexi Murdoch, ‘All My Days’ @dylansdailydose tells us is “mellow enough for the morning, but enough kick to get me going”
Recommended by @Joe_Bolano is Babyshambles’ ‘Baddies Boogie’: “Makes you wake up instantly happy”.
Fleet Foxes, ‘Blue Ridge Mountains’ is “A sure fire-way to put off reality for a minute or two” says @Jjwints24.
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.
R.E.M, The Wake-Up Bomb is “Perfect on a Monday morning” advises @vinimzo.
Radiohead’s ‘Everything In Its Right Place’ is a favourite for @RahadityoMB.
“It gives you a mild heart attack if you have it as an alarm” – @jburgy_95 suggests the Arctic Monkeys’ Brianstorm
What about a ’90s pop classic? @ClareHeidi suggests 5ive, ‘Everybody Get Up’.
Bombay Bicycle Club, ‘How Can I Swallow So Much Sleep’ is @SimGoldstraw’s pick.
Quad City Dj’s, ‘Space Jam’ – A slam dunk offering from @kristieferriso, who says “Nothing beats the Space Jam theme song in the morning”.
Cat Stevens, ‘Morning Has Broken’ is the obvious choice, says @nightwingsson.
“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.
@camatronlaa suggests Chico, ‘It’s Chico Time. Each to their own.
“Waking up to Two Door Cinema Club, ‘Something Good Can Work’ is rad,” says @bluejeansdrying.
The Rolling Stones, ‘Brown Sugar’ “Gets you dancing out of bed” says @Gaveeee.
Black Keys’ ‘Strange Times’ “Wakes me up every morning and makes sure that I won’t sleep again” writes @fabianimatos.
Phil Collins’ ‘In The Air Tonight’ “Starts off nice and soothing, then the drums kick in to make sure your awake,” says @ArcticSoul.
Beatles, ‘Good Morning, Good Morning’ is the one for @analeorne.
Empire Of The Sun’s ‘Alive’ is @maru_carrillo13’s selection.
The Boo Radleys’ ‘Wake Up Boo’ – “What else do you need?” tweets @harryhenrysmall.
Rolling Stones, ‘Start Me Up’ is “A great song to wake up to!” writes @_CR4iG.
Primal Scream’s ‘Movin’ On Up’ @_rjlee tells us “always gets me out of bed”.
The Verve’s ‘Bittersweet Symphony gets the nod from @Haaarold_.
Opting for a soulful awakening, @Drivad selects Tom Jones’ ‘It’s Not Unusual’: “Morning anthem right there, you’ll dance out of bed”.
“I dare you to not feel hyped after a listen” to M.O.P., ‘Ante Up’ says @dnyklmrtn.
@_O_Rourke prefers waking up to Hole, ‘Celebrity Skin’: “[it] always puts me in a good mood”.
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.
@anassparrow suggests Arcade Fire, ‘Ready to Start’. “Great way to start the morning right!”
The National’s ‘Sea of Love’ is also good says @anassparrow.
There’s also a shout for Goldfrapp’s ‘Alive’ from @anasparrow.
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.
“Nothing beats the Lion king, ‘Circle of Life’” says @nikisorabjee.
Alex Turner, ‘Submarine’ and Arctic Monkeys, ‘AM’ are playing for @anasofiarolim in the AM.
The Strokes, ‘Someday’ – “I’ll be either smiling or sobbing but I’ll be awake when it’s over” says @somescallywag.
Blur’s ‘Song 2’ – “The ‘woohoo’ part wakes me up and the guitar distortion really helps,” says @iamskalo.
“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’.
The Cure’s ‘Doing The Unstuck’ – “The lyrics say it all” says @wingnarada.
“Any Bruce Springsteen” says @biggestbossfan.
Daft Punk, ‘Random Access Memories’ is perfect for Jackie Helena Gayl as it “takes a long time to wake up”.
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.
Oasis, ‘Morning Glory’ get NME reader Jorge Sakuma going in the morning.
The Horrors’ ‘Still Life’ also gets a nod from Jorge Sakuma.
The Rolling Stones, ‘Gimmie Shelter’ – “Every morning for the past year and it never gets old…wrote Will Batey on Facebook.
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?”
The Killers’ ‘Mr Brightside’ is tailor made “For those tough Monday mornings” says Immy Done on Facebook.
…as is and Palma Violets’ ‘Best Of Friends’, according to Immy Done.
Simon Naylor has been waking up to The Cribs’ ‘Men’s Needs’ recently.
Cajun Dance Party’s ‘Amylase’ also gets Simon Naylor out of bed.
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?