Friday Top: 25 Best Wake-Up Songs

As voted by UG community.

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Friday Top: 25 Best Wake-Up Songs

This week's traditional Wednesday Question saw the people of UG community discussing the matter of greatest wake-up songs ever. Based on your votes and more than 250 comments, we summed this one up to traditional Top 25 rundown.

Before kicking things off, the honorable mentions are:

  • The Vines - Get Free
  • Rush - Spirit of the Radio
  • Howard Shore - Concerning Hobbits
  • Deftones - Needles and Pins
  • "American Dad" theme song
  • Slipknot - Eyeless

And here's the list! Be prepared for a lot of "Wake Up" puns here...

25. James Brown - Sex Machine

"Get uppa!.." James Brown's energy plus amazing groove definitely will help you to start your morning!
In comparison with Brown's '60s solo funk hits, this song centers on the insistent riff played by brothers Bootsy and Catfish Collins on bass and guitar and Jabo Starks on drums, along with the call and response interplay between Brown and Byrd's vocals.


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24. Korn - Wake Up

"Wake the fuck up! Wake the fuck up! Wake the fuck up!"


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23. Machine Head - Beautiful Mourning

Even if your morning isn't so beautiful - awake the pain to anger... or just wake up from your bed.


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22. Judas Priest - Painkilller

You need to wake up, but you can't? Rob Halford's energetic high-pitched vocals definitely will help to do this.
The song from cognominal 1990 record was released as the first single off the album. The song was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance during the 33rd Grammy Awards (1991), the second year the award was presented.


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21. Sublime - What I Got

You know, that morning... But anyway the sun is shining - becuse the love is what you got!


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20. Dethklok - Awaken

"Musta-Krakish, The time has come, to awaken him!.." Wake him up and get up yourself!


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19. Megadeth - Wake Up Dead

Just great energetic song from Megadeth to wake up and to become alive.


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18. Monty Python - Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

This song is ideal for almost all cases in the life - and if you need to wake up from your bed, it fits too!
It touches on the British trait of stoicism with the "stiff upper lip" spirit in the face of adversity.
By the way, the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony in London featured a live performance of the song by Idle.

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17. The Velvet Underground & Nico - Sunday Morning

Just a soothing way to start the day...


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16. Metallica - For Whom the Bell Tolls

You know, starting with a bell, this song is really great to help you to wake up.


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15. The Rolling Stones - Start Me Up

"If you start me up I'll never stop..." Smooth but energetic beginning of the day.


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14. The Doors - Roadhouse Blues

"You gotta roll, roll, roll..." Another great reason to wake up.


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13. Pink Floyd - Time

A great reminder of how fleeting time is, and that it's not worth to spend it in a bed.


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12. Pantera - The Great Southern Trendkill

Do you have a problem with waking up in the morning? Just set this song on your alarm.


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11. Edvard Grieg - Morning (from 'Peer Gynt')

Maybe one of the most beautiful ways to start your morning...


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10. Boston - More Than a Feeling

"I looked out this morning and the sun was gone / Turned on some music to start my day..."


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9. Mad Season - Wake Up

"Wake up young man, it's time to wake up..."


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8. Smash Mouth - All Star

Uplifting and groovy, this Smash Mouth's hit is also great to start your day!


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7. Richard Wagner - Ride of the Valkyries

This classic masterpiece will fill you with strength and confidence in the morning...


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6. Napalm Death - You Suffer

Napalm Death's "You Suffer" is no stranger to many of our lists - and you vote for it again. Just make the sound on your alarm clock to the maximum and put this on an endless repeat.


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5. Alice in Chains - Them Bones

Just a powerful beginning of your morning!


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4. Wham! - Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go

Just play this song at the morning - and it'll make your day better.


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3. Sonny & Cher - I Got You Babe

You know, Groundhog Day... Maybe an ideal alarm song for every... single... morning.


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2. Rage Against the Machine - Wake Up

If you don't even pay attention to the meaning of the song, it's almost ideal to start your day.


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1. System of a Down - Chop Suey!

You know... "Wake up! Grab a brush and put a little... makeup!.."


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That's all folks! Know more great wake-up songs? Feel free to post them in the comment section below. And we hope you enjoyed the top, stay tuned until next week for another WQ!

79 comments sorted by best / new / date

    It's fun, i mean, those are your alarms for waking up ? I'm a metalhead, but i need a very soft song so i can wake up peacefully, an acoustic song. it seems just a bunch of songs that got the word "Wake up" in the songs Ahaha !
    This ls all for fun..I gave up on songs as alarms ages ago. Simply because I ended hating every song I put on 😅
    i once had chainsaw sounds as an alarm... once.
    Ever had a rooster?  I now have the lightest thing my phone has to offer. I spent five years of high school getting up too late to go with the loudest alarm possible, and the lightest ones have changed everything.
    I remember using Lamb of God's Ruin as alarm and... it was one of the worst decision I've ever made, it surely woke me up but it put me on a bad mood waking so suddenly
    Trust me buddy, choosing radiohead's no surprises as your alarm song, doesn't make you a pussy.
    Radiohead, no surprises should have been on the list, true. I also like the classical tune #11 -   [h]MORNING (PEER GYNT), DE GRIEG[/h]
    Woke up with that for a few years, was great.  But it created a strange thing : I can't listen to that song without hatting it a little bit. And it pretty much does that with every song I once had as wake up song. I ended up using standard alarms on my phone to avoid "killing" some songs that I really liked. 
    My top three Jams for waking up: 1. Stevie Wonder - Superstition 2. White Zombie - Thunder kiss 65 or More Human Than Human 3. Arcade fire - Wake up I didn't nominate because, well, I'm an asshole
    My Girl You wake up to the line "I've got sunshine on a cloudy day", it's really hard to have a bad day from there on out.
    I had SOADs Cubert as an alarm for quite some time because the guitar starts just like an actual alarm sound. I actually liked it a lot but I eventually had to change it because I got tired of the same song every morning. Plus, now I can't listen to it anymore without thinking of the struggle of getting out of bed. I'll never use one song as an alarm ever again.
    "My life, my life, my life - in the sunshine." *dam da dam* *dam da dam*! The only song I've ever used as an alarm clock (or a ringtone) that I'm still fine with listening to it afterwards...
    I like the sound of silence - simon and garfunkel because it describes how i feel when i wake up.
    The Great Southern Trendkill got me laughing Set it as your grandma´s alarm clock!
    I always listen to No Doubt - Sunday Morning on Sunday mornings Great song
    See, when I think "wake-up" song, I am not thinking one that will scare the crap out of me because I set some metal song on my alarm clock. I think of a "wake-up" song as a song that you listen to as you get ready for the day: getting dressed, brushing teeth/fixing your hair, making breakfast and such. For that I want a song with a fairly pumped feel, but it still moderate in speed. A good drum beat and bass line is good too. That's why I like "Come and Get Your Love" by Redbone. 
    I used to have a cassette player alarm clock back in the 90's. I put it accross the room and every morning it'd play a few seconds of Spin Doctors. I hate the Spin Doctors. I'd wake up, get pissed at the horrible music coming from the other side of the room, get out of bed to hit the button. I eventually broke that alarm.
    This site is a mess now. It took me forever to find this post again. It's not even in the list of all articles anymore. You have to go to Features.
    You can add articles to your feed if you'd like to keep track of them  
    But why did it get bumped off the main list? So much junk stays there, it's hard to sift through. Then you sift through it all only to find the article you're looking for isn't there for some reason. I don't know how to add articles to my feed... But what if I never saw it in the first place? I thought y'all stopped doing the Wednesday questions and Friday lists for a couple weeks just because I never saw them mixed in with the flood of user submissions. The clutter here has honestly made me start visiting less and less, and it seems like the comment and vote counts have taken a dip, too.
    Nah, the comments section is as busy as ever, especially on Wednesdays. It got bumped off the main list as there were less comments being posted. You can leave suggestions here: And if you want to keep track of an article just click on the follow button at the top of the page.
    That reasoning makes no sense, either, because there are countless articles from the past week still listed there with 0 comments (when you click "more news" from the front page). But this one is not listed there.
    It does make sense. The problem is you're looking in the wrong place. Top 25 wake up songs is not news, it's a feature. It's still there in the features list by the way.
    "Watch my latest YouTube video" isn't news, either. But those videos stay on the "more news" list. Half of the stuff in there isn't news by any definition. And if the reason it gets eventually moved is because it's not news, why is it listed there to begin with? That's how I always come across them; I don't go looking for them usually. They come up in the news section. You're only proving how much of a cluttered mess this site is becoming.
    I don't write the articles or publish them. I saw your comment and decided to help, but it seems you just want to complain. So again, please leave site feedback for the developers at the link I posted for you.
    And I appreciate it. I'm just saying the reasoning in inconsistent.
    What about What Happened by Sublime? "Wake up in the morning, clock says half-past one. I have no sunglasses as I step into the sun." Great song
    I used to use Deer Dance as my alarm for when I didn't have my alarm clock with me. Spent a few weeks away from home with work. After the first week it actually startled the shit out of me
    I need calm wake alarm is set to "Man Of A Thousand Faces" by Marillion
    Dr. Genitals
    I like to wake up to Nothing From Nothing, the horns into Preston's amazing piano playing is just the best. As much as I love heavy music, something peaceful has always seemed to be the way I prefer to wake up.
    Delta waves binaural beats are the only thing that help put me to sleep, usually still going as I wake up.
    I used to have headcrusher by megadeth as alarm and that made me hate that song for a while lol
    Moonspell's Awake, been for a few years and still loving it. Nice motivational speech by Aleister Crowley, and then all is dying...   But it begins softly which is good, and if you don't wake up it gets louder and harder.