Greet 2013 with positivity and a big smile on your face! How? By stealing your tweens' and teens' music players, of course! Listening to music is one of the easiest ways to lift your spirits, and we can bet the pop beats streaming from your young ones' speakers will do the trick.
With their infectious hooks and rhythms, these 10 songs by youth-approved bands and artists are just begging to be listened to on full blast. So what are you waiting for? Hit play and let the music move you!
1. "STARSHIPS" by Nicki Minaj (2012)
Head-bopping lyrics: "Starships were meant to fly/ Hands up and touch the sky/ Can't stop 'cause we're so high/ Let's do this one more time"
Who says moms can't have a bit of fun? The beats alone in Nicki Minaj's hit song will get you on the dance floor!
2. "GOOD TIME" by Owl City featuring Carly Rae Jepsen (2012)
Head-bopping lyrics: "Doesn't matter when/ It's always a good time then/ Doesn't matter where/ It's always a good time there"
There's no denying that Owl City can churn out some very catchy songs. Combine him with Carly Rae Jepsen of "Call Me Maybe" fame, and you have one LSS-inducing song.
3. "HALL OF FAME" by The Script featuring will.i.am (2012)
Head-bopping lyrics: "You can move a mountain/ You can break rocks/ You can be a master/ Don't wait for luck/ Dedicate yourself and you can find yourself"
While we can't get enough of this song's melody, what we're particularly keen about is the message it delivers—you can do anything as long as you put your mind to it.
4. "WINGS" by Little Mix (2012)
Head-bopping lyrics: "And we don't let nobody bring us down/ No matter what you say it won't hurt me/ Don't matter if I fall from the sky/ These wings are made to fly"
The girls that came on top in The X Factor's eighth season prove that they have what it what it takes to be successful pop stars with this inspiring song.
5. "DOMINO" by Jessie J (2011)
Head-bopping lyrics: "Every second is a highlight/ When we touch don't ever let me go/ Dirty dancing in the moonlight/ Take me down like I'm a domino"
Your teens probably play this song while getting ready to go out with their friends. We say follow suit—"Domino" and girls' nights out go very well together.
6. "LIVE WHILE WE'RE YOUNG" by One Direction (2012)
Head-bopping lyrics: "Let's go crazy crazy crazy till we see the sun/ I know we only met but let's pretend it's love/ And never never never stop for anyone/ Tonight let's get some and live while we're young"
This song by one of the world's biggest boy bands should help bring back memories of youth, revelry, and having a whole lot of fun.
7. "IT'S TIME" by Imagine Dragons (2012)
Head-bopping lyrics: "It's time to begin, isn't it?/ I get a little bit bigger, but then I'll admit/ I'm just the same as I was/ Now don't you understand/ I'm never changing who I am"
The kids of Glee may have covered this track in one of the show's episodes, but the hand-clapping, feet-stomping original still reigns supreme.
8. "LIGHTS" by Ellie Goulding (2011)
Head-bopping lyrics: "You show the lights that stop me turn to stone/ You shine it when I'm alone/ And so I tell myself that I'll be strong/ And dreaming when they're gone"
Would you believe "Lights" spent over a year on the Billboard Hot 100 before clinching the number two spot in August 2012? They say some songs get better with every listen; this may be one of those!
9. "DIAMONDS" by Rihanna (2012)
Head-bopping lyrics: "So shine bright tonight, you and I/ We're beautiful like diamonds in the sky/ Eye to eye, so alive/ We're beautiful like diamonds in the sky"
Rihanna performed this song at the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. If it's good enough for a bunch of models ramping down the runway, it's good enough for us.
10. "STEREO HEARTS" by Gym Class Heroes featuring Adam Levine (2011)
Head-bopping lyrics: "Make me your radio/ Turn me up when you feel low/ This melody was meant for you/ So sing along to my stereo"
We may be biased when it comes to the gorgeous Adam Levine, but even without the Maroon 5 front man's smooth vocals, this radio-friendly song shines.
(Screencap of "Domino" courtesy of JessieJVEVO on YouTube; screencap of "Live While We're Young" courtesy of OneDirectionVEVO on YouTube; screencap of "Good Time" courtesy of OwlCityVEVO on YouTube.)