46 Songs About Smiling and Smiles

Updated on February 8, 2019
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Keep your chin up, stay positive, and smile like you mean it!  Make a playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs about smiles and smiling.
Keep your chin up, stay positive, and smile like you mean it! Make a playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs about smiles and smiling. | Source

Smile Whether You Mean It or Not

Next time you find yourself frustrated as a result of standing in a long line, try something counterintuitive—smiling. You'll probably need to fake it, but that's okay.

Research shows that smiling is associated with boosting your mood and decreasing your stress. In addition, smiling increases other people's perceptions about your likability and friendliness. There's also a contagion factor at work in that smiling makes others feel more cheerful.

You can't always control what happens in life, but you can certainly control your response. So why not motivate yourself to smile more in your daily life by making a playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs about smiles and smiling? We have a long list of songs to start you out.

1. "Smile" by Uncle Kracker

I hope you have a special someone who makes your soul smile. The narrator in this 2009 country song describes a sweetheart who makes him feel fortunate to just linger in her light. She makes him smile, causes his head to go dizzy, and when they're together he's so over the moon that he nearly forgets how to breathe. Sounds like true love!

2. "Just to See You Smile" by Tim McGraw

In this 1997 country song, the man's sweetheart has him twisted around her finger. All it takes is her sweet smile.

Although he's not a rich man, she has an eye for the expensive things in life, and he works hard to accommodate. He even quit his job and relocated when her career took her several states away. Now that must be a magic smile!

Just to see you smile
I'd do anything
That you wanted me to
And all is said and done
I'd never count the cost
It's worth all that's lost
Just to see you smile.

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3. "International Smile by Katy Perry

Inspired by Katy Perry's jet setting friend, Mia Moretti, this 2013 pop song describes a comsopolitan woman who is "so in demand." She is chic and dances to her own beat, has a distinctive brand and an international smile to go with it.

4. "Smile" by Lily Allen

A smile adorns this vixen's face because she is vindictive with a dark heart. The narrator in this 2006 international pop hit recalls how her lover cheated and left her for another woman. That betrayal damaged her emotional health and left track marks on her heart that she hasn't forgotten.

Now her ex wants to work his way back into her life, and she just laughs him off. She's waited for this moment. All this spiteful woman can do is smile at his pain and tell him he means nothing to her. Ah, the bittersweet aftertaste of revenge. Have you been there?

"A warm smile is the universal language of kindness." - William Arthur Ward, American writer
"A warm smile is the universal language of kindness." - William Arthur Ward, American writer | Source

5. "Smile Like You Mean It" by The Killers

Smiling like you mean it refers to appreciating what you have before it's just a memory. This 2009 rock song alludes to the attempts we make to cope with aging and the passage of time. It offers advice to "change your ways while you're young" because dreams sometimes slip away while we don't realize it.

7. "I Smile" by Kirk Franklin

The man in this uplifting 2011 Christian song points out that you'd look better and feel better with a smile on your face, even though you may be hurting inside. It's an uplifting tune that encourages you to keep smiling and seek joy, even in the midst of personal struggles like unemployment or depression.

8. "Unbreakable Smile" by Tori Kelly

This 2015 pop song should be a personal anthem for anyone determined to flourish anyway. It features a confident narrator who proclaims that the way she lives her life is her choice. She sports an unbreakable smile, cautioning her haters not to confuse her kindness for weakness. This strong lady is resilient and won't be shattered.

9. "When I See You Smile" by Bad English

Stop staring at this guy's really terrible haircut and listen to this 1989 rock song. (He's rocking those short bangs, but we've all probably done it at some time or another.)

This dude is ever thankful to have a girlfriend (as he should be), and even more appreciative that she's such a devoted one. She sticks by him when he wants to give up, and he promises to do anything to see her smile (including cut his hair). Sounds like she's a keeper!

10. "You Always Make Me Smile" by Kyle Andrews

The viral YouTube video from this perky 2010 song features an attempt to break a world record for the largest water balloon fight. The song that is sung throughout it is a proclamation of love and acceptance. The narrator rattles off all the things he loves about his sweetheart: her messy hair, the way she sings and dances, and most of all the way she makes him smile.

11. "Smile" by Lonestar

This country tune from 1999 is a bittersweet goodbye song. While we don't know why the lovers in this song must go their separate ways, the man wants their parting to be positive. He loves his lady friend so much that he's willing to bow out of their relationship gracefully, leaving her with a smile, even though it hurts.

12. "U Smile" by Justin Bieber

In this simpleton 2010 pop song, the baby Biebs is promising undying devotion to a girl he loves. He promises to come running from 1,000 miles away. All she has to do is smile. (Is he talking to you, Selena?)

13. "My Baby's Got a Smile on Her Face" by Craig Wayne Boyd

The fellow in this 2014 country song is none too subtle about why his lover is smiling. The lovebirds have been spending a lot of time in the bedroom, and he makes sure she's a satisfied lady.

Blake Shelton was originally going to record the song himself, but he gave the song to Craig Wayne Boyd after Boyd won the 2014 season of The Voice.

14. "Crooked Smile" by J. Cole

Here's empathy from a man with a crooked smile—that is, he knows imperfection first hand. In this 2013 R&B song, the narrator implores women to love themselves as they are and stop striving for perfection using fake eyelashes, hair extensions, and artificial fingernails. It's inner beauty and self acceptance that truly matter, he says:

Love yourself, girl, or nobody will
Oh, you a woman? I don't know how you deal
With all the pressure to look impressive and go out in heels
I feel for you
Killing yourself to find a man that'll kill for you.

15. "Smile" by McFly

The man in this 2008 pop song is super easy to please. You don't need wealth or a perfect body to snag his heart. You don't even need to be particularly bright or beautiful. All you need to do is smile and show the goodness in your heart.

16. "Helpless When She Smiles" by Backstreet Boys

The relationship in this 2008 pop song is unhealthy, as the narrator is in love with a liar who keeps secrets from him. Their relationship lacks maturity and control, but that's what keeps drawing him back to her:

She cuts me and the pain
Is all I wanna feel
She tears away just like a child
She drives me crazy
Drives me wild
But I'm helpless when she smiles.

17. "I Can't Smile Without You" by Barry Manilow

What would this playlist be without this classic 1977 pop song? I bet today's generation doesn't know who Barry Manilow is—an iconic talent known for his sentimental pop favorites back in the 1970s and 80s. The tune describes a fellow who is so enmeshed in the life and feelings of the woman he loves that he finds it hard to establish clear boundaries:

I can't smile without you
I can't laugh, and I can't sing
I'm finding it hard to do anything.

18. "She'll Leave You With A Smile" by George Strait

The sneaky smart woman at the center of this 1997 country song knows how to attract a man, hook her claws into his heart and his life, and then when she's done, she leaves him, with a smile. He may be wounded but he's forever bathed in fond, aching regard for her. When they pass on the street he recognizes that same familiar smile and concludes that hurting was worth it.

"Peace begins with a smile." - Mother Teresa, Albanian-Indian nun and missionary
"Peace begins with a smile." - Mother Teresa, Albanian-Indian nun and missionary | Source

19. "Smile" by Avril Lavigne

Spewing foul language and pretending not to care, the narrator in this 2011 pop song expresses her appreciation that her lover has stuck around. She asserts their relationship feels right, but there are big warning signs that the two of them are a toxic match. She mentions black outs, a new tattoo she can't recall getting, and also accuses her Romeo of slipping something in her drink last night. Stop smiling and get some help.

20. "Money Make Her Smile" by Bruno Mars

Music makes her dance and money makes her smile. This 2012 rock song was written to be a strip club anthem (yeah, like we need more of them, right?). It describes a dancer who is new in town and features a whole lot of Bruno Mars telling her "gimme what you got." Not exactly his best work, but he could sing the ABC's and he'd still be amazing to me.

"If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love." - Maya Angelou, American writer
"If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love." - Maya Angelou, American writer | Source

Even More Songs About Smiles and Smiling

Year Released
21. Sara Smile
Hall & Oates
22. Smile Mona Lisa
23. Smile
Michael Jackson
24. Moaning Lisa Smile
Wolf Alice
25. Tied Together With A Smile
Taylor Swift
26. Smile In Your Sleep
27. Your Smiling Face
James Taylor
28. I See Your Smile
Gloria Estefan
29. Smile
30. I Love Your Smile
31. When You're Smiling
Louis Armstrong
32. Sarah Smiles
Panic! at the Disco
33. Wild In Your Smile
Dustin Lynch
34. Smiley Faces
Gnarls Barkley
35. (I Like It When You) Smile
Harry Connick, Jr.
36. Caught With a Smile on My Face
The Jayhawks
37. You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile
38. Sandra's Smile
Blood Orange
39. Smile A Little Smile For Me
The Flying Machine
40. The Way You Smile
NewSong (featuring Francesca Battistelli)
41. Smile
Curtis Grimes
42. For Her
Chris Lane
43. I Met a Girl
William Michael Morgan
44. Smile
Florida Georgia Line
45. Smile
Meg Donelly
46. Keep on Smiling
Wet Willie
Know a song about smiling that should be on this playlist? Leave us a suggestion in the Comment Section below.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

  • What is a song that starts with the word, "Smile"?

    The song, "Smile" was released by Nat King in 1954 and became a Top 10 hit for him: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0Hi-ZKAKMo.

  • How does the song, "Smiles" go? It has lyrics to the effect of, "There are smiles that make you happy / There are smiles that make you blue."

    Here are the lyrics and YouTube link to "Smiles," a song written by J. Will Callahan and Lee S. Roberts in 1918. Bing Crosby is one artist who released the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBiBibP3cDY. Note that the song's lyrics are abbreviated in the several recorded versions.

    Dearie, now I know

    Just what makes me love you so,

    Just what holds me and enfolds me

    In its golden glow;

    Dearie, now I see

    ‘Tis each smile so bright and free,

    For life’s sadness turns to gladness when you smile on me.

    There are smiles that make us happy,

    There are smiles that make us blue,

    There are smiles that steal away the teardrops

    As the sunbeams steal away the dew,

    There are smiles that have a tender meaning

    That the eyes of love alone may see,

    And the smiles that fill my life with sunshine

    Are the smiles that you give to me

    Dearie, when you smile

    Ev’ry thing in life’s worthwhile,

    Love grows fonder as we wander

    Down each magic mile;

    Cheery melodies

    Seem to float upon the breeze,

    Doves are cooing while they’re wooing In the leafy trees.

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    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      6 months ago from USA

      Myles Waterman - I didn't find an exact match for that, although I did find matches that excluded the last two words. Do you know any more details about the song (genre, more info about the singer, when the song came out, etc.) in case a reader might recognize the song?

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      Myles Waterman 

      6 months ago

      Looking for the song with love the smile on your sweet face

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      12 months ago from USA

      Cedric - Thanks for the addition. Keep smiling.

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      12 months ago

      You missed the biggest smiles song. Wet Willie had the hit “Keep On Smiling in 74. People say it changed their life. Google the Band and song. It’s everywhere.

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      24 months ago from USA

      Larry - Thanks for visiting and making me smile. Have a good rest of your week, my friend!

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      Larry Rankin 

      24 months ago from Oklahoma

      A smile can change one's day.

      Great read,

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from USA

      Chitrangada - I appreciate your kind comment and am happy that you enjoyed this. Have a fantastic week!

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from USA

      Devika - Thanks for taking time to comment. Have a wonderful day. May it be filled with smiles and contentment.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      An impressive list of songs about smiling! I am not familiar with all of the songs, but checked out some of the videos and they are wonderful.

      Great article and thanks for sharing!

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      2 years ago

      A smile anytime for me. The songs are uplifting and a great way to start the day.

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from USA

      MsDora - Isn't that a fabulous, upbeat time? Glad you enjoyed it too! Have a happy week!

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Great theme--positive and health affirming. Played and enjoyed Kirk Franklin's song. Thank you.

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from USA

      Suhail & K2 - There's no way I could forget this song! The bass player, Ricky Phillips, attributed their breakup to everyone wanting to lead. Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 

      2 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Hi Flourish,

      Just after reading the title I was thinking whether or not I will find 'When I see you smile' by Bad English and there it was at # 9. Well done. This was the best ballad ever by a rock band in my opinion, devoted to a friend.

      Bad English was a fantastic group too. I wonder why they broke up.


    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from USA

      Genna - His song is one of my favorites, too. He's such a great artist. Thank you for the visit. Stay warm and keep smiling.

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from USA

      Rasma - Thank you for stopping by. Hope you're smiling.

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      Genna East 

      2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      What a fun an uplifting hub. I loooove McGraw's song. But I think you said it best, my friend:

      "Next time you find yourself frustrated as a result of standing in a long line, try something counterintuitive—smiling."

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      2 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Wonderful list of smiling songs. Enjoyed this.

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from USA

      Linda - Thank you for the kind kudos. Now that I've achieved 100, I guess I have to set a new target. Hope you smile all weekend!

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      Linda Crampton 

      2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I don't know any of the songs that you describe, but I had to smile when I saw the first photo! I'm impressed by the number of playlist articles that you've created.

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from USA

      Heidi - I've had all of those songs top of mind lately, especially Manillow's song. You'd think it was flashback Friday! Have a terrific weekend!

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from USA

      Linda - Glad you enjoyed this. Michael Jackson did a very nice cover of this song at #23. It's a beautiful song. Hope you're smiling this weekend!

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from USA

      Peg - Michael Jackson did a beautiful cover of Nat King Cole's song, and it's at #23. Glad you liked the list! Have a great weekend!

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from USA

      Bill - That drives me crazy too when I can't place a song or think of the tune but not the lyrics. Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend!

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from USA

      Keep smiling, Frank, and keep writing those flash fiction stories!

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from USA

      Bill - Thanks for the nice compliment. I have over 100 song articles and not running out of ideas yet! I think "free association" style in song. It drives my family crazy.

      They say a word and I often break out into song related to it. Have a good weekend and stay warm.

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      Kristen Howe 

      2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Aww thanks Flourish. It's an old one. I would have to change it someday. I will. You too!

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from USA

      Kristen - Your photo features your lovely smile. Hope you keep smiling. Have a great weekend!

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from USA

      Clive - Yes, you are! Great smile!

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      Bill De Giulio 

      2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Flourish. What a great list. I don't know how you do it? Lots of research is my guess. Who knew there were so many songs about smiling? Great job, have a nice weekend.

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      Peg Cole 

      2 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      I had to laugh out loud at your remarks about Avril Lavigne's song. That sure made me smile. Here's one song I didn't see. Nat King Cole's, "Smile though your heart is aching..."

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      Linda Lum 

      2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      What a sweet way to begin the day. Just reading this made me SMILE. I love Hall and Oates, so was glad to see their name on the list. However, the first song that came to mind when I read the title of this article I don't see here. Charlie Chaplin wrote a song for his movie "Modern Times." (Someone else penned the lyrics). Here it is:

      Smile, though your heart is aching

      Smile, even though it’s breaking

      When there are clouds in the sky

      you’ll get by

      If you smile through your fear and sorrow

      Smile and maybe tomorrow

      You’ll see the sun come shining through

      for you

      Light up your face with gladness

      Hide every trace of sadness

      Although a tear may be ever so near

      That’s the time you must keep on trying

      Smile what’s the use of crying

      You’ll find that life is still worthwhile

      If you’ll just


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      Heidi Thorne 

      2 years ago from Chicago Area

      First off, I LOVE the top featured photo. Too funny!

      And when I saw your post title in my email notifications, Barry Manilow's "Can't Smile Without You" immediately started running through my brain. Thanks for the reminder on Bad English's "When I See You Smile." An 80s fave along with Hall & Oates "Sarah Smile."

      Thanks for the Friday smiles! Happy Weekend!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      There was a very old smile, from the 40's or 50's, about smiling, but I'm drawing a blank on it. The Tim McGraw song was my second choice. Now I'll be going nuts trying to think of that other song all day long. :)

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      Kristen Howe 

      2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great playlist Flourish. Some of the songs I know of and some I don't. I do have a faint and small smile. :-)

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      Frank Atanacio 

      2 years ago from Shelton

      wow.. lots of smile songs I forgot about.. When you're smiling .. Sinatra's version I enjoyed more.. but nonetheless.. a list to sit back and rejoice.. oh and smile..:)

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      Clive Williams 

      2 years ago from Jamaica

      Just look at me...am smiling already!

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from USA

      Mary - Thank you for your kind comment. Hope you smile all weekend!

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      Mary Norton 

      2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a list you have here. I never knew there are so many songs on Smile but I love the poetry in many of the choices you picked.


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