46 Songs About Smiling and Smiles
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.
What kind of smile are you most known for?
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?
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.
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.
Even More Songs About Smiles and Smiling
21. Sara Smile
Hall & Oates
22. Smile Mona Lisa
24. Moaning Lisa Smile
25. Tied Together With A Smile
26. Smile In Your Sleep
27. Your Smiling Face
28. I See Your Smile
30. I Love Your Smile
31. When You're Smiling
32. Sarah Smiles
Panic! at the Disco
33. Wild In Your Smile
34. Smiley Faces
35. (I Like It When You) Smile
Harry Connick, Jr.
36. Caught With a Smile on My Face
37. You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile
38. Sandra's Smile
39. Smile A Little Smile For Me
The Flying Machine
40. The Way You Smile
NewSong (featuring Francesca Battistelli)
42. For Her
43. I Met a Girl
William Michael Morgan
Florida Georgia Line
46. Keep on Smiling
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Questions & Answers
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;
Seem to float upon the breeze,
Doves are cooing while they’re wooing In the leafy trees.Helpful 1
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