Upbeat Post-Rock To Put A Smile On Your Face

I remember laughing hard when I saw the line “I’m so post-rock I shit sad birds” a long while ago, and it still gets me every time.

Although this line does tell something about the general mood and tone of post-rock, it tells only part of the story. There are hundreds of upbeat and uplifting post/math/instrumental rock songs out there that can lift your spirits and cheer you up.

The spotify playlist (available at the end of this post) includes many more tracks than individual entries covered below, so make sure to follow it as well. And just in case Spotify is not available in your country, I’ve also included a full list of all tracks, again at the end of the post.

Finally, feel free to post your favorite upbeat post-rock songs in the comments section and I will consider featuring them in a follow up post or update.

Here we go, presented in alphabetical order.

(*As of September 04, 2016, there is now a sequel to this list. See Part II here.)


ADEBISI SHANK – BIG UNIT


ALPHA MALE TEA PARTY – YOU EAT HOUMOUS, OF COURSE YOU LISTEN TO GENESIS


ANATHÈME – BAISERS DE GLASGOW


AND SO I WATCH YOU FROM AFAR – RUN HOME


BELLS – WANDERER


CASPIAN – FURTHER UP


DIAS DE SEPTIEMBRE – LEGO


DORENA – MY CHILDHOOD FRIEND


EAST OF THE RIVER – CHASING COLOURS


EL TEN ELEVEN – NOVA SCOTIA


ENEMIES – LOVE UNLIMITED


EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY – POSTCARD FROM 1952


GIANTS – THE SLEEP OF A LABORING MAN


HOMELESS ATLANTIC – BLOOM


I/O – NOISE FLOOR


KLIMT – OSTATNIE CHWILE DZIECIŃSTWA


LIGHTS & MOTION – FIREFLIES


LOST IN THE RIOTS – HALYCON DAYS OF SUMMER


LYMBYC SYSTYM – NOTATIONS


MAN IS NOT A BIRD – THE SOUNDS OF SPRING


MENTAL ARCHITECTS – GO!


MIAOU – ALWAYS DREAMING OF THINGS TO COME


MOGWAI – HOW TO BE A WEREWOLF


MOONLIT SAILOR – WEEKDAY ESCAPE


MY DAD VS YOURS – HAPPY WANDERER / CARRY THE WEIGHT


NORDIC GIANTS – DRUMFIRE


PAINT THE SKY RED – TO EVERNESS


RENDEZVOUS PARK – CLOSER TO BEING HERE


SAXON SHORE – MARKED WITH KNOWLEDGE


SIGUR RÓS – HOPPÍPOLLA


THE END OF THE OCEAN – ON FLOATING


TOTORRO – CHEVALIER BULLTOE


U137 – PEARL LAKES


WAKING AIDA – GLOW COIN


YOU SLUT! – MYBLOODYJESUSEXPLORERONFIRE


SPOTIFY PLAYLIST
(Currently 142 tracks available)

(Link: https://open.spotify.com/user/arcticdrones/playlist/5PZZl9sOYqs1By6DoAFo1Y)


LIST OF TRACKS (TO BE UPDATED)
*** Songs that are currently unavailable on Spotify.

65daysofstatic – Pacify
65daysofstatic – Dance Dance Dance
A Nice Day For An Earthquake – Leo
Adebisi Shank – Big Unit
Alpha Male Tea Party – You Eat Houmous, Of Course You Listen To Genesis
Anathème – Baisers De Glasgow
And So I Watch You From Afar – Don’t Waste Time Doing Things You Hate
And So I Watch You From Afar – 7 Billion People All Alive At Once
And So I Watch You From Afar – Run Home
And So I Watch You From Afar – BEAUTIFULUNIVERSEMASTERCHAMPION
Angina – Preambule***
Balmorhea – Settler
Balmorhea – Masollan
Bearded Youth Quest – Bjork Scratchings
Bells – Always Invisible
Bells – Wanderer
Bells – Daisy
Bells – Mountains
Bells – Seeker Pt2
Blackbird Cathedral – Cair Paravel
Blien Vesne – Ixoye
Boira – Volcano
Brontide – Bare My Bones
Brontide – Kith And Kin
Butterfly Explosion – Tracing Stars
Caspian – Halls Of The Summer
Caspian – Hickory 54
Caspian – Further Up
Caspian – Some Are White Light
Colour Dreams – Watching The Sunrise
Dawn Chorus Ignites – Fast Stillness
Degree Of Arc – Forward
Detroit Hills – The Charge***
Dias De Septiembre – Lego
Do Make Say Think – Do
Do Make Say Think – Her Story Of Glory
Do Make Say Think – Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!
Dorena – From The Window Of My Room
Dorena – We’ll Never Meet This Young Again
Dorena – Let Us Live
Dorena – My Childhood Friend
East Of The River – Chasing Colours***
El Ten Eleven – I Like Van Halen Because My Sister Says They Are Cool
El Ten Eleven – Thanks Bill
El Ten Eleven – Peter And Jack
El Ten Eleven – Sorry About Your Irony
El Ten Eleven – Nova Scotia
Enemies – Indian Summer
Enemies – Love Unlimited
Explosions In The Sky – Postcard From 1952
Equals – Rattle The Husks
Equals – Conveyor
First Breath After Coma – Salty Eyes
Flodhäst – El Viaje Del Elefante
Gates – Skyline
Gates – To Those Who Fell…&…And To Those Who Carry On
Giants – The Sleep Of A Laboring Man
Homeless Atlantic – Bloom
Final Days Society – Scalar Fields
Flies Are Spies From Hell – Mountain Language
Human Pyramids – Tall Tales
I/O – Noise Floor
Isles – When The Storm Clears
Kidofdoom – Joe Start
Kidofdoom – Minor Disagreements
Kidofdoom – Social Light
Kidofdoom – Spacewalk
Kidofdoom – Sweet Brother
Klimt – Ostatnie Chwile Dzieciństwa
Last Lungs – 33
Laura – Every Light
Lights & Motion – Heartbeats
Lights & Motion – Sparks
Lights & Motion – Aerials
Lights & Motion – Fireflies
LITE – Ghost Dance
LITE – Infinite Mirror
Lost In The Riots – She Can’t See Us If We Don’t Move
Lost In The Riots – Halycon Days Of Summer
Lost In The Riots – Pearl River Delta
Lymbyc Systym – Notations
Man Is Not A Bird – Symphony
Man Is Not A Bird – The Sounds Of Spring***
Maserati – Monoliths
Maybeshewill – Fair Youth
Mental Architects – Go!
Miaou – Always Dreaming Of Things To Come
Mogwai – Mogwai Fear Satan
Mogwai – How To Be A Werewolf
Mogwai – The Sun Smells Too Loud
Moonlit Sailor – From Gemini To Lynx
Moonlit Sailor – Colors In Stereo
Moonlit Sailor – Sunbeams
Moonlit Sailor – Golden Years
Moonlit Sailor – Kodac Moment
Moonlit Sailor – Weekday Escape
Múm – Green Grass Of Tunnel
Mutiny On The Bounty – Telekinesis
Mutiny On The Bounty – Dance Automaton Dance
My Dad Vs Yours – En Plein Soleil
My Dad Vs Yours – Born Upwards (Time Flies)
My Dad Vs Yours – Habla Paisano
My Dad Vs Yours – Tanz Mit Uns
My Dad Vs Yours – Carry The Weight
Neko Nine – Fireworks Up There
Neko Nine – Shining
New Century Classics – Congratulate You, Where?
Nordic Giants – Drumfire
Old Solar – The Ascent
Paint The Sky Red – To Everness***
Phone Home – I Went And Got A Gatorade
Piece Of Sky – Native Expectation – Hearththrob
Random Forest – The New Year
Rendezvous Park – Closer To Being Here
Qibe – Semua Kita
Saxon Shore – Replacement Driver
Saxon Shore – The Revolution Will Be Streaming
Saxon Shore – Marked With Knowledge
Sigur Rós – Gobbledigook
Sigur Rós – Olsen Olsen
Sigur Rós – Hoppípolla
Solkyri – Yes, I’m Breathing***
Standby Red 5 – Men Of The Future
Standby Red 5 – A Riddle And Its Answer
Standby Red 5 – Fireball Kid
Syberia – Herboren
te’ – 夜は光を掩蔽し、幾多の秘密を酌み、さかしまな『夢想』を育む***

Telephony – Delta
Telephony – Echo
Telephony – Golf
The Album Leaf – Until The Last
The End Of The Ocean – On Floating
Tides From Nebula – Now Run
Toe – Vanishing Point And Whistle
Toe – Velvet Blanc
Tom’s Story – Anchors
Totorro – Tonton Alain Michel
Totorro – Home Alone
Totorro – Chevalier Bulltoe
U137 – Pearl Lakes
Unconditional Arms – As The Fog Lifts
Waking Aida – How To Build A Spacestation
Waking Aida – Glow Coin
Wander – Youth
Weary Eyes – Level Up
Wess Meets West – Is There Anything Else, Charles?
Years of Rice and Salt – Carnival
You Slut! – Fifzteen
You Slut! – Mybloodyjesusexploreronfıre
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