Fast-paced music usually means something exciting is going on, while slow, somber music may signify something serious.
But who says we cannot have that in real life?
So bust out your headphones or turn up the speakers and play these 10 songs, all of which should be on the soundtrack to your life.
Walking on Sunshine
There's a huge reason why this Katrina and the Wave's hit is a must-have (if slightly overused) happy anthem.
From the energetic opening to the optimistic lyrics, one cannot help but walk with a smile while this number playing in their ears.
Feeling like strutting your stuff down the street? Well, then get the right mood going by playing the Bee Gees' classic "Staying Alive" before you head out.
Holding on to a Hero
If you need to get pumped up before a big event or just want to blow off some steam, nothing signifies a competitive spirit quite like Bonnie Tyler's "Holding on for a Hero."
The opening beats really get you going and doesn't let up through the whole song.
For those in a dreamy daze, "Daydream Believer" from the Monkees is the perfect choice.
After all, what other song gives you the feeling of floating through clouds?
I Won't Back Down
If you want to show someone you mean business, go with Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down."
Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful" is the prime example of a pick me up ballad that everyone needs in their soundtrack, especially since it celebrates what makes us all unique.
I Will Survive
There is a reason why Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" is a classic karaoke staple; its universal language of not wanting to let someone bring you down applies to everyone.
Sometimes we need a good cry, which is why having "Everybody Hurts" by REM in your soundtrack is key.
Just try listening to it without shedding a tear.
Keep Holding On
When you want to show someone special that you will always be there, then keep Avril Lavigne's "Keep Holding On" on hand.
Ain't No Mountain High Enough
Of course, if you need something with a bit more kick to show them you care, use this classic tune from Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell.
Naturally, there are a lot of songs out there that can be included to the soundtrack of your life.
Which other ones can you think of?