For us humans, living in the moment, in the present, is important for our mental well-being. Unfortunately, too many people don't take living in the present (now-time) seriously enough, it's nothing but a hollow phrase to them. But brooding about what went wrong in the past and being afraid of the future, what bad things might happen, is not the way to live a happy, peaceful life.
If you ever find yourself drifting too much from the present, just listen to the songs in this list.
1. The Time Is Now - Moloko
In the song The Time Is Now by the band Moloko, there is a call to enjoy the present moment, living now right at this time.
You wouldn't necessarily expect such a profound lyric from a dance track, but there is a lot of wisdom in it.
2. Now is the Time - Jade Bird
Now is the Time by Jade Bird is an encouragement song that is addressed to a specific person, but can certainly apply to everyone: It doesn't matter if the sun doesn't shine and what crap other people talk about you, getting upset won't do any good, instead you should take action now.
3. Now - Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble describes their musical style itself as "now music" oder "hypnotic". In the nearly instrumental track Now a single word appears several times, it's "now". So, the lyrics for this piece of music are: "now (...) now (...)".
4. Live Now - Nas (feat. Scarlett)
In Live Now, Nas sings about living now and enjoying every second before it's too late, because everyone dies one day.
5. Right Here, Right Now - Fatboy Slim
In the Fatboy Slim song Right Here, Right Now, Angela Bassett's voice is sampled from the movie Strange Days. In a movie scene of Strange Days, Mace tells Lenny, "This is your life, right here, right now," from which Mace's words "Right Here, Right Now" were eventually sampled for the song.
6. Right Here Right Now - Jesus Jones
In 1990, the song Right Here, Right Now by Jesus Jones was released. The song was inspired by the fall of the Berlin Wall and reflects the optimistic moment shortly after the fall of the Wall.
7. Right This Second - deadmau5
Next on this list, we have Deadmau5's 2010 song Right This Second, another musical way to focus on the present second and live in the moment.
8. Live Now - Bananarama
9. It's Now or Never - Elvis Presley
10. Now Or Never - Kendrick Lamar (feat. Mary J. Blige)
11. Now Or Never - Tom Novy (feat. Lima)
12. Now or Never - The Roots (feat. Phonte & Dice Raw)
13. Now Is the Time - Jimmy James & The Vagabonds
14. Ahora - Bomba Estéreo
15. Now or Never - Quantic (feat. Alice Russell)
16. Living In the Moment - Jason Mraz
17. Living in the Moment - Katharine McPhee
18. Live in the Moment - Craig David ft. GoldLink
19. Live In The Moment - Portugal. The Man
20. Be Here Now - George Harrison
21. Be Here Now - Ray LaMontagne
22. Now or Never - Buvette
 WhoSampled (n.d.). Fatboy Slim's 'Right Here, Right Now' sample of This Is Your Life, Right Here, Right Now. scene in Strange Days | WhoSampled. https://www.whosampled.com/sample/337763/Fatboy-Slim-Right-Here,-Right-Now-Strange-Days-This-Is-Your-Life,-Right-Here,-Right-Now./
 Rowley, S. (2023). “Right Here, Right Now captured the optimism of the Berlin wall coming down. We’re at the other end of the spectrum… Louder. https://www.loudersound.com/features/jesus-jones-right-here-right-now