Did anyone else's mom used to wake them up by singing show tunes? It is perhaps the most violent wake up cool after having a bucket of ice-cold water thrown on you. Think I'm exaggerating? You haven't heard my mother's rendition of Don't Rain On My Parade.
For a more mellow wake-up call try Glimmer. This wonderful app mimics the sunrise, slowly brightening the screen to adjust your peepers to the new day. It will also mimic bird song and eventually slightly more conventional alarm sounds to make sure you wake up. For the sweetest wake-up out there, download the full version of Glimmer as it drops from $1.99 to FREE.