There are a lot of ‘good mood’ songs that are fun to listen to anytime. But there are a few that, no matter what kind of a state I’m in, never fail to bring out a huge smile and remind me that things aren’t that bad. I am indebted to the following artists for saving me a countless number of times…
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
As silly as it may sound ("MAMA MIA FIGARO!!") this is actually a very complicated song to play and anyone who knows music can agree that it’s nothing short of genius. But it’s one of those tracks that’s 100 times better when you sing along completely off key and then head bang at the cool guitar part (a la Wayne’s World)!
Aha - Take on me
Other than the fact that it is very uplifting itself, this song brings back sooooo many childhood memories and immediately brings a smile to my face. Once again, singing along is a must for the full ‘happy’ effect, especially that really high note that sounds like it could break glass, but when you try it sounds like a dying cat.
Sway - Little Derek
What I like about this track from relatively new British rapper Sway is that it injects innocence into hip hop. With mostly all other modern rap consisting of guns, bitches & hoes, this is a really refreshing interlude with a playful lyrical flow.
Electric Light Orchestra – Mr. Blue Sky
Whether it’s a really beautiful day or not, this always makes me feel like it’s an especially cool day in the middle of summer. Expect a huge grin to surface as you remember the last great summer day you had.
Lilly Allen – Smile
A completely obvious choice. Though the subject matter isn’t really that happy (more like ‘you go girl, men aint shit’ kind of lyrics), the music and her voice are always uplifting nonetheless.
George Baker Selection - Little Green Bag
I don’t think I will ever be able to listen to this song and NOT think of the intro sequence to Reservoir Dogs. Especially if I’m on the move and listening on headphones, I always subconsciously start walking in slow motion…
Nelly - Ride wid me
That riff is just awesome! And even though I am usually anti materialism and trivialities…sometimes it’s fun to pretend!
Mika - Grace Kelly
The first time I heard this all I could think was “fudge-packer!” But it does have a really infectious way of growing on you, and before you know it you’re dancing manically to it in your room singing into a brush. Or not…
Gorillaz - Clint Eastwood
“I’m happy, I’m feeling glad, I got sunshine…in a bag” Brilliant.
The Doors – Whiskey Bar
Jim Morrison was a legend. But he was also a drunk, and this song I feel encapsulates those happy, blurry party moments of the ‘lizard king’.