This weekend I took a little road trip to take my son to camp. With nothing on the radio, I dug around and came up with a cassette. It had no artist cover, just my loopy, teenage handwriting all over the paper liner.
Yes, it was a mix tape.
From 1987.
So I popped it in the player and started to sing (while my son pushed his headphones deeper into his ears). I found myself thinking about the power of music, and I don’t just mean the power that is remembering lyrics from a 25 year old song (although that is pretty amazing especially when I can’t always remember why I walked into a room), no I’m talking about the power it has to give you a boost.

I GOT A FEELING
Music improves your mood. It can make you happy, make you want to dance or inspire you. Some of the top happy, upbeat songs (they say so in the title) are:

Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t worry be happy “
U2’s “Beautiful day”
Don McLean’s “American Pie” (okay, so it doesn’t exactly say it in the title, but the song rocks and who doesn’t love pie?)
Or this oldie, but goodie:

Even that outfit makes me smile

 

GLORY DAYS
Music not only evokes emotion, but memory. Forget the beat or the lyrics, sometimes a song can lift you up simply because it reminds you of a happy moment.

For me a big one is the day my fourth grade teacher passed out the slightly damp, freshly copied lyrics to “We will rock you” and “We are the champions.” We all sniffed the paper (ah, remember those days?) and then sang along to Queen, slapping our palms to our desk to the beat (Mrs. Fearn rocked).

 

COME TOGETHER
Music brings people together. Think about the last concert you went to, wasn’t it amazing singing along with thousands of people to one song?

But it doesn’t have to be that big.

I can also think about dancing in my room to Club Nouveau’s “Lean on Me” with my sister B (small favors that the recording technology was not as accessible as it is today).
Or, there’s the synthesized beats of a-ha that will always remind me of high school. And Jimmy Buffet will always make me think of college and singing with everyone at Sully’s (including my future husband).

Then there was this song that reminds me of going to parties. To this day it makes me want to turn it up and scream along (even if I’m still not sure what it’s about).

Yes, whether the song is cool or cheesy, it can lead to happy connections.

 

DON’T STOP BELIEVING
Everybody loves a song that can lift your mood, empower you or even make you feel like a superhero, as it apparently did for Henry David Thoreau:

“When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.”

(And he lived in a cabin in the woods for 2 years!)

Who doesn’t want to listen to a song that makes you feel like that?

Whether you prefer the original or one of the many covers, here’s a rocking, positive song (so good it apparently summed up the entire six seasons of HBO’s Sopranos).

What is your happy song?

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10 thoughts on “WHAT’S YOUR HAPPY SONG?

  1. amber

    I love this post so much and most of the songs you mention mean something to me as well.

    My current “happy song” is “The Dog Days Are Over” by Florence and the Machine. Check it out if you don’t know it. 🙂

  2. Coleen

    Hi Amber! So glad you like the post. Thanks for your comment and for giving me another song for my happy list. Definitely like “The dog days are over”!

  3. Esther

    Hi hope you are feeling well. I agree with you about what role music plays in our lives. That’s probably why I really enjoyed going to New Orleans and we look forward to going back in September. Music definitely can change your mood and usually for the better. Thanks for sharing. Love to Ronnie and the kids. Miss not seeing, hearing or being together very much.

  4. Amy Aird

    There are so many good songs that bring me back to my care-free youth that I don’t even know where to start. Journey songs remind me of our college apartment and our grumpy neighbor downstairs. It just wasn’t meant to be played quietly. 🙂

    1. Coleen

      Thanks Amy, it was hard for me to pin down a few songs, there are so many that remind of good things. Its nice to look back at those college days, I miss the care-free stuff too. It’s amazing how many memories we crammed into that tiny, tiny apartment!!! 🙂

  5. Catie Rhodes

    This was extremely enjoyable. My feel good song is “Get Down on It” by Kool and the Gang.

    Music is the soundtrack to my life. It has been the one constant for me in life. I’m always thinking about what song would be perfect for the moment. 😀

  6. Paul Anthony Shortt

    Currently my Happy Song is “Alive” by Meat Loaf. Things are, for the most part, going very right in my life right now, and this song reminds me of all the things that have gone against me that I have (and still am) overcoming.

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