A song that never fails to make you happy?
I think after watching this video it’s going to be this for a while:
“feels so good” by chuck mangione. the ultimate top-down, driving-around springtime song.
Walk of Life, Dire Straits. Makes me get up and dance every time.
“It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock n’ Roll)” by AC/DC. Makes me laugh thinking of the kids and Jack Black singing it in School of Rock, a movie I first saw with my mom. And the song is full of wisdom, it IS a long way to the top if you wanna rock n’ roll! [Riii-din’ down-the high-waaay…Go-in’ to-a show]
“If She Knew What She Wants,” Bangles.
“The Mayor of Simpleton,” XTC.
Sparkly, jangly pop music.
Ah that was lovely. Thanks for sharing!
As for songs that always make me happy, that’s probably everything but one of my favorites:
CEL-e-brate good times COME ON!
CEL-e-brate good times COME ON!
There’s a party goin’ on right here
A cele-BRATION … to last throughout the years!
Oh oh oh you guys here’s another good one:
“I Can See Clearly Now The Rain Is Gone …”
Actually, the Johnny Nash version is the classic and Jimmy Cliff’s version is awesome too but back in the 90s there was an Irish rock band called Hothouse Flowers who covered it and I totally love their version of it too. Someone posted it on YouTube, you can hear it here. I love songs that start slow and build to a big crescendo. Guess I’m cheesy that way.
Blue Sky by The Allman Brothers
Well, the first notes on the flute got me crying. Weird. It’s a familiar and pleasant classical piece, but not one I’ve ever had any special feelings for. Maybe it was the immediate, open gift of music in the video and on the train that got me, instead of starting off with a lot of self-indulgent Flash Mobitude. It didn’t outstay its welcome either. Perfect.
“The Whole Of The Moon” by The Waterboys always makes me happy.
And the Grateful Dead’s “Eyes Of The World” also, too. I like to play this song over and over in my car, as I drive back country roads on a Spring or Autumn day. Just loverly.
“In the City,” Joe Walsh and the Eagles; “Killybegs” by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and The Chieftains on the “Another Country” album.
“The D-18 Song.” Jerry Faires wrote it; and a lot of folks have done it, but no one better than Norman Blake and Tony Rice.
Real, Real Gone – Van Morrison
It never fails to put me in a good mood.
Second for Blue Sky; thanks for reminding me.
“Got To Get You Into My Life” and “Good Day Sunshine” by the Beatles.
“Shining Star” and “Way of the World” by Earth Wind and Fire
“Up On The Roof” Laura Nyro covering Carole King
“Birdland”, by either Weather Report or Manhatten Transfer
“First Suite in Eb” by Gustav Holst, performed by the Eastman Wind Ensemble under Fennell
“Voodo Chile, Slight Return” Stevie Ray Vaughn covering Jimi Hendrix
“Got My Mojo Workin'”, Muddy Waters
Robert Randolph and the Family Band: “Ain’t Nothing Wrong with That” and “Deliver Me” from their “Colorblind” album.
Just amazingly funky.
Here Comes Your Man by The Pixies, makes me think of being young and falling in love with my wife many moons ago.
Blow At High Dough by The Tragically Hip, just gets me going, a little bit of rock.
“Icarus” by the Paul Winter Consort..
I first found this song somewhere between WWRL, WRVR and WNEW on 1970’s New York radio. From there, a quick jog right to the Pat Metheny Group, then someone played me the long version of “Nights in White Satin,” (“…breathe deep the gathering gloom…”Say what??) and I knew there was stuff going on out there that I wanted to be down with. But it started with Pete Fornatale (RIP) closing his afternoon sets with “Icarus.”
My first step into a larger musical world.
My head ain’t been right since.
“Big Chief”, particularly Dr. John’s and the Subdudes’ versions.
Buddy Guy’s cover of “Mustang Sally”
Cake’s “Short Skirt, Long Jacket”
i prefer ‘dirges’, but i will go with OH! i was gonna say sitting on top of the world by the mississippi sheiks, BUT, i gotta say minimum wage, YA! by they might be giants.
Oh, and Tammi Terrell Marvin Gaye, If I Could Build My Whole World Around You…of course, the double tragedy of both tempers it a bit, but the song…wow, reminds me of the Union Transfer building on Wilson Street in Madison circa 1995…
The medley of “China Cat Sunflower” and “I Know You Rider” by the Grateful Dead. Any version, any era. I just have to hear those opening guitar notes, bubbling and percolating, and smile comes to my lips and my hips —
It was nice to see all those good looking blonde people!
Ok… rocking out to Pink’s ‘So What’ right now.
And First-Draft makes me happy.
“Remember” by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and “Ripple” by the Grateful Dead (or even the Jane’s Addiction cover).
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