10 songs guaranteed to make you happy


I’ll admit it. I do just want everybody to get along. I am one of those people who wishes we could hug everything out. Because I can’t escape this part of myself, I have decided to force it upon you all. The following is a tiny smackeral of songs that I promise will make you smile. You might even feel inspired to launch into your own little happy dance.

Seriously. If you are not smiling by the time you get through the list, you let me know; and I will dispatch some bunnies to your house with a cache of red balloons and little baskets of chocolate buttons. [Don't lie just for the buttons. It is a very time consuming process and the bunnies will only bestow them on the truly deserving.]

I tried to include actual videos and live footage. But a couple are slide shows [I did that in cases where the song might not have an official video, or if that is the only video I could find with good sound quality] And of course, I don’t own any of these songs or claim I made them up, yadda, yadda, yadda. . .

One more disclaimer: this is an “off the top of my head” list. I have many more than 10 songs in my collection, and many more than 10 happy ones at that. I just wanted to offer a small sampler; the cream of the crop, if you will.

Now then. Here are the 10. In no particular order. Enjoy– and let me know what your Happy Songs are!

“Good Day Sunshine” by The Beatles – One of my all-time favorite Fab Four tunes. I think almost every song on this list mentions being in love (including this one). But not every one of them talks about being barefoot, another essential ingredient for happiness that the Beatles did not neglect.

“Blessed” by Brett Dennen- Don’t think you’re surprised here. This is one of the Happiest of the Happy Songs. I like to listen to it first thing in the morning. Or sometimes after a long day, when life has particularly worn me out– two wonderful occasions to remember what you’re thankful for, if you ask me.

“Rainbow Connection” as performed by Jason Mraz- I would not pass up an opportunity to merge Kermit with Jason Mraz, and you shouldn’t either. This is a beautifully done version. I have to admit, though. It makes me really want to see the two of them do a duet. But that might be enough cute to shift the rotation of the earth. So I guess we’d better ease into that sort of situation.

“Sunshine” by  Matt Costa- The second song on the list with Mister Sun as the muse! No doubt a reflection of my longing for spring. By the way, Matt is a really happy guy. Saw him open for Death Cab for Cutie, and I don’t think he or his band members stopped grinning the entire set. They were great!

“Everybody” by Ingrid Michaelson- Go ahead and file this one under the “Adorable” genre when you add it to your iTunes. This is her latest radio single. Excellent call, record company. I’ve been rockin’ out to it for months and it’s about time you guys appreciated its awesomeness.

“I’ve Got Rhythm” as performed by Gene Kelly in An American in Paris- If you read my blog with any kind of regularity, you may remember this video featured in an earlier post. I couldn’t help but bring it back for the list of happy songs, though. I mean, can you blame me? Didn’t think so!

“Love You Madly” by CAKE- Nothing like a little feel-good 90s rock to lift the spirits. Listening to CAKE always makes me smile. They have cute lyrics, catchy melodies, and a trumpet player. I rest my case.

“(Say Hey) I Love You” by Michael Franti & Spearhead- Someone else I have mentioned a LOT in my writing. This song is his first top 40 hit after making music for at least a decade. But it won’t be his last. He has a great attitude and it shows in his writing. He deserves every drop of his success.

“Steer” by Missy Higgins- Sassy Aussie. Soaring melody. Chick anthem. There you have it.

“First Day of My Life” by Bright Eyes- This one man band has a reputation for Anything-But-Happy songs. This one is a rarity in that it’s a sweet ballad. And I like that it’s simple. Great songs don’t often need a lot of bells and whistles.

So, that’s my list. Go on. Go ahead and grin. You know you want to!

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59 Responses to 10 songs guaranteed to make you happy

  1. gailbhyatt says:

    You’re right. I want to. I would have put several of yours, but here are a couple of additional ones:

    Who Wouldn’t Want To Be Me by Keith Urban (Golden Road)
    Let’s Get Loud by Jennifer Lopez (On the 6)
    You Are The Sunshine of My Life by Stevie Wonder (The Definitive Collection)

    I love music so I could probably make a list a mile long, but there’s three.

    Great post. It makes me smile.

  2. Beth says:

    Oh, I totally agree about Stevie and Keith! I don’t know that JLO song, but if I was *this close* to putting Justin Timberlake on the list (I just couldn’t decide which song.) He’s a favorite for happy, dance-y pop.
    Thanks for the additions! :-D

  3. Brenda says:

    “But that might be enough cute to shift the rotation of the earth.” Your writing makes me smile! :o)

  4. Jake says:

    I probably would’ve put something by the Barenaked Ladies. =)

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  6. Sandi says:

    Thank you for sharing these songs. I’ve lost someone special to me this week and this brings the happy tears. :)

  7. Sandi says:

    wrong blog link. A little too much wine I think. Funny how that happens when you’re sad.

  8. Jason Glassman says:

    Love this. “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, “Mr Blue Sky” by ELO and “Light and Day” by the Polyphonic Spree are three of my favorite ticklers. Oh wait, one more, Joe Brown’s version of “I’ll See You in My Dreams.”

  9. Alina says:

    I googled songs to make you happy and your list came up. I decided to listen to the whole list just to see if it helped at all. During the first 2-3 songs I was still stuck in my “emo” ways but midway through the playlist I started to feel noticeably happier. Thank you for brightening up my day with this list. :)

    • Beth says:

      so glad to hear that! you are not alone in understanding the positive power of good music- this is consistently one of my most read posts, and i hope it stays that way. thanks for your support, and i hope you keep reading. blessings!

  10. Shannonn says:

    thank you. this is the generation of lost music that 90% of the population has neglected. these days it’s just half naked people with a load of autotune. i lost something today and right now, i feel like i found something that is better.

  11. Cait says:

    This has made me smile

  12. liliana says:

    This is a wonderful list!! I really like it!
    & i wanna make my mexican suggest :)
    – me siento vivo by fobia (i feel alive)
    i hope you enjoy it!

  13. What a great list! Thank you. I had never heard of Ingrid – I was an instant fan!

  14. james94 says:

    great list :D
    i think The Monkees – Im a believer would be a great add to this list

  15. Beth Ann says:

    Hi Beth!
    I googled “Songs that make you happy” and came across your blog. The fact that your name is also Beth made me smile! These songs will be great for walking home from school now that it is SPRING!
    Beth

  16. Beth says:

    I am pretty confused about why you don’t think these songs have melodies or rhythms. Sorry they don’t make you happy. Hope you find some that do.

  17. Might I suggest “I Will Wait” by Mumford and Sons?

  18. Stephanie says:

    Frank Turner has some great music to make you happy as well. :-)

  19. Keri says:

    Thank you!

  20. Daniel says:

    First I want to say thank you for a little insight into your life and the songs that make you happy. I suffer from depression and I am always on the internet looking for something to make the anxiety and depression; just take a break for a while. I really appreciate the music that you have posted. I really like that they all speak of matters of the heart. Love can be so strong….. Even if it doesn’t stick around. The thought of love just like that the thought of winning the lottery can change your state of mind to something more joyful and lifeful. Thank you for the break =)

  21. gavin says:

    family time by ziggy marley always cheers me up

  22. that bloke says:

    I have loads on my iPod that make me happy.
    Here’s a few of them;
    1. Be My Yoko Ono – Barenaked Ladies
    2. One Week – Barenaked Ladies
    3. All I Want Is You – Barry Louis Polisar
    4. You And Me – Lifehouse
    5. You’re Gorgeous – Baby Bird
    6. Better Together – Jack Johnson
    7. Don’t Stop – Fleetwood Mac
    8. That Don’t Impress Me Much – Shania Twain
    9. Don’t Know Much – Aaron Neville

  23. Christy says:

    Hello, I just wanted to add one song that makes me smile every single time I hear it. It’s not realy the lyrics but just the music. It’s called ”Send me on my way” from Rusted Rood.
    Hope you enjoy!

  24. Leah says:

    They’re nice songs but im still not happy :(

  25. Shane says:

    I agree with CAKE. ahahha… these are really nice songs. Thank you very much for posting them. I’m only 16 and it seems I haven’t heard of the singers of the songs but I really do like them. :)

  26. Nerd says:

    Good list…one of my favorites is called level by Avicii….really great.

  27. cormac828 says:

    Here’s a few of my favourite happy songs:

    Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
    Space Truckin’ – Deep Purple
    Escape – Journey
    Sweet Lorraine – Uriah Heep
    Here Comes the Sun – the Beatles
    Driving in My Car – Madness
    Do I Do – Madness
    Lay Your Love on Me – Racey
    Down on the Corner – Creedence Clearwater Revival
    Rock ‘n’ Roll Band – Boston

  28. Suzana says:

    :-) My favourite happy song is ¨Je veux¨ by Zaz

    the subtitles are not perfect but you´ll get the idea…

  29. Laura says:

    I love this song http://youtu.be/C9b3_1CcXtY … always brings warmth and happiness when I listen to it. My children love it at as well. :-)

  30. Sorcha says:

    ‘Come On Eileen’ by Dexys Midnight Runners always makes me happy ^.^

  31. Chris says:

    No one mentioned Bobby Mcferrin? Don’t Worry, Be happy? o.o Also the Beatles…sigh

  32. velladi says:

    Hey your writting style so much unique to other and fun loving and feel happy songs provided by you…..

  33. lauren says:

    I screamed a little when I saw Cake on your list. AWESOME CHOICE. Cake has the power to make ANYONE feel happy and maybe a little bit silly. Overall a nice list.

    Just thought I’d suggest some of my own:

    Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head — B.J. Thomas
    Don’t Worry Be Happy — Bobby McFerrin (and the music video, omg)
    Here Comes The Sun — The Beatles
    Turn! Turn! Turn! — The Byrds
    Friday I’m In Love — The Cure
    Time To Pretend — MGMT
    Gold Canary — Cloud Control
    Dreams — The Cranberries
    Everybody Wants To Rule The World
    Sweet Disposition — The Temper Trap
    Strawberry Swing — Coldplay (this song makes me happy in like… a thoughtful way)

    There’s actually so many songs that make me happy, but I thought I’d stop here lol.

  34. g says:

    I working on listening to all the songs & you now have more than 10 it’s above 50, Thanks to everyone & keep finding the smile in your day.

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  36. Laurence says:

    Woodland-The Paper Kites <3

  37. Reblogged this on The Beautiful Mind and commented:
    really needed this today

  38. this is amazing! :) really beautiful! though quite sad that the 2nd last song didn’t work! :( Gene Kelly has the most beautiful soul and amazing tap moves :) thanks ever so much for this

  39. smile says:

    Just wanted to say thanks!. .. your blog list has helped bring another smile! :)

  40. Guest says:

    I love the song “Don’t Worry Be Happy”

  41. Sandi says:

    HAPPY, Natasha Bedingfield!!!!!!

    It’s interesting to me the songs that people find make them happy, many are very nostalgic which actually makes me sad to listen to. Songs that are slow in rythm with lyrics about lost love… that makes someone happy?? Lol… not judging, just think it’s intersting the various ways in which people rasie their vibration with music.

  42. Julia Rae says:

    Although all the songs you posted are lovely, I can’t help but notice you neglected to add Living In The Sunlight by Tiny Tim!

  43. iris says:

    What about ‘New shoes’ – Paolo Nutini :)

  44. Dana Milan says:

    Hi, this list is great. Actually I’m very picky about the songs I put into my playlist but when I went through this list and all of the comments, I found 7 new happy songs to add, which is awesome! :D
    I’d like to add another bunch of songs that make me happy :) (I’m sorry it’s a bit long, but believe me, I sieved the songs I listen to. and these are the best ones that I know).

    Don’t Stop – Sarah Bettens
    Beautiful Day – U2
    Green – Sister Hazel
    Live Like We’re Dying – Kris Allen
    Come Live The Life – K’s Choice
    Change Your Mind – Sister Hazel
    Life’s a Happy Song – The Muppets
    Smiling Is Free – Parry Gripp (look it up on Youtube ^^)

  45. A great list! Hardly knew any of the songs, but I love that – now I have lots of new songs to listen to :))
    My favourite feel good song (and my ringtone) is Superheavy – Miracle Worker. Everyone’s always humming it after my phone has rung, even if they have never heard the song before.
    Other additions would be
    Reamonn – Sunshine Baby
    Katrina & The Waves – Walking On Sunshine (how was this not mentioned in any of the comments before? or was it…?)
    Joss Stone – Karma (but that’s just because I love a kick-ass after-breakup song, I don’t guarantee it would work for everyone :D )
    OneRepublic – Good Life
    More Than A Feeling (I like the punk version by Hit The Lights)
    … and many more.. especially the songs who’s titles have “sun”, “sunshine” and “summer” in them :D Like, Summer Sunshine by The Corrs, Summertime by Bachelor Number One and yeah, many more…

  46. Eric Sutter says:

    “Good Morning Starshine” by Oliver is the ultimate happy song!
    If you like a female voice try the cover by Serena Ryder.

  47. laila says:

    this is simply fabulous! thank you so much!!! :)

  48. From an older person:
    Walkin’ on Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves
    Its a Beautiful Morning – The Rascals
    Life is Beautiful – Keb Mo
    What a Piece of Work is Man – Hair Original Soundtrack

  49. Noggieca says:

    Pharrell Williams – Happy

  50. Lorna Melia says:

    You made my day so bright, thank you. God bless <3
    Lorna

  51. Pulpfiction says:

    Are you kidding me? This is the funniest song ever made! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MK6TXMsvgQg

  52. Skin em eat em says:

    I know a song; Viva la vida – Coldplay, it’s a good song you people should listen to it. -COLDPLAY IS GOOD FOR YOUR SOUL-

  53. Great list, thanks for sharing! I actually just created a REALLY SIMILAR blog post with my favorite list of 10 happy songs. I only had 1 of the same songs as you (Michael Franti & Spearhead). Here’s the link if you want to check out the rest of the songs I picked :). http://www.colbyandawu.com/happy-playlist-10-songs-that-will-brighten-your-day/

  54. Marija says:

    I had such a bad day, but while going through this list of happy songs my mood just kept getting better and better :) Thank you so much for that, really. Now I can go through the rest of the day with a smile on my face

  55. brandon b says:

    Frank Ocean ~ Lost
    Song always makes me happy

  56. Tanya Leah says:

    Ok, I know…shameless self-promo, but…I just released my first video, and would love a little “like”-ing and help getting it out there! Also, it just happens to be a very happy song… :)

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