January 10, 2007


A while back, AWTM was asking for contributions to the most depressing songs. I suggested Harry Chapin's "Mr. Tanner" and Jude's "I Do." But tonight as I was dancing around the kitchen with the dog to some Tom Jones, I wondered about the flipside to that question. What songs bring a smile to your face no matter what? I mentioned before that I can't but grin when I hear Elvis' "Burning Love" or that detestably cheerful "Mmmbop." I also can't help but feel happy when I hear The Proclaimers' "I'm Gonna Be." (Go ahead, you know you want to listen to it.) I love it so much that we played it to close out our wedding, as we kissed and walked back down the aisle. We thought it was a tribute to all the miles we lived apart while we were dating; little did we know how often we'd live apart for the rest of our lives. I love that song, it's a true love song.

So what songs make you happy?

Posted by Sarah at January 10, 2007 05:57 PM | TrackBack

My favorite is not well known and is a secret track on Keith Urban's Golden Road Album. The lyrics are here.

I had this album for several months before I discovered the song. It always makes me smile!

Posted by: Amy at January 10, 2007 08:26 PM

One song that I can make me smile no matter what is When you Say Nothing at All (Keith Whitely, though I prefer the duet w/Allison Krauss). I used to listen to it nonstop when I was in college, just after I started dating my husband. We went to different schools so I used to put it on repeat. We danced to it at our wedding and now, I hear it once in awihle on the radio - always makes me smile.

Posted by: Keri at January 10, 2007 09:12 PM

ok, I have been thinking of this for about an hour...

Viva Las Vegas-Elvis

silly happy

I'll Fly Away- The Carter family

spirtual happy and content

It had to be you-Harry Connick Jr.

in love happy

and there are more...

let me keep thinking

Posted by: armywifetoddlermom at January 10, 2007 10:58 PM

Disco and 80's music, two things that always bring back great memories....!

Marvin Gaye- Got to Give It Up

General Public- Tenderness

...and of course the 90's had some good stuff ...

Charles and Eddie- Would I Lie To You

New Radicals-You Get What You Give

Posted by: Vonn at January 10, 2007 11:40 PM

"Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong and
"The Best of My Love" by The Emotions (for some reason this one always lifts my spirits and makes things seem sunny...and they play it a lot on the radio station here!)

Posted by: Nicole at January 11, 2007 12:22 AM

Yes, New Radicals "You Get What You Give" and General Public "Tenderness" - two of mine. My others are "Back on the Chain Gang" by the Pretenders, "Ocean Drive" by the Lighthouse Family - FAVE! - and "In The Name of Love" by U2. Well, the last one doesn't make me smile all the way through it, but I can't change the station and I have to put the volume all the way up. Does that count?

Posted by: Oda Mae at January 11, 2007 02:16 PM

Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da by the Beatles.

Posted by: Sabbrielle at January 11, 2007 11:51 PM

Rock Lobster - the B52's
Eileen - Dexe's version of Save Ferris'
Just like Heaven - The Cure
Ask - The Smiths

Posted by: Household6 at January 12, 2007 09:13 PM

Matthew Wilder's 'Break My Stride'. Lying in my bunk while in training and missing my then-girlfriend, that song helped me to cope. I've no idea why, since it's about some dysfunctional person incapable of commitment.

An instrumental piano piece by Charlie Chan called 'Tomorrow Today'. Relaxes me and makes me happy.

Several dance tracks by Fragma, notably 'Tocas Miracle', 'Reach Out' and 'Magic'.

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