Happy Song, Otis Redding. That's all you need.
"Stay Positive", The Hold Steady
"I Got A Man," Positive K
I love this suggestion so, so, so much.
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"Solsbury Hill" Peter GabrielFor the teeny-bopper chick in me (in all of us, really), I offer "Stronger" by Britney and "Fighter" by Christina.
hmm, only song I have with "positive" in the name is Mojo Nixon's Positively Bodies Parking Lot.
"Better Things" by the Kinks. Or the cover version by Fountains of Wayne.
If you're going for literal - there's always "Positive" from Legally BlondeBut my actual suggestion is "Moves" by The New Pornographers. (My first thought was a song that makes me feel happy just listening to it, not necessary positive lyrics. And I could have listed tons and tons, but tried to keep it to just one.)
If you don't know Mojo Nixon then your store could use some fixin'!
"It's All Right" by the Impressions
Nina Simone's version of "Feeling Good."
I'm not sure exactly what we mean by positive, but one song that always makes me smile is Kermit Ruffins' version of Skokiaan (which will ring bells for people who watch(ed) Treme): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoIk3ZT91KU
"Wavin' Flag" by K'naan
John Hiatt - Before I GoCat Stevens - Peace TrainFoo Fighters - Learn to Fly
Also, Nina Simone's version of "Here Comes the Sun" always makes me feel hopeful and Toshi Reagon's "Happy and Satisfied" is another good one.
"The Day Brings" by Brad always puts me in a good mood. "So gather around/And see what the day brings/And see what makes you laugh/And see what makes you sing"
I sang along to "Before I Go" in the car a LOT the year my husband was overseas. Bearfoot does a lovely cover of it.
"Love Is All Around" aka "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" theme song. I particularly enjoy Joan Jett's rockin' cover.Happy Feet - esp. the Kermit the Frog interpretationVacation - The Go-Go's
You Make Me Fee Like Dancing, Good Vibrations, Walking on Sunshine
With your mention of Kermit I was reminded of the Happy Song from the recent movie. The recording by the NY Times of Kermit and Bret McKenzie (from Flight of the Conchords!) was delightful.Life's a leg of lamb!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDnTo2S2BrA
And despite myself, I find my spirits soaring for The Polyphonic Spree's "Light & Day" http://www.youtube.com/v/64W0dQDQ1Pc" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="170" height="140
The late Harry Kalas would approve.
Or the cover version by Dar Williams!I'm not quite sure what we're looking for, but I think Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now" has to count.
McFadden & Whitehead - Ain't No Stoppin' Us NowSouthside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes - Better DaysOK Go - This Too Shall Pass (as much for the video as anything else)Irony division: Bob Dylan - Positively Fourth Street
I Feel Lucky - Mary Chapin CarpenterAnd on the supercheesy front - "I'm Alright" by Kenny Loggins aka the gopher song from Caddyshack
Ron Pope - Good Day
Kelly Willis, "Reason to Believe" (not a cover of the Rod Stewart song)Lucinda Williams "Real Love" (not a cover of the Mary J. Blige song, although I'd be interested to hear a mashup)
Another cheesy suggestion is ELO's "Mr. Blue Skies."
If there's an irony division, then I nominate the obvious: R.E.M.'s "Shiny Happy People"
Bill Withers - Lovely DayStevie Wonder - Sir Duke (nothing specific in the lyrics - just makes me outrageously happy)Stevie - Uptight (Everything's Alright)
Oddly enough, like the Polysphonic Spree song, featured on the Eternal Sunshine soundtrack.
Second for Joan Jett's cover of LIAA.
What popped into my head was Paul Simon's "Late in the Evening." I can't listen to that song and NOT be a in a good mood.
10,000 Maniacs, "These Are Days"And just because I've had it on repeat for weeks now: Florence & the Machine, "Shake It Out"
Not all these songs have "positive" in the title but they all have positive messages and are just delightful.If I Had $1,000,000 - Barenaked LadiesJump in the Line - Harry BelafonteFlowers in the Window - TravisBuild Me Up Buttercup - The FoundationsI'm Gonna Make You Love Me - The JayhawksSugar Hill - Dolly PartonWonderful Day - O.A.R.You Gotta Be - Des'reeSydney (I'll Come Running) - Brett DennenEleanor Put Your Boots On - Franz Ferdinand
I Feel Good - James BrownKate - Ben Folds FiveGimme Some Lovin' - Spencer Davis Group
Springsteen division:Land of Hope and DreamsJaney, Don't You Lose Heart
I love that Brett Dennen song. Aside from it just being catchy and upbeat, we heard it a lot on our beach trip this spring and my memories make it that much better. Aw. Thanks, Maret. sniff
I'm more partial to their "Two Thousand Places" if only because it makes it's tons of fun to belt "YOU'VE GOTTA BE GOOD! YOU'VE GOTTA BE STRONG, YOU'VE GOTTA BE TWO THOUSAND PLACES AT ONCE! in your car.
I love love love Solsbury Hill.
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"Island in the Sun" by Weezer always makes me happy."Lovely Day" by Bill Withers, too.
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Michael Franti's "Say Hey (I love you)" and "Sound of Sunshine" always lift my spirits.
I heard it for the first time after subscribing to Linda Holmes Spotify playlist she created when she crowsourced twitter for joy last year. Awesome playlist, awesome song -- probably my favorite song discovery of last year.
Blasts of pure joy, for me?Overture (Candide_ - Leonard BernsteinWindow in the Sky - U2Beautiful Day - U2This Little Light of Mine - Bruce SpringsteenBrown-Eyed Handsome Man - Nina SimoneTwisting by the Pool - Dire StraitsOld Macdonald - Ella FitzgeraldBambale - Audra McDonaldNew York, New York - Leonard BernsteinBeat Out Dat Rhythym on a Drum - Mandy PatinkinBe Our Guest - Alan Menken
Perhaps it's the post-holiday blues exacerbated by a post-holiday cold, but I had some trouble coming up with positive songs today. The ones that came to mind were songs that really belong to friends of mine.Many years ago, a friend whose daughter was going through tough times away at college spent a week searching record stores so she could send her a copy of Nina Simone's version of "Ooh Child (Things Are Gonna Get Easier)." I actually like the original by the Five Stairsteps a little bit better because of the mix of male and female voices, but the positivity's the same.I also knew someone at college who used to like to cheer himself up by playing James Taylor's "Shower the People." It's a beautiful song, but to me James Taylor always has a streak of melancholy that makes even his happiest songs seem tinged with a sense of how fragile and fleeting happiness can be.I gave a friend a copy of Kate and Anna McGarrigle's eponymous album for a birthday present several years ago. She and her children were all taken with their cover of Loudain Wainwright's "The Swimming Song," which is both very positive and an excellent teaching tool for explaining what an extended metaphor is.As for me, today, I'll chose one in Adam C's irony division, The Pogues' "Sunnyside of the Street", and I'll spare some time today to listen to some of the excellent choices here to lift me out of this mood.
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I just looked at my "Hop In Your Step" playlist and would add (again more for the way these songs sound, rather than any meaning in the lyrics):Catch My Disease - Ben LeeVivrant Thing - Q TipKids at the Back - Washington Social ClubDropped - Phantom PlanetMMMBop - HansonNow We Can See - The Thermals
"Centerfield," John Fogerty"Can You Picture That," Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem"Jessica," The Allman Borthers Band
Mojo made our favorite Christmas CD, "Horny Holidays."
I never hear Walking on Sunshine without thinking of Barry's Monday morning mix tape. Always makes me laugh.
how about "I got life?"
John Lennon's "Oh Yoko" is a great love song.
"Walk Unafraid", R.E.M., and "Top of the World", Carpenters and/or Shonen Knife
Ac-Cent-Chu-Ate the Positive: Kelly Hogan with Jon Rauhouse. (Sure, it's technically listed in the other direction, but c'mon. It's Kelly.)Red Red Robin: Rosie FloresBeautiful World: Eliza GilkysonSmile: Lily Allen (well, it is cheerful)Co-sign several above, including U2's Beautiful Day and 10,000 Maniacs' These Are DaysA few artists whose music tends to make me happy and energized:Billy Bragg with WilcoThe Bird and the BeeCakeNew Pornographers
"Catch My Disease" is now burned into my brain as the theme song to "Too Beautiful to Live" - the podcast from Luke Burbank.
Jens Lekman, "Sipping On The Sweet Water"
The Weepies--oh, irony!--"Happiness". "It's a mean town/but I don't care/try and steal this/can't steal happiness."
"Good Day" Luce"New Shoes" Paulo Nutini (I think)"All Will Be Well" Gabe Dixon Band. I heard this one on an episode of Parks and Recreation and have been listeing to it a lot since. Really nice song.
59th Street Bridge Song (Feeling Groovy)
The Popular Thing - Jukebox the GhostAt the Hop - Devendra BanhartLove Will Come Through - Travis
So many good songs listed already...I'll add a fewDance Dance Dance - Steve Miller BandListen to the Radio - Nancy GriffithShake it Out - Florence + the Machine(dumping the negative from your life, and embracing life and hope "It's hard to dance with a devil on your back, so shake him off, whoa")Your Life is Now - John MellancampOne Big Love - Patty Griffin
Dire Straits - Walk of LifeFaith Hill - This KissMary Chapin Carpenter - I Feel LuckyHenry Mancini - Baby Elephant Walk
Oh, One Big Love is such a favorite of mine. Good call!
Just about anything from Michael Franti works for me. "Hey Hey Hey" is high on my happy list.
one more...the music for the Kevin Kling/Steve Kramer play Of Mirth and Mischief (free download!). The entire play (which you can stream elsewhere on the MPR site) is generally positive. For the songs I'll call attention to At the Hospital -- which basically seduces a young boy into believing that a hospital isn't scary and might even be fun; and Nighty Night to Brother, which has to be about the most upbeat way to end a day.
and also "You Gotta Be" by Des'ree (speaking of stronger).
I actually really liked Crystal Bowersox's version of "I'm Alright".
I only know that song from the Scrubs episode is was used in. Yes, quite joyous.
Very much looking forward to making a playlist of these songs - thanks all!!
"Girls in their Summer Clothes" - Springsteen