Happy Songs, Happy Mind

Oct 26, 2014 | 11:15 AM



If there’s one thing we can all be certain of, it’s that we live in uncertain and rather scary times. Extremist groups chop innocent people’s heads off and kidnap school girls; deadly viruses may be waiting for you on your airplane armrest; UV rays may cause skin cancer now that we’ve depleted the ozone layer with all our pollution; and hormones in our food supply may make three year olds get their periods.


What can we do to relieve the terror? Massages are expensive and take time; meditation can make your legs cramp from sitting in lotus position too long; yoga can lead to injury; and wine causes bloating and, potentially, a hangover.


There’s really only one solution: listening to happy music!


Everyone’s HAPPY playlist is different; everyones HAPPY playlist is eclectic. My cousin, Rodney, said his two go-to feel-good songs are The Well Tempered Clavier (Bach) and Walk This Way (Aerosmith).


If I gave you  my entire HAPPY play list, you’d go into REM state before getting through it. So here are a few of my feel-good favorites. Some of you may be disappointed; some of you will relate; none of your lists will be the the same and that’s why the world is so interesting.


So…. in no particular order…

1. Shake It Off (Taylor Swift)

2. I’m All About That Bass (Meghan Trainor)

3. Summer Breeze (Seals and Croft)

4. I Got a Feelin’ (The Black Eyed Peas)

5. Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows (Lesley Gore)

 6. Sir Duke (Stevie Wonder) 

7. Champagne Super Nova and Wonderwall (Oasis)

8. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Cyndi Lauper)

9. Shiny Happy People (R.E.M.)

10. Happy (Pharrel)

11. Celebrate (MIKA with Pharrel)

12. Theme Song to Hawaii 5-0

13. Get Happy (Judy Garland)

14. Praise You (Fatboy Slim)

15. We’re All In This Together (High School Musical)

16. It’s All Right (Huey Lewis and the News)

17. Club Can’t Handle Me (David Guetta and Flo Rida)

 18. Theme from I Dream of Jeanie

 19. Ease On Down The Road (The Wiz)

 20. Don’t Steal My Sunshine (Len)

 21. Firework (Katy Perry)

 22. Dec 1963 (What A Night) (Frankie Vallie & The 4 Seasons)

 23. Feelin’ Alright (Joe Cocker)

24. Douce France and la Mer (Charles Trenet)

25. Somebody To Love (Queen)

 26. Still The One (Orleans)

 27. Just Dance (Lady Gaga)

 28. Shake Your Body (The Jacksons)

 29. Stompin’ At the Savoy (Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong)

30. Lean On Me (Bill Withers)

31. Break Out (Swing Out Sister)

32. Come and Get Your Love (Redbone)

33. Sing, Sing, Sing (Anita O’Day)

34. Our House (Madness)

35. Lady Madonna (The Beatles)

36. This WIll Be (An Everlasting Love), (Natalie Cole)

37. Forget You (Cee Lo Green)

38. You Are The Woman That I Always Dreamed Of

39. And The Angels Sing, ANY VERSION

40. Mambo Inn (Tito Puente)


Okay! Enough!!!!! Now share YOUR lists with the rest of us!!!!


Happiness and joy, my friends.













5 thoughts on “Happy Songs, Happy Mind”

  1. Rosemary Becker     Reply

    Thanks for the Happy Videos
    Today is my Birthday.

    • Isabel Rose     Reply

      Happy Birthday!

  2. Leonel     Reply

    Anita O’Day and Ella … Wow. Made my night.

  3. Robert     Reply

    It took me some thinkin’ to figure out what to suggest. Mainly because you’ve hit a bunch of my favorites – both past and present. Here are a few really random additions, in no particular order:

    Copland’s Appalachian Spring
    Andrea Martin doing “No Time At All” (from Pippin – but the version she does on a CD called “Strouse, Schwartz and Schwartz” – her patter is hilarious)
    “Taylor the Latte Boy”
    The theme songs to “Winnie the Pooh,” “Sesame Street,” and “Mr. Rogers”
    Pretty much any Broadway musical overture (Is there anything better than that first swell of the orchestra?) – especially some of the old ones, like “Oklahoma” or “The Music Man”
    “Carnaval del Barrio” from In the Heights
    “Let the River Run”
    “Singin’ in the Rain” (the original by Gene Kelly is great, and Matthew Morrison does a nice turn on it)

    And… yeah… that’s what I’ve got for this evening. Hope you like some of those!

    • Isabel Rose     Reply

      Your list is FANTASTIC and totally speaks to me! You mentioned lots of the songs that I left off and adore. Are we the same person???? Taylor the Latte Boy? Winnie the Pooh theme song? Appalachian Spring? Overtures? Love them ALL!!!!!!!!!!!

Leave a Comment