6 Songs to Make You Happy

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Music soothes the soul.

Depression can sometimes jump up and grab us by the throat to strangle feel-good feelings right out of us.

Fight it with music. Listening to music you can sing along with will get all those good endorphins to start moving around in your brain creating happier feelings that will lift your spirits.

Other things that will get those endorphins moving are singing along to the tunes and dancing as you sing.

Don't feel shy. You want to get those happy feelings back, don't you? Turn the music up and grab another member of the household for a little jig, which is always fun for creating a great memory. You not only make yourself feel happier, but you make others think you might be a little crazy and give them a laugh, too. You are spreading the joy.

If you are by yourself, then get jiggy with it. Let the music lead you and go with the flow. Sing and dance all over the house or apartment and hope that no one is looking through the window.

Pharrell Williams' "Happy"

Pharrell Williams' "Happy"

I wrote this hub in 2012. Below are some of my all-time favorite happy songs, but now I have a new one that I have to add that definitely makes me happy when I am listening!


Pharrell Williams' "Happy" song has created a wave of happiness across the world since being released first in November of 2013 then under Columbia Records label in December 2013. It spread like wild fire in more than 20 countries across the globe.

Williams has given the world a song that truly is "Happy." You want to dance, sing, smile, and laugh when you hear this song. Williams pulls us in and makes us feel included. What a wonderful gift he has given to the world.

Pharrell Williams' "Happy"

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"Walking On Sunshine" Performed by Katrina & the Waves

Katrina & the Waves came out with this song in the early 1980s, and it has been a favorite every since its first introduction. Why? Because it is upbeat, fun, and youthful. Imagining yourself "Walking on sunshine" with a stride in your step and free spirit in your heart as you sing along. Don't just sit there! Look at that jaunt in her step as she sings this song. It makes you feel crazy and carefree. You have to love that.

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"Happy Together" by the Turtles

"I can't see me loving nobody but you for all my life" are words that will spring to your mind when you are feeling low. The title "Happy Together" makes this tune sound happy because it is happy. If you don't have someone in your life, sing it to yourself. Wrap your arms around yourself and give yourself a big hug. Sound silly? Maybe, but you will feel better.

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"Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bob Marley

As you watch this video of lyrics written and performed by Bob Marley, pay close attention to what it says. "In every life we have some trouble./When you worry, you make it double." What profound words! Get up and sway back and forth from foot to foot. Snap your fingers, whistle with the music, and add a few little smooth twists and turns; and "Don't worry, be happy."

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"My Favorite Things" Performed by Julie Andrews

Listening to this upbeat tune from The Sound of Music can turn any anxiety into feelings of gratitude for the small things around us that bring us joy. "Whiskers on kittens," and "Silver white winters that melt into Spring" can help you think of the beautiful things in this world. Go ahead - you know you want to - that's right... Get up and spread your arms wide and twirl as you listen and sing. What a great release!

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"Cherry Bomb" by John Mellencamp

Listening to "Cherry Bomb" makes you think about simple, good times in the past. Times that innocence still lived within you. It helps remove some of the worry that brings you down. John Mellencamp's voice carries you along with a snap in your fingers and a dance in your feet. There are no hidden meanings because "We were young and we were improving." Not only will you want to dance and sing to "Cherry Bomb," but your mind will take you back to times in your life that will cause you to smile now because those times were either so sweet or so ridiculous, and there is nothing left but to smile at how you have grown. You can't change the past. You can only learn from it to live in the present.

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Let the Music Move You Out of Your Depression

Depression is real and it can be serious if not treated. If you can create a playlist of songs that make you remember or feel something special in your life, either past or present, you need to keep it with you during those dark times. You can also use your smartphone to get free website music from iTunes Radio, Pandora, or iHeart Radio, type in the song or artist and start listening to the same type of music.

Memorize the words and tune to your favorite songs, so at a moment's notice, you can pull them up and they can run through your head. Listening to the words and feeling what is conveyed will help you move up and out of the doldrums and back to your real self. Remember to move with the music and its upbeat sound in order to create the chemical reactions that enhance the endorphins to dance in your brain, making you feel better about yourself and life. It is true, music heals.

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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

These are great song choices to listen to when you're down. The song that always does it for me is "Sweet Judy Blue Eyes", by Crosby Stills & Nash. I think it's all the do do do do do do do do do do do's that bring a smile to my face when I sing along with it :)


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks, Susan! "Sweet Judy Blue Eyes" is a good one! Thanks for sharing that one! :-)

I appreciate you dropping by! :-)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

The hub was uplifting! Lol. Each time you mentioned the new song...I could instantly hear it in my head! The loudest was Cherry Bomb! I love that one in particular!


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas

sholland10 - Hey Susan! Great hub! These are fun and up-lifting tunes. Perfect for busting those dreary days. I'm glad you included Julie Andrews - I didn't expect it, but she was a pleasant and appropriate surprise.

I'm going to keep this hub open and work my way through the videos. :)

Voted up and sharing!


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

I love these songs.. I grew up with these songs. and you are so right they are happy songs.. great hub THE TURTLES HAPPY TOGETHER..

voted up

Debbie


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

For once, I am familiar with all the tunes on a music list. And I agree these will take me out of any funk. Voting this Up and Useful.


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BWD316 4 years ago from Connecticut

great list of songs to lift anybody's mood! voted up and awesome!


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L.L. Woodard 4 years ago from Oklahoma City

I'd forgotten about a couple of these songs; appreciate you refreshing my memory.

I agree that music can have a powerful impact over moods. In younger days, Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" got me through some rough times.

Voted up and SHARED.


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

"Cherry Bomb" is one of my favorite songs!!! Melloncamp rocks! I might have to put it on now!!! Thank you! Voted up!


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Marie-Renee 4 years ago

I guess we each have our own comfort music and mine are Christian songs. Happy, stressed, feeling lonely, and especially when feeling its-me-against-the-world thing then I would rather listen to Casting Crowns music. Makes me see things in a better perspective. My son though has introduced me to some of his music (alternative and the dance-able ones), he even put it in my playlist, and I have learned to appreciate it too. Sometimes though it makes people look at me as I move with the music, lol. Great job here! Voted up and tweeted.


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

I like nearly all the songs you mention. Also "My Girl," and anything by Chuck Berry..also "Plain Jane," Boney Moroney,"

On the other hand, songs by Elton John make me sad, especially "Paperback Writer"

Presley gets me fired up and wishing I was still young and pretty (long gone!).

I adore the Drifters - have you heard their version of White Christmas?" best ever...and so on

Bob


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Kelly, "17 has turned 35" used to be my favorite line. The song brings up such good memories of youth, some in truth and some romanticized. Plus, isn't John Mellencamp HOT in that video??? LOL


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

MissOlive, SOUND OF MUSIC came out in 1965 - the year I was born. My mother took me to see it when I was 5 or 6. That scene with the kids in her room during the thunderstorm has stuck with me. I love "whiskers on kittens"!! :-) What person wouldn't love those favorite things??? LOL

Thanks for dropping by, voting, and sharing!


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

ALocsin, BWD,LL, and Audra, I am glad I got some hits that everyone knew and/or brought back memories. I had to listen to and watch each video before putting them hub, and they lifted my spirits! :-)

Thank you all for dropping by, commenting, voting, and sharing!! I appreciate all of you.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Marie, I have my favorite Christian songs, too. I have a couple of hubs with Kathy Troccoli music (she's my favorite), and I love the Worship Songs on the WOW CD's, too.

Thanks for dropping by, voting, and tweeting! :-)


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hi Bob, I am the last of eight kids with my oldest sister being 26 years older than me. I grew up listening to my mother's gospel and country music and siblings' rock music from all stages of ROCK. Elvis has always been my favorite (esp. Leather Elvis in '68). I love Elton John, sad or happy - saw him in concert last year - AWESOME! My Girl - though before the movie, reminds me of being able to ride my bike all over town without fear of being picked up by a stranger - a great time in my life. And, everyone should listen to Chuck Berry!

Thanks for dropping by and walking down memory lane with me. :-)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I don't get depressed, but I do get the blues and when I do Keith Urban has a way of lifting my spirits very quickly. (I know you aren't surprised by my comment). Haha! I like your choices John Mellencamp is da bomb!


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Sunshine, you should create the 5 Happiest Keith Urban songs!

Thanks for dropping by!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

Of all of these I would say "Happy Together" is my favorite but I agree that music does lift your spirits when you get down in the dumps. Great hub!


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hey Alecia, "Happy Together" is my ringtone for my husband - unless I am mad at him then it's Elvis' "Suspicious Minds" at the part that starts "I'm caught in a trap/I can't walk out/because I love you too much baby." LOL

Thanks for dropping by!


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agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

Thank you very much for those songs, can I include "If We Hold On Together" sung by Diana Ross too?


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Of course you can share, Agusfanani! I hope everyone shares their happy songs. :-)

Thanks for dropping by! :-)


Poetic Fool 4 years ago

Susan, these are all great songs to lift your spirits but I must admit "Walking on Sunshine" is one of my guilty favorites. Music can be such a great way to get out of a funk! Thanks for sharing.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Well, PF, if "Walking on Sunshine" is one of your guilty favorites, I hope you have some good memories to go with it. LOL I am glad you like the songs! Thanks for dropping by! :-)


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

this reminds me of the poem i wrote about the song Don't worry be happy, but i didn't realize it was Bob Marley who sang the song...thanks for this song sholland...


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Raciniwa, have you published your poem on HP's? I would love to see it. I am glad you liked the hub.

Thanks for dropping by! :-)


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

Perfect song choices :) Im still on the first song but I had to come down and let you know I am moving and grooving already. I love using music to bring me back up when I am feeling a little blue.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks, Ardie! I am the same way. Music lifts me up. I really believe it gets the endorphins moving when you start "getting down" with the tunes. LOL

Thanks so much for dropping by! :-)


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epigramman 4 years ago

...frankly my sensational Susan I am a bit depressed now myself for not arriving here a lot earlier but better late than never, as they always say, and I would have posted this beautiful labor of love myself to our music group if you had not beat me to it - sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 12:39pm and I will dedicate a happy song myself to you underneath your post here at our group.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Thanks for sharing and you're right these are certainly happy songs. Passing this on.


tnderhrt23 4 years ago

Great hub. Music moves the soul, and always soothes the savage beast in me.Fantastic job with this!


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Awww, Epi, I hope you feel better. I am doing a little dance on sunshine between steps just for you! I hope the rays are reaching you and warming your heart and soul. :-)


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thank you, Gypsy Rose Lee! I think music is one of the best forms of therapy. :-) Thanks for dropping by and passing it along to cheer other up! :-)


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks, Tnderhrt! Music does move the soul and soothes that savage beast better than anything I know of when one feels alone. I am so glad you liked the songs and thanks for dropping by! :-)


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

Don't worry be happy

Cherry Bomb... my two favorites of the lot!

Great song choices and a wonderful hub! Music can truly remove all strife.. just by the worldly feel of it!


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caramellatte 4 years ago

I like My favorite things. Its catchy. I like Colbie Calliat songs, too. She's very bubbly.:)


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Rahul, you are so right about music taking away the strife. It is therapy for me! :-)

I am glad you liked the songs! Thanks for dropping by!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

Those are great songs... I remember one time when my mom's car broke down we sat there and sang Don't worry - Be Happy until help came along. Unfortunately it was the time before cell phones and living in the middle of nowhere... it was a while before help arrived! :)


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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Sholland, this is such a wonderful and original hub. I'm glad you decided to write it. I have enjoyed reading it very much.

Thanks and voted up

John


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

BarberGirl, I remember those times before cell phones where we actually talked and even sang together. Sounds like a wonderful memory, even though the car was broken down in the middle of nowhere. :-)

Thanks for dropping by! :-)


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks, John! I am glad you enjoyed it. :-)

Thanks for dropping by!


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thecrazzykylex 4 years ago from Incredible India!

No "I'm Alive" by Celine Dion? :( How can you simply ignore.

By the way great hub. Haven't listen to all of them. Would be happy if you add more songs like the one I already mentioned above :)


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twoseven 2 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

Great choices!!! I have been so taken by the song Happy and it really does make me happy every time I hear it or sing it! Thank you - this hub brightened my spirits today!


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Lorne Hemmerling 2 years ago from Port Hope

All great choices and a coincidence. I was feeling kind of deflated this morning. I put on Southern Knights by The Crusaders. All instrumental from 1973. This music always makes me feel good.....it did. Funny, how good things start to happen when you feel good...law of attraction. I just got a booking for a blues festival in September. Damn the torpedoes...


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sholland10 2 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

TwoSevens, my girlfriend sent me the "Happy" video early this year, and I knew I had a new happy song!! Love it! I am so glad the hub brightened your spirits!! Have a lovely day! :-)

Lorne, isn't it wonderful to have that music collection we know will help lift us up?? It is wonderful when happiness has a domino effect. Good luck at the Blues Festival! I am sure your music makes many very happy!!

Thanks for dropping by!! :-)


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

I love the new pictures and I know ans sometimes sing those songs too. Thanks for sharing this happy hub!


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sholland10 2 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thank you! I had a lot of fun picking out happy pictures! I appreciate you dropping by and sorry it took so long for me to get back to you. Hope you are having a HAPPY weekend! :-)


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Came back for another visit. Love what you've done with this hub!


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Susan...Positively EXCELLENT choices of "happy" songs! Love them and now I will be singing one or the other ALL day!

Music can be magical. A sad or grumpy mood just melts away with the right tune and lyrics.

I LOVE this hub. Thank you, Susan......You & hubby are gorgeous people. Your smiles are contagious!...UP ++++


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sholland10 2 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks, Susan!! So glad you dropped by -- again! :-)


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sholland10 2 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hey Paula! Music is magic! It may not carry our cares away (may even help us wallow in them), but music can help us stay away from jumping down that deep dark hole!

Thanks for the compliment on my and hubby's pic. He typically won't behave for pictures and it is hard to find a good picture of us. I had to pay someone to take that picture, and I threatened him SEVERELY (look at our sizes - do ya think he was afraid?).

Anyway, I feel like "a room without a roof," so I am going to go dance - not pretty, but it sure does make me happy! :-)

Thanks for dropping by!!


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Well....now that you mention it Susan...I had thought about some wisecrack about the VAST difference in size between you and hubby. I think everyone knows I can't resist a little kidding....but, I thought I better not, in case you took offense (even though I know you have an awesome sense of humor)

Seriously? In case of rain, I was just wondering which pocket your husband puts you in...left or right?? LMAO


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sholland10 2 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Right side... of course. LOL I am very protected!! (OMGOSH, you could never offend me!) He is only a foot taller than me... :-)

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