Songs to Put a Smile on Your Face

Extra Dose of Happy

Who hasn't felt the blues or that unreliquishable sadness? No shame in that, right? Anyway, I like to listen to music as I way to get my head out of the negative state and here are some songs that help me to do that. Hope you might find some you enjoy as well. I've organized the songs thematically to better pinpoint how the song makes me feel and the message of the song.

For Being Connected

  1. Walking in Memphis by Marc Cohn

This song chronicles the experience of a man going into a place and being completely transformed by the love and acceptance of the community he finds. I love this song as this helps me to imagine what a better humanity would be like and the true power of love.

2. Take My Hand by Dido

The song plays and I’m envisioning a mom smiling at her child. Doubtless influenced by a video I once saw of this, this song communicates the joy of a mother’s relationship with her child and how the child can always trust her. I don’t know what it will be like to have kids, but this song makes me hope that it is something quite beautiful indeed.

3. Circle of Life, Lion King by Elton John

I still remember the sold-out theaters when Lion King came out. The soundtrack is still one that I like to listen to (along with the Beauty and the Beast – I’m a bit of a Disney addict). Whenever this song plays, the memory of Simba and the relationship he had with his father fills me with beauty and reminds me about the connectedness of the human race.

4. The Mummer’s Dance by Loreena McKennitt

In this, I imagine a door deep in a forest where trees glisten from freshly fallen rain. A woman in a wispy white dress is leading her love for the first time toward her home and her people. She radiates with joy as she and her loved one step into a circle in which the tightly knit community reflects and rejoices in the beauty of a love that just begins. This is another song that makes me want to dance.

Songs About Love

5. Crack the Shutters by Snow Patrol

Snow Patrol is perhaps more famous for the song Run and Chasing Cars, but this song presents such a clear, vivid image of what it means to be in love. Basically, the singer is urging his love to wake up so he can let the sunlight in because the sunlight misses her just as much as he does. Exquisite.

6. Dreams by the Cranberries

Highly energetic, rhythmic and happily wistful, this song pulsates with the unexpected freshness of falling in love and finding in that person all the qualities that the singer imagined finding in the dream that was once conceived. It resonates also with the journey of growing up and finding the world and dreams not as you imagined in childhood.

7. You Take My Breath Away by Sarah Brightman

This song one was suggested as being a good belly dancer song. Although I’m not a belly dancer, I love the Middle Eastern sounds that I hear. Also, Sarah Brightman’s voice is amazing. Consequently, Sarah Brightman played the original Christina in Phantom of the Opera.

8. Lovely Day by Soul System

I first heard this song on The Bodyguard album. What I like about this song is the beauty of seeing the beauty in the present day even though the singer is waiting to see his love again. When I hear this song, it gives me the impression of fresh rain, fresh sheets blowing across a prairie and hope restored.

Stunning, Melodic Songs

9. On My Way Home by Enya

Rain falling across Ireland, sheep grazing in the field, and the stirring of a fresh wind awaken in my mind when I listen to Enya. Maybe these are the wrong images to get from it…but that’s what I get. And meadows. Also, anything by Enya is quite soothing and peaceful.

10. Adiemus by Adiemus

Mountain rising in the mist. Life becoming brighter and brighter. Walking out into the sunset. What can I say? I just imagine an elevation of some kind that keeps going past all I can think or imagine. I love this song!

11. Let Go by Frou Frou

When I want to be all tense and holding onto the non beneficent aspects of life – bitterness, frustration, anger – this song helps me to relax. Who doesn’t need to let go of some things at times? This is a good song and helps me to just release. To remember that life is beautiful.

12. Hello Seattle Remix by Owl City

Perhaps one of the most positive singers I’ve ever heard, I can’t not picture the beauty of going to Seattle. Seeing the whales, eating tasty seafood and just seeing the beauty of the place…all right, who wants to start a Send Elefanza to Seattle fund?

Hey Dude: That’s Funny!

13. Mr. Grinch by Dr. Seuss and Thurl Ravenscroft

What a silly song! You can’t help but appreciate the many descriptive and hilarious adjectives being applied to Mr. Grinch. How much more creative is this terminology as opposed to the other kind of descriptions given to people we dislike? The childlike humor of the song never fails to bring a grin to my face. Definitely the song I can dance to.

14. What Do You Do With a Drunken Sailor? By Irish Rovers

This is the kind of song that just makes me laugh and laugh. Actually, I used to babysit this one girl in high school. We would mix up a whole package of kool-aide and then pretend we were getting drunk. Imitating drunk people was so fun. Best baby-sitting job ever.

15. Down to Sleep by Sophie B. Hawkins

Not only is this song refreshing, but it also has surprising hilarity in it as well. One day after listening to the song on the radio, the two radio announcers started noting that they imagined they heard the line “I want tacos” in the background of the song.” This seemed very strange, so they replayed that part of the song and sure enough, they heard the lyric, “I want tacos.” Being someone who loves tacos, I still find this subtle part of a refreshing song quite amusing.

16. Numa Numa Song by O-Zone

Who hasn’t seen the YouTube Video of that one guy dancing to this song? Doesn’t he just seem so absurdly, gloriously happy in his dance? Still, it’s hard to ignore the compelling high energy and happiness that this song radiates. Watch the video, then listen to the song with the purpose of DANCING.

Songs for Strength and Focus

17. Stand in the Rain by Superchick

This is the song that speaks to having strength even while going through painful situations. Everyone has moments where they would like to just throw in the towel. But what this song shows is that even in those moments, we can let the storm come because ultimately we are strong and the storm is temporary.

18. I Stand by Idena Menzel

Idena Menzel has such an amazing, powerful voice. I originally fell in love with her voice in the character of Elphaba on the Broadway hit Wicked, but this song is even more amazing to me. The conviction of her message along with her positive stance always reminds me of what I continue to aspire to do and be. Another good song of hers is Brave.

19. Get Happy by Judy Garland

Another song with a good message. The imagery Judy Garland provides of going to a place where sadness is finished and happiness shimmers around is quite infectious. Singing this song is kind of like enacting a war chant against sadness and willing yourself to be happy. Also, this song makes me think of flappers and that’s always worth a smile in and of itself.

20. The Impossible Dream – Man of la Mancha by Mitch Lee

This is in a sense the truest song of the idealist and being strong in the face of adversity. As Dulcinea tells Don Quijote, “It is important to fight and does not matter whether you win or lose.” What makes this song so powerful is the story behind the song of an old, foolish man – Don Quijote – and how this song calls him back to his higher ideal despite the utter lack of understanding for him. This is a good song for being happy if you are chasing some seemingly unattainable dream.

Walking in Memphis

Take My Hand

Circle of Life

The Mummer's Dance

Crack the Shutters


You Take My Breath Away

On My Way Home

Hello Seattle Remix

On My Way Home

Lovely Day

Mr. Grinch

Let Go

As I Lay Me Down to Sleep

What Do You Do With a Drunken Sailor

Numa Numa Song

Get Happy

Stand In the Rain

I Stand

Impossible Dream

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Lady Wordsmith 5 years ago from Lancaster, UK

Oooooooh, this hub is just fantastic :) Just my cup of tea, this one. I love it. I agree with you on every single song. I don't have time to watch the videos at the moment, but I am bookmarking this hub to watch later in the week.

Thank you for sharing the songs that make you smile. What a wonderfully varied selection. This makes me want to compile a list of my own - it may take a while though, there are so many songs that I love!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

"Dances On Buttons."

As much as I like to read, I like music much more. Poetry set to great music has a thousand times the power of that "merely" in the form of ink on paper.

Three of my last decent hubs were inspired by song, half the shit I do is inspired by song. I'm going to make it a point to create more content with lyrics and music as my three "outlaw" hubs are. I suppose that you could say that sex is the most inspiring thing of all, so when you have sex, song, and poetry; then you've really created a cash machine.

I always love reading about what songs that smart people like yourself have been inspired by. No, I'm not that familiar with your list, but I did notice some entries that rang bells. Love that woman from the Cranberries!

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Elefanza 5 years ago from Somewhere in My Brain Author


Glad you liked the songs! It was hard to narrow down at first as I have so many different songs I like. Hope you enjoy the videos!


Music inspires me so much that I think my writing wouldn't be half of what it is without it. Sex, song and that combination! I like to read too, but when words are set to song, it's a whole other level of genius. Glad you liked!

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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

What a great hub with all these songs!! I loved it and am bookmarking it for easy future reference.

I am so glad to have come accross it and here's to many more hubs to share.

Take care


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Elefanza 5 years ago from Somewhere in My Brain Author

Thanks, Eldwen!

I enjoy good songs and hope other people find these songs as happy and inspiring as I do.

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