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Feel Good Songs

Updated on July 12, 2017

Just for fun, I like to go out to YouTube and listen to old songs. I usually try to find ones that make me feel good. I call them Feel Good songs. They are usually songs from my past that have a good uplifting beat or songs that I associate with fun.

Whenever you're feeling down or have a lot of housecleaning to do, click onto this hub and listen to the songs. Listening to "feel good" songs can even make chores seem more fun and the time passes by more quickly.  It's really hard to feel depressed or down when your feet want to get up and dance.

I spent a few hours calling up videos tonight assembling some of my favorites. I hope you enjoy them. Look at the links at the bottom of the page for more similar hubs by me.

"Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina and the Waves

2015 marks the 30th Anniversary of "Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina and The Waves. Even Dolly Parton recorded a version of this song in her 1996 album called "Treasures".

"Walking on Sunshine", or parts of it have been featured in lots of Hollywood movies.

The song was widely played in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina because of it's uplifting nature and the irony of it being by Katrina and The Waves. Lead singer Katrina Leskanich has stated that she would hate for their song to be associated with sadness.

"Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees

"Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees

Pick any song from the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack and you'll find an energetic uplifting beat. I absolutely love the Bee Gees. "Stayin' Alive" was released as a single in December 1977 even though it had not been originally intended to be released as single. The song was so popular from the movie soundtrack, that people were calling in to radio stations requesting it.

"Stayin' Alive" has been featured in 20 other Hollywood films besides "Saturday Night Fever". Some of them include: "A Night at the Roxbury", "Chicken Little", "Airplane!" and "Madagascar".

"YMCA" by the Village People

"YMCA" by the Village People

The Village People got their name from New York City's Greenwich Village that is known at the time for having a substantial gay population.

They are a concept group and the original members were:

  • Police Officer: Victor Willis (in "In The Navy" he's an Admiral)
  • Native American Indian: Felipe Rose
  • Cowboy: Randy Jones
  • Construction Worker: David Hodo
  • Biker: Glenn Hughes
  • GI: Alex Briley (in "In the Navy" he's a sailor)

 

"Just Dance" by Lady Gaga

"Just Dance" by Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga is the Madonna of this generation. Born in 1986 as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, she got her name from Rob Fusari who always addressed her singing "Radio GaGa" by Queen. He typed in Radio Gaga but his auto-correct feature changed it to "Lady Gaga". She told him "that's it, don't ever call me Stefani again".

She loves to shock with her attire. She is an incredible singer as well.

"Just Dance" is a song that's hard to sit still while it's playing. I love the energy in this song.

 

"Boogie Shoes" by KC and the Sunshine Band

"Boogie Shoes" by KC and the Sunshine Band

KC and the Sunshine Band were incredibly successful in the late 70s. "Boogie Shoes" is a 1975 release and one of my favorites. It's included in the 1977 "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack .

Harry Wayne Casey (KC) is the lead singer and they are known for other singles that include: "Please Don't Go", "(Shake, Shake, Shake)Shake Your Booty", "Get Down Tonight", "I'm Your Boogie Man" and "That's the Way (I Like It)".

"Danger Zone" by Kenny Loggins

"Danger Zone" by Kenny Loggins

Kenny Loggins' "Danger Zone" is one of those songs I simply can't listen to in the car. It makes me drive way too fast. The tempo of the song makes me want to put the pedal to the floor. What a great song!

Kenny Loggins is also known for other soundtrack hits such as "I'm Alright" from the movie soundtrack for "Caddyshack", and "Footloose" and "I'm Free" from "Footloose".

"I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor

"I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor

"I Will Survive", released in 1978, is one of those girl-power anthem's and another karaoke favorite among semi-drunk women. I've been one of them out with a group of female co-workers.

"I Will Survive" received the only Grammy Award ever given for Best Disco Recording in 1980.

"You Are the One That I Want" By Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta

"You're the One That I Want" by Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta

"Grease" was released in theaters in 1978. It's filled with a large number of catchy tunes, but this is one of my favorites.

Henry "The Fonz" Winkler was originally chosen for Danny but he turned down the role for fear he would be typecast. Marie Osmond was chosen for Sandy, but she turned down the role because she didn't like that Sandy had to become "bad" in order to get Danny.

"Family Affair" by Mary J. Blige

"Family Affair" by Mary J. Blige

"Family Affair" is a 2001 hit from Mary J. Blige.

This song popularized the word "hateration" which is found in the Urban Dictionary as:

Hatred. Intense negative emotion and energy directed out at others or inward to self. Destructive and malevolent form of energy causing substantial destruction and suffering. The opposite of Love, Truth and Light. To dislike something, or something. The act or process of hating on someone/something.

"Crash and Burn" by Savage Garden

"Crash and Burn" by Savage Garden

I love Darren Hayes and Savage Garden. "Truly, Madly, Deeply" is considered their signature song. Savage Garden broke up, but Darren Hayes has gone on to have a very successful solo career.

"Crash and Burn" was released in 2000 just a year before they broke up. I love his use of American sign language at the end of the song.

"Believe" by Cher

"Believe" by Cher

"Believe" is Cher's biggest-selling solo single. The Auto-Tune pitch correction to alter her voice used in the song is now often referred to as the "Cher effect". They weren't initially sure if she'd like it or be upset about it. She actually loved it and when her record label told the producers to take it out, she told them "over my dead body".

"We Got the Beat" by the Go-Go's

"We Got the Beat" by the Go-Go's

"We Got the Beat" is the Go-Go's, biggest hit and was released in 1980.

The Go-Go's made history as the first all-female band who wrote their own songs and played their own instruments to hit the Billboard charts.

Belinda Carlisle was the lead singer.

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    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR

      KRC 

      8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks for stopping by hubpageswriter. I may have to listen to them both right now.

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      hubpageswriter 

      8 years ago

      You do have some great videos/songs listed. I go for Savage Garden and Mary J. Blige anytime. Great hub.

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR

      KRC 

      8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks Jennshealthstore! Grease is a classic!

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      Jennifer M 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Some greast songs there thanks. I love the movie Grease btw!

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR

      KRC 

      8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks Springboard! You're right, Lady Gaga really isn't in the same category as the rest of the group, but I consider that an "older" song of hers. Glad you enjoyed them.

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      Springboard 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      I was surprised to see Lady GaGa in the "old" songs light, though why not? If she indeed plays out her career such as Madonna did, it would be fitting eventually, right?

      Great songs all by the way. I don't think there's one choice here I don't like...

      Though some do require a little being "in the mood" to fully enjoy.

      Great hub.

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR

      KRC 

      8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks izettl! I'll have to check your song out!

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      Laura Izett 

      8 years ago from The Great Northwest

      Great collection, except no Go-go's- yuck. I know it sounds weird but my top feel good song is "dancing in the moonlight" by King Harvest, kind of an oldie and it's not fast-paced but the words are great..."you can't dance and stay uptight". Also a long time ago there was a commercial for underwear and it had a girl in her undies under the moonlight dancing on a giant trampoline to this song- now that's carefree.

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR

      KRC 

      8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks, Happy Her, Samboaim, and Ralwus! Glad you guys enjoyed them all!

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      ralwus 

      8 years ago

      I enjoyed the backstory of Grease very much. Henry was already type cast LOL and Marie? she's just too much, always was. Thanks KCC. xox CC

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      samboiam 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Some of these I haven't heard in years. Thanks for sharing.

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      Tracy Morrow 

      8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Great tunes! Any one of them would be a great song to help you get up and go in the morning! Thanks for sharing.

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