10 Songs that Instantly put me in a Good Mood
What I like about happy music
While it's true that "sad songs say so much", and I generally go for songs with a deep meaning which doesn't necessarily mean my playlists are chock full of upbeat party songs, I like anything that can put me in a good mood instantly just by listening.
See, what normally puts me in a good mood is sunshine, but that doesn't come around much here in Illinois (and when it does it seems to go away quickly, as if the weather is blatantly screwing with you), at least not until it gets ungodly hot out for 2 months until you're so sick of the heat you're happy when rain and fall weather comes. So when the weather is getting me down like today, I like to listen to my favorite happy songs, which are as follows. (They're in the order I think of them, not necessarily in a "top ten" kind of format where each one is ranked. I think that that's stupid for this because they are all basically equal at achieving the instant mood boost!)
1. Lady Gaga - Born This Way
I like this song because a lot of other Lady Gaga songs I didn't like because they seemed to have lyrics I didn't feel 100% okay with singing along to ("I'll follow you until you love me"? "I want your psycho, I want your disease"? Doesn't sound too healthy...). But this song is amazing and the verses are a lot of fun to sing. It's an empowering song about resisting bullies and feeling comfortable being yourself, which I'm all about. Whether you're gay straight or bi! :) See, I LOVE quoting this song! Ok, the video is just as weird as any other Gaga video, but who cares, that's who she is right?
Lady Gaga - Born This Way
2. Shakira - Underneath Your Clothes
"You're a song written by the hand of God." I love the opening line to this lovely romantic song that celebrates intimacy in relationships without being sleazy. I like the line "When the friends are gone, when the party's over, we will still belong to each other" and of course, the just a teeny bit naughty line in the chorus "...and all the things I deserve for being such a good girl, honey!" Thinking about the miraculous nature of love and rejoicing about it is such a great way to feel good on a rainy day!
Shakira - Underneath Your Clothes
3. Elvis Presley - Viva Las Vegas
Or, on a rainy day, get lost in fantasy imagining yourself traveling to a fun place where the sun's always shining! I like the line "If I wind up broke, well I'll always remember that I had a swingin' time!" Because you have to have that attitude in life that even if things don't go the way you'd like them to, you should always try to get as much enjoyment and satisfaction out of life as you can and live for the moment.
4. Down In New Orleans from Disney's The Princess and the Frog
As for dreaming of escape to a fun and warm place, this song is just like Viva Las Vegas except replace Las Vegas with New Orleans. Jazz music, French speaking, Mardi Gras, parties, and if the movie's any indication, some damn fine beignets. I've never been there but I'd love to someday. I love the movie, and this song always uplifts me because of the reprise at the end, you see that all of Tiana's sweat and tears were for something and I still cry tears of joy every time I watch the movie and see the happy ending. I know I'm a big baby... lol. I like this song because it makes me think wishes can come true and gives me a lot of hope.
The Ending of Princess and the Frog
5. Queen - Don't Stop Me Now
Don't stop me now, I'm having such a good time! I also like a lot of other queen songs, but this one wins the spot on this list because it's impossible to feel down if you listen to it. It's the best song for someone like me with mild social anxiety and a fear of informal social situations like parties to help me get over that anxiety and enjoy them more. (Alcohol also helps, in moderation.) Hearing good, happy music on the way to a party, concert, or any social event is a great way to get in a positive thinking, easy going mentality, the kind of frame of mind that other people find warm and inviting; I've come to realize that popularity can be as much about your mind as it is about things like nice cars and houses. If you go into it believing you're hopeless, pathetic and awkward, you can't help but project that vibe. You have to have a positive frame of mind when you're trying to meet new people. Anyway, positive thinking lecture over. But if you need help getting from "I had a crappy day and I'm ready to throw in the towel..." to "I'm ready to have an AWESOME night!", this song'll get you there.
6. Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling
Although the '11 points' guy disparages this song in this article, (along with 4 other songs I like, Party in the USA, Who Let The Dogs Out, Poker Face and Hollaback Girl) I think this song is great because of the happy partying spirit it embodies. I think their use of 'Mazel Tov' is cute and shows a new America willing to accept cultural diversity much more than previous generations, which is something we should all be very proud of. I'm not a Jew like Mr. 11 Points is though, so maybe I just don't get how egregiously offensive it is. But as far as my understanding of the topic goes, it just means "congratulations" and goes perfectly with the song's message of celebration and fun.
Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling
7. Gwen Stefani - Rich Girl
I mentioned Hollaback Girl when I talked about 11 Points guy. I like that song but the thing people don't understand is that a "Hollaback Girl" doesn't have a mysterious meaning at all, it's a cheerleader! The idea is they're called that because they "holla back" at the opposing team's cheers and chants during the game. This is obvious to anyone who's seen the video. He also makes fun of Gwen, of whom I'm a gigantic fan, for making Rich Girl, borrowed from the song "If I were a rich man" in the musical Fiddler on the Roof. However, when you're female you begin to appreciate that so much awesome music is written from a male perspective that it's a massive sigh of relief to hear a male-themed song redone with a female voice that you can actually sing along to! When I get depressed, it's fun to imagine someday I'll be fabulously rich and have everything I want. Why should the fantasy realm be limited to only men? Dreams don't have a gender. Also, I like the "harajuku girls" reference, I don't understand fully why she thinks giving full-fledged adults names is acceptable, but... ok... I like the song anyway. Na na na na na na!
Gwen Stefani - Rich Girl
8. Weird Al - That's Your Horoscope For Today
"Now you may find it inconceivable or at least a bit unlikely that the relative positions of the planets and the stars could have a special deep significance or meaning that exclusively applies to only you but let me give you my assurance that these forecasts and predictions are all based on solid scientific documented evidence so you would have to be some kind of moron not to realize that each and every one of them is absolutely true"
I would say just about anything by Weird Al qualifies for this list, but I decided to pick one that always makes me laugh without fail because it points out the absurdity that is astrology, and is great in general to remind you not to take everything so seriously. I also respect the fact that Weird Al, unlike other parodic song writers, has made a successful career in music and succeeds at being funny without being vulgar. A lot of times I like his stuff because I remember the stupid pop songs he's parodying but for this one I don't even know the original song or if it even is a parody because he has written some original things. Weird Al is great with wordplay and a real joy to listen to. Also, it makes for some pretty fun AMV's. :)
Weird Al - That's your Horoscope for Today AMV
9. Creamy - Little Kitty
This song is not actually the Hello Kitty theme song, but the below AMV and cute sound of the song makes it almost seem like it is, so this song makes me think of Hello Kitty. Can you be depressed while thinking about Hello Kitty? Plus sunshine, laughter, games, surfing, dancing, etc.? Watch the video. STARE AT THE CUTENESS.
10. Enya - Only If
I like a lot of celtic music and admire Enya's voice talent. This song is one of her most inspiring and encouraging. I like the line, "And for the heavens are those who can fly." I also love the use of French, which I think is one of the most beautiful languages in the world.