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Upbeat Feel Good Songs

Updated on January 16, 2015

Upbeat Feel Good Songs to Put a SMILE on Your Face!

About 1/2 an hour ago, I was driving home in the rain from grocery shopping, and burst into my usual repertoire of what I consider to be upbeat feel good songs. If you have ever read any of my other articles, you know that I'm WAY into feeling good, empowerment - and, of course, MUSIC!

I've been singing all my life, and I just cannot be in a car without singing almost the entire time (when I'm alone, that is!). Typically, when I visit my dad in New Jersey, I sing for almost the entire 8 hour ride.

I honestly don't think I can help it - it's a habit that began early in life when my dad and I would sing to the radio. :)

So, I began thinking about it, and as the rain came down I realized that sometimes people get depressed if it rains or if it's a Monday (remember "Rainy Days and Mondays" by The Carpenters? Yikes! Talk about a DOWNER of a song!).

I have found that if I sing a happy song or positive affirmation, my mood instantly lifts. So, I decided to compile a few songs here for you to turn to if you ever need a boost! :) This is for you!

Groups That Sang Upbeat Songs One Day... And DOWNER Songs Another...

I remember feeling a little puzzled about The Carpenters back when they were becoming famous. I recall thinking "Close To You" was a pretty nice song, and then when they sang stuff like "Rainy Days and Mondays" I was like, "Huh?" Karen Carpenter struggled with anorexia nervosa, and eventually the effects of that disorder killed her.

I cannot help but wonder how she felt when she was singing. Did she give any thought to the negative emotions in some of those songs? When she sang songs like "Top of the World," did she feel more positive or upbeat?

John tells me that one of the reasons he doesn't like a lot of the folk songs I sing is that they're just too depressing.

Interesting thought!

So, Here is MY attempt at writing an upbeat song! - "My World is a Glorious Place"

I just made this video today, and YES, I know that the sound quality is terrible - I hastily recorded it in a bathroom, into the computer, with no other equipment. BUT, I also recognize that if I keep putting it off, I'll never get into a recording studio with it. So, at the urging of some kind people on Facebook (Check out the "Positive Music Imperative" page there), I just went ahead and DID IT!!!! So, for whatever it's worth people, here is me, my song, and video - set to photos from my life. :)

"Top of the World" - By The Carpenters

When this first came out in the 1970s, most people I know probably thought it was hokey, shallow "puppy rock." But, I sing it every time I'm in the car. It never fails to cheer me up (unlike that depressing other Carpenters song I mentioned earlier). She had a rich, lovely voice. Too bad she had to leave us so soon...

Walking on Sunshine - Katrina and the Waves

I absolutely love this song, and have from the very first moment I heard it. I distinctly remember feeling my mood lift 100 feet when I heard it. As a teenager, I was keenly aware of my emotions, and that I tended to be a little depressed over a number of things. For some reason this song had such a positive effect on me! To this very day, I exercise to this upbeat, high energy song! I'd love to meet Katrina and thank her...

Sing Along!

Here are a few selections to get started...

What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong

I challenge ANYONE to try to remain sad while watching and listening to the inimitable and beloved Louis Armstrong. Sometimes my eyes well up with tears when I listen to it, but it's because it fills me with a joy I can hardly contain.

Video Still from YouTube - Happy Talk
Video Still from YouTube - Happy Talk

Certain Show Tunes Can Be Quite Upbeat!

Remember South Pacific?

Growing up, I loved hearing "Happy Talk" - a song from South Pacific. I never got much into history, and didn't really know that the musical was based on James Michener's World War II era "Tales of the South Pacific" book. I just like the music!

Happy Talk (South Pacific) & Oh What A Beautiful Mornin' (Oklahoma) - You Got to Have a Dream...

...If you don't have a dream, how are you going to have a dream come true??

And... I've got a beautiful feelin' everything's going my way!

Songs about Happiness in General - Who Can Resist These?

Bobby McFerrin, "Don't Worry, Be Happy..." Who can resist this? Not me...

The YOUNG Rascals, "Groovin'" - not to be their last upbeat song... they then became known as...

The Rascals, "A Beautiful Morning" I've been singing along with this for over 40 years...

Sometimes Country Songs Can Be UPBEAT

They aren't ALL about losing your girl...dog...mama...

They aren't always about lookin' out of prison bars, or other stuff... Sometimes they are downright fun!

Yesterday, John & I went to the Fryeburg Fair in Fryeburg, Maine (a good ol' timey country fair), and noticed on the schedule that not only was the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band playing that evening (darn! Wish we lived a tad closer - we would have definitely gone to that concert) but also Jo Dee Messina was playing tonight.

When we got home, I went over to YouTube and sang along with Jo Dee. Here's what I came up with for tonight!

Jo Dee Messina sings "I'm Alright"

"It's a beautiful day, not a cloud in sight, so I guess I'm doin' alright!"

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Thanks for visiting! Hope you're leaving here feeling a bit lighter in your step! Have a HAPPY UPBEAT DAY!

Please feel free to add your own choices for Happy Upbeat and Feel Good Songs!

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      Meganhere 4 years ago

      Walkin on Sunshine is a favourite.

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      Tony Payne 4 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Great feel good songs. I tried to add "Ozark Mountain Daredevils: It Couldn't Be Better" but it wouldn't take for some reason. I used to love to play that while driving.

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      Laura Hofman 4 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Love your list! These are all good, upbeat sing-a-long songs. I like show tunes too and love to belt them out when I'm doing housework (if no one is around). Why I just sang "If They Could See Me Now" from Sweet Charity ; ) lol

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      May Matthew 4 years ago

      Walking on Sunshine :)

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      BigRedDomino 4 years ago

      Frank Sinatra: a foggy day in London Town

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      BigRedDomino 4 years ago

      Frank Sinatra: a foggy day in London Town

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      This is a terrific collection of music to pick you up. I absolutely agree with all of your choices.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      It's a wonderful world by Louis Armstrong gets my vote for a number one happy song too. I also like the song I just called to say I love you. That one always makes me feel good too.

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      myoyster1957 4 years ago

      Nice idea for a lens, as the man sang "What a wonderful world" love that song.

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      poutine 4 years ago

      I love, love "It's a wonderful world" song.

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      LisaDH 4 years ago

      Great selection!

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      @CreativeGal: So glad you like this! :)

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      CreativeGal 4 years ago

      Terrific site because it starts a rhythm a beating in my bones! Love it!

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      Weremuffin 4 years ago

      These songs all give me goosebumps, ya know. Songwriting at its finest. I also love George Harrison's "Got My Mind Set On You". That was my favorite as a kid, and I had it on a 45 for my portable record player.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      Oh yes. Feel good songs totally change our moods. Okay, and I confess that I do sing along in the car and at home. My dogs and cats react in really interesting ways. Ha! Loved this upbeat lens. How I enjoyed the Carpenters. As you mentioned, the loss of Karen Carpenter at such a young age was tragic. Now I am off to put on some feel good music. Great choices here!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @webscan: Glad you're enjoying them! I've got that Jo Dee song stuck in my head right now. Of course, there are worse things to have stuck in my head! :)

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      webscan 5 years ago

      The first three are great. Not familiar with South Pacific and Jo Dee, but the videos are now loading!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @OrlandoTipster: Definitely my style! :)

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      OrlandoTipster 5 years ago

      Oldies are cool

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @termit_bronx: Thanks! :) Keep those vibes high!

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      termit_bronx 5 years ago

      Positive vibrations on this lens, nicely done :)

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @Alana-r: Thank you! I've actually been singing that song this evening! :) LOVE IT!!!!

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      Alana-r 5 years ago

      You can't go wrong with Walking on Sunshine, a really happy song. Great Lens once again!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @jdwheeler: Awesome! So glad you enjoyed this! :)

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      jdwheeler 5 years ago

      Really enjoyed this page. Made me happier on a Tuesday.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @whiteskyline lm: Oh yeah! :)

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      I like me a feel good song :)