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What is the happiest song you can think of? And I mean, not in a "oh I rememeber this one time" or "it makes me think of my boy/girlfriend" kind of way, I mean in a completely epitomizing happiness kind of way.

For me, I'm thinking of songs like ELO's Livin' Thing, or the BeeGees Stayin' Alive, or Morrissey's Sing Your Life, The Grass Roots' Live For Today. There's Matthew Wilder's Break My Stride, The Grateful Dead's Sugar Magnolia, Beck's Beercan, Dee-Lite's Groove is in the Heart and The B-52's Love Shack. More recently, you have U2's Beautiful Day. There are others I can't remember right now, and maybe those are kind of personal to me, but I'd like to hear suggestions... what songs do you listen to when you think you might smile so wide the lower half of your jaw falls off?

I know some of you moody goth kids may suggest some ironic stuff and feel free, but I'm hoping for songs that just make you feel all electric and joyous. :)

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daisydumont
Jun. 6th, 2003 04:11 am (UTC)
wild cherry's "play that funky music [white boy]" is always good to get everyone dancing & laughing.
snidegrrl
Jun. 6th, 2003 10:38 pm (UTC)
i don't think i have ever heard the whole song!!
gurdonark
Jun. 6th, 2003 04:25 am (UTC)
My happiest song is a mildly obscure Be Bop Deluxe song called "Adventures in a Yorkshire Landscape". The lilting guitar solo in that one transports me.

But there are so many--"Love Shack", EWF's "September", even "Climb Ev'ry Mountain"
snidegrrl
Jun. 6th, 2003 10:41 pm (UTC)
It's completely obscure to me, but I'll have to investigate it. I agree with you about Climb Ev'ry Mountain! :)
fabulist
Jun. 6th, 2003 05:18 am (UTC)
The top nine, in no particular order:

Telex - We Are All Getting Old
Beatles - Tomorrow Never Knows
Can - I'm So Green
High Llamas - Painters Paint
Sergio Mendes & Brazil '66 - Laia Ladaia
Dukes of Stratosphear - You're My Drug
Stereolab - Spark Plug
The Orb - Pomme Fritz (Meat 'n Veg)
Holger Czukay - Traum Mal Wieder
snidegrrl
Jun. 6th, 2003 10:43 pm (UTC)
Shame on me for only having heard of Stereolab amongst that list. Well, and the Beatles! Thank you for the suggestions! I promise not to steal them. (i.e. download for free)
rob_donoghue
Jun. 6th, 2003 05:31 am (UTC)
"Dare" or "You Got the Touch" by Stan Bush jump immediately to mind - however, while both are very _positive_ I dunno if they make the cut to technically be considered happy - unless you're the kind of gigantic geek who knows what they're from. :)

There are a couple of love songs that are nice enough too, but that's also a different sort of flavor.

Nickle Creek's version of "The Fox" makes me smile, as does Harry Chapin's "30,000 Pounds of Bananas" and any number of Makem/Clancy tunes, but folk/bluegrass/country/etc. music is generally happier and sadder than most rock/pop/contemporary/etc. so that may be cheating.

Johnatha Brooke's "Linger" makes me smile, but I blame the guitar line. I'm actually a sucker for a certain kind of gutar work, so Jay Semko's theme for Due South also makes the cut.

The Samples and the Connels have a couple of very positive songs whose titles entirely elude me at the moment.

Black 47's "Funky Ceili" makes me smile, but then again, so does The Pogues "Fairytale of New York" which may indicate that my tastes are somewhat fucked up.

Open ended questions about music are far too dangerous - I could go on, but it's probably best I don't.



necrocannibal
Jun. 6th, 2003 07:36 am (UTC)
oh i hate myself for knowing what that is from and orson welles hates you too
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professorbooty
Jun. 6th, 2003 06:15 am (UTC)
...
The Beatles- Here Comes the Sun

Swans- Goddamn the Sun

OK, one of those is a joke.
seth6666
Jun. 6th, 2003 07:18 am (UTC)
Re: ...
Actually, some swans songs are happy in a melancholy sort of way...

-Seth
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summer_queen
Jun. 6th, 2003 06:28 am (UTC)
The songs that make me happy do so not based on lyrics, but entirely on musical sound and feel -- the first few notes hit and I can't help but grin foolishly, even though I know just a smattering of the lyrics. I've no personal attachment or memory associated with any of them. They're just instant pick-me-ups.

Without exception, they're all J-POP songs -- Gackt's "Vanilla" and "U+K," "Holy Love" and "Brilliant Future" by Okiayu Ryoutarou and "Anata ka mo Shiranai [It Might be You]" and "Strange Wind" [at least, that's as close a translation as I can come up with for the last one] by Koyasu Takehito.

No matter how crappy my day, I am inspired to bop around if any one of these songs comes on my jukebox. In part it's because the music is infectiously bouncy and in part (for Strange Wind, Holy Love and Brilliant Future, at least)it's that the feel of the songs is very *hopeful* and thus uplifting. Can't explain why that's so; it just is. ^_^

snidegrrl
Jun. 6th, 2003 10:46 pm (UTC)
I am SO not surprised to hear J-pop on the list, not because I know you like J-pop but because they just do infectiously happy so damn well. I can't believe I forgot to put Shonen Knife on the initial list.
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snidegrrl
Jun. 6th, 2003 10:46 pm (UTC)
If you think of any other good ones... feel free! Maybe I'll get around to making a cd of happiness to distribute.
schpahky
Jun. 6th, 2003 06:38 am (UTC)
I am really, really enjoying The New Pornographer's Mass Romantic, specifically the title track. They just sound like they had so much damn fun recording it, I can't help myself.
snidegrrl
Jun. 6th, 2003 10:47 pm (UTC)
This is going to sound stupid, but why did they name their band that? I'm just curious.
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y2kdragon
Jun. 6th, 2003 06:39 am (UTC)
I'll give ya a couple.

"Pretty Little Things" by Shriekback
(always make me smile, no matter what mood I'm in)

And one more appropriate for this day of the week...
"Here Comes the Weekend" by The Moody Blues
snidegrrl
Jun. 6th, 2003 10:48 pm (UTC)
What era of Moody Blues is this?
booyeah
Jun. 6th, 2003 06:50 am (UTC)
To perk you up on a dreary day, I highly recommend:
Metallica's Nothing Else Matters
Boys II Men's End of the Road
Sinatra's (version of) It Was a Very Good Year
And lastly, Eminem's Stan.

I'll burn you a cd.
snidegrrl
Jun. 6th, 2003 09:43 pm (UTC)
Dammit Shawn! I will post a sad songs question later. :)
seth6666
Jun. 6th, 2003 07:19 am (UTC)
Soup Dragons - I'm Free
dharshai
Jun. 6th, 2003 07:23 am (UTC)
B2's: Roam
10000 Maniancs: These Are The Days
Anything by the Go-Gos
REMs-Shiny Happy People
Belinda Carlisle: mad about you
Dexy's Midnight Runner: Come on Eileen
off the Josie's And the Pussycat's soundtrack: 3 small words
Song: Buttercup (from the 70s)


That's just a beginning list. I have tons.
dharshai
Jun. 6th, 2003 07:23 am (UTC)
That's B52's, not B2s.
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snidegrrl
Jun. 6th, 2003 10:50 pm (UTC)
Poor dead lead singer guy. I am slowly getting over it, but unfortunately that song was ruined for my by my freshman year of college. I was incredibly depressed and EVERYONE was playing that song in their dorm rooms and being happy, so it got tainted. Doh.
cheetahmaster
Jun. 6th, 2003 08:01 am (UTC)
Oh, blame it on the goths. Our parents are listening to love songs about people getting beheaded or killed in car crashes, but noooooooooooo, it's all the Sisters of Mercy's fault. :}

Much like summer_queen, lyrics aren't my primary concern when listening to a song, or seeing how it makes me feel. "Electric and joyous" are in the eye of the beholder and all that.

For example, the Smith's "How Soon Is Now?" always makes me happy, mostly because it reminds me of singing along with other clubby types after a late night of dancin' and drinkin'. Everyone knows the words (or enough to fake it) and the music is bouncy, so, happy song.

However, since you mentioned him above, Beck's "MTV Makes Me Wanna Smoke Crack" never fails to crack me up. Other honorable mentions to toss in this by-no-means-exhaustive list: VNV Nation's "Standing" (or possibly "Beloved",) New Order's "Blue Monday", Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Monsta Mack", Chumpawamba's "Tubthumbing", Technotronic's "Move It". And for some reason, Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London". Like more than a few by Tom Waits, you can tell he just loves singing it.

Though I would be remiss not to mention the Sisters of Mercy's "Some Kind of Stranger". Specifically, dharshai would call me on it if I didn't. I note at one point I said I would marry the girl that learns to play the song for me. However, before you all start rushing out to take lessons, let me also note that a few weeks back, I said I would marry the show Smallville if Lionel Luthor was in the next scene. And he was. So I guess I'm engaged.
rob_donoghue
Jun. 6th, 2003 08:39 am (UTC)
I had forgotten the ever-amazing mr. Zevon - Many choices, but I think I'll pick his cover of "Back in the High Life Again." it's so very wrong, and so very right.

And now I;m struck by another - Paul Simon's "Graceland"
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examorata
Jun. 6th, 2003 08:10 am (UTC)
I'm with Jenna on the B-52's "Roam."
Also:
* U2's cover of "Everlasting Love"
* that stupid "Breakfast at Tiffany's" song (I know it's about a breakup; it makes me happy anyway!)
* "Rain Dogs," Tom Waits
* "Sexuality," Billy Bragg
* "Love Me," Elvis
* "Can't Keep It In," Cat Stevens
* "Last Goodbye," Jeff Buckley
* Manic STreet Preachers' cover of the Theme From M*A*S*H (Suicide is Painless)
* "In Your Eyes," Peter Gabriel
* "Fool in the Rain," Led Zeppelin

etc.!
snidegrrl
Jun. 6th, 2003 10:53 pm (UTC)
DOn't you hate it when someone ruins a song for you? Billy Bragg was ruined for me by an ex-boyfriend. Bastard. Can't Keep It In is definately on the list!

In Your Eyes makes me feel all dopey and lovey, which is cool, but counter to the sort of independent-spirited happiness thing I am trying to achieve but can't express very well.
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