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What song always cheers you up?

I’ve been making a playlist out of answers from the last question I asked—about which songs give you the chills—and it’s a heavy one. So I’m thinking something more upbeat is in order as a follow-up. Since college, the tune that put a smile on my face no matter how blue I was is “Every Day I Write the Book,” by Elvis Costello and the Attractions. When my marriage was in its final death throes, “Hey Ya” by Outkast was a big hit, and that did it too. There have been many more, but those are the ones that endure, for whatever reason. How about you?

Posted on November 2nd, 2017 149 Comments

149 Responses

  1. Susan Piver says:

    “Hot Stepper” Ini Kamoze
    “Zungguzungguguzungguzeng” Yellowman (Trust me)
    “Happy” Pharrell
    “Walking on the Sun” Smashmouth
    “Humpty Dance” Digital Underground
    “Groove is in the Heart” Deee-Lite
    “Diamonds” Rihanna
    Oy, don’t get me started.

  2. Kitty says:

    Good Morning Starshine

  3. Heather says:

    Friday I’m in Love
    Rock Lobster

  4. Caryn says:

    I have an entire playlist of songs that make me happy, and “Every Day I Write the Book” happens to be on it. Here are some of the others…

    “Bright Whites” Kishi Bashi
    “I Know What I Know” Paul Simon
    “Cecelia” Simon and Garfunkel
    “Oh Boy!” Buddy Holly
    “Oblivious” Aztec Camera
    “Hotel Yorba” White Stripes
    “Baby I’m a Star” Prince
    “Balloon Man” Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians

  5. Alix says:

    “It’s Raining Men” The Weather Girls

    • Mair Mair says:

      A million years ago, in the mid-80s, I taught an aerobics class. I really only did it so I could make my own playlist, and this song was always on it. Always got everyone going.

      • Lisa says:

        I took an aerobics class in the early 80s, at my workplace in Macungie, PA. This song was always on the playlist, this, and Jump, by Van Halen. Certainly got me ready for the long commute home;).

  6. Elisa says:

    Life on a Chain by Pete Yorn does it every time. Also, a little corny, but a live version of Barbara Streisand singing Don’t Rain on my Parade gives me lots of power.

  7. y.k. says:

    “Walking on Sunshine ” Katrina &the Waves
    “You Better You Bet” the Who

  8. caroline says:

    Adore both those songs!
    Early Elvis Costello bring bags me back to my joyful mispent youth!
    So so many, but off the top of my head;
    My aim is true (more EC)
    Friday I’m in love (cure)
    Use me (bill withers)
    I’m sure I have some from this decade.
    But I’m in the mood to feel young!

  9. So many, but here’s a few:
    “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)” Talking Heads
    “Steal My Sunshine” Len
    “Lawyers, Guns and Money” Warren Zevon
    “Can I Kick It?” A Tribe Called Quest
    “Three Little Birds” Bob Marley
    “Bizarre Love Triangle” New Order

  10. Netsky62 says:

    Definately Here Comes The Sun. It was played a a recent memorial service I went to and I think it helped everyone.

  11. Rebecca says:

    “A message to you Rudy” by the Clash
    “Wonderful world, Beautiful People” by Jimmy Cliff. This one never fails!

  12. tara says:

    This week its:

    Air – Kelly Watch The Stars (Moog Cookbook remix)
    De La Soul – Rolling Skating Jam called Saturdays
    Deee Lite – Deee Lite Theme
    Malcolm McLaren – Buffalo Gals
    Crack in the Pearl Part II – Mark Ronson
    Absolute – Scritti Politti
    Now She Knows She’s Wrong – Jellyfish
    Digital Love – Daft Punk
    Unsquare Dance – Dave Brubeck Quartet (thanks to Baby Driver)
    Anything New – Bibio
    Mick’s up – The Style Council

  13. Kate says:

    Prince – Delirious
    King Coleman – Boo Boo Song (just google it)
    Go-Gos – Vacation
    Isaac Hayes as Chef – Salty Chocolate Balls

  14. Christina says:

    “Good Day” by Nappy Roots
    “Take Your Mama” and “I Don’t Feel Like Dancing” by Scissor Sisters
    “Jump (For My Love)” by The Pointer Sisters

    Love this new feature, Kim 🙂

  15. Robin says:

    This Must Be The Place – Talking Heads

  16. Melissa says:

    Couldn’t Get It Right- Clinax Blues Band
    Dear Prudence- The Beatles
    The Love Cats- The Cure
    Suedehead- Morrissey
    Dock of The Bay- Otis Redding
    Nights On Broadway- Bee Gees
    Maybe I’m Amazed- Paul McCartney
    I Sat By The Ocean- Queens of the Stone Age

    • Kris says:

      Yes! I love Nights on Broadway! Every time I hear it, I start dancing. I sat by the Ocean has been a favorite for me, too.

  17. c.w. says:

    I believe this is the hardest question you’ve ever posed. Either that or I am a complete pessimist! I’ll have to get back to this later in the day after my coffee has kicked in…

  18. Betsy says:

    Up on the Roof-Drifters
    Moonlight Feels Right-starbuck
    New Orleans Ladies -Louisiana’s Leroux
    Blackwater-Doobie Bros
    Anything by the Eagles

  19. Jennifer says:

    Al Green’s cover of “I Want To Hold Your Hand”
    Beyoncé – “Countdown”
    George Michael – “Freedom! ’90”
    Pixies – “Where Is My Mind”
    LCD Soundsystem – “Dance Yrself Clean”
    Otis Redding – “Try A Little Tenderness”
    Rolling Stones – “Loving Cup”
    Supertramp – “Give A Little Bit”
    Florence + The Machine – “Dog Days Are Over”
    The Beatles – “Here Comes The Sun” (for pretty much my entire life.)

  20. Leslie says:

    Love Shack – the B52s
    Why Can’t I touch it – the Buzzcocks
    Another Girl Another Planet – the Only Ones
    All that I know – Collective Soul
    Rudy Can’t Fail – The Clash
    Hey Roslyn – David Bowie (and every other Bowie song)

  21. Margaret says:

    Rio by Duran Duran

  22. Stefanie says:

    My wedding ceremony ended with Daft Punks “Get Lucky” and everyone got up and danced. It ALWAYS makes me smile to hear.

  23. jen says:

    housequake – prince
    just dancing – sylvan esso
    mr cab driver -lenny kravitiz
    proud mary – tina and ike turner
    rock steady aretha franklin
    love sex magic ciara and justin timberlake

  24. Rebecca says:

    The Proclaimers “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”

  25. Shannan says:

    – Brighter Than Sunshine – Aqualung
    – Three Little Birds – Bob Marley (I sang this to my triplets when they were babies and I rocked them to sleep, so it always holds happy memories for me)
    – Can’t Stop the Feeling – Justin Timberlake

  26. Liza says:

    The Reflex – Duran Duran
    Bad Reputation – Joan Jett & The Black Hearts
    Everyday – Buddy Holly
    Oh L’Amour – Erasure
    Can I Kick It – Tribe Called Quest
    I Beg Your Pardon (I Never Promised You A Rose Garden) – Kon Kan
    Freedom – Wham (not to be confused w/George Michael’s Freedom 90, which is also a winner)

  27. Joan says:

    All You Need Is Love-The Beatles
    Happiness Runs-Donovan
    Monkey Man-The Stones
    Chuck E’s in Love- Ricki Lee Jones
    After Midnight-Clapton

  28. Joan says:

    I forgot Take A Walk On The Wild Side-Lou Reed
    Me & Mr. Jones-Counting Crows

  29. LeighTX says:

    “Sexy and I Know It” – LMFAO
    The “wiggle wiggle” bit NEVER fails to cheer me up.

  30. Grace says:

    A Million Miles Away–Plimsouls
    Let’s See the Sun–Fleshtones
    Hold On Hold On–Neko Case
    Absolute Beginners–David Bowie
    Stand–Sly & the Family Stone
    Radio Free Europe–REM
    Pumped Up Kicks–Foster the People
    King Kunta–Kendrik Lamarr
    Jerome–Lykke Li

  31. DeDe says:

    I’m with CW – this one’s hard for me! But then my head’s full of snot, so.

    How about

    Kiss – Prince
    I Feel Fine, Money Can’t Buy Me Love – The Beatles (duh)
    Village Green Preservation Society – The Kinks
    September – Earth Wind and Fire
    Deceptacon – Le Tigre
    Erykah Badu’s cover of Stay by Chaka Khan
    The Lemonheads’ cover of My Hero, Zero from School House Rock (which is in a commercial now?!?), also the Blind Melon cover of Three is the Magic Number
    Anything by Biz Markie

    • DeDe says:

      Oh wait, forgot these:

      Young Americans- Bowie (double duh)
      Blondie – One Way or Another
      Our Lips Are Sealed – The Go Go’s

  32. Anne says:

    Off the top of my head, songs that always bring a smile when they pop up in my playlist…

    Rock with You – Michael Jackson
    Love Cats – The Cure
    Love is the Answer – England Dan and John Ford Coley
    That’s Not My Name – The Ting Tings
    Mr. Blue Sky – Jeff Lynne
    Sir Duke – Steve Wonder
    Top of the World – Shonen Knife
    Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars

    • Mamavalveeta03 says:

      Great memory of “That’s Not My Name”…Working with a skeleton crew of employees at the cosmetic counter of a Macy’s on a very quiet night when that song came over the loudspeaker, and just like a TV commercial all 7 of us started to sing it and dance around! So much fun!

  33. LG says:

    I Want You Back — Jackson Five
    Girls With Guitars — Wynona Judd
    I Wanna Be Your Lover — Prince
    King of New York — Newsies
    Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard — Paul Simon
    Bang Bang — Ariana Grande
    Good Kisser — Usher
    Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That — Robert Randolph and the Family Band
    Can’t Hurry Love — The Supremes
    You Can Do It — Ice Cube
    Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours — Stevie Wonder
    Come On Over (All I Want Is You) — Christina Aguilera
    Your Smiling Face — James Taylor
    Valerie — Amy Winehouse
    You Make My Dreams — Hall and Oates
    Got To Get You Into My Life — The Beatles
    Turtle Dove and the Crow — Mandolin Orange

    What a fun prompt!

  34. Lisa says:

    I’m Happy Just to Dance with You – Beatles
    12:51 – The Strokes
    Whatever – Oasis

  35. Erin says:

    Suddenly I’m going to be listening to music all morning!
    Mine are:
    “Superman” REM
    “Veronica” Elvis Costello
    “Three Little Birds” Bob Marley

  36. vishy says:

    “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” The Andrews Sisters (I get a brain freeze, I love it so much)

    “Swing That Tambourine” Kristoffer Ragnstam (Instant pick me up!)

  37. jenny says:

    Big Mouth Strikes Again–the Smiths

  38. Mair Mair says:

    I think I’d still be working on my list three days from now, so I’ll just name two that popped into my head right away:
    Aquarius Apocalyptic – Stop Light Observations
    Turtles All the Way Down – Sturgill Simpson

  39. Viajera says:

    Many excellent choices!

    The most reliable musician to get me out of the blues is Stevie Wonder. “Ribbon in the Sky” has never failed yet. And there’s another one that works too … but I need more coffee.

    Oh also… check out “Skokiaan” by Louis Armstrong. (I don’t know about the lyrics though. You’ve been warned. Not my department. Still wonderful musico imho.)

  40. True Affection by the Blow
    Close to Me by the Cure

  41. joannawnyc says:

    I tend to turn to jpop when I want to smile.

    I can recommend

    Crystal Kay – Namida no saki ni (“Beyond the tears”)

    Also, Bollywood!

    “Dil Se Re” from A. R. Rahman (he did the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack)


    Jay-Z – On to the Next One

  42. Meg says:

    Barcelona – Ed Sheeran

    1963 – Rachael Yamagata

    Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder

    Missing You – All Time Low (it’s upbeat, I promise!)

    Counting to 100 – Matt Wertz

  43. SC says:

    “Obvious Child” Pual Simon
    “American Girl” Tom Petty
    “Alex Chilton” Replacements
    “Is it Worth It” Missy Elliott
    “Just What I needed” The Cars
    “Push It” salt n Pepa
    “Sabatoge” Beastie Boys
    “Rocks Off” Rolling Stones
    “Timebomb” Old 97s

    I second “Hey Ya”

  44. Elaine says:

    “Shout to the Top” – The Style Council

  45. Dana says:

    Just Got Lucky – Jo Boxers
    Breakout – Swing Out Sister
    The Stack – White Reaper
    Feel it All Around – Washed Out
    Bad Boy – Dan Croll
    On and On – Curtis Harding

  46. Kelly says:

    Oh, way too many. Just a few –

    When I Grow Up – Garbage. This is one of my anthems.
    Rise Above – Black Flag. I play this on days that I have to do something I don’t want to do. I love it so much that I have it tattooed on my chest so I see it in the mirror in the morning (albeit backwards).
    Ramones/Clash/Sex Pistols, basically any of the punk that I grew up with.
    National Front Disco – Morrissey. Such a cheerful song on a grim topic!
    Any kind of rock steady or reggae, like the Melodians or the Ethiopians. Right now my favorite song is What’s Wrong with You by the Bleechers from Lee Perry’s High Plains Drifters album. It’s got this weird little chorus that goes
    “Boogeyman, boogeyman” that has nothing to do with the rest of the song, but it cracks me up.
    Dramarama – Anything, Anything. A lost gem of the 80s.
    Blondie – X Offender.
    The Distillers – Dismantle Me.
    Missy Elliott – Work It and Lose Control. The videos always cheer me up.
    Anything by my two all-time favorites, Bowie and the Doors. And Morrissey too, I guess.

  47. kathyj says:

    You guys have already covered a lot of songs that make me happy, but I’ll add…
    Fembot – Robyn

  48. Angie says:

    Pulling Mussels From a Shell – Squeeze
    Rudy Can’t Fail – The Clash
    Danny Says – Ramones

  49. Tammy says:

    Freedom 90 — George Michael
    Shiny Happy People — R.E.M.
    Mayor of Simpleton — XTC
    Go to Chelsea — Elvis Costello
    Seether — Veruca Salt
    Walking on Broken Glass — Annie Lennox
    StrangeLove — Depeche Mode
    Alex Chilton — The Replacements
    Why Can’t I Be You — The Cure
    Tomorrow People — Ziggly Marley
    Heavy Metal Drummer — Wilco

    • Mamavalveeta03 says:

      OMG!!! I love “Heavy Metal Drummer”! In fact, I just requested it for Wilco’s set list for their next concert at The Beacon. 🙂

  50. Hannelore says:

    You Get What You Give-New Radicals
    Going to queue it up riiight now…

  51. Tamara WINAWER says:

    Just about anything by jimmy Buffett but especially Changes in Latitude, Boat Drinks, and Fins
    Jumpin’ Jack Flash (Rolling Stones)
    Sweet Melissa (Allman Brothers)
    Dream On (Aerosmith)

    Ok I better stop now or I will need my own column…have a great day!! Oh wait can’t leave out Grateful Dead Scarlet Begonias!

  52. Kj says:

    “Love Shack” —B52s
    “Goodbye to You” —Scandal

  53. Keri says:

    Train in Vain – The Clash
    Our Lips Are Sealed – The Go-Go’s
    Chains of Love – Erasure
    Tenderness – General Public
    Save It For Later – The English Beat
    Freedom! ’90 – George Michael
    REM – It’s The End Of The World As We Know It
    Angels Wanna Wear My Red Shoes – Elvis Costello
    Roam – The B52’s
    ABC – Jackson Five
    Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
    American Girl – Tom Petty
    Take it Easy – The Eagles
    The Harder they Come – Jimmy Cliff

  54. GT says:

    “Hey, Good Lookin'” – Ray Charles
    “Here comes the Sun” – Beatles
    “I Wish” – Stevie Wonder

  55. Frances says:

    I don’t think this has been mentioned – whenever Blue Sky by Patti Griffin comes on I turn up the music and roll down the windows and sing along loudly.

  56. AK says:

    Here Comes Your Man. Can’t beat it.

  57. Mae says:

    “Car Wash” by Rose Royce

  58. Stakra says:

    Come On Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners and Veronica by Elivis Costello

  59. Christiana says:

    U2 Beautiful Day
    Salt n Pepa Whatta Man
    The Kinks Better Things
    Springsteen Born to Run
    Madonna Holiday
    Husker Du These Important Years

  60. sk says:

    This is so fun to read through… two off the top of my head:

    Color Me Impressed – The Replacements
    Harness Your Hopes – Pavement

  61. Trish says:

    Just Like Heaven – The Cure
    Lonely Town – Brandon Flowers
    Beneath the Blue Sky – The Go-Go’s
    The Sun Always Shines on TV – a-ha
    A Little Respect – Erasure
    Enjoy the Silence – Depeche Mode
    Happy Together – The Turtles

  62. Lisa says:

    London Calling by The Clash.

    Yell out, “I live by the river!” See? Don’t you feel better?

  63. Cristina Favretto says:

    Yes to Elvis C and his brilliant way with lyrics (“You swore you’d stand by me in the middle of chapter 3, but you were up to your old tricks by chapters 4,5, and 6”!).
    My happy songs:
    99 Luftballoons – Nena
    Pull Up to the Bumper — Grace Jones
    I See You Baby (Shakin’ that ass!)–Fatboy Slim
    That’s When I Reach For My Revolver — Mission of Burma
    Volare — Domenico Modugno
    and my fave of all time:
    Sheena Was A Punk Rocker — The Ramones

  64. Erin says:

    “Ophelia” by The Band (version from The Last Waltz). Check it out on youtube, watch Levon Helm tear it up.

  65. josiebella says:

    Oh my there are so many but for me it’s an Australian classic (which is probably taking some liberities): ‘Better the devil you know’ by Kylie Minogue 🙂

  66. Mieke says:

    Plastic Bertrand’s Ça Plan pour Moi.

  67. c.w. says:

    Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole

  68. I.M. says:

    The Chords – Sh-boom
    Ray Charles – Hit the Road Jack
    The Lovin’ Spoonful – Do you believe in magic, Daydream, Rain on the Roof
    The Rascals – It’s a beautiful Morning
    Marshall Crenshaw – Rockin’ Around in NYC
    The Silos – Mary’s getting married

  69. Alison says:

    Lately, it’s been Shine on Me — Dan Auerbach

    Ones that I come back to over the years
    I know what I know – Paul Simon
    We Found Love – Rihanna
    Rebellion (Lies) – Arcade Fire
    Blow it Out – The Features
    Hotel Yorba – The White Stripes
    To Be You (Is to be Sad, Is to be High) – Ryan Adams
    Gardenhead / Leave me Alone – Neutral Milk Hotel
    Blister in the Sun – Violent Femmes
    The Rat – The Walkmen

  70. Linda E. says:

    Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears
    Let’s Groove by Earth Wind and Fire
    Anything by Saint Motel
    Wishing by Flock of Seagulls
    It’s My Life by Talk Talk

  71. missannethrope says:

    X – I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts
    Patti Smith – Gloria
    Bowie – Rock & Roll Suicide
    Rolling Stones – Happy
    Herb Alpert – Spanish Flea

  72. Jessie says:

    Talking Heads – And She Was

  73. Julia G says:

    Single ladies-Beyoncé
    Everything she wants-WHAM!
    I wanna get next to you-Rose Royce
    Baby I’m a star-Prince
    Summer wind-Sinatra

  74. Heather says:

    Oh and – Modern Love by Bowie.
    Just reading these cheered me up.

  75. Linden says:

    This is going to sound weird, but “Loser” by Beck makes me happy. At the time it came out I was stuck in a bad job situation. Singing it at the top of my lungs in the car really helped.

    • moi says:

      I never, ever get tired of hearing that song. The lyrics alone, LOL! (In the time of chimpanzees I was a monkey . . . )

  76. Elizabeth says:

    Windy – The Association
    Lights – Journey
    Got a Feeling – The Beatles
    Volcano – Jimmy Buffet
    Second Hand News – Fleetwood Mac

  77. Susanna says:

    I’m In Love With a Girl—Big Star
    I Melt With You—Modern English
    I Need Love—Sam Phillips
    Save It For Later—The (English) Beat
    Just Like Heaven—The Cure
    Girlfriend—Matthew Sweet
    500 Miles—The Proclaimers
    Back On The Chain Gang—Pretenders
    Whenever You’re on My Mind—Marshall Crenshaw

    I acknowledge that the lyrics aren’t always cheerful, but a great hook gets me every time.

  78. Ramonaquimby says:

    Fun question! These came to mind immediately, though not remotely contemporary…
    This Old Heart of Mine- The Isley Brothers
    I Want You Back- Jackson Five
    Wouldn’t it Be Nice- Beach Boys
    Bennie and the Jets- Elton John
    MrBlue Sky- Electric Light Orchestra
    The Oogum Boogum Song – Brenton Wood
    And seconding the already mentioned: Tenderness, Friday I’m
    In Love, Can I Kick It, and Freedom 90!

  79. Maggie says:

    Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen
    Our House – Madness
    Jah Glory – Third World
    And pretty much anything ABBA. Cheesy, aye, but I’m old enough to claim authentic memories.

    And yes, yes to those above who mentioned Love Shack, Car Wash, It’s Raining Men and Come on Eileen, all on my happy playlist.

    This is brilliant fun, Kim!

  80. KimFrance says:

    This is going to be the BEST PLAYLIST EVER.

  81. Dusa says:

    A tiny snippet of my favs.
    No Sleep til Brooklyn: Beastie Boys
    Chain of Fools: Little Ceasar
    Let it Whip: Dazz Band
    Missionary Man: Eurythmics
    Tusk: Fleetwood Mac
    Suicide Blonde: INXS
    Better be Good to Me: Tina Turner
    Don’t Leave me this Way: Thelma Houston
    Change: Lisa Stansfield
    Are Ya Gonna Go My Way: Lenny Kravitz
    Solsbury Hill: Peter Gabriel
    Fire Woman: The Cult

  82. Dusa says:

    Oh gah – these gotta be on my list too!
    Neutron Dance – Pointer Sisters
    Partyman (from his Batman Soundtrack)- Prince
    Livin’ on the Edge – Aerosmith

  83. Dana says:

    Can Hardly Wait- The Mats
    Something Else- Sid Vicious
    New Sensation- INXS
    Let’s Go Crazy- Prince
    Square Biz- Teena Marie

  84. Michele says:

    Beyonce’s Lemonade kept me alive during my divorce. I don’t know if it put a smile on my face, but it sure put some punch in my ass-kicking and gave me some language for all the emotions I was experiencing.

    “Who the fuck do you think I is?
    You ain’t married to no average bitch, boy
    You can watch my fat ass twist, boy
    As I bounce to the next dick, boy
    And keep your money, I got my own
    Keep a bigger smile on my face being alone
    Bad motherfucker, God complex”

  85. Tina L. says:

    So fun to read all of these- one that always makes me happy when i hear it:

    5 Years Time -Noah and the Whale

  86. Sylvia Sichel says:

    love this list, thank you! there are just so many different ways to get in a good mood…
    Red Balloon – Charli XCX
    Baby, I love you – Aretha
    Every Ghetto, Every City – Lauryn Hill (pretty much anything Lauryn Hill)
    We Can’t Stop – Miley Cyrus
    As – Stevie Wonder
    Boys Don’t Cry – The Cure
    Feelin’ Alright – Joe Cocker
    Formation – Beyonce
    I Gotta Feeling – The Black Eyed Peas
    The Things That I Used To Do – Stevie Ray Vaughan
    Instant Karma – John Lennon
    Get Ur Freak On – Missy Elliot
    Hips Don’t Lie – Shakira
    Wild Thoughts – DJ Khaled
    Daddy, I’m Fine – Sinead O’Connor

    Aaahhhh I could go on all day!

    • sylvia sichel says:

      I forgot to add my main man…


      i’d rather have a good cry and blast some PURPLE RAIN 😉

  87. Emma says:

    Going to come back to these comments later when I’m making a playlist for spin classes I teach!

    For me it’s anything by Jo Dee Messina, Shakira, or Jenny Lewis,

  88. Shari says:

    Walking on Sunshine -Katrina and the Waves
    Turning Japanese-The Vapors
    Just Like Heaven -The Cure
    Mr. Brightside – The Killers
    Three Little Birds -Bob Marley
    Train in Vain – The Clash
    Holiday -Green Day

  89. kates says:

    Yes, yes, yes to so many of the above! Just want to add
    The Allman Brothers – Revival

  90. Anne L says:

    Reasons Not to Be an Idiot – Frank Turner
    Good Noise – John Gorka
    Brighter Than the Sun- Colbie Caillat
    What Do You Love More Than Love Dar Williams
    The Great Unknown – Jukebox the Ghost
    Pinch Me – BareNaked Ladies
    Cat Stevens – If You Want to Sing Out
    Best Day Ever – Sponge Bob the Movie Soundtrack (impossible to cry to without laughing)

    • Mamavalveeta03 says:

      My daughter and I sing “Best Day Ever” whenever we’re….you guessed it…”Wearing a striped sweater”! Lol!

  91. Susanna says:

    Ooh—how could I have forgotten some XTC. Love On a Farmboy’s Wages, Senses Working Overtime…so many options.

  92. Susanna says:

    Ooh, how could I have forgotten XTC—Love On a Farmboy’s Wages, Senses Working Overtime. So many good ones.

  93. Lynne says:

    Pyscho Killer by Talking Heads always makes me smile.

  94. Mamavalveeta03 says:

    So many great tunes already mentioned, but I thought of a few that make me happy:
    Hoodoo Voodoo – Billy Bragg and Wilco
    Dancing Queen – Abba
    Pedestrian at Best -Courtney Barnett
    Get it On – Marc Bolan & T Rex
    Head Over Heels – JD McPherson
    I’m Shipping Up to Boston – Dropkick Murphys
    Take Me Out – Frank Ferdinand
    Walking on a Dream – Empire of the Sun
    Free Man in Paris – Joni Mitchell

  95. moi says:

    Just a few off the top of my head:

    I’m Too Sexy—Right, Said Fred
    High—Sir Sly
    Eat to the Beat—Blondie
    Born Again Teen—Lucius

  96. Michelle says:

    So, so many already mentioned but also:
    I Love You, Suzanne – Lou Reed
    You’re Gonna Make It After All – Joan Jett
    Fat Bottomed Girls – Queen

  97. Amanda says:

    Late in the evening – Paul Simon
    Pretty much anything by Stevie Wonder

  98. Mamavalveeta03 says:

    I totally forgot one of my and my family’s favorites: “Ripple” – The Grateful Dead

  99. Kj says:

    How could I forget “Sing Songs Along” by Tilly and the Wall? So much found to shout “Let is be free!” over and over at the end.

  100. Kathy says:

    Cynical Girl–Marshall Crenshaw (I am the cynical girl)
    Scatterlings of Africa–Juluka
    Three Little Birds–Bob Marley
    I Knew the Bride–Dave Edmunds
    I’m Looking Through You–Beatles
    I Wanna Be Sedated–Ramones
    Girlfriend In a Coma–Smiths
    Still the Night–BoDeans
    This Must Be the Place–Talking Heads
    Every Day I Write the Book–Elvis Costello
    Folsom Prison Blues–Johnny Cash
    The Bottom Line–Big Audio Dynamite
    Punk Rock Girl–Dead Milkmen
    Stop the Love You Save–Jackson Five
    Genius of Love–Tom Tom Club
    You Can’t Judge a Book By the Cover–The Strypes (live version is the BEST!)
    I love this prompt–reading the responses made me so happy! For a few minutes I stopped thinking about the daily horrors–big and small–of the past year. Thanks, GOACAs! 💋

  101. miriam says:

    “Break Out”, Swing Out Sister
    “It’s Not Unusual”, Tom Jones
    “And When I Die”, Blood Sweat and Tears

  102. Tammy says:

    I had to chime in again. I LOVE Psycho Killer by Talking Heads. I crank the volume when I’m driving and song comes on radio.

    Also, Beck’s new album is fabulous. Two songs, in particular, are so tremendous … “Wow” and “Dreams.”

  103. jackie cohen says:

    The new-ish Bruno Mars album, specifically 24K Magic and Perm.
    gets me up and dancing and just happy.
    Bonus is watching a performance of each on video.
    LOVE him!

  104. kath says:

    My personal theme song is Two Gunslingers by Tom Petty. First, it is an anti-gun song (at least in my mind) and second, that refrain: I’m taking control of my life! Playing that song (and that whole album actually) helps me, always. Right now I have St Vincent’s new album Masseduction on constant replay. “Las Ageless” is just so great

  105. Tammy says:

    Can’t Hardly Wait – The Replacements
    Teenage Kicks – The Undertones
    Yakety Sax – Boots Randolph. I dare anyone not to smile when this comes on.

  106. Deb says:

    So, I was procrastinating doing some work–and I was so inspired by all of these fabulous song choices–that I created a Google Music playlist and made it public. I also added a few of my own happy-making songs. I’m not sure if my link will appear in this comment, but you can also search for the playlist by name in Google Music: GOACA Happy Mix Fall 2017.

  107. Jennifer says:

    I Can See Clearly Now by Johnny Nash. Was and is my sober (22 years) anthem!