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Saturday, March 13, 2010

The happy music megalist experiment

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In a time when the most songs are sad/depressing/kinda slowish, I've decided to conduct a list of songs that are in happy its nature.

What qualifies this list I want to make?
1. The tone of the song, is the tone happy?
2. Lyrics, they can't be about loss, anger, suicide or other depressing themes
3. No upbeat teenage angst songs (even though Avril Lavinge's "Girlfriend" sounds like a happy song, they lyrics wouldn't qualify)
4. The most metal riffs I know of sound pretty angry and agressive, I'm not saying that metal isn't allowed, but I've never heard of "happy" metal songs
5. Does not have to involve love, even though love is accepted.

I'm starting my list with a few songs I find are quite happy.
  • Animal Collective - Who could Win a Rabbit
  • Autograph - Turn up the radio
  • Bachman Turner Overdrive - You ain't seen nothing yet
  • Beatles - Most of their songs, I'd like to highlight "Eight days a week" and "Paperback writer"
  • Billy Idol - Mony Mony
  • Bloodhound gang - Ralph Wiggum
  • Bob Marley - Many of his songs, higlighting "Three little birds" and "Is this love"
  • Bob Dylan - I want you
  • Boston - More than a feeling, Don't Look Back, Peace of Mind
  • Bowling for soup - I'm gay
  • Bruce Springsteen - Blinded by the lights, Dancing in the dark
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival - Down on the corner
  • Dan Deacon - Wham city
  • David Lee Roth - California Girls
  • Devin Townsend - Sunshine and happiness
  • Dispatch - The General, Bang Bang
  • Don McLean - American Pie
  • Doobie Brothers - Listen to the music
  • Eric Johnson- Cliffs of Dover
  • Fairport Convention - Come all ye
  • Fleet Foxes - Drops in the River
  • Fleetwood Mac - Don't stop
  • The Fratellis - Chelsea Dagger
  • Gomez - See the world
  • Guns n' Roses - Nightrain, Paradise City
  • Guthrie Govan - Rhode island shred
  • James Brown - I feel good
  • Joe Satriani - Summer song, Always with me always with you
  • Journey - Anyway you want it
  • K.C and The Sunshine Band - Boogie Shoes
  • Led Zeppelin - D'yer Maker, Celebration Day
  • Lesley Gore - Sunshine and Lollipops
  • Nena - 99 Red Balloons (exception)
  • Ok go- This too shall pass, Do what you want
  • Panic! at the disco - That green Gentleman
  • Paulo Nutini - New shoes on
  • Passion Pit - Sleepyhead
  • Queen - Lazing On a Sunday Afternoon
  • Raconteurs (The) - Yellow sun
  • Reef - Summer's in bloom
  • Rush - A passage to Bankok, YYZ, Time Stand Still
  • Tunng - Santiago
  • Sublime - What I Got
  • Supertramp - Goodbye Stranger, Breakfast in America
  • Todd Rungren - I Saw The Light
  • Vampire Weekend - A-Punk
  • Weezer - Island in the sun, If you're wondering if I want you too
  • [I'd like to rule out all Calypso and Soca because 99% of all those songs are happy]
I'll start with those songs, which I find are generally happy.

Please, comment with suggestions on songs I could add to this list.

Thanks for reading :)

As a comment person says, there's a website who lists happy songs.
But this list shall be bigger, better, happier and jollyer than that one.
5:05 pm - 27 comments - 15 Kudos - Report!
100%guitarmad wrote on Mar 13th, 2010 9:20pm

New Shoes - Paolo Nutini
Yellow Sun - The Raconteurs
See The World - Gomez
Summer's In Bloom - Reef

Phwoar what a list.


uk.mace wrote on Mar 15th, 2010 1:11am

I like this blog. Happy music is so much cooler.
The link in your sig is slightly wrong btw.


uk.mace wrote on Mar 15th, 2010 1:13am

Also, Sunshine and Happiness by Devin Townsend.
Not really sure on whether this could be classed as happy, but: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGgP54m7oA8


JamesLPs wrote on Mar 18th, 2010 8:12pm

I loled at "Lyrics, they can't be about loss, anger, suicide or other depressing themes"

And "Don't look back in anger

But good list, Add Journey - Anyway you want it
and Guns n Roses - Paradise city.


Eruption1991 wrote on Mar 21st, 2010 4:48pm

Autograph - Turn up the Radio

Billy Idol - Mony Mony

Doobie Brothers - Listen to the Music

Fleetwood Mac - Don't Stop

KC & The Sunshine Band - Boogie Shoes

Hope, I could help you out.
The list is a great idea by the way, I have one too for my iPod. :D


Ylastoa wrote on Mar 21st, 2010 8:39pm

JamesLPs wrote on Mar 18th, 2010 at 9:12pm :
I loled at "Lyrics, they can't be about loss, anger, suicide or other depressing themes"

And "Don't look back in anger

But good list, Add Journey - Anyway you want it
and Guns n Roses - Paradise city.

Thanks for notifying me.
Sometimes stuff gets through the cracks.

And thanks guys, keep the song suggestions coming.


wicked_hobbit wrote on Mar 24th, 2010 6:18pm

Weezer - Island In The Sun
NOFX - Theme From A NOFX Album
Panic At The Disco - That Green Gentlemen (though I never grasp the lyrics)
Sublime - What I Got
Joe Satriani - Summer Song


Zead2 wrote on Mar 31st, 2010 4:49pm

Bowling For Soup - I'm Gay
The Fratellis - Chelsea Dagger

http://www.popculturemadness.com/Music/Happy-Songs .html
found this on google :)


flabber.gast wrote on Apr 2nd, 2010 10:48am

Todd Rungren - I Saw The Light


E V H 5150 wrote on Apr 2nd, 2010 6:04pm

Eric Johnson- Cliffs of Dover
Joe Satriani- Always With Me, Always With You
California Girls- David Lee Roth
Blinded by the Light- Bruce Springsteen.
99 Red Balloons- Nena (Yeah, it's actually about how close the world came to nuclear annihilation, but if you forget about that, it's about balloons and balloons are never depressing or angry! Plus everything about the song is so upbeat...)

I enjoy music with a more upbeat and optimistic feel to it. It seems that a lot of the music I hear out there on the radio has more of a darker/depressing feel. The modern rock stations around here, at least.


bellamy_morello wrote on Apr 21st, 2010 1:26am

led zeppelin- celebration day
ok go- this too shall pass, do what you want

great blog, i could use some cheering up


Jusman wrote on Apr 21st, 2010 3:19pm

Rush - Time Stands Still (it also has a kick-ass video)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nc4GcTA83aA&feature =related

Supertramp - Goodbye Stranger

Boston - Don't Look Back

Queen - Lazing On a Sunday Afternoon

Boston - Don't Look Back
- Peace of Mind

Brooks & Dunn - Play Something Country
- Red Dirt Road
- Boot Scootin' Boogie

I'll probably be back with more


Leggett10 wrote on Apr 25th, 2010 10:26pm

Bang Bang/ The General- both by Dispatch


tomrgane wrote on May 2nd, 2010 5:02pm

Almost anything from Bowling For Soup, especiall I'm Gay, No Hablo Ingles, Punk Rock 101.
A-Punk - Vampire Weekend
If you're wondering if I want you too - Weezer
Ralph Wiggum - Bloodhound Gang


genghisgandhi wrote on May 16th, 2010 6:30pm

Anything by Vampire Weekend.

A lot by Beck


Wolfinator-x wrote on May 23rd, 2010 11:40pm

Any non-ballad by Motley Crue post-Shout At The Devil and pre-Generation Swine.


crazy8rgood wrote on Jun 1st, 2010 4:27am

Pretty much everything by Animal Collective and Fleet Foxes

Animal Collective: Who Could Win a Rabbit?

Fleet Foxes: Drops in the River


whalepudding wrote on Jun 10th, 2010 8:00am

Triumph - Devin Townsend. Some of the happiest music I've ever heard.


hovercraft wrote on Sep 12th, 2010 11:12am

Bill Haley and the Comets for the theme to Happy Days?
"Rock around the clock"

sounds like happy musix to me !!!


Julz127 wrote on Oct 23rd, 2010 11:41am

float on by modest mouse.


jimmyled wrote on Dec 12th, 2010 5:47pm

Paradise City isn't a happy song...

Bob Dylan - If Not for You
Animal Collective - Essplode
Pixies - Here Comes Your Man, La La Love You, Tony's Theme
Pink Floyd - Bike
Lots of The Doors

There are more, but I can't be arsed.


italiarlz135 wrote on Feb 2nd, 2011 3:55pm

van halen- beautiful girls
RHCP-suck my kiss
zz top- legs
joe perry- shakin my cage


vagelier wrote on Apr 16th, 2011 11:12am

Beatles - Getting Better, Octopus's Garden, Oh! Darling,
Rolling Stones - Happy, Ventilator Blues
Doors - Light My Fire
Beach Boys - I Get Around, Good Vibrations

Might post more later on.


Twisted Mr wrote on Jun 23rd, 2011 5:06pm

Slipknot - Physchosocial


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