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50 Happy Songs You Desperately Need Right Now

2) Bowtie (Feat. Sleepy Brown & Jazze Pha) The fourth track off the Big Boi half of Speakerboxxx/The Love Below is a stomp-and-clap romp through the empowerment of feeling extra fly. Throw your hands up if you feel me! Throw your hands up if you feel me! Hearst Owned

3) Mixed Bizness by Beck Per usual with Beck, nothing makes sense in this 1999 wackness, wich includes references to the Baltic Sea, hair-combing, and champagne on honey bees. All right // Turn it up now Hearst Owned


4) Island in the Sun by Weezer Rivers Cuomo croons about being on a sunny vacation over a lax and lazy guitar that hip hips until shot through with a static charge. Well never feel bad anymore Hearst Owned

5) Lovely Day by Bill Withers The legend sings as if he' constantly smiling. If you arent grinning by 4:14, you must be having a rough go. Then I look at you // And the world's alright with me Hearst Owned

6) 1st of Tha Month by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Krayzie, Layzie, and Bizzy, rattatat-rap about cash on their second studio album E. 1999 Eternal, which came out in 1995, and, yes, also includes the downer "The Crossroads." Wakin' up feelin' buzzed off up early mornin' stretchin' Hearst Owned


7) Don't Stop Me Now by Queen Someone once said that this is the song thats playing on loop inside Tony Romos head. I feel alive and the world I'll turn it inside out Hearst Owned

8) Glad Girls by Guided by Voices Robert Pollard sounds like hes having as much fun as humanly possible on this 2001 track from the prolific indie wonders. In the light that passes though me Hearst Owned


9) Get Up Off That Thing by James Brown The grandmaster of funk goes wild for four minutes of clap-clap-clap encouragement. Get up offa that thing // And try to release that pressure Hearst Owned

10) Touch the Sky by Kanye West The old Kanye and Lupe Fiasco go extra fly over a Curtis Mayfield sample thats loaded with horn madness. Any pessimists, I aint talk to them Hearst Owned

11) Crushin It by Brad Paisley Its been a long week. You need a beer. Or three. Brad gets it. Every week has a weekend Hearst Owned


12) Hang Loose by Alabama Shakes A sashaying bassline builds to Brittany Howards call-to-action about doing a whole bunch of nothing. Were going be alright Hearst Owned

13) Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 by Bob Dylan The lyrics are up to interpretation, but theres an uplifting power of commiseration in this cant-keep-you-down opener to the iconic Blonde on Blonde. Well, they'll stone you when you're trying to be so good Hearst Owned


14) Blue Sky The Allman Brothers Off 1972s Eat a Peach, this classic rock ditty takes you through a summer day regardless of the season. You're my blue sky, you're my sunny day Hearst Owned

15) Green Grass by Tanlines The chugging beat to this indie jam feels like a windows-rolled-down road trip to somewhere where theres not all that much to do. Green grass sky so blue Hearst Owned

16) Feel So Good by Ma$e Repeating the energy of his collab with Puffs on Mo Money Mo Problems, Ma$e boasts and brags nonstop after a horns intro trumpets him in. Well me personally, it's nothin' personal // I do what work for me, you do what work for you Hearst Owned


17) One More Time by Daft Punk This 2001 track off Discovery has worked its way into modern wedding playlists for good reason: Its five-plus minutes of pure joy. Music's got me feeling the need Hearst Owned

18) Otter Pop (Feat. Hollis) by Shawn Wasabi A bizarro beat-maker teams up with Swiss-army singer and the two bop through an especially chill day. Meltin' off the bad vibes with my ultraviolet eyesight Hearst Owned


19) Because Im Me by The Avalanches The kings of the throwback samples glitz out this 2016 track filled with audio sunshine. To a better love, let the wings spread Hearst Owned

20) Turn up (Till You Cant) by Lil B Call The BasedGod a meme if you want, but that doesnt discredit the booty-shaking glee of this Black Ken backed track. Let's drive with the top down // Turn the music up real loud Hearst Owned

21) Ele by Debo Band Theyre an Ethiopian funk-pop band based in Boston. And theyre fuuuuuuuuuun. Hearst Owned


22) Kodachrome by Paul Simon You Can Call Me Al gets all the happy feels credit, but some of it should good to this 1973 opener to There Goes Rhymin Simon. Makes you think all the world's a sunny day, oh yeah Hearst Owned

23) Punk Rock Girl by The Dead Milkmen Their 1988 album Beelzebubba contained this little ditty about slam dancing, iced tea, anarchy, and unbridled youth. The waitress said "well no, we only have it iced" // So we jumped up on the table and shouted anarchy Hearst Owned


24) Casual Party by Band of Horses Although known for their downers The Funeral and No Ones Gonna Love You, this indie quintet opened 2016s Why Are You OK with a tongue-in-cheek, pump-up jam. Here's some brand new friends to get you started off Hearst Owned

25) (Nothing But) Flowers by Talking Heads Bongos. Shakers. A guitar line that sounds like poolside pina coladas. The smooth sounds of David Byrne smiling at birds in the trees. You got it. This was a Pizza Hut // Now it's all covered with daisies Hearst Owned

26) Summer by Croquet Club Theres something about this synth-laden 2016 song that conjures up fleeting sunsets that turn into long late nights. I just wanna let it shine Hearst Owned


27) Seaside Bar Song by Bruce Springsteen To keep the summertime vibe going, The Boss and his E-Street Band go full-throttle for 3:30 of cruising. Get in your wheels and roll, roll, roll, roll, roll, roll, roll Hearst Owned

28) All the Way Live by The Go! Team Throwback b-boy/b-girl raps set to a brass band backing track that crashes and blasts nonstop. When the music's quite together // And you know there is no better Hearst Owned


29) Luckiest Man by King Khan and the Shrines A shaky guitar line, backed by a shaker, about a shakedown. It'll get you shaking. Got a ring in my pocket // Gonna be the luckiest man that'll ever be Hearst Owned

30) Love Explosion by Donnell Pitman No, really. Thats the title. And the rest of it is just as awesome. Its a love explosion and its really hot Hearst Owned

31) Tropical Heat by Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band Because theres nothing quite like the sound of steel drums to temper the edges around your mood. Hearst Owned


32) Satisfy My Soul by Bob Marley & The Wailers The grandmaster of easy living fills this 1978 love song with his full-smile style. I am happy inside all, all of the time Hearst Owned

33) Get on Your Feet by Gloria Estefan Scoff all you want at this 1989 pure-pop dance track, but you know it's a guilty pleasure guaranteed to make you feel at least a little bit better. You gotta keep looking onto tomorrow // There's so much in life // That's meant for you Hearst Owned


34) Love to Madly by Cake From the drumbeat to the horns to the Seussian-like cadence of the lyricsthis 2001 ball of sunshine has healing properties. I don't want to think back to the one thing that I know I should have done Hearst Owned

35) The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song by The Flaming Lips This 2006 track has it all: hand claps, jangling guitar, and the namesake yeah repeated until youre signing and bopping along. Ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya Ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya Ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya Ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya Hearst Owned

36) Dandelion Time by Daniel Norgren This one sounds like it was recorded at some drunken hootenanny high in the hills. Thats to say: Its time to paaaaarty. Toot that flute! Hearst Owned


37) Egg Man by Beastie Boys Fight for Your Right is fine and allbut that song was written to make fun of that type of fun. This song, about the Boys doing drive-by eggings, is the real stuff. Saw the convertible driving by // I loaded up the slingshot, let one fly Hearst Owned

38) All You Can Eat by Shonen Knife The Japanese trio that loves signing pop songs about food sings about buffets for three minutes. It's like a dream, fill yourself with food // Chocolate marshmallow on the fork Hearst Owned


39) Tacos Taco Tacos by Peelander-Z The Japanese quintet that loves signing punk songs about food sings about tacos for one minute. Hearst Owned

40) Friday Night Fish Fry by Mel Waits It's the smooooooothest way to your week. Because of you love to party, stop on by Hearst Owned

41) Enjoy the Ride by Morcheeba Its a super laid-back easy-ride of a song about being happy with exactly where you are. Feel the joy of being alive // The day that you stop running // Is the day that you arrive Hearst Owned


42) Light & Day / Reach for the Sun by The Polyphonic Spree The massive cult-slash-indie-rock-troupe sings the praises of fresh starts in the now-iconic hit. Just follow the day // Follow the day and reach for the sun! Hearst Owned

43) My Girls by Animal Collective All the blips, hops, and pops punctuate a song thats really about settling down and being totally okay with that. I just want // Four walls and adobe slats // For my girls Hearst Owned


44) No Matter Where We Go by Whitney With so many classic rock vibes you might think youre listening to an oldies station, this 2016 ditty feels real warm and fuzzy. I wanna drive around with you with the windows rolled down Hearst Owned

45) Nest by Young Fathers This weird-in-a-good-way Scottish band weave hand-claps, a childrens choir, and an earworm of a chorus into a happy tapestry. Pushing through the storm // All I got is my health Hearst Owned

46) Santeria by Sublime Youll hear skateboards and hot pavement and cheap beer throughout all three minutes. It's love that I need Hearst Owned


47) Good As New by Vacationer This song just sounds like rejuvenation. A hip-hop beat, sampled strings, and a damn-that's-catchy chorus will have you feeling good as new, too, once you listen. Yeah I have got a good one lifting me up when I'm down Hearst Owned

48) "Levitating" by Dua Lipa Once that funky bass line kicks in, we dare you to not crack a smile. This just might be the feel-good anthem that 2020 desperately needs. We can go wherever, so let's do it now or never Hearst Owned


49) "Under a Rock" by Waxahatchee Katie Crutchfield's searing, fuzzed-out rocker is concise. But 2 minutes and 8 seconds is all the Alabama-born singer-songwriter needs to pack a punchand deliver a shot of dopamine right to your cranium. You'll bang it like a drum Hearst Owned

50) Happy & Free by Dean Wareham Because it sounds like fading off into the sunset with a smile on your face. Happy and free, for awhile Hearst Owned


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