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Recently our family tried a little happy exercise together.  Fear not, there was no profuse sweating or smelly closes involved.  We each pondered the question “what are the songs that make us happy”.  For time and sanitity’s sake we limited the choices, top 3-5 songs.  It was also suggested that we accompany the choice with a short not about why that song was happy to us.  Music can be a pretty powerful force and sometimes it’s used for good.  Here is our list.  For those of you who know us, I wonder how many you can associate with its nominator?

Of course many if not most of these songs made the list because of what was happening to the submitter when they listened to the music but clearly the music itself had emotional powers.  Consider trying the exercise yourself.  Better yet, do it with people you care about, it can provide some happy insights to what makes them tick.

Believe – Yellowcard
Beyonce – Love on Top
Brave by Sara Bareilles
Brooks & Dunn – Ain’t Nothing Bout You
Cecilia by Simon and Garfunkel
Constantly – Cross Canadian Ragweed
Dance to the Music – Sly and the family Stone
Dime Luna by Mana
Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen
Florence + The Machine – Dog Days Are Over
Good Morning Baltimore from Hairspray
I’m A Believer by the Monkeys
Jammin – Bob Marley
Joy to the World – Three Dog Night
Kodachrome – Paul Simon
Life During Wartime by Talking Heads
Love Shack – The B-52s
Nashville Blues – Cory Morrow
Play That Funky Music White Boy by Wild Cherry
POWER – Kanye West
Rise to the Sun by Alabama Shakes
Sister Hazel – Mandolin Moon
Starman by David Bowie
Stay Alive by Jose Gonzalez
The Girl with the Faraway Eyes by The Rolling Stones
Time of Our Lives – Pitbull, Ne-Yo
Van Morrison – Days Like This
Wake Up by Arcade Fire
Widespread Panic – Climb to Safety

3 comments to Happy Music

  • Thom

    Jessica, by the Allman Brothers, with one of the best bridges in rock music

  • bob

    Good song, does it make your happy list because of the music or does it t trigger a happy memory??

  • Thom

    It is a happy song. Also, it was our “theme song” for when we moved to Atlanta. We named our first ATL dog Jessica.