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Open Thread Continues: What Songs Make You Happy?

The votes are still coming in for the songs that make you happy, so we’re going to keep this thread open for more additions. Remember, research says music changes our perception.  To feel happy, listen to happy. If I had to pick my favorite happy songs, though, I’d have to ask ‘You mean right now?”  My new ones today are “Point of Know Return” by Kansas, “Suite Judy Blue Eyes” by CSNY (I even sang along!) and “Freeway of Love” by Aretha Franklin.  I always end with the song I consider New York City’s anthem during this time: “Back in the High Life Again.”

We’d love to learn which songs work for you, which bring up your happy memories, which make you smile, maybe even which ones you sing along to….and which get you through this challenging time.  

Read the comments below and add your own.  Maybe we can come up with a Quarantine Playlist?  Let us know in the comments!   Let’s jam!  

Photo by Mohammad Metri on Unsplash

 

COMMENTS

40 responses to “Open Thread Continues: What Songs Make You Happy?

  1. I love so many songs that inspired me over the years. Beatles, Donovan, Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Vivaldi, Marvin Gaye, Gr Dead, The Sound of Music, Hendrix, Simon&Garfunkel, Well done trad Celtic tunes, Aretha Franklin, specifically recordings from Muscle Shoals, backed by The Swampers. On n on n on Clapton & Steve Winwood

  2. Pop/Rock: Just about anything by ELO (Electric Light Orchestra), the BeeGees, CCR (Credence Clearwater Revival), Chicago, Bon Jovi

    Classical/Romantic: Symphonies of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Saint-Saens’ Organ Symphony; Stravinsky’s Firebird; operas from Gluck to Wagner; Piano concertos of Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff;

    Renaissance Music of Praetorius and Schutz.

    Folk music of Ireland and Greece.

    I just love music!

  3. Music of the Romantic period like Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and Liszt. Yet, Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman also resonate. On my I-tunes I have music from almost 1,000 years ago by Hildegard Von Bingen up to Brule and Blue Man Group.

  4. La Marseillaise, French National Anthem (Fr/En). I am not French, but this always a stirring and happy song.
    And, “A Kiss to Build a Dream On” by Satchmo

  5. Still love High Hopes by Frank Sinatra to keep me going…something about the ant and the rubber plant! Amazing Grace for peace and calm..favortie version in Cherokee Native American.

  6. My favorite ones now are Sona Joharteh Gambia Plays Live in Gambia, Wham! Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, Frankie Beverly Before I Let You Go and Manu Dibango Soul Makousa. All definitely lift my spirits and get my body moving.

      1. Hey June
        I love Afro House Music. Themba, Black Coffee, Black Motion are the best!

  7. Today’s playlist: Earl Klugh-“Move” , “Aretha Sings the Blues”, Bonnie Rait- “Nick of Time”, Eagles-“Long Road out of Eden”, Randy Travis- “Passing Through. You name it…I probable have it. Enjoy. Be well…Be Safe.

  8. Hallelujah – Pentatonix
    Desperado – Linda Ronstadt
    Layla – Eric Clapton
    Sugar Magnolia – Grateful Dead
    The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down – The Band
    Southern Cross – Crosby, Stills & Nash

  9. Mo-Town, Bowie, Eurythmics, Roxie Music, Beatles, Phil Collins, 60’s – 70’s dance music, and relaxing mind music by Yellow Brick Cinema, Meditative Mind, and others.
    What I listen to depends on my moods, naturally. There’s some good bondage music like that on Bondage Music Radio – Edition 200 mixed by Pornbugs’
    Yeah, crazy title, but interesting back ground music when writing, meditating, or doing the wild thing with your love, which I’m sure most folks are doing now that we’re “Locked Down”. I’d like to thank everyone who’ve posted and turned me on to new music, groups, I haven’t listened to before. You’re wonderful.
    Thanks again;
    Richard

  10. Listening to “The Body Guard” Soundtrack album-Whitney Houston. I surround myself with music ever day when not watching TV. It energizes, motivates and sooths me according to the mood I am in during any given day.

      1. Never knew his real name. I’m guessing you remember or at least know his early performing stint, when he replaced in the Mitchell Trio. I heard him maybe 1964 at Tanglewood (I think). I searched years later for his rendition of “The Bells of Rhymney”. When I found it, wasn’t as spectacular as I remembered, but what the hell.

      2. Sorry. Was trying to say, I agreed about Stop Making Sense. Would have loved to see the Broadway show but I’m cheap (or poor).

    1. Never knew his real name. I’m guessing you remember or at least know his early performing stint, when he replaced in the Mitchell Trio. I heard him maybe 1964 at Tanglewood (I think). I searched years later for his rendition of “The Bells of Rhymney”. When I found it, wasn’t as spectacular as I remembered, but what the hell.

  11. Rain or Shine with B.B. King and Eric Clapton was our wedding song and is still a favorite. Who knew the rain would include a pandemic quarantine? Gratefully there is so much more shine. Be safe everyone!

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