What song always cheers you up?

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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?

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    Susan Piver
    2 Nov 2017
    7:10am

    “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.

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    Kitty
    2 Nov 2017
    7:16am

    Good Morning Starshine

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    Heather
    2 Nov 2017
    7:41am

    Friday I’m in Love
    Rock Lobster

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    Caryn
    2 Nov 2017
    7:42am

    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

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      KimFrance
      2 Nov 2017
      7:52am

      Oooh, Oblivious! I loved that song in college and this just compelled me to play it for the first time in years, first thing this morning.

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      vishy
      2 Nov 2017
      11:47am

      Ohhh Kishi Bashi! Ive seen him live and he just carries an ENERGY!!!

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    Alix
    2 Nov 2017
    7:47am

    “It’s Raining Men” The Weather Girls

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      Mair Mair
      2 Nov 2017
      11:17am

      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.

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        Lisa
        2 Nov 2017
        4:32pm

        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;).

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    Elisa
    2 Nov 2017
    8:09am

    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.

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      Liz
      2 Nov 2017
      1:36pm

      I love Don’t Rain on My Parade!! Have you seen it in Funny Girl? It makes me want to conquer the world. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aO3Gb5mkwTc

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        Kimbersam
        3 Nov 2017
        8:47am

        When I was a kid, I used to “perform” this song starting upstairs in my bedroom, moving through the house-finally dancing into the backyard. My poor parents!

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      Mamavalveeta03
      4 Nov 2017
      1:46am

      Oh yeah to the Pete Yorn, Elisa! That one is always played at volume 11 in my car!

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    y.k.
    2 Nov 2017
    8:21am

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

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    caroline
    2 Nov 2017
    8:33am

    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!

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    Valleyoftheshoes
    2 Nov 2017
    8:34am

    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

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    Netsky62
    2 Nov 2017
    8:51am

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

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    Rebecca
    2 Nov 2017
    9:02am

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

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      tara
      2 Nov 2017
      9:11am

      Isn’t Message to You Rudy by The Specials?

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        KimFrance
        2 Nov 2017
        10:50am

        They both performed it, and I’m guessing the Specials came first but I don’t know for sure.

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          Rebecca
          10 Nov 2017
          9:05am

          Yes, the Specials also recorded it (the original was by the wonderfully named Dandy Livingstone), but for some reason, the Clash’s version does it for me…

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    tara
    2 Nov 2017
    9:07am

    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

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      Jessie
      2 Nov 2017
      8:37pm

      A big YES! to Saturdays. Such a fun one!

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        Kimbersam
        3 Nov 2017
        8:48am

        Scritti Politti!!!!!!

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    Kate
    2 Nov 2017
    9:15am

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

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    Christina
    2 Nov 2017
    9:18am

    “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 🙂

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      Kate
      2 Nov 2017
      9:23am

      The Scissor Sisters are the BEST.

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    Robin
    2 Nov 2017
    9:21am

    This Must Be The Place – Talking Heads

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      Katie @ Red House West
      2 Nov 2017
      11:49am

      One of my happy songs too! Love it.

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    Melissa
    2 Nov 2017
    9:22am

    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

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      Kris
      4 Nov 2017
      8:15am

      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.

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    c.w.
    2 Nov 2017
    9:31am

    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…

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    Betsy
    2 Nov 2017
    9:37am

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

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    Jennifer
    2 Nov 2017
    9:48am

    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.)

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      allison
      2 Nov 2017
      11:15pm

      Freedom! 90 is SUCH a good song!

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        jhops
        3 Nov 2017
        1:50pm

        I knew if I read through the responses, someone would’ve beat me to “Freedom ’90”. No “Wham Rap” yet, though?

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    Leslie
    2 Nov 2017
    9:50am

    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)

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    Margaret
    2 Nov 2017
    9:50am

    Rio by Duran Duran

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    Stefanie
    2 Nov 2017
    9:51am

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

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    jen
    2 Nov 2017
    9:56am

    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

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    Rebecca
    2 Nov 2017
    9:58am

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

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    Shannan
    2 Nov 2017
    10:01am

    – 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

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    Liza
    2 Nov 2017
    10:25am

    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)

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      DeDe
      2 Nov 2017
      10:46am

      a BIG YES on the Wham/George!!

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    Joan
    2 Nov 2017
    10:26am

    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

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    Joan
    2 Nov 2017
    10:30am

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

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    LeighTX
    2 Nov 2017
    10:38am

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

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    Grace
    2 Nov 2017
    10:40am

    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
    Kids–MGMT
    King Kunta–Kendrik Lamarr
    Jerome–Lykke Li

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    DeDe
    2 Nov 2017
    10:44am

    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

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      DeDe
      2 Nov 2017
      10:49am

      Oh wait, forgot these:

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

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    Anne
    2 Nov 2017
    10:51am

    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

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      Mamavalveeta03
      4 Nov 2017
      1:52am

      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!

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    LG
    2 Nov 2017
    10:56am

    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!

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      Lisa
      2 Nov 2017
      4:34pm

      This is an excellent list to my way of thinking:).

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    Lisa
    2 Nov 2017
    10:58am

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

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    Erin
    2 Nov 2017
    11:15am

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

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    vishy
    2 Nov 2017
    11:22am

    “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!)

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    jenny
    2 Nov 2017
    11:22am

    Big Mouth Strikes Again–the Smiths

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    Mair Mair
    2 Nov 2017
    11:23am

    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

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    Viajera
    2 Nov 2017
    11:43am

    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.)

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      Viajera
      2 Nov 2017
      11:48am

      Wiki says it was a cover … so I should credit … the wildly beautiful music apparently came from one August Msarurgwa of Zimbabwe, says Wiki.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/August_Msarurgwa

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        Viajera
        2 Nov 2017
        2:16pm

        Overjoyed. Phew.

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    Katie @ Red House West
    2 Nov 2017
    11:47am

    True Affection by the Blow
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    Close to Me by the Cure
    xo

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    joannawnyc
    2 Nov 2017
    11:56am

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

    I can recommend

    Crystal Kay – Namida no saki ni (“Beyond the tears”)
    https://youtu.be/1HvkZPy_TJc

    Also, Bollywood!

    “Dil Se Re” from A. R. Rahman (he did the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwfCMvo19s8

    Otherwise

    Jay-Z – On to the Next One

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    Meg
    2 Nov 2017
    12:20pm

    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

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    SC
    2 Nov 2017
    12:23pm

    “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”

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      Jessie
      2 Nov 2017
      8:56pm

      Excellent list!

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      lori
      3 Nov 2017
      7:24pm

      Pretty much any Old 97’s does it for me!!

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    Elaine
    2 Nov 2017
    12:29pm

    “Shout to the Top” – The Style Council

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    Dana
    2 Nov 2017
    12:36pm

    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

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    Kelly
    2 Nov 2017
    12:42pm

    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.

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    kathyj
    2 Nov 2017
    1:05pm

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

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    Angie
    2 Nov 2017
    1:11pm

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

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      Kj
      2 Nov 2017
      1:32pm

      Pretty much every Ramones song is a good time, but’s I LOVE “Danny Says.”

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      Cristina Favretto
      2 Nov 2017
      5:30pm

      Squeeze songs always make me happy, even when they’re sad (Goodbye Girl). They’re just so brilliantly pop-y!

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    Tammy
    2 Nov 2017
    1:13pm

    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

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      Mamavalveeta03
      4 Nov 2017
      1:58am

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

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    Hannelore
    2 Nov 2017
    1:15pm

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

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    Tamara WINAWER
    2 Nov 2017
    1:25pm

    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!

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    Kj
    2 Nov 2017
    1:31pm

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

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      Kelly
      2 Nov 2017
      1:57pm

      Oh! Forgot Goodbye to You. This one makes me do my little 80s dance in the mirror.

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    Keri
    2 Nov 2017
    1:32pm

    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

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      Lisa
      2 Nov 2017
      4:36pm

      Seconded. General Public. So under-rated today.

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      Ramonaquimby
      3 Nov 2017
      1:27am

      Tenderness! Yes!

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    GT
    2 Nov 2017
    2:25pm

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

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    Frances
    2 Nov 2017
    3:23pm

    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.

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    AK
    2 Nov 2017
    3:24pm

    Here Comes Your Man. Can’t beat it.

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    Mae
    2 Nov 2017
    3:31pm

    “Car Wash” by Rose Royce

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      moi
      4 Nov 2017
      8:13pm

      Yes! And the movie was great, too!

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    Stakra
    2 Nov 2017
    3:53pm

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

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    Christiana
    2 Nov 2017
    3:55pm

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

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      Christiana
      2 Nov 2017
      3:58pm

      Ooh also:
      Prince, Baby I’m a Star
      Naked Eyes, Always Something There to Remind Me

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    sk
    2 Nov 2017
    4:11pm

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

    Color Me Impressed – The Replacements
    Harness Your Hopes – Pavement

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      Jessie
      2 Nov 2017
      8:33pm

      Two great ones!

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    Trish
    2 Nov 2017
    4:29pm

    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

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    Lisa
    2 Nov 2017
    4:31pm

    London Calling by The Clash.

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

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    Cristina Favretto
    2 Nov 2017
    5:36pm

    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

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    Erin
    2 Nov 2017
    5:44pm

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

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    josiebella
    2 Nov 2017
    6:26pm

    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 🙂

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    Mieke
    2 Nov 2017
    6:36pm

    Plastic Bertrand’s Ça Plan pour Moi.

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    c.w.
    2 Nov 2017
    7:02pm

    Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole

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    I.M.
    2 Nov 2017
    7:22pm

    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

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    Alison
    2 Nov 2017
    8:02pm

    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

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    Linda E.
    2 Nov 2017
    8:10pm

    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

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    missannethrope
    2 Nov 2017
    8:16pm

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

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    Jessie
    2 Nov 2017
    8:29pm

    Talking Heads – And She Was

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    Julia G
    2 Nov 2017
    8:53pm

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

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      moi
      4 Nov 2017
      8:21pm

      Summer Wind is a beautiful song! One of my all-time favorites.

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    Heather
    2 Nov 2017
    9:12pm

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

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    Linden
    2 Nov 2017
    10:12pm

    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.

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      moi
      4 Nov 2017
      8:18pm

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

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    Elizabeth
    2 Nov 2017
    11:03pm

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

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    Susanna
    3 Nov 2017
    1:57am

    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
    Tempted—Squeeze
    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.

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    Ramonaquimby
    3 Nov 2017
    3:01am

    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!

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    Maggie
    3 Nov 2017
    7:55am

    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!

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    KimFrance
    3 Nov 2017
    8:20am

    This is going to be the BEST PLAYLIST EVER.

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    Dusa
    3 Nov 2017
    9:45am

    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

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    Dusa
    3 Nov 2017
    9:49am

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

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    Dana
    3 Nov 2017
    10:48am

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

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    Michele
    3 Nov 2017
    11:37am

    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”

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    Tina L.
    3 Nov 2017
    11:50am

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

    5 Years Time -Noah and the Whale

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    Sylvia Sichel
    3 Nov 2017
    12:05pm

    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!

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      sylvia sichel
      3 Nov 2017
      3:13pm

      I forgot to add my main man…

      KISS – PRINCE

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

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    Emma
    3 Nov 2017
    2:32pm

    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,

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    Shari
    3 Nov 2017
    2:38pm

    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

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    kates
    3 Nov 2017
    5:27pm

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

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    Anne L
    3 Nov 2017
    6:53pm

    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)

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      Mamavalveeta03
      4 Nov 2017
      2:08am

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

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    Susanna
    3 Nov 2017
    6:55pm

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

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    Susanna
    3 Nov 2017
    6:56pm

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

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    Lynne
    3 Nov 2017
    7:08pm

    Pyscho Killer by Talking Heads always makes me smile.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    4 Nov 2017
    2:56am

    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

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      DeDe
      4 Nov 2017
      1:17pm

      Free Man in Paris! So good!!

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      Sylvia Sichel
      4 Nov 2017
      4:32pm

      Pedestrian at Best is on constant repeat over here… such a great lyricist. Love her.

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    moi
    4 Nov 2017
    8:19pm

    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

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    Michelle
    4 Nov 2017
    9:06pm

    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

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    Amanda
    5 Nov 2017
    6:14pm

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

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    Mamavalveeta03
    6 Nov 2017
    6:02pm

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

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    Kj
    6 Nov 2017
    8:55pm

    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.

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    Kathy
    7 Nov 2017
    2:39am

    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! 💋

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      Kathy
      7 Nov 2017
      2:43am

      Wait, one more–
      I Will–Beatles (so romantic and sweet!)

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    miriam
    7 Nov 2017
    9:50am

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

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    Tammy
    8 Nov 2017
    8:29am

    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.”

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    jackie cohen
    8 Nov 2017
    3:17pm

    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!

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    kath
    8 Nov 2017
    5:10pm

    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

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    Tammy
    9 Nov 2017
    1:50pm

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

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    Deb
    16 Nov 2017
    5:00pm

    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. https://play.google.com/music/playlist/AMaBXylyk_1YH4zC8aJTmAxNecVZz6E4gRzYjOO3qudTXXO9GoQqV8VP_VC8G52KipfpWL_Rvq8HXhyjje251cC24fg7_lLH-g%3D%3D

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    Jennifer
    28 Nov 2017
    7:49pm

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

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