Saturday, 26 June 2010

Top 20 Happy Songs: Ecstasy for the ears

Are the government’s tax increases getting you down? Is the BP oil spill making you blue? Have you run out of milk and only have cornflakes in the cupboard? Well download some of these shiny happy tunes and forget all of your troubles and cares…

1. Walking On Sunshine – Katrina And The Waves

I defy anyone not to jump around like a loon to this 80s classic. The. Happiest. Song. Ever.

2. Beer – Reel Big Fish

The perfect student anthem from the ska punk kings. Because an ice cold beer makes everything better right?

3. New Shoes – Paulo Nutini

It seems that its not just girls who know that a new pair of shoes solves everything. Although I’m guessing Paolo has never tried walking in a pair of five inch heels.

4. Twist And Shout – The Beatles

Originally by the Top Notes, this 60s tune was later covered by a little known Liverpudlian band and makes you just want to get up on a New York parade float and mime like Ferris Bueller

5. Wake Up Boo! – The Boo Radleys

Guaranteed to get you bouncing out of bed of a morning. Sorry, did I say morning? I meant afternoon of course.

6. Have A Nice Day – Stereophonics

Welsh rockers Stereophonics have turned that irritating American catchphrase into a chilled out masterpiece.

7. Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen

Voted ‘The Greatest Driving Song Ever’ by Top Gear viewers, this Queen hit will get you from 0 to 60 in no time at all. Best not to bust out the air guitar whilst behind the wheel though.

8. Star Girl – McFly

This happy tune has been played in space to wake up the astronauts on the NASA space station. I wonder if they found the ‘Uranus’ joke in the second verse as hilarious as I did.

9. Three Little Birds – Bob Marley

A chilled out reggae classic from everyone’s favourite Rasta. Kick back in the sunshine and relax man.

10. Dancing In The Street – David Bowie & Mick Jagger

The two musical geniuses collaborated for Monday hating hippy Bob Geldof’s little shindig, Live Aid. An international dance fest anthem and it raised loads of dosh for charity. What could be happier?

11. Feeling Good – Muse

This is just one of the many covers of the life-loving hit, but Matt Bellamy and co sure do a wonderful job.

12. Hey Ya – Outkast

This funky number from Andre 3000 and Big Boi has got us all shaking it like a Polaroid picture since 2003. Long may it continue.

13. I Gotta Feeling – The Black Eyed Peas

It was impossible to go into any club without hearing this number one smash hit last summer. Essential for any party playlist.

14. Make You Feel Better – Red Hot Chilli Peppers

If you’re feeling down then why not let LA’s masters of funk-rock cheer you up. Go on, you know you want to!

15. Two Princes – Spin Doctors

You may not recognise the name but give it a listen. A true 90s hit if ever I heard one.

16. Alright – Supergrass

The ultimate Britpop tune. You might also recognise this tune from the Smurf’s Go Pop album. Just me? Alrighty then.

17. Make Me Smile – Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel

Also covered by Duran Duran and Erasure, this sunny tune has been entertaining us every decade since the 70s.

18. Dancing In The Moonlight – Toploader

They may have been a bit of a one hit wonder band but what a hit it was. No camp fire is complete without it.

19. All Star – Smash Mouth

Whether you want to be an ‘all star’ or a ‘rock star’, these Californian rockers believe in you. Well, if it worked for Shrek

20. Send Me On My Way – Rusted Root

You may recognise this jolly tune from Matlida, or maybe Ice Age. Either way, it’s a brilliant slice of bluegrass rock and an excellent example of bongo drums at their best.

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