Songs That Make You Happy

Michael Kwan
Listening to music on headphones

Some songs just seem to elevate your mood and get you on your feet. One of the greatest joys in the world is fantastic music and there are lots of songs that turn the grumpiest of frowns upside down. Happy music can also be stellar workout music for the gym and these tunes come from a wide range of genres, styles and generations.

Music to Put a Smile on Your Face

Pharrell Williams - Happy

The happiest hit of 2014, Happy features an upbeat melody that's conducive to a rhythmic clapping of the hands. It epitomizes the carefree lifestyle where you can just enjoy all the great things in life.

Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry, Be Happy

A deceptively simple a cappella hit from 1988, Don't Worry, Be Happy reminds listeners not to fret about the little things in life and simply put smiles on their faces. It's a calming and peaceful song with a great rhythm.

James Brown - I Got You (I Feel Good)

Few artists have personified the "get on up" attitude quite as strongly as James Brown. With I Got You (I Feel Good), Brown brings that positive energy forward in full force, offering a classic oldie that never really gets old.

Kris Kross - Jump

What happens when a young rap duo decide to wear all their clothing sideways and encourage everyone to "jump, jump" to their song? The appropriately named Jump is an energetic and rhythmic track. Believe dat!

R.E.M. - Shiny Happy People

Some songs simply express the happiness of the artists themselves, but R.E.M. goes even further by looking at all the different people around town and realizing they are all Shiny Happy People too. This is a catchy tune that also features vocals by Kate Pierson of the B-52's.

Katrina & The Waves - Walking On Sunshine

Featuring the happy pop music sound of the 1980s, Walking on Sunshine is a simple and peppy track. Lead singer Katrina Leskanich bubbles over with the overwhelming joy of young love, and "don't it feel good."

OutKast - Hey Ya!

While OutKast is certainly a band of the new millennium, the music video and presentation for Hey Ya! hearkens back to the earliest days of television and variety show acts, particularly with the fanaticism surrounding the Beatles. Your toes will be tapping in no time.

Weezer - Pork and Beans

The lyrics to Pork and Beans express the desire to live a life free of being told what to do. Despite being told to "work it out at the gym" or get "some Rogaine to put in my hair," Weezer says, "Imma do the things that I wanna do."

Alice Cooper - School's Out

For children, teens and college students alike, there are few moments quite as exhilarating as the last day of school. School's Out expresses this sense of joy, happiness and possibility for the summer ahead in pure rock fashion.

The B-52's - Love Shack

"Hurry up and bring your jukebox money," because Love Shack is a very pop-happy, dance-rock track from 1989 that's meant to be fun and harmless. It went on to become the group's first million-copy seller.

Bob Marley & The Wailers - Jamming

Many people dream of relaxing on a tropical beach and Bob Marley epitomized that casual island lifestyle with Jamming. The easygoing track vividly illustrates a carefree attitude where there "ain't no rules, ain't no vow" and "we can do it anyhow."

Tim McGraw - I Like It, I Love It

Country music is perhaps better known for expressing pain and anger over "your lying, cheating heart," but there are happy songs too. One of the best examples is I Like It, I Love It by Tim McGraw. He sings "'bout that little gal's lovin'" and how he wants "some more of it."

Music That Moves You

Music can be wonderfully expressive and have a dramatic impact on the mood of the listener. Just as sad love songs can lead to uncontrollable tears, happy songs can be an incredible pick-me-up for someone who's feeling down, or an upbeat copilot for someone who's already having a great day.

Songs That Make You Happy