Songs That Make Me Happy: Vol. 2

Categories:  Music    The Arts
Friday, October 25th, 2019 at 11:13 AM

Music has always been a huge part of my life. I grew up listening to all different genres, while playing various instruments such as bass, guitar and piano, as well as singing along to anything I knew. I have several playlists I go to when needing a pick-me-up, or when I want to be in an even better mood.

These are just a few of those songs.

Tears for Fears — “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”

This song should be on everybody’s “Songs that make me happy” list. It’s hard not singing along with the catchy bridge, chorus and verses of this track. It may have been released in 1985, but it’s such a good one that I listen to it almost daily over 30 years later.

Dierks Bentley — “Drunk on a Plane”

I’m a newer listener to the country genre, but when Dierks Bentley starts the chorus of, “BUYING DRINKS FOR EVERYBODY,” you know I’m singing right along. The song is a breakup story, but turns the breakup into a party. It’s very upbeat and one of my go-to tracks to listen to when I need powered up. Let’s be honest, the line, “It’s Mardi Gras up in the clouds” is an unforgettable one. If you get that part stuck in your head, it’ll be there for weeks.

One Direction — “Best Song Ever”

Nobody is allowed to judge this one. I know it’s on your list too.

One Direction was my life from ages 12-17 (like many girls in my generation). I saw them twice in concert and on both occasions they sang this ICONIC track. To this day, I probably could sing all of their songs by heart — especially “Best Song Ever” — the anthem to my summer 2015. It’s a dance song, it’s got catchy lyrics and the music video with the member’s alter egos is just as memorable as the song.

Kendrick Lamar (with SZA) — “All the Stars”

I listen to “Black Panther The Album, Music From And Inspired By” at least once a week. The whole album is gold. It came out earlier in my collegiate career, and we would listen to it on repeat in the campus media office for long periods of time (usually until 2 a.m.). “All the Stars” was the end credit song to the film, which I got to see with one of my best friends before she graduated. I then had the opportunity to see Kendrick the summer after with one of my other good friends on a spontaneous concert trip. There’s just a lot of good memories with this one and it makes me happy to think about them.

Billie Eilish — “my strange addiction”

I was a big Billie Eilish “stan” even before “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?” came out. When the album dropped, I was up all night listening to and admiring Eilish’s artistic talents. The song “my strange addiction” uses samples from the classic mid-2000s show, “The Office.” This is a show that Eilish has spoken about her love for on numerous occasions. The song makes me happy because there’s a common link to myself and an artist that I admire so much. Also, it’s a really unique song that makes you want to sing along.

AJR — “I’m Ready”

I’ve been a huge AJR fan since discovering them in 2016. There are plenty of AJR songs that could have made this list, but I had to go with the one that kicked off my love for them. The group has since released several songs, EPs, and two albums that I am very much in love with.
“I’m Ready” samples cartoon character Spongebob Squarepants screaming, “I’M READY!,” as well as his classic, “I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready” he chants while on his way to work. It makes me smile every time I listen to it, and it reminds me of the spark that started my entry into the AJR fandom.

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