Even if it hasn’t been your day, your month, heck, even your year, these happy songs are the tunes sure to turn your mood around. You might notice some overlap with the best summer songs, best pop songs and best karaoke songs, but make no mistake, these tunes are custom picked for one task: to chase the blues away.
Best happy songs
JB and his band can hardly contain themselves, letting loose ecstatic screeches and strutting horns that pummel you in all the right places with infectious glee.
Lennon & McCartney's brassy, bouncy pro-harmony singalong should have instantly brought about world peace 50 years ago.
There never was a more convincing argument for tranquility than this one's exuberant “Every little thing's gonna be alright” refrain.
This song has the sexy energy of an impromptu tango sung by a badass embodiment of righteous attitude. In other words, she woke up like this.
“Love will make you want to dance and sing”—should be easy when your soundtrack is the reverend’s sultry soul standard.
A pop rush so pure and addictive that it is actually on the ballot in nine states to be made illegal.
We're still waiting on our hoverboards, but we've been enjoying this pinnacle of starry-eyed power-pop since its ‘80s heyday.
Everything really does seem right with the world for two minutes during Satchmo's scratchy-voiced utopian serenade.
Caribbean flair mixes with American braggadocio and Jamie xx's practiced minimalism for a revelatory international cocktail of triumphal R&B.
Bill Withers' good-natured energy permeates his funk ode to the mood-altering power of finding your soulmate.