You know those days when the only thing that’ll put a smile on your face is a peppy song that celebrates being happy and living that good life? Who doesn’t! Music is a proven mood-booster. Here are seven positive numbers to which you can vibe out and smile your buns off. Bump that jam, homegirl! Just be sure to turn them down when you’re near anyone cause you don’t want people to know you listen to that shit. What are you, some kind of loser?
1. “Hand in My Pocket” – Alanis Morissette
This is an uplifting little song to listen to when you’re in one of THOSE moods! (You know the ones!) Back off, world, or me and Alanis are gonna give you the middle finger! Liberate that pent-up angst with this 90s throwback, but be diligent in turning it way, way down when you’re among other people. Joy is NOT for sharing! Seriously, who still listens to this song?
2. “Dancing in the Moonlight” – Toploader
This cover by the British supergroup Toploader has vibes so rich and silky one must literally shake her tush just to feel at peace! If you’ve never felt like doing the worm, this song might just change your mind. Crank this one all the way up, but immediately do the opposite of that if even just one person is close enough to hear you. Otherwise they’re gonna be all, “Is she trying to be ironic or is she genuinely into this shit?”
3. “You Make My Dreams Come True” – Hall & Oates
When you need a pick-me-up song, there’s no better giddy-ditty than this ode to good vibrations! Mr. Hall and Mr. Oates are hands down the best 80s duo with nouns for surnames, and any one of their songs would be a solid choice for a pick-me-up. With this song on blast, you can easily do as the song says and “laugh a bad day in the face”—which is also what people will do to you if they hear you listening to this, so make sure you turn down the volume when you’re in public. You’re not supposed to like Hall & Oates.
4. “Your Man” – Josh Turner
Baby, lock them doors and turn the lights down low! Haha, that’s from the song. Let hunky Josh Turner’s profoundly arousing voice turn that sex-frown upside down! This good ol’, sexytime classic is loved by country fans and mainstream folks alike. But that doesn’t mean you can listen to it at an audible level around anyone, so don’t.
5. “Goofy Goober Rock” – Spongebob Squarepants
Seriously? This somewhat obscure track from below the waves is a sure-fire smile-starter. Transport back to a pre-recession 2007: a very happy, goofy year for everyone, no matter who you are or what you do. This song captures that classic ’07 zeitgeist with powerful, spongy integrity! Unless there are other people around in which case, for the record, you hate it! What are you, a child?
6. “Sha-La-La” – Al Green
This is a song that audiophiles and erudite musicians categorize as a “bona fide banger”. Al Green’s earthy vocals take you to a place of soulful serenity, a place that evokes hazy, crazy memories of smoked meat and long nights. The phrase “on-point” was invented to describe this song. Still though, gotta lower the volume if someone might hear it. You don’t want to be caught smiling! That’s not on-point.
7. “Unwritten” – Natasha Bedingfield
You all knew it was coming. The paramount, supreme, superlative feel-good song of them all! This track is the finest example of contemporary Caucasian R&B, and Ms. Bedingfield herself was undoubtedly engorged with joy as she wrote and performed its infectious verses and refrains. Open up the dirty window, and let the sun illuminate your life! Ughhh you’re so embarrassing!
This list will surely do the trick for all you ladies in desperate need of a pick-me-up music sesh! However, any achieved happiness will be obliterated if so much as one individual hears any of these songs coming from your headphones. So turn it down, fools!