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Old 11-29-2014, 06:36 AM
JohnClay JohnClay is offline
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Feel Good Popular Music

I found a pretty good list of feel good popular music:

One of my favourites is top 8 - "Lovely Day" by Bill Withers.

I like how it is the song at the start of the "School for Scoundrels" movie. It introduces Jon Heder's character - he also played Napoleon Dynamite.

The song Napoleon dances to (Canned Heat) is also in the list:

I plan on checking out all of the songs in the list tomorrow to help prepare me for when I have to go back to my job.

Before I saw that list I also thought East 17's "It's Alright" and The New Radical's "You Get What You Give" but they don't seem to have the heart that those previous two songs have.

Any other favourites?
Old 11-29-2014, 09:37 AM
salinqmind salinqmind is offline
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That's a very comprehensive list! I would add "Love Shack" by the B-52s, "Red Red Wine" by UB-40, "Mary's Boy Child" by Boney M (for Christmas) and maybe "Itchykoo Park" by The Small Faces. And "The Rain, The Park, and Other Things" by the Cowsills. "I Think I Love You" by The Partridge Family....I find this year holidays so excrutiatingly stressful I am listening to smoooooth jazz on Sirius Radio every day. We'll trim the tree, traditionally, to the soundtrack of "A Charlie Brown Christmas". And on January 6, when I finally get to drag the tree to the curb, I may just play some of my Broadway show tunes to celebrate.
Old 11-29-2014, 03:50 PM
Sefton Sefton is offline
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Barbie Girl is a feel-good song? Interesting.

I'd add the following:
-- Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
-- I Don't Feel Like Dancing by the Scissor Sisters
-- Let's Go! by Wang Chung
-- Tarzan Boy by Baltimora
-- Take on Me by A-ha
Old 11-30-2014, 01:26 AM
Jeff Lichtman Jeff Lichtman is offline
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How can a list of 100 feel-good songs not include I Got You (I Feel Good) by James Brown?

Here are some more:

I Feel the Earth Move by Carole King

I Just Want to Celebrate by Rare Earth

Late in the Evening by Paul Simon

Come Dancing by The Kinks

California Sun by The Rivieras

Pata Pata by Miriam Makeba

Let the Good Times Roll (Feel So Good) by Bunny Sigler

In the Summertime by Mungo Jerry
'Tis a pity that I have no gravy to put upon Uncle Hymie.

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Old 11-30-2014, 02:02 AM
Jeff Lichtman Jeff Lichtman is offline
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I don't know how I forgot this one:

Celebration by Kool and the Gang
'Tis a pity that I have no gravy to put upon Uncle Hymie.
Old 11-30-2014, 04:10 AM
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James Brown I Feel Good.
Old 11-30-2014, 06:58 AM
Sir Prize Sir Prize is offline
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Brothers Johnson - Strawberry Letter #23
ELO - Mr.Blue Sky
Old 11-30-2014, 09:41 PM
gigi gigi is offline
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Mmm Bop

(no, seriously)

I Only Wanna Be with You - Hootie and the Blowfish
Old 12-01-2014, 08:57 AM
RTFirefly RTFirefly is offline
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Two contributions from very different eras:

Wooly Bully - Sam the Sham

The Middle - Jimmy Eat World

But this thread, and the list in the OP's link, remind me that very different things make different people feel good.


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