Albums you put on to cheer yourself up

Last Sunday, I was on a downer for reasons I shan’t bore you with here. I decided to put on The Beach BoysFriends album thinking it would cheer me up a bit. It did. Great album.

I am wondering what albums other Dopers turn to in this situation.

Well Harry and the Potters always makes me feel giggly.

The Chronic by Dr. Dre and Doggystyle by Snoop Doggy Dogg. And ska, swing, and snotty punk rock. Seriously.

For some reason REM’s Life’s Rich Pageant makes me feel like a superhero. So that’s always a good choice. Or some of the sillier stuff by The Clash.

Either Scumdogs of the Universe or Ragnarok by GWAR.

Songs like Sick Of You and Knife In Yer Guts turn a simple bad mood into righteous anger, which I can turn into simple contentedness in reverie.

If that fails, the soundtrack to Katamari Damacy works.

Evoken’s Quietus.

Hmm… I wonder why… maybe it’s that last song on it. :wink:

I always put on some Me First And The Gimme Gimmes. Some cheesy punk covers of songs ranging from 60’s classics to showtunes. Always good for a laugh.

Zep 1 to 4 or almost anything by Yes.

I’d opt for This Toilet Earth myself. How can someone feel bad listening to Gwar do “The Insidious Soliloquy of Skulhead Face” or “Saddam a Go-Go?”

AC/DC always does it for me. Makes no sense, but there it is.

You probably don’t want to hear the music that cheers me up—Things that would send chills racing down your spine and wake you, screaming, in the dead of night.

I can’t believe someone else posted this. AC/DC always makes me feel better.

It doesn’t really make sense. I enjoy when I pull up to an intersection and I’ve got AC/DC rocking on my stereo, and the car on one side with the young men in their late teens is pissed off because some “old woman” is blaring her old music and they can’t hear their hip hop, and the car on the other side with the old couple is pissed off because I’m an inconsiderate “youngster” with my noisy rock music blaring.

Nothing cheers me up like pissing off two different generations with the same music!

I could tell you a story, and you’ll understand why polkas and moshing don’t mix.

Ha! Very good. I guess I’m not so weird after all. It IS good music,and it can; like Calgon, take you away.

Right on.

The Avenue Q soundtrack.

“Schaaaadenfruede… making me feel glad that I’m not you!” cracks me up every time.

Franz Ferdinand makes me happy. But if I’m in a really, really bad mood then nothing usually breaks the funk like Rammstein. Something about german heavy metal is brilliant for spitting out all the aggression, and when it’s over I generally feel great.

The Undertones; their first two albums (The Undertones and Hypnotised) are the shit!

All Mod Cons by The Jam is also one I put on when I’m in a mood.

Oddly enough, if I’m feeling angsty or depressed I need to listen to something angsty or depressing to make me feel better, rather than something cheery. So Alanis Moristte screeching like a banshee on Jagged Little Pill always helps me get rid of stress, and listening to The Whitlams sing tales of depression and suicide on Eternal Nightcap feels like a great emotional purge.

Another great song for this is “Just” by Radiohead.

You do it to yourself, you do, and that’s why it really hurts.
You do it to yourself, you do, just you and no-one else.

Just bitter enough to make you feel great.