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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Top Fifteen Happiest Songs Ever

My mind works like lightning. One brilliant flash and it is gone.
I believe that music can touch us in a way that's as beautiful as love. If you mix them together, you'll get a combination of something very wonderful. For most people, one of the happiest times of their lives is when they fall in love. That's why lots of songs speak about love, love and love.

This list is the top fifteen of the happiest songs of all time, in my opinion. But happiness is relative. How can one choose what song is the winner?

Therefore, I chose them from thousands of songs I know, narrowed them in to a small number of 52 happiest songs, and from that list, I decided the top fifteen based on these factors :

1. It must be an English song.

2. It must have wonderful melody. Doesn't matter if it's fast pace or slow, as long as it brings the feeling of happiness, contentment, joy, peace, and comfort in my heart. An awesome song can make me shivering with goosebumps, sketch a smile on my face, and have me singing them all night long.

3. It must have excellent lyrics. It's like what Sophie Fisher said in "Music and Lyrics" : "A Song is like a girl. Your first impression is her body, her pretty face, the sex. That's the melody of a song. But the lyric is when you get to know the person. It's the story within." So I guess you see how important the lyrics of a song are.

4. How well the melodies and the lyrics connect, and how the connection can touch us and make us drowned in a pool of happiness. For example, there are songs with the happiest lyrics but written for a sad melody. These kinds of songs are eliminated.


So without any further ado, let me present from the rank 15...

15) The Bangles - Eternal Flame


You must have heard of this song at least once in your life. It's a popular classic ballad that's so successful that it's been covered by a lot of artists, including Atomic Kitten, Human Nature, Rollergirl, etc. And if you've watched the movie "The Sweetest Thing" featuring Cameron Diaz , Christina Applegate and Selma Blair, you'll see this song being sung funnily at the end of the movie.

This song made number 15 because of its catching melody and its sweet lyrics. The first verse of this song is just heartwarming :

Close your eyes, give me your hand, darling
Do you feel my heart beating, do you understand?
Do you feel the same, am I only dreaming?
Is this burning an eternal flame?

If by chance you haven't heard of this song, I'll give you the original version below :




14) Phil Collins - You'll be in my heart (Original Soundtrack of Tarzan)


Phil Collins sang this song amazingly, but the version I really want you to listen, and the same version that makes its way to number 14 is the one from the movie Tarzan, where the female ape singing it! This version is the most touching one. I remember vividly of this song because it kinda has a sentimental side for me and my friends, Ricki Rinaldi and Dabin Sutoso. When I was in highschool, we found this music very calming and beautiful that we listened to it over and over again. What a wonderful song. It is indeed always in my heart.

Come stop your crying
It will be all right
Just take my hand, hold it tight
I will protect you from all around you
I will be here...
Don't you cry.

Ah... even now...



13) Nat King Cole - L.O.V.E


Do you know this song? Nat King Cole was a famous American jazz singer. L.O.V.E is a unique song, you'll know once you listen to it below. I really like this song, because it makes me happy. The theme is of course about love, but more than that, this song reminds me that love equal happy, not heartbroken or miserable. Plus, everytime I listen to this song, I remember the scene of Ross Geller trying incorrectly and stupidly to imitate this L.O.V.E acronym in Friends.

Here's the correct one :

L - is for the way you Look at me
O - is for the Only one I see
V - is Very, very extraordinary
E - is Even more than anyone that you adore

Lolz.




12) A1 - If You Were My Girl


Ah, another song from my past! Haha.. This is one happy "falling-in-love" song. Back when I was in highschool, this song was played everytime I and my friend (glance at Erick Yang ^^) were driving in the car. And this song symbolized the feeling of "in love" back then. It was some kind of our inside jokes, but I love this song nevertheless. Number 12 for this nostalgic song!




11) King Harvest - Dancing in the moonlight


This is a classic! Just like Eternal Flame, this song has been covered many times, the most popular perhaps by Toploader, Switchfoot, Baha Men, and Fool's Garden. The beat of this song just never dies throughout the years. If you wish to find songs that can make you happy, this song is definitely your choice.

You can hear it here in Toploader's version, which was used in the movie "A Walk to Remember". The song's first line, "We get it on most every night" is often misheard as "We get it almost every night".




10) Creedence Clearwater Revival - Have You Ever Seen The Rain?


Yap? Have you ever seen the rain? Or more like... have you ever listened to this song? I love this classic song. The first time I heard it was on an old TV commercial broadcast in Indonesia. Hell, I don't even remember what commercial it was. I just remember this song. Years later, I learned that this group sang it. You can also hear this in the opening of the movie Evan Almighty featuring Steve Carell and Adam Sandler's "The Longest Yard".

The lyrics are simple and great.

Someone told me long ago
There's a calm before the storm,
I know; It's been comin' for some time.
When it's over, so they say,
It'll rain a sunny day,
I know; Shinin' down like water.
I want to know,
Have you ever seen the rain
Comin' down on a sunny day?




9) Heavy D and the Boys - Now That We've Found Love


Now we're moving to Reggae hit which song was featured in the end of Will Smith's movie "Hitch". This song is happy. It's full of joy and the "I'm-flying-without-wings-because-I'm-in-love" kinda feeling. I liked this song from the first time I heard of it, that was when I finished watching Hitch in the cinema. Actually this song is a cover from an old disco band named Third World. Now, if you haven't heard this before.. just press the play button below. This great pop/rock/rap song makes to number 9 of the happiest songs ever!

Spread your wings
So we can fly around the world
Harmony, charm of me
Your fingertips are callin me
When you drop me kisses
You're so cute you drop the bomb on me
(Now) Stretch it, stretch it
Flex it, flex it
Gimme the permission
Okey, dokey



8) Craig David - Unbelievable


Unbelievable! How could I put this great song only on number 8? Lolz. That's because, as awesome as this song may be, there are still other songs happier than this. But you should know that this is the third song popped in my mind if I was asked what song will I sing once I realize that I'm in love. The first and second one? I'll tell you later! ^^

With simple yet charming lyrics that understand me, and beautiful music wrapped in Craig's best voice ever... I strongly recommend you guys to listen to this song, especially if you're in love. Because :
It's so unbelievable,
And I don't want to let it go,
Something so beautiful,
Flowing down like a waterfall.
I feel like you've always been,
Forever a part of me.
And it's so unbelievable to finally be in love,
Somewhere I'd never thought I'd be.




7) Jason Mraz - I'm Yours


Of course! How can my favourite song in 2008 not be included in this list? Jason Mraz best song so far, and this song helped me thru my life. It's not a sad song, because I'm cheered everytime I sing this song, and for that, it makes number 7 on the happiest songs. I've memorized all the words from top to bottom.

Open up your mind and see like me!
Open up your plans and damn, you're free!
Looking to your heart and you'll find that the sky is yours...
so please don't please don't please don't...
There's no need to complicate.
Because our time is short...
This o this o this is our fate!
I'm yours!

Hahaha.. I have to write that! That is the best part of the song.



6) Minnie Riperton - Lovin' You (Is Easy Cause You're Beautiful)


Huahahaha! Yes! This song! If you have heard it before... then you'll know that this song is amazingly amazing. Hahaha... Some might find this song so cheesy, especially if that someone has watched Disturbia and has heard this song played in the TV series "Scrubs". This song is great and placed on number 6 because of many reasons. The most obvious one is that this song is sung from the heart, with Riperton's octave vocal length which was second to none. If you try to pay attention to this song, it also has a very beautiful set of lyrics. This song has a soul of its own. It's not cheesy and lame. In fact, it mirrors the feeling of falling in love so accurately. Way to be on number 6 of my list of happiest songs ever!

Lovin' you is easy cause you're beautiful
Makin' love with you is all i wanna do
Lovin' you is more than just a dream come true
And everything that i do is out of lovin' you
La la la la la la la... do do do do do




5) Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight


Do I need to explain why I choose this popular song? It's one of the most romantic, the most memorable, the happiest song in years! Everytime you go to Karaoke, there are plenty of people singing it! Chandler and Monica danced upon this song on their engagement night. The lyrics? Awesome! You've got to listen for yourselves.

Its late in the evening
Shes wondering what clothes to wear
She puts on her make up
And brushes her long blonde hair
And then she asks me
Do I look alright
And I say yes, you look wonderful tonight

Simple, isn't it? Yet, when you're in love with someone... this kind of simplicity of words means alot.
The video below has lyrics.


4) Israel Kamakawiwo'ole - Somewhere Over The Rainbow / What a Wonderful World


This song is one of my all-time favourites. The first time I found out about this song was when I watched the ending of Drew Barrymore's "50 first dates". Then I just hooked with this song. It's hard for me to find the artist and the title, because in that movie, this song was uncredited. After a while, I finally found the name Israel on Wikipedia. That's when I got this song.

From the title, you can see that it's actually two songs merged into one, because they're sung in the same key. Israel, or IZ, couldn't sing this song any better than this. It's the song you can interpret in many ways. Some say it's the saddest song ever, and some say it's the happiest song ever. Either way, it's very beautiful. If you never listen to this, then start listening, because you're missing one of the greatest songs in the world.

Someday I'll wish upon a star
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
High above the chimney tops thats where you'll find me oh
Somewhere over the rainbow bluebirds fly
And the dream that you dare to,why, oh why can't I?


Israel Kamakawiwo'ole - Somewhere Over The Rainbow Lyrics - For more funny movies, click here


3. Counting Crows - Accidentally In Love


This is the second song that's popped in my head everytime I think of falling in love. Identical with falling in love, this song has the happiest beat, music, and lyrics. Like any other great songs, this song was also featured in movies, like Shrek 2. Whenever I listen to this song, I always think of love. And the question I have is always the same. How can one fall in love accidentally?

Making straight to number 3, this is Counting Crows. The song that's as happy as anyone can be :



2) Tommy Page - I'm Falling In Love


Yep! Number one on my mind, the first song comes to mind after I think of love. It's all about love again. And this song is the best song for me when I'm in love. Why? The only way you can try to understand this is to fall in love with your soul mate, and then really listen closely to what this song has to say.

But as great as this song is, there is still one happiest this. But ranking as the Runner Up is amazing! Listen to this song below.



Are you ready for the winner? The number one of my happiest songs ever!

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1) Daniel Boone - Beautiful Sunday


Heard of it? This is a true classic for me. I first listened to this when I was nine or so. This is amongst my first english song I listened to, the other ones are The Turtles - "Happy Together", or "Kungfu Fighting", or "Sugar Baby Love".

Why is this song on number one? Boy, you wouldn't ask this if you've heard this song. This song is definitely the happiest song ever! The melodies are played cheerfully. The lyrics are bright and happy. The beat makes your feet tap, and your head nod. There was a time I sang this song in a karaoke pub with my friends, and even though they didn't know the song, but they were happy! Everybody will like this song, because it's a damn great song! It's not only catchy, but it's never boring! After all this years, I still like this song very much.

Sunday morning up with the lark
I think I'll take a walk in the park
hey hey hey it's a beautiful day
I've got someone waiting for me
when I see her I know that she'll say
hey hey hey it's a beautiful day




There you go! The happiest songs of all time!

Notable Mention :

These songs were considered when I made this list, but were eliminated because of many reasons. Thought you might like :

Backstreet Boys - Shape of my heart
Clay Aiken - When you say you love me
Ruben Studdart - Flying without wings
911 - The day we find love
Mamoi Haruko - Utamaru Ekaki Uta
Taylor Swift - Love Story
Joe Ramone - What a wonderful world
Hugh Grant - Dance with me tonight
Richard Marx - Can't help falling in love
Backstreet Boys - As long as you love me
Ronan Keating - In this life
Mr Big - To be with you
Red Jumpsuit Apparatus - Your Guardian Angel
M2M - Eventually
Sixpence None the Ricther - Kiss me
Nsync - Something like you

What do you think? Do you have happier songs I don't know about? Tell me!
What is your happiest song?

61 comments:

  1. hihi i like most of the songs.. =P i like donna lewis feat richard max - at the beginning. i also like donna lewis - i love you always forever.. haha.. corinne may - happy birthday n banyak lagii.. huahuhahua.. n most of them is old songs... +DD

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  2. You mised the happiest song of them all

    Leslie Gore- Sunshine Lollipops and Rainbows

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  3. OMG!!!!! you missed the happiest song EVER!!!!

    The Beatles - Here Comes The Sun

    D: lol. Add it!!! its incredibly happy!!!

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    1. My thoughts exactly. Probably the happiest song in my opinion

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  4. R.E.M - Shiny happy people

    Happiest song ever :)

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  5. Just about , if not all these songs are about being or falling in love. When I google searched for happiest song I didn't expect a list of love songs. Is this what everyone else thinks when asked what's a happy song, that they reply with a love song. Don't get me wrong being in love is great but there are so many more happy things in my life than love.

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  6. Always look on the bright side of life...

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  7. Awesome list! I was looking for the best songs as antidote to depression and I got some great ones here. Here's a couple for me to put my two cents in about. Just wan't ya'll to remember these too as they really pull me.

    Three Dog Night Shambala
    Rare Earth - I just want to Celebrate

    and a new one by Katy Perry - Firework

    In any case thanks for this list!

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  8. Walking On Sunshine By Katrina & The Waves ..You'll never be depressed when you here that song. Don't worry Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin..these are an example of Happy Songs...Love songs can make you happy, but they are still classified as LOVE.

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  9. Rock the Casbah by The Clash
    Great song about people uniting to keep their freedom and something they all love

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  10. Sammy Davis Jr - The Candy Man.

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  11. This is not for debate. This is fact. The happiest song ever recorded.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ord6UXaep_w

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  12. I do think that Beautiful Sunday is the happiest song but 2nd HAS to go to Keep On Smilin' by Wet Willie!

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  13. mr blue sky. all that need be said.

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  14. My two cents: "happy go lucky me" by Paul Evans recorded on 1960. Im 28.

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  15. Mr. Blue Sky anyone? ELO!

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  16. Jeez... where did this playlist came from? let me ask my great grand father...

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  17. Queen? You're My Best Friend?

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  18. Yes! 'You're My Best Friend' and 'Mr. Blue Sky'

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  19. Tiptoe through the tulips by Tiny Tim. The best happy song ever. Makes me laugh and is completely beautiful.

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  20. Iz's version of "somewhere over the rainblow" always chokes me. A wonderful person that I knew only a short time in Hawaii, died after I left. Someone put a tribute to him on his Facebook page of the youtube video of Iz's funeral with his version of this song playing as people released his ashes into the sea. It's such a bitter sweet feeling whenever I hear it, I remember Wild Bill and his awesome ways and it hurts that he's gone. So yeah songs can bring you up and down and make you feel things that nothing else can come close to. Thanks for your happy list.

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  22. I feel like you saying English songs only is close minded. There is so much music and limiting to British songs is conceited if you are(of course) British.

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  25. Check 'Big Yellow Taxi' by Counting Crows

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvtJPs8IDgU

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  26. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fS4jg-Yv1XA

    Darius Campbell - Colourblind

    A love song and it really makes me happy :)

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  27. I'm sorry, and I know it's not an old classic or anything, but the song that gives me the best feeling (and its definitely a good feeling, I couldn't exactly call it happy though) is Sweet Disposition by The Temper Trap.

    A moment. A love. A dream. A laugh. A kiss. A cry. Our rights. Our wrongs.

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  28. Sorry to put a downer on your list, the songs are great songs, but I don't think you've captured the HAPPIEST songs, they're all about love and romance, happiness goes can go beyond that. Just a thought ;)

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  31. Rusted Root - Send me on my way

    This is a pretty cheerful song fitting the criteria, I'm surprised it didn't even make the short list.

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  36. A very good list of happy songs but I just have to add one of the happiest love songs I know!!
    I Can't Help Myself - Four Tops. The happiest song ever, I can't stop smiling when I'm listening to it. And one more.. Hey Ya! -OutCast but the song is also really good with Obadiah parker. :)

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