10 on Tuesday: Songs that Put Me in a Great Mood

By far, the hardest part of responding to this week’s 10 on Tuesday prompt was picking only 10 songs, as I have several playlists comprised solely of songs that always put me in a good mood. As a result, the songs I chose are presented in no particular order, mostly because I have no idea how I would rank them. I think my favorite mood-elevator depends heavily on what kind of mood I’m trying to change.

Oh, and because I just recently covered the fact that “Birdhouse in Your Soul” by They Might Be Giants has spent 20+ years as my go-to happy place song, I exempted it from this list since it’s not, like, new information.

Here’s my list:

1. “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da,” The Beatles – I’ve loved this song as long as I can remember, which dates back when I was about five and we had a routine to it at my baton lessons. So, a long time, in other words, and it still always makes me smile.

2. “One Big Love,” Patty Griffin – Such a happy, summery song.

3. “Copacabana,” Barry Manilow – Cheeziest song in the history of the world, which means it’s totally, 100% fun as far as I am concerned.

4. “Toes,” Zac Brown Band – Thinking about having my “toes in the water/ass in the sand” perks up any gray day.

5. “Boys, Boys, Boys,” Lady Gaga – This song always makes me wish I had a personal choreographer so I could dance awesomely down the street whenever this comes up on my headphones.

6. “American Land,” Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band – No lie, I play this when I am vacuuming because it makes it so much cheerier.

7. “Livin’ on a Prayer,” Bon Jovi – This puts me in a great mood because it somehow reminds me of everything that was great about being 16 and nothing about how terrible it could be.

8. “Code Monkey,” Jonathan Coulton – If you’ve ever worked in a tech job, you’ve known a code monkey (or been one), which makes this song hilarious, always.

9. “King,” Belly – Everything by Belly improves my mood (90s power-pop FTW!) but this is my favorite.

10. “Perfect Day,” Lady Antebellum – Another version of the happy, summery song – apparently an easy go-to mood lifter genre for me.

Tell me in the comments… What songs always put you in a great mood?

4 thoughts on “10 on Tuesday: Songs that Put Me in a Great Mood

  1. mk March 13, 2012 / 3:49 pm

    Most of anything by Lady Gaga makes me happy…

  2. Eileen March 13, 2012 / 4:41 pm

    1. Vacation by the Go Gos
    2. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
    3. Goodbye Earl by the Dixie Chicks
    4. The Other Shoe by the Old 97s
    5. A Heart in New York by Simon and Garfunkle
    6. Marvelous Toy by Peter, Paul & Mary
    7. Mambo #5 by Lou Bega
    8. Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd
    9. Friends in Low Places by Garth Brooks
    10. We Are the Champions by Queen

  3. Chantelle March 14, 2012 / 5:42 pm

    Who says you can’t awesomely dance down the street without a personal choreographer? Just because you are the only one that thinks it’s awesome… 😉

    I CAN’T BELIEVE I missed Bon Jovi on my list. *le sigh*

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