In the summer of 1977 New York City went dark. Yeah, I’m showing My age again. It was a hot summer day and the power went out. This wasn’t the first time this happened. It happened in 1965. It encompassed the entire Northeast coast. It was in November and it was so widespread that people thought the absolute worst had happened. This had never happened before. The connection is that 9 months after these two blackouts occurred there was a baby boom. People found something to do in the dark and it wasn’t watching The Tonight Show. I’m not suggesting we all go and make babies during the coronavirus outbreak, but I am suggesting that there are ways to enjoy life during an emergency. Yesterday, I blogged about the best streaming shows to watch over the next few weeks. My opinions but, what the hell? Everybody’s got them and this is my forum to give them. The other thing I thought about this morning was music can make the soul sing. It puts a smile on your face. It can make you happy… Listening to an old song can make you forget about today and bring you back to yesterday even if it’s just for three short minutes. All those memories! So, I put together a song list of the HAPPIEST songs from each decade, 60s through 2010s. I don’t remember the 50s because I was too young.. the sixties, I remember a lot! Given that most of us have personal assistants all we have to do is say “hey Google”, play ___________________ , and it does. I’m going top 40 here. Consequently, we’re not going to do anything classic. No Beatles no Stones, and no Who… I’m going to leave stuff like that for another day. We’re going happy and poppy. Songs with lyrics that rhyme and put a smile on your face while you’re singing along! Here we go!
Happy Together, The Turtles, yep, The Turtles! If you’re old like me you remember. You also remember the words.
Imagine me and you, I do I think about you day and night, it’s only right, think about the girl you love and hold her tight, so happy together! Everytime I hear that song it puts a smile on my face! (1967)
Walk Like a Man, The Four Seasons, it’s hard to get that song out of your head once you hear it.
Oh, how you tried to cut me down to size by telling dirty lies to my friends, but my own father, said give her up, don’t bother, the world isn’t coming to an end!
Every time I hear that song on an oldies station I sing along. It’s catchy, it brings me back to when I was a kid, and it makes me smile (1963) https://youtu.be/AF4KQbiBrKU
I’ve got to do one more from the 60s. It might be the happiest 60s song of all.
Good Morning Starshine, Oliver,Technically, this was a song from the Broadway show Hair. It was released in 1969 by an English singer who went by his first name only. The words are infectious.
Good Morning starshine the Earth says hello you twinkle above us, we twinkle below Good Morning starshine you lead us along. My love and me as we sing our early morning singing song…(Oliver 1969)
You’ve gotta have a listen…. It will absolutely make you smile https://youtu.be/whmzEXywq40
Now, off to the 70s.. By the way, I could do 60s all day. There are just so many. I picked the first two that came into my head and then I thought of Starshine.. just had to put it in there!
You are the Sunshine of My Life, Stevie Wonder, The thing that makes this song so great is that it stands the test of time. There are very few people that don’t know this song!
You are the Sunshine of my life. That’s why I’ll always be around. You are the apple of my eye. Forever you’ll stay in my heart. (Stevie Wonder 1972) What a great song! Sing along song that always makes me smile. He is so good! https://youtu.be/gZXjFV8nT4E
John Denver, Thank God I’m A Country Boy,Well life on the farm is kinda laid back Ain’t much an old country boy like me can’t hack, it’s early to rise, early in the sack thank God I’m a country boy!!! (John Denver 1975) https://youtu.be/QRuCPS_-_IA
Vahevala, Loggins & Messina. Just a ton of fun. Awesome to listen to awesome to sing! Just so happens it’s one of my top 10 favorite songs of all time. Have a listen! https://youtu.be/FfV38NOkSHQ
I’m thinking about what I was a sailor, spent my time on the open seas. When we’d stay off the coast of Jamaica, I secretly steal ashore, the natives were waiting for, the boy with the lazy soul. To sing with the Sailor….. This wasn’t a super main street hit but hot damn it is fun. Combination of Rock and Reggae, steel drums and all!.. (Kenny loggins, Jim Messina 1971)
The 1980s, again please remember all these opinions are mine based on what I like and the amount of years that I’ve been on this planet to get to know all of this music. The 1980s was a fun time. I think the best movie comedies ever made were made during the 80s. Anybody remember the name John Hughes? The 1980s was also the decade of some really spectacular music. I’m not talking about that electronic crap either. When anybody asks me to name the best ballad of all time I tell them I can’t because they’re two of them. Paul McCartney wrote a little song back in the 60s called Here There and Everywhere. https://youtu.be/iELGhAGwBdc
It’s a Beatles song and it’s absolutely beautiful. If you know music and can read music you probably understand this song is extremely unique in it’s structure.
We’re talking 80s here, and the second song, neither of the two are in any particular order, is Eternal Flame. It’s a song by The Bangle’s Susanna Hoffs. (Written by Susanna Hoffs, Billy Steinberg, and Tom Kelly. (1989)
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 or is this burning an eternal flame?…. Simple lyric, gorgeous melody, beautiful harmony.. https://youtu.be/F9N5R0_wo_Y
Girls Just Want to Have Fun – I come home in the morning light my mother says when you gonna live your life right? Oh Mama dear, we’re not the fortunate ones and girls, they want to have fun!
That’s just one of those songs that make you want to dance! Great memory from the 80s. That’s what it always makes me smile (Cyndi Lauper 1983) https://youtu.be/PIb6AZdTr-A
Take My Breath Away, Berlin – Great song and widely recognized, given that it won both the Golden Globe and the Academy Award for best original song in 1986. Written by Giorgio Moroder, it was one of the big hits to come out of the movie Top Gun…
Watching every motion in my foolish lovers game on this endless ocean finally lovers know no shame.. https://youtu.be/Bx51eegLTY8
I really loved the music of the 80s. I could do 10 more songs from the 80s and 9 of them would be Kenny Loggins movie theme songs. Footloose, I’m All right, Meet Me Halfway and of course Danger Zone from Top Gun. There are plenty more. Perhaps we can do that in our next musical Post.
Into the 90s.. in 1997 Tom Hanks made a small film called That Thing You Do….the film shared its name with the title song and it’s another song with an infectious melody and a really slick lyric…… You, doing that Thing You Do, breaking my heart into a million pieces like you always do! (Adam Schlesinger 1996) another song that’s a whole lot of fun and a great listen, so listen here. https://youtu.be/fzllVlzzeuo
Killing Me Softly, Fugees… The great Roberta Flack’s calling card reimagined with a reggae and kind of hip hop beat… Strumming my pain with his fingers singing my life with his words, killing me softly with his song killing Me Softly with his song. If you’ve never heard this version you’re gonna to love it… https://youtu.be/H-RBJNqdnoM
I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing, Aerosmith….. From the movie Armageddon!
I could stay awake just to hear you breathing, watch you smile while you are sleeping while you’re far away and dreaming (Aerosmith 1998)I really love this song! https://youtu.be/JkK8g6FMEXE
Poker Face, Lady Gaga. Her first big hit of many….. I want to hold em like they do in Texas, please. Fold em hit me raise a baby stay with me! (Lady Gaga, 2008) https://youtu.be/40pTk7HMYFw;
Lady Marmalade, Christina Aguilera, Pink, Maya and Lil Kim. Who cares about the lyric. I don’t speak French and it’s kind of meaningless to me but for some reason this song makes me feel great anyhow. It’s a remake. Patti LaBelle did it in 1975. (2001) https://youtu.be/RQa7SvVCdZk
Katy Perry, I Kissed a Girl….. I kissed a girl and I liked it, the taste of her cherry chapstick. I hope my boyfriend don’t mind it it felt so wrong it felt so right! (Katy Perry 2008). https://youtu.be/WR3dBmGEUi4 ;
Adele, Someone Like You…. I heard that you’ve settled down that you found a girl and you’re married now, I heard that your dreams came true. (Adele, Dan Wilson 2011) https://youtu.be/hLQl3WQQoQ0 ;
Old Town Road, Little Nas X…… I love this song. It’s a feel-good song. Play it once and it sticks in your head all day! Yeah oh, I’m going to take my horse to the Old Town road I’m going to ride till I can’t ride no more! (Little Nas X, 2019) https://youtu.be/amhC8WYgNA4
Shallow, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper… Just couldn’t leave it out. Really popular song and really well done. From the remake of the movie A Star is Born.. tell me something girl, are you happy in this modern world? What do you need more? Is there something else you’re searching for? (Lady Gaga, 2018) https://youtu.be/O8z7q4uPL60
So there you have it. Six decades of feel good music. Watch the videos. Enjoy and to quote a line from a favorite movie of mine that was called What About Bob?, Take a vacation from your problems! In these troubled times we all have them. I assume that’s why you’re on this site. We can help you. Feel good about that. We can help you! The country is starting to reopen and people are going back to work. The good people and the pain in the ass payday loan lenders. They’re ready to get their money back. Hopefully you’ve paid them but whether you have or you haven’t we have a solution for you. If you’ve paid them my solution is remember what you’re reading here just in case. If you need to pay them you need a grate payday loan debt consolidator.
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