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Let’s Have Some Musical Fun

Are you ready to have some fun? Are you ready to put all the negative stuff going on in the world behind you at least for a bit? Well, then let’s do something about it. Yes, you and me (with an assist from some of my friends) and you don’t even have to risk your health. How are we going to do this? By making the most fun, toe-tapping, shower singing, hap-hap happiest playlist ever! 

I want you to sit down right now and make your own list of the most fun, upbeat, energizing feel good songs you know and love. I am talking about your own playlist of fun and happy songs. My friends and I have even gone through the trouble of making a starter list to get you thinking. But this is your list, and this is a participatory activity folks.

How did I come up with this topic? It was fate. It was meant to be. It was a God incidence. Actually, I just happened to see a woman wearing a sweatshirt that said “Choose Happiness” while she was bebopping around a local store with her airpods in, smiling, while lip-syncing to her music. I couldn’t help but chuckle as she was clearly in a “no worries” state of happiness. 

It doesn’t matter what type of music or era you like, and you are welcome to pick cross-generational songs as long as they are fun and happy and put you in a great mood. Songs that make you want to “wave your hands in the air like you don’t care” (as in Cameo’s “Word Up!”). 

No downers.  No sad love songs allowed (sorry Sir Elton John). No angry protest songs. Nope, not allowed on this list. Spring is here, summer is right around the corner and the world is getting vaccinated. There is more reason for hope and for joy to return than we’ve had in a long time.

What songs make you smile no matter what else is going on? Get your feet tapping and make you want to sing like no one’s watching? 

So, get creative, use all the resources available to you including YouTube, Spotify, etc.. Heck, pick up the phone, Zoom or send a text or email to your family and friends and have them play along.

We are going to build the most upbeat and fun song list ever!

Warning: Your fun/happy songs might make it onto your personal pump-up workout playlist, but your pump-up songs may not make your fun/happy list. Sorry, no “We’re Not Gonna Take It” by Twisted Sister or “I Hate Myself for Loving You” by Joan Jett.

No judgment here. Any genre, including musicals, movie soundtracks, spirituals— just have fun.

If you don’t like my suggestions, tough. Just kidding. I polled friends from all ages, all parts of the country and diverse backgrounds that I knew liked different types of music.  Hey, it’s a start, and it’s my column, so suck it up. 

One thing I did learn from my very unscientific poll of family and friends is that you can never go wrong with wedding party songs that have stood the test of time. I am however making an executive decision and we’re leaving the “Chicken Dance” and the “Hokey Pokey” out. (Pun intended

So here, in no particular order, in rapid fire succession, is the list to help get this party started.  So, let’s get it started and have some fun.

“Celebration” – Kool and the Gang; “I Gotta Feeling” – Black Eyed Peas; “September” – Earth Wind and Fire; “Happy” – Pharrell; “I Can See Clearly Now” – Johnny Nash; “In the Mood” – The Glenn Miller Band; “Old Time Rock and Roll” – Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band; “Come on Eileen” – Dexy’s Midnight Runner; “Brown Eyed Girl” – Van Morrison; “Sweet Caroline” – Neil Diamond; “YMCA” – The Village People; “One Love” – Bob Marley; “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” – Jimmy Buffett and Alan Jackson; “I’ve Been Everywhere” – Johnny Cash; “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” – Meatloaf; “Walking on Sunshine” – Katrina and the Waves; “Sledgehammer” – Peter Gabriel; “Jump Around” – House of Pain; “In Da Club” – 50 Cent.

“Turn Me On” — Kevin Lyttle; “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” – Cyndi Lauper; “Timber” – Pitbull and Kesha; “Get Lucky” – Daft Punk; “Havana” – Camila Cabello; “Uptown Girl” – Billy Joel; “Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough” – Michael Jackson; “Friends in Low Places” – Garth Brooks; “I’ve Got the Power” – SNAP; “1999” – Prince; “Happy Together”- Turtles; “Levitating’ – Dua Lipa; “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” – Jennifer Warnes and Bill Medley; “Daydream Believer” – The Monkees; “Single Ladies” – Beyonce; “Sing” – The Carpenters; “Rock and Roll All Nite” – KISS; “Summer of 69” – Bryan Adams; “New York, New York”–  Frank Sinatra.

“Uptown Funk” – Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars; “Love Shack” – B-52’s; “Twist & Shout” – Beatles; “ABC” – Jackson 5; “Dancing Queen” – ABBA; “Break Free” – Ariana Grande; “Get Down Tonight” – KC and the Sunshine Band; “Take Me Out” – Franz Ferdinand; “Hey Ya” – Outkast; ”The Twist” – Chubby Checker; “Raise Your Glass” – Pink; “Don’t Worry Be Happy” – Bobby McFerrin; “Shut Up and Dance with Me”  – Walk the Moon; “Knee Deep” – Zac Brown Band; “I Wanna Dance with Somebod”y – Whitney Houston; “Stayin’ Alive” –  Bee Gees; “Rubberband Man” – The Spinners; “Let the Good Times Roll” – The Cars; “Stand” – R.E.M.; “Shake It Off” – Taylor Swift.

“Party Rock Anthem” – LMFAO; “Lola” – The Kinks; “Talk Dirty to Me” – Poison; ”Here I Go Again” – White Snake; “Party in the USA” – Miley Cyrus; “Party Hard” – Andrew WK; “Free Fallin’” – Tom Petty; ”Respect” – Aretha Franklin; “Good Vibrations” – Beach Boys; “Can’t Hold Us” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis; “Take Me Home, Country Roads” – John Denver; “Bang the Drum All Day” – Todd Rungren; “Wagon Wheel”– Darius Rucker; “The Loco-Motion” – Little Eva; “Come Dancing” – The Kinks; “I’ve Got the Music in Me” – Kiki Dee Band; “What I Like About You” – The Romantics; “And We Danced” – Macklemore; “Vogue” – Madonna.

“Thunder” – Imagine Dragons; “Go Big or Go Home” – American Authors; “Best Day of My Life” – American Authors; “GDFR” – Flo Rida; “Unwritten” – Natasha Bedingfield; “Ice, Ice Baby” – Vanilla Ice; “24K Magic” – Bruno Mars; “You Shook Me All Night Long” – AC/DC; “Sweet Home Alabama” – Lynyrd Skynyrd; “This Land Is Your Land” – Woody Guthrie; “Can’t Stop the Feeling” – Justin Timberlake; “We Got the Beat” – The Go-Go’s; “Born to be Wild” – Steppenwolf; “Mony, Mony” – Tommy James and The Shondells or Billy Idol; “Feel Good Inc” – Gorillaz: “22” – Taylor Swift; “The Walk of Life” – Dire Straits; “Say Hey (I Love You)” – Michael Franti; “Hakuna Matata” – The Lion King Soundtrack.
There are so many more songs that can make this list including a lot that my friends, family, and I are forgetting. But I hope it inspires you to remember to have fun, sing out loud, and dance when you can. If all else fails just listen to Louis Armstong’s “What a Wonderful World.”