Good morning, reader! How’s your Thursday so far? Yeah, same here.
What is the one thing that can make you feel better when you’re low? The answer varies from person to person, but I think we can all agree that certain songs always put a smile on our faces. This is tricky to do accounting for everyone’s different tastes, but here are some songs that I definitely recommend listening to if you find yourself flagging a bit (we’re nearly there, but it’s STILL not Friday), and need cheering up. YouTube links are in the titles:
1) The Middle – Jimmy Eat World
This is a great song for people who are feeling a bit stuck or lost. The song itself is upbeat and rocky (I should apologise now for the fact that I have no idea how to describe music, by the way), and the lyrics are encouraging. An all-round excellent motivator for anyone who feels victimised at work, left out by their friends, out of the loop or just fed up.
2) I’m Not Crying – Flight of the Conchords
This is for anyone on the verge of tears. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know or watch Flight of the Conchords (although you really should check them out). The reason that this song works so well for when you’re upset is that it covers all bases: its tone is melancholy and appropriate to your mood, but the lyrics are so funny that you end up laughing at your own sadness. Any time that I’ve been crying or upset and listened to this, I’ve immediately felt better. It’s like the Pro Plus of uplifting music.
3) Send Me On My Way – Rusted Root
This one’s just common sense by now, surely? Alright, none of us know the words, but does that really matter? It’s been a firm favourite since childhood thanks to Matilda and Ice Age, and it’s still got an irresistible cheer factor now. I defy you to be unhappy while listening to this tune.
4) Every Little Thing – Delirious?
This is a song by a Christian band (don’t knock ’em til you’ve heard ’em), and it has been making me feel better about life since I was fifteen. It’s actually more of a cathartic tune than an immediate happy-maker, but its message is very simple: everything is going to be alright. And it is, you know.
5) Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da – The Beatles
Really? Out of every Beatles song ever, I’ve gone for this one? Yep. Two reasons: firstly, it’s got some cracking lines: “Desmond says to Molly ‘girl, I like your face'” which is just brilliant, and b) during recording Paul McCartney sang the lyrics wrong at the end, implying that Desmond and Molly Jones are actually a gay couple, which you can hear them all trying not to giggle at. I think it’s very sweet that they kept and used that recording, because the song is just a cute little love story – who cares if it’s about a gay couple or a straight one?
6) This Too Shall Pass – Ok Go
Cracking, cheerful song and, as always from Ok Go, an insanely amazing video. In fact, any of their videos will do the trick.
7) You Should Be Dancing – Bee Gees
You know, you SHOULD be dancing. Forget your troubles and have a boogie, I guarantee you’ll feel better.
8) The song that reminds you of your best friend
This one has no YouTube link (obviously), but it’s probably the best song on the list. You might recall from this post that my lovely friend Becca introduced me to lots of very good music when we were at university together. Whenever a song comes on that reminds me of her, I think about how brilliant she is and how much fun we’ve had together. So go and find the song that does the same thing for you and your best friend, and then if you’re still feeling sad, give them a call. That’s what best friends are for.
Have the best Thursday since records began.