The Perfect Happy Songs Playlist

15 January 2018, 11:59

Blue Monday? Pah! We’ll get you through the bleakness of January with this collection of cheery classics: Boo Radleys, ELO, U2 and more, all present and correct.

Boo Radleys - Wake Up Boo!

The ultimate get-out-of-bed song, as recorded in 1995 by the Merseyside band.

Supernaturals - Smile

This Glaswegian band took their optimistic hit into the Top 30 on its re-release in 1997.

U2 - Beautiful Day

From the band’s 2000 album, All That You Can Leave Behind, this is the tune you listen to as your plane takes off en route to your holiday destination. 

Dodgy - Staying Out For The Summer

Sure, it’s not summer now, but it will be back pretty soon enough.

Ian Dury And The Blockheads - Reasons To Be Cheerful (Part 3)

The British legend lists all the things that make him happy, including “the days when I ain't spotty / Sitting on a potty”.

Travis - Happy 

Before The Man Who, there was Good Feeling… this cheery classic was taken from the band’s debut album from 1997.

Queen - Don’t Stop Me Now

Don’t stop him now, he’s having such a good time, he’s having a ball! Freddie Mercury sums up the perfect night out.

Electric Light Orchestra - Mr Blue Sky

Jeff Lynne’s 1977 ode to a favourable change in the weather made Number 6 in the UK charts and has even been played to astronauts on the space shuttle. If this doesn’t put a Spring in your step, we give up.

Modest Mouse - Float On

Singer Isaac Brock isn’t having a great day, but that’s OK, he’ll get over it. The ultimate “stay positive” tune.

R.E.M. - Shiny Happy People

The REMs felt a bit embarrassed about the success of this cheery tune from 1991’s Out Of Time LP, but we don’t care. It’s unashamedly joyous.

Muse - Feeling Good

Originally written as a “song of emancipation” for a black character in the musical The Roar Of The Greasepaint, The Smell Of The Crowd, Feeling Good was made famous by US singer Nina Simone and covered impeccably by Matt Bellamy. The song to sing when you’re winning at life.

Oasis - Live Forever 

The ultimate song about confidence and feeling indestructible, this classic slice of 1994 Britpop will put a swagger in your stride.

The Wannadies - You And Me Song

It can be about you and your other half, your sweetheart or even just your best mate. The Swedish band released this in 1994 and it became a hit in the UK two whole years later.