Thursday, March 10, 2011

FYI: Top 10 Pop Songs that Uplift Moods

Here are 10 pop songs sure to uplift any mood.  Listen to them, sing them, or in some cases dance to them often.  And create your own list of go-to songs.

1. Spoonful--Willie Dixon

2. Here Comes the Sun--The Beatles

3. Smile--Charlie Chaplin (I love Madeleine Peyroux's version)

4. Ma Vie en Rose--Edith Piaf (sung by Edith Piaf in French)

5. Jammin'--Bob Marley

6. What a Wonderful World--Louis Armstrong

7. Maria (from Westside Story)--Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim

8. I Feel Pretty (from Westside Story)--Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sonheim

9. My Favorite Things (The Sound of Music)--composer?

10. Summer Time--George (and Ira?) Gershwin

Also listen to Fellini soundtrack music by Nino Rota, Putumayo compilations, "Careless Love" and "Half the Perfect World" by Madeleine Peyroux, Mozart operas and Catherine Russell's "Inside this Heart of Mine" (World Village) hits the spot too.


  1. My daughter and I were sining I Feel Pretty in the car today. A couple weeks ago I posted Louie Armstrong's, What a Wonderful World to a blog post b/c there was a lot of bad news out there.

    Anyway, thank you for the post.

  2. Hi Shelly, Singing in the car, that's fantastic. I highly recommend singing in the car and I have fond memories doing that as a child on family vacations.

    Yes, there is a lot of bad news and that's why I tell people to focus on songs they love instead. Which makes you feel better? Bad news is defeating, but music empowers.