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10 Songs to Cheer You Up On a Crappy Day

You got rear-ended on the way to the office, your swivel chair has a flat tyre, the coffee machine is haunted, and your two-week deadline has been pushed to yesterday, so you literally need to break the limits of space & time in order to finish. In short, you are having ONE OF THOSE DAYS.

Never fear, because here is a list of happy, cheery, feel-good songs to get you back in the game.

You can check out the videos below or just jive along to the Spotify playlist.

Pocketful of Sunshine – Natasha Beddingfield

Sunshine is more than just a nourishing source of vitamin D; getting a regular dose of sunlight is an essential component of being happy. So fill your pockets today.

Instead of the music video, I’ve included this clip from the movie Easy A, which features this song, because it never fails to make me smile.

C’est La Vie – B*Witched

Here’s a throwback to the 90s, where music was awesome and all bands needed a synchronised dance routine. A catchy song with a positive message and some awesome Irish accents.

Everything Is Awesome – Tegan & Sara

The theme song from the Lego Movie that came out a couple of years ago, and also our team theme song here at WorkflowMax. How can you feel sad while listening to this song? HOW?

Don’t Worry, Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin

Ten-time Grammy winner Bobby McFerrin serenades us with his most famous and cheeriest song, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” This song always reminds me of those singing “Be Happy” Bass fish you find in kitschy pubs and seafood restaurants around the world.

Fireflies – Owl City

A sweet song from Owl City, described by the band’s creator Adam Young as a “little song about bugs and not being able to fall asleep at night.” You could listen to this song on our Spotify playlist, but I recommend having a look at the video, because it’s awesome.

Walk Like an Egyptian - The Bangles

The Egyptians were pretty awesome. They invented paper, cat worship, and pyramids. And according to this Guardian article, for a large chunk of their history they had no religious persecution. They’re pretty cool. So is this song.

Soul Bossa Nova – Quincy Jones

A fun instrumental track composed by jazz legend Quincy Jones. Soul Bossa Nova has been featured on several TV, radio and film soundtracks. Most recently, it was the opening song from the Austin Powers films, which means you get treated to another film clip:

Hey Ya! – OutKast

Featuring one of the more ridiculous but memorable lines in hip hop music, “Shake it like a polaroid picture,” this song is a great one to crack up and groove along. The music video features an 8-piece band performing live, every member of which is played by with song’s writer, André 3000.

Easy Livin’ – Uriah Heep

Any fans of classic British rock out there? This one is for you. I had the pleasure of seeing the Heep perform live earlier this year, and this was their encore song. They may all be pushing retirement age, but they’ve still got it.

Although the version on the playlist is the album version, I found this cool video of Mick and Bernie performing with the Bohemian Orchestra Prague on the Rock Meets Classic tour 2014.

Hooked on a Feeling – Blue Swede

This track was originally performed by B. J. Thomas in 1968, but was made famous by Blue Swede, who reached number 1 in the US with their cover in 1974. It is the title track on Guardians of the Galaxy, the only Marvel comic film I actually like (I know, I’m a Philistine).

BONUS TRACK: Keep on the Sunny Side – The Whites

I wanted to include this track but ran out of room, but I figure there’s no law that says I can’t give you a bonus song, so here you go. I’m a huge fan of classic Southern blues and gospel. I love how every song – even the happy ones – have a touch of darkness. This song always cheers me up, because it’s all about staying happy even though bad things might happen.

What happy, feel-good songs do you love to cheer yourself up with?

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