Music

Three Songs That Have Happy In The Title

If you’re feeling down in the dumps, then perhaps the best way to elevate your mood is with a favorite song. Then again, you might be better served in a search for new music, which is a deeply satisfying quest by itself. Why turn to music, though? A number of great reasons exist: music can reduce depression, help you sleep better, make you happier, and even enhance your exercise regimen–which can make your mood even better. Here are three songs that have “happy” right in the title!

The song “Happy Days” by Pratt & McClain, or Brother Love, was used for the opening theme song of the same-titled TV show, a sitcom made in the 70s. It wasn’t used until the third season, but this chorus-song version was as much a hit as the Pratt & McClain version, which made it to number five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It’s impossible to think of songs with Happy in the title without thinking of this song. And in our opinion, this song was much better than Rock-A-Round The Clock. 

When “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy” was first vocalized by Brenda Holloway, the original composer, it did all right. When Blood, Sweat & Tears, a band based in Phoenix, played their version with frontman David Clayton Thomas, it hit number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart–smashing Holloway’s record that had previously held at number 39.

Everyone loves a good bit of gospel. Well, maybe not everyone, but that didn’t stop The Edwin Hawkins Singers from realizing a version of an eighteenth-century hymn you might recognize called “Oh Happy Day” that came out in 1969. It made it to number four on charts at the time. It was used in several more contemporary movies such as Big Momma’s House and Nutty Professsor II: The Klumps and Secretariat.

Three songs isn’t that many, so here’s an honorable mention: “Shiny Happy People” performed by R.E.M. came out in 1991. Although R.E.M. is still widely known, this song was the last one that made it to the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100.

We’ve all been there. Sometimes it’s good to get outdoors and take a short break from the harsh reality of a long workday, and sometimes we just need a quick pick-me-up from the daily grind. Music can reduce stress, help you manage eating habits, enhance your capacity for learning new things, relax you before a rough surgery and improve recovery time afterward, help you recall old memories, reduce pain, raise IQ, and keep your brain healthier for longer. Music isn’t just something we love–it’s something we need, and you shouldn’t miss out on the great songs that are out there just waiting to be heard, new and old alike.

Why the Beatles are the Best Band of All Time

Everyone has different tastes in music. But, whether you like classical music, jazz or rock and roll, you probably have a favorite Beatles song. It would seem everyone in the world has at least one. We understand that musical tastes are subjective. But with all the Beatles worldwide hits in their short time as a band in the 1960s, their constant airplay, video games like Beatles Rockband, movies like Help, Hard Day’s Night and Yellow Submarine, countless documentaries on Beatlemania, online radio stations and blogs dedicated to them… it is clear they are the world’s best if not just one of the world’s best. Can you think of any other band that has this much love and adoration across the world?

Their charm as individual people also made them favorites the world over. It is possible to utter the names of John, Paul, George and Ringo at any place around the globe and any person of any age would know just who you are talking about.

The Beatles offered some of the greatest songwriting of the 20th Century with Lennon and McCartney writing such great hits as She Loves You, All You Need is Love and Let it Be. Even George Harrison’s compositions such as Something have become mainstays of everyday airplay on radio stations for decades. And don’t forget about Ringo’s only hit Octopus’s Garden!

The Beatles music is being celebrated more than 50 years after it came on the scene. That it has never diminished in popularity or power goes to show just why they are the best band ever.

Even though John and George have passed, and John lost his life ironically to a crazed fan, the remaining Beatles still tour the world over to the delight of millions of fans of every generation playing Beatles music to their hearts delight. Numerous cover bands and Broadway shows have been dedicated to The Beatles which is why, in our humble opinion The Beatles are the best band of all time!

Relieving Stress By Listening To Music

Just about anyone can tell you how music can have a calming, soothing effect. There is actually a unique link to human emotion, so music can be a wonderfully effective tool for stress management.

Music is known for having a dramatic effect on both the body and the mind. Any music with a faster tempo can help you to concentrate better and make you feel much more alert. Music that is upbeat is good for making you feel a lot more positive and optimistic about life. Slower tempo music can bring about a calm, quiet feeling for your mind while relaxing your muscles to help you release stress from your day. Because of this, many people who tend to suffer from stress and anxiety will look to the help of music to give them some much-needed relief.

Whenever someone is stressed, there can be the tendency to avoid listening to music actively. Some may think that it is a waste of time and nothing that will help them achieve anything. However, research has shown that productivity can increase whenever stress is reduced. All you have to do is work on incorporating music into your regular lifestyle and you will find that it can have a dramatic impact on your stress levels.

If you are looking at getting involved in music for meditation to relieve stress, you will find that there are different tempos that are just right for helping to slow your mind down to initiate the relaxation response. For many people, music that is mixed in with the sounds of nature can prove to offer incredible results. When you want to be able to cut back on stress, you might just find that there is a particular musical style that is going to suit you best and give you the soothing, calming effect you are looking for.