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, Arizona, 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.