Apparently today is the most depressing day of the year?
Well sod that.
We’ve put together our favourite feel good tunes and happy songs for your listening pleasure. They’re not particularly Jazzy, but for us, Jazz isn’t just a genre, it’s a way of life.
Find out why we love them below!
1. Pantala Naga Pampa – Dave Matthews Band
James – “This is an anthem of my childhood! 40 seconds of pure joy, the opener to my favourite album, with amazingly reassuring lyrics.”
2. Love Shack – The B52s
Rosie – “It is impossible to be sad when listening to this song! It’s also impossible not to sing along…”
3. 59th Street Bridge Song – Simon and Garfunkel
James – “I first heard this when I was small through my sister, and we used to listen to it and laugh at the silly lyrics. Then more recently my mum and I listened to it lots on a skiing holiday, and both really appreciated the carefree sentiment. It helped lift us up during a fairly difficult time (her divorce)! We both still associate that song with that holiday and how it helped a bit.”
4. The Lemon Song – Led Zeppelin
Rosie – “My favourite Zeppelin song. I listen to this and I’m back in my first car, driving with the windows down and the stereo up up up.”
5. Piano Quartet in E Flat Major, Op.47: Piano Quartet in E Flat Major, Op.47: II. Scherzo. Molto vivace – Robert Schumann, Alexander Melnikov, Jerusalem Quartet
James – “A beauty!”
6. Killing – The Apples
Rosie – “This is a funk cover of Rage Against The Machine’s Killing In The Name Of and it is just so good. I’ve seen the apples live a couple of times and they are such an amazing band with such energy and talent! It makes you want to become a better musician!”
7. More Than Alright – Mishka Adams (This one isn’t on Spotify, so here’s the youtube link…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOyhagkEF2s)
James – “Me and my girlfriend got into the Mishka Adams song together, both with fairly disparate music tastes, and both really enjoyed the happy ideas and sounds of the song.”
8. Get Your Freak On – Missy Elliot
Rosie – “This song helped me get my groove back after a bit of a battle with mental health. It just made me want to embrace myself. I also put it on when I don’t want to go for a run…”
9. Shata – Dhafer Youssef
10. Hold On – Wilson Philips
Rosie – “My Mum used to play this at top volume whilst we danced around the living room when I was a little kid. I knew all the words but didn’t really get it; I just loved the way the music made me feel. I listen to it now as an adult and love it just as much!”
Ben – “Nothing personal, these are just all bangers!”