8 Rock Songs Guaranteed To Cheer You Up
Your Sunshine On A Cloudy Day!
Here’s our prescription in case you’re having a pretty crummy time today.
P.S. Best played loud.
1. The Beatles – “Here Comes The Sun”
This is probably the most powerful tune we’ve ever heard. It gives you that happy, feel-good vibe that just lightens your mood. It’s a sweet and charming composition and well, this is one all-star performance – just look at the lineup of stars. Anyway, back to the song. When George Harrison sings the line “And I say it’s all right…”, it makes you feel as though everything is better. It’s no wonder it’s one of George’s best known tracks while he was still with The Beatles. According to Rolling Stone magazine’s Mikal Gilmore, this is George’s “graceful anthem of hope amid difficult realities” and we couldn’t agree more. It’s one of the very few songs that’s a lot like a burst of sunshine when everything seems gloomy and dark. On not-so-awesome days and cold nights, you may want to put this on max volume. You’ll be smiling in no time, we promise you.
2. The Monkees – “I’m A Believer”
There’s no way you can listen to this and not sing along. The tune is so catchy you’ll be snapping your fingers to the beat without you noticing it. This easily makes it into our most favorite pop rock songs of all time. When you need something to brighten up your day, just plug this in and crank it up. It’s like you can go from grumpy to happy in a matter of seconds. See that guy with the tambourine happily dancing to the groove? That’s Davy Jones and well, we aim to be him – that’s the kind of chirpy we aspire to be. LOL. We’re officially in love with this track. It’s so much better than coffee in waking you up and keeping you cheerful all day long. Remember the first time you saw this on TV and afterwards, you just can’t stop grinning like crazy? Ah yes, those were good times.
3. The Beach Boys – “Surfin’ USA”
What else can make you feel lively and elated than thinking about the beach? There’s definitely nothing that sun and sand cannot fix. It always feels like summer whenever we hear this song. It makes us think about lounging in front of a perfect panoramic view with a cold beer in hand. You know when people say that music takes you to places? Well, this is one of them. How can anyone be sad when you have this insanely cool tune blasting from your speakers. Thank you Brian Wilson for your musical brilliance! You won’t believe how he came up with the song. He said, “I was going with a girl called Judy Bowles, and her brother Jimmy was a surfer. He knew all the surfing spots. I started humming the melody to ‘Sweet Little Sixteen’ and I got fascinated with the fact of doing it, and I thought to myself, ‘God! What about trying to put surf lyrics to ‘Sweet Little Sixteen’s melody? The concept was about, ‘They are doing this in this city, and they’re doing that in that city’ So I said to Jimmy, ‘Hey Jimmy, I want to do a song mentioning all the surf spots.’ So he gave me a list.”
4. Simon & Garfunkel – “Cecilia”
Here’s to hoping that kids today will know Simon & Garfunkel were the artists who originally recorded this song, not The Vamps. Though to be fair, they did a pretty good job at covering this track and adding their own style to it. Anyway, it comes as no surprise that ‘Cecilia’ made it to this list. You see, it’s not just the message from the lyrics that can help cheer you up – more often than not, it’s the tune and sound. And of course, the overall vibe that it makes you feel is a huge factor. This was written after a late night party so now you know, even its origins were all about being happy and ecstatic. The title refers to St. Cecilia, by the way, who is the patroness of musicians. It’s perfectly suited, isn’t it? And the song itself brings back so many awesome memories – take us back to this decade!
5. Queen – “Don’t Stop Me Now”
Ah yes, the musical genius that is Freddie Mercury. Ladies and gentlemen, this is officially the most feel-good song according to cognitive neuroscientists. Yes, even science approves. When we hear this, it somehow compels us to dance around, wave our hands in the air and just groove to its beat. If you think there’s something about it that lifts your mood, then you’re not alone. Those who studied it found out that the combination of the catchy, fast tempo and positive message from the lyrics contribute to the happy emotion you get. Plus, it’s also being played in the right musical key which is partly responsible for making you cheerful. And of course, it’s Freddie Mercury people. Any song he sings always makes your mood better. This is how we feel when someone tells us to stop the song or change it. Uhm no. When Freddie Mercury is singing, everyone should listen.
6. Eagles – “Take It Easy”
This made us miss Glenn Frey more. Isn’t it great to hear him sing again? It’s like the voice of an old friend you just can’t get enough of – soothing and makes you happy all at once. He’s like filling up the emptiness inside of you. Are we getting way too melodramatic here? Oh, man. Few bands sound this sick live. Besides, the lyrics aren’t just positive but they’re also inspirational. Imagine Glenn Frey telling you, “Don’t let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy…” It may not be the first track to come to mind when you think of something you can dance and sing along to, but it can still manage to cheer you up. Bud Scoppa wrote in Rolling Stone that this is “simply the best sounding rock single to come out so far this year. The first time through, you could tell it had everything: danceable rhythm, catchy, winding melody, intelligent, affirmative lyrics, a progressively powerful arrangement mixing electric guitar and banjo, and a crisp vocal, with vibrant four-part harmony at just the right moments for maximum dramatic effect.”
7. Dire Straits – “Walk of Life”
It’s rare enough for a song to make you smile even though you’re still just a few seconds into it. The melody, the tune – everything is so good, like grilled cheese and warm tomato soup on a cold weekend afternoon. It’s one of the most ‘80s song we’ve ever heard and we love every bit of it – so old school and filled with so much energy. It’s like you can’t help but tap your feet to the rhythm and just dance as if nobody’s looking. Remember the time you played this over and over again on vinyl? Yes, the best days of our lives, makes us wish we can go back to these awesome, simpler times. If you’re into feel-good type of rock ‘n roll music, then this is something you’d enjoy. If you’re listening to this while on a road trip though, be careful. You might wanna stop the car so you can dance along – true story.
8. The Band – “The Weight”
Our collective reaction when we heard this after a long time was, “Why is there no music like this anymore?” Sure, it doesn’t have the upbeat tune that makes you wanna dance around but there’s something refreshing and jubilant about it. The vocal performance is so solid. They’re unbelievably good and don’t even get us started on how amazing the harmonies are. The writer, Robbie Robertson said: “In ‘The Weight’ it was this very simple thing. Someone says, ‘Listen, would you do me this favour? When you get there will you say “hello” to somebody or will you give somebody this or will you pick up one of these for me? Oh? You’re going to Nazareth, that’s where the Martin guitar factory is. Do me a favour when you’re there.’ This is what it’s all about. So the guy goes and one thing leads to another and it’s like ‘Holy shit, what’s this turned into? I’ve only come here to say “hello” for somebody and I’ve got myself in this incredible predicament.’”