Music Can Be a Happiness Drug

Music has an incredible power to alter our moods. Unlike alcohol or drugs, music has almost no negative side effects. A great song can cheer you up more quickly than the most well-reasoned argument. A good set of upbeat tunes can help you keep a good mood going all day long — with no hangover the next day.

Musical tastes are extremely personal. You must find the songs that help to improve your mood. Here are some songs that work well for me:

  • Alan Jackson – Chattahoochee
  • Alanis Morissette – You Learn
  • Alison Krauss – You Say It Best When You Say Nothing At All
  • Allman Brothers – Ramblin Man
  • Autograph – Turn Up the Radio
  • Bachman Turner Overdrive – Roll On Down the Highway
  • Bad English – When I See You Smile
  • Bette Midler – From A Distance
  • Ben E. King – Stand By Me
  • Bill Medley – (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life
  • Bill Withers – Lean On Me
  • Billy Joe Royal – Down In the Boondocks
  • Billy Joel – My Life
  • Billy Ocean – When The Going Gets Tough
  • Billy Swan – I Can Help
  • Byrds – To Everything There Is A Season
  • Blondie – The Tide Is High
  • Blues Brothers – Soul Man
  • Bob Seger – Still The Same
  • Bobby McFerrin – Don’t Worry, Be Happy
  • Bryan Adams – Eighteen ’til I Die
  • Carly Simon – Nobody Does It Better
  • Cars – Good Times Roll
  • Champs – Tequila
  • Commodores – Nightshift
  • Corey Hart – Never Surrender
  • Cyndi Lauper – True Colors
  • Damn Yankees – High Enough
  • Dan Seals – I Wanna Bop With You Baby
  • Denise Williams – Lets Hear It For The Boy
  • Desree – You Gotta Be
  • Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen
  • Diana Carter – Strawberry Wine
  • Dionne Warwick – That’s What Friends Are For
  • Dobie Gray – Drift Away
  • Dream Academy – Life In A Northern Town
  • Eagles – Get Over It
  • Eddie Rabbit – Driving My Life Away
  • Edwin Mccain – I’ll Be
  • Eric Carmen – Make Me Lose Control
  • Eric Johnson – Cliffs of Dover
  • Fleetwood Mac – Monday Morning
  • Frank Sinatra – My Way
  • Garth Brooks – Friends In Low Places
  • George Thoroughgood – Bad to the Bone
  • Glass Tiger – Someday
  • Greenday – When I Come Around
  • Hank Williams Jr. – A Country Boy Can Survive
  • Huey Lews and the News – It’s Alright
  • Harold Faltermeyer – Axel F
  • Jay and the Americans – Come a Little Bit Closer
  • Joe Satriani – Always With Me, Always With You
  • John Lennon – Imagine
  • John Mellencamp – Your Life Is Now
  • John Parr – Man in Motion
  • Johnny Nash – I Can See Clearly Now
  • Journey – Dont Stop Believing
  • Katrina and the Waves – Walking on Sunshine
  • Kenny Loggins – I’m Alright
  • Lee Ann Womack – I Hope You Dance
  • Lynn Anderson – Rose Garden
  • Manfred Mann – Quinn the Eskimo
  • Mariah Carey – Hero
  • Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Tropical Vacation
  • Norman Greenbaum – Spirit in The Sky
  • Offspring – Self Esteem
  • Orleans – Still The One
  • Otis Redding – Sitting on the Dock of the Bay
  • Pat Benetar – We Belong
  • Pretenders – I’ll Stand By You
  • Proclaimers – 500 miles
  • Queen – We are the Champions
  • Ray Charles – Georgia On My Mind
  • Refreshments – Banditos
  • R.E.M. – Everybody Hurts
  • Rembrandts – I’ll Be There For Yo
  • REO Speedwagon – Roll With The Changes
  • Ricky Nelson – Garden Party
  • Roger Miller – King of the Road
  • Rolling Stones – You Can’t Always Get What You Want
  • Rupert Holmes – The Pina Colada Song
  • Sammy Hagar – Mas Tequila
  • Sarah McLaughlin – In The Arms of an Angel
  • Savage Garden – The Animal Song
  • Scorpions – Wind Of Change
  • Sheena Easton – My Baby Takes The Morning Train
  • Sheryl Crow – Soak Up The Sun
  • Simon and Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water
  • Sinead O’Connor – Nothing Compares to You
  • Sister Hazel – Change Your Mind
  • Skid Row – I Remember You
  • Smash Mouth – Walking On The Sun
  • Sonny and Cher – I Got You Babe
  • Sophie B. Hawkins – As I Lay Me Down
  • Tears for Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World
  • Talking Heads – Burning Down the House
  • Todd Rundgren – Bang on the Drum All Day
  • Tom Cochrane – Life Is A Highway
  • Tommy James – Draggin the Line
  • Timbuk3 – The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades
  • Tonic – If You Could Only See
  • UB40 – Red Red Wine
  • Vanity Fare – Hitchin’ a Ride
  • We Five – You Were On My Mind
  • Wilson Philips – Hold On

For a far more scientific discussion of this phenomena, read Intensely pleasurable responses to music correlate with activity in brain regions implicated in reward and emotion by Anne J. Blood and Robert J. Zatorre.

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 10.0/10 (1 vote cast)
Music Can Be a Happiness Drug, 10.0 out of 10 based on 1 rating

This entry was posted on Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 at 10:33 am and is filed under Uncategorized. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.