Few things in life can immediately improve your mood the way music can. Put on one of your favorite albums and sing along - you can't help but feel better!
I thought I'd do something a little different with today's article and share some of my favorite albums. Every single time I play one of these, I smile inside and out and my day instantly brightens. I've even gone so far as to create a "happy music" playlist on my iPod that tends to dominate my listening time in my car. And before you ask, my car has an iPod interface - I never, ever drive while wearing headphones, and you shouldn't either!
Without further ado, here is a baker's dozen of my favorite upbeat albums, in no particular order. Many of them you're probably familiar with already... the rest I highly recommend checking out ASAP! I've included links to each album on Amazon for your convenience. Happy listening!
Did you think I'd start this collection with anyone other than the irrepressibly happy band from Athens, Georgia? Of course not. Cosmic Thing is just plain crammed full of ridiculously happy music - well, virtually their entire catalog is, to be fair - and I bet there hasn't been a month that's gone by in the nearly 30 years since this classic came out that I haven't listened to at least part of it. Start to finish, it's like a musical energy drink.
Favorite tracks: Love Shack (duh!), Topaz, Follow Your Bliss, Deadbeat Club
There's a good chance you've never heard of this quirky California band, but you've probably heard the amazing orchestral work of their lead singer, Danny Elfman. He's scored dozens of movies, including Beetlejuice, Alice in Wonderland and Fifty Shades of Grey. Featuring Boingo's signature hit, Weird Science, this album is a addictively catchy reminder that we only go around once, so make every day count. How can you not love lyrics like "It's a dead man's party - who could ask for more? Everybody's comin' - leave your body at the door"?
Favorite tracks: No One Lives Forever, Fool's Paradise, Dead Man's Party (of course), Same Man I Was Before
A good friend of mine saw these amazing folks play live at the University of North Texas right before this album reached the college radio station airwaves. I can't even comprehend how cool that must've been, and it makes me want to invent time travel just so I could soak it in myself. Oh well, at least I can listen to their debut album, which sounds for all the world like a perfect moment in time perfectly captured. Throughout every song, you can hear the love they poured into this album. It's sublime and incredibly uplifting.
Favorite tracks: Love Like We Do, Nothing, What I Am, I Do