We all need a pick me up sometimes. Music is one way that people have always used to set a mood throughout history. If you’re feeling down, here’s an eclectic playlist to help cheer you up.
Dolly Parton – Better Get to Livin’ – A song all about being upbeat about life, it’s the perfect way to start out this playlist! Dolly Parton is known for her ever-upbeat attitudes, and in this song she explains how she does it.
Celtic Woman – Spanish Lady – One of Celtic Woman’s most fun songs, and one you can find by many artists for that matter. It is a traditional Irish folk song and has a bright tune.
Indigo Girls – Hammer and a Nail – A folksy indy tune from the early 90s, this came on recommendation of a friend. It’s a great tune to dance around to in your living room!
Barenaked Ladies – Lovers in a Dangerous Time – A cover of the Brice Cockburn song, BNL made it their own. It has a flowing tune and gentle lyrics that I find very soothing.
Enya – Marble Halls – This song, like many of Enya’s songs, sounds like a dream. It’s a relaxing, sweet fairy tale song. When I’m upset or feeling down, it often calms and centers me.
Antonia Banderas – Cancion del Mariachi – For a little foreign-language flavor, check out Antonia Banderas’ singing! The song has a great Latin feel to it, and maybe you won’t understand the words, but music speaks too, right?
Len – Steal My Sunshine – A quintessential summer song and Len’s only real hit (so far), this is a male-female duet with a neat summery percussion beat flowing through it.
No Doubt – Just a Girl – Maybe No Doubt’s most known song, I don’t know if anyone can sit and frown through this one! It’s got the No Doubt feel that we all fell in love with early in their career.
Robert W. Smith – By Loch and Mountain – I first heard this song when it was played in my high school band. It begins with a flowing French horn solo, and moves into a wonderful orchestration. Its tempo quickens about halfway through the song, becoming whimsical and growing into near-fanfare proportions.
MC Chris – Nrrrd Grrrl – For anyone who’s a little geeky, this song is great. For those who aren’t, it’s still a quirky, bouncy, and fun song. It references X-Men, Firefly, Anime, and many other dorky memes.