27 happy go lucky songs

27 Happy Go Lucky Songs: Music That Smiles

27 Happy Go Lucky Songs: Music That Smiles

Hey there, TBone here from Level Tunes, where my life’s work as a DJ has always been about sharing the beats that move us. Having spun records and curated playlists for over 20 years, I’ve seen firsthand the power of a great track to lift spirits and bring people together.

That’s why I’ve compiled this list of 27 happy-go-lucky songs that are sure to put a smile on your face and get your feet moving.

These tracks are more than just tunes; they’re a celebration of the joyful moments in life.

I’ve always had a soft spot for music that makes you feel good – it’s the heartbeat of any great party and the soundtrack to many of our best memories. So, whether you’re a fellow DJ looking to light up your next set or a music lover in search of your next favorite song, join me as we dive into this collection of feel-good hits.

Here are the happy go lucky songs that you can check out:

List Of Happy Go Lucky Songs

Happy go lucky songs in a list format:

“Happy” by Pharrell Williams

From the album “G I R L” (2014), released under Columbia Records, “Happy” is a song that almost needs no introduction. Pharrell Williams managed to capture an infectious joy that resonates with listeners worldwide. This track, which also featured on the “Despicable Me 2” soundtrack, is a masterclass in creating a feel-good anthem. The reason “Happy” makes it to the top of my list is its universal appeal and the way it instantly uplifts the mood of anyone who listens to it. The song’s minimalist yet catchy beat, combined with Pharrell’s smooth vocals, creates a blend that’s hard to resist. Over my two decades in the music industry, I’ve seen few songs unite a crowd like “Happy” does. It’s the epitome of a happy-go-lucky tune, embodying a carefree spirit that’s infectious. The musicianship, particularly the crisp percussion and the understated yet groovy bass line, adds layers to the track that keeps it interesting on the hundredth listen as it was on the first.

“I Got You (I Feel Good)” by James Brown

Released in 1965 under King Records and featured on the album “I Got You (I Feel Good)”, James Brown’s iconic track is a cornerstone of funk and soul music. This song not only showcases Brown’s unparalleled energy and charisma but also his incredible talent as a musician and a performer. The reason I’ve included “I Got You” on this list is because of its timeless ability to make people feel good. The moment those famous saxophone lines kick in, you can’t help but be pulled into a world of pure exhilaration. Brown’s vocals, a perfect mix of raw power and finesse, ride over a tight, funky arrangement that’s been sampled and celebrated across generations. In my years spinning records and sharing music, this track has never failed to get people up and dancing. It’s a testament to the power of a great groove and an unforgettable performance.

“Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and The Waves

This track, featured on the album “Walking on Sunshine” released in 1983 under Capitol Records, is the very definition of a feel-good song. Katrina and The Waves managed to encapsulate the essence of a carefree, sunny day in this upbeat track. “Walking on Sunshine” is notable not just for its catchy melody and joyful lyrics, but also for the energy and enthusiasm that Katrina Leskanich brings to the performance. The guitar riffs are bright and lively, complementing the song’s overall vibe perfectly. I chose this song for its unapologetic joy and optimism. It’s a song that, no matter where I play it, brings a smile to people’s faces and often gets them singing along. Over the years, it has remained a go-to track for lifting the spirits of any crowd, embodying the essence of happiness and carefree fun. The musicianship, especially the guitar work, adds a layer of richness to the track, making it a joy to listen to every time.

“Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

Released in 2014 on the album “Uptown Special” under RCA Records, “Uptown Funk” is a powerhouse of energy, charisma, and unforgettable beats. Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars created a modern classic that pays homage to the funk and soul of yesteryears while injecting it with contemporary flair. The reason this song makes my list is its undeniable groove and the way it makes you want to dance from the first note. Bruno Mars’ dynamic vocals, coupled with Ronson’s production and a tight, funky instrumental, create a track that’s both nostalgic and fresh. Over my twenty years in the music industry, I’ve seen songs come and go, but “Uptown Funk” has a timeless appeal that crosses generations. The song’s success isn’t just in its catchy hook but in its detailed arrangement and the musicians’ ability to bring it to life, making it a staple in happy-go-lucky playlists.

“Can’t Stop the Feeling!” by Justin Timberlake

From the soundtrack of the movie “Trolls” (2016), released under RCA Records, “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” is a vibrant explosion of joy. Justin Timberlake captured a feeling of uninhibited happiness that’s hard to resist. This song stands out for its uplifting melody, infectious beat, and Timberlake’s smooth vocals, all of which come together to create a feel-good anthem for all ages. The reason behind its selection is simple: it’s a song that embodies positivity and the pure joy of being alive. Whether it’s played at a wedding, a party, or just on a sunny day drive, it brings out a sense of happiness that’s hard to shake. Having played it countless times in various sets, I’ve witnessed its universal appeal and the immediate mood lift it provides. The musicianship, especially the crisp production and the layered harmonies, adds depth to the track, ensuring it’s not just fun but also musically satisfying.

“All Star” by Smash Mouth

Released in 1999 on the album “Astro Lounge” under Interscope Records, “All Star” is an anthem of optimism and self-confidence. Smash Mouth managed to craft a song that’s not only catchy and fun but also carries a message of empowerment and resilience. The song’s quirky lyrics, combined with a memorable melody and energetic performance, make it an enduring favorite. My reason for including “All Star” on this list goes beyond its surface as a pop-rock hit; it’s a song that encourages listeners to embrace their individuality and shine. In my career, I’ve seen music move and inspire people, and “All Star” does both with its upbeat tempo and positive vibes. The guitar riffs and vocal delivery are particularly noteworthy, adding to the song’s appeal and making it a track that gets everyone singing along, no matter the occasion.

“Best Day of My Life” by American Authors

This indie rock anthem, featured on American Authors’ debut album “Oh, What a Life” (2014) and released under Island Records, encapsulates the joy of experiencing the best day of one’s life. “Best Day of My Life” is characterized by its upbeat melody, optimistic lyrics, and an infectious energy that makes it impossible not to smile. I chose this song for its ability to turn even the most ordinary day into a celebration of life’s potential. The banjo intro, combined with the anthemic chorus, provides a unique blend of folk and pop elements that’s both refreshing and uplifting. Having been in the music industry for over two decades, I appreciate when a song can provide a burst of positivity, and this track does just that. It’s a reminder of the good days ahead, making it a perfect addition to any happy-go-lucky playlist.

“Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift

From her fifth studio album, “1989” (2014), released under Big Machine Records, Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” stands as a pop anthem for dismissing haters and negativity. Swift delivers a catchy, high-energy track that encourages listeners to keep dancing and shaking off the troubles. The reason behind its inclusion in this list is the empowering message paired with an irresistible pop melody. In my years of experience, I’ve found that music with a message of resilience and joy can significantly impact listeners, and “Shake It Off” does this with style. The brass section adds a fun, almost retro feel to the song, while Swift’s vocals are both playful and commanding. It’s a song that brings people together on the dance floor, united in a moment of carefree joy.

“Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey

This classic rock song, from the album “Escape” (1981) and released under Columbia Records, has become an anthem of hope and persistence across generations. “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey is a masterpiece of storytelling and musicianship, with a memorable piano intro, powerful vocals, and an uplifting chorus that has inspired countless listeners. My selection of this song is based on its timeless appeal and the way it speaks to the dreamer in all of us. It’s more than just a track; it’s a musical journey that encourages us to hold on to that feeling of optimism. Having played it in various settings over the years, I’ve witnessed its universal power to bring people together, singing along with every word. The guitar solos and vocal harmonies are particularly noteworthy, showcasing the band’s skill and the song’s ability to resonate with a wide audience.

“Good Life” by OneRepublic

Featured on their album “Waking Up” (2009) and released under Mosley Music Group and Interscope Records, “Good Life” by OneRepublic is a song that exudes positivity and gratitude for life’s moments. This song stands out for its melodic appeal, heartfelt lyrics, and the band’s ability to craft a tune that feels both personal and universal. The reason I’ve included “Good Life” in this list is its powerful message of finding beauty in the everyday and the joy in the journey, not just the destination. Over the years, this song has become a soundtrack for memorable moments and celebrations, encapsulating the essence of what it means to live a good life. The piano-driven melody, combined with Ryan Tedder’s distinctive vocals and the uplifting chorus, makes this track a perfect fit for any happy-go-lucky playlist. It’s a reminder of the simple pleasures and the unexpected turns that make life worth living.

“Valerie” by Mark Ronson ft. Amy Winehouse

This track, a cover of The Zutons’ song, was featured on Mark Ronson’s album “Version” (2007) and released under Columbia Records. Amy Winehouse’s soulful vocals bring a new depth and vibrancy to “Valerie,” making it a standout track that combines elements of pop, soul, and R&B. The song’s infectious rhythm and memorable melody, paired with Winehouse’s unique voice, create an atmosphere of longing mixed with a carefree spirit. My inclusion of “Valerie” is due to its blend of upbeat music and emotive storytelling, showcasing the power of collaboration between two incredibly talented artists. In my experience, this song has the ability to lift spirits, invite sing-alongs, and get people moving, embodying the very essence of what makes music a universal language. The brass section and the rhythm guitar add layers of warmth and richness to the track, further enhancing its appeal.

“Budapest” by George Ezra

From George Ezra’s debut studio album “Wanted on Voyage” (2014), released under Columbia Records, “Budapest” is a folk-pop song that captures the heart with its simple, catchy melodies and Ezra’s deep, resonant vocals. The song’s charm lies in its storytelling, describing the lengths one would go for love, all the while wrapping this sentiment in a light, almost whimsical melody that’s hard to forget. I chose “Budapest” for its ability to blend lyrical depth with an easy-going rhythm, making it an anthem for wanderlust and devotion. In the landscape of modern music, George Ezra manages to stand out with a sound that’s both nostalgic and fresh. This song, in particular, has a way of making listeners feel like they’re embarking on an adventure, all from the comfort of their own space. The acoustic guitar plays a central role, providing a warmth that complements Ezra’s vocals beautifully, creating a track that’s as inviting as it is memorable.

“Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley & The Wailers

This timeless classic from Bob Marley & The Wailers’ album “Exodus” (1977), released under Island Records, is a song that has transcended its reggae roots to become a universal anthem of reassurance and peace. “Three Little Birds” is characterized by its simple yet profound message: “Don’t worry about a thing, ’cause every little thing gonna be alright.” The reason for its inclusion is the song’s effortless ability to bring a sense of calm and optimism to anyone who listens to it. Bob Marley’s soothing vocals and the laid-back rhythm of the reggae instrumentation create a serene atmosphere that can brighten the darkest of days. Over the years, this track has served as a reminder of the power of music to heal and uplift spirits, making it an essential addition to any collection of happy-go-lucky songs. The combination of the melodious harmonies and the gentle sway of the reggae beat invites listeners to take a moment, breathe, and find joy in the simplicity of life.

“Shotgun” by George Ezra

Another hit from George Ezra, “Shotgun” is featured on his second studio album “Staying at Tamara’s” (2018), released under Columbia Records. This song captures the essence of summer freedom and the joy of hitting the road with no particular destination in mind. What makes “Shotgun” stand out is its upbeat tempo, catchy chorus, and Ezra’s rich, distinctive vocals, which together create a feeling of carefree adventure. The song’s lyrics, celebrating the simple pleasure of being with friends and soaking in the sunshine, resonate with anyone longing for a break from the routine. My choice to include “Shotgun” in this list is due to its universal appeal as a road trip anthem and its ability to instantly put listeners in a good mood. The combination of the driving rhythm, memorable melody, and vivid storytelling paints a picture of idyllic escapades, making it a perfect track for any feel-good playlist.

“Dancing Queen” by ABBA

From the album “Arrival” (1976), released under Polar Music, “Dancing Queen” by ABBA is the quintessential disco anthem that has had people hitting the dance floor since the ’70s. This song is celebrated for its infectious beat, soaring melodies, and the joyous celebration of dance and youth. The reason “Dancing Queen” is a must-have on this list is its timeless ability to make anyone feel like they’re the star of the dance floor, regardless of age or dancing skills. ABBA’s blend of pop and disco, combined with their flawless harmonies, creates a track that’s both nostalgic and eternally fresh. Having witnessed its power to unite crowds and bring smiles to faces, I can attest to the song’s enduring charm and its role in creating moments of unadulterated joy. The musical arrangement, featuring classic disco elements like the rhythmic piano and string sections, complements the vocals perfectly, making “Dancing Queen” a masterpiece of pop music that continues to inspire joy and dancing decades after its release.

“I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney Houston

Featured on her second studio album “Whitney” (1987) and released under Arista Records, Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” is a powerhouse of joy and energy. This song captures the essence of seeking connection and the euphoria of dance. The reason for its selection lies in Whitney Houston’s incomparable vocal prowess combined with an upbeat, danceable track that has become a staple at celebrations worldwide. The song’s vibrant synthesizers, alongside Houston’s emotive and powerful delivery, create an atmosphere of pure joy and abandon. Over the years, this track has remained a symbol of the universal desire to find joy in companionship and dance, making it an enduring favorite in playlists dedicated to happiness and celebration. Its ability to get people on their feet, singing along, and feeling every bit of love and longing makes it a timeless anthem of joy.

“Happy Together” by The Turtles

This classic from The Turtles, released in 1967 on the album “Happy Together” under White Whale Records, stands out for its melodic cheer and the sweet sentiment of being with the one you love. “Happy Together” is compelling for its catchy chorus, harmonious vocals, and the simple yet profound joy of imagining a life spent in happiness with someone else. The reason it’s part of this journey through happy-go-lucky music is its enduring appeal as a song of love and optimism, transcending time to evoke warmth and a sense of togetherness. The arrangement, with its memorable melody and the upbeat tempo, complements the lyrics perfectly, creating a song that’s both a celebration of love and a testament to the power of music to capture the most universal emotions. It’s a song that, despite its age, continues to resonate with listeners of all ages, making it a classic piece of the happy-go-lucky genre.

“Can’t Stop the Feeling!” by Justin Timberlake

Already mentioned earlier, “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” by Justin Timberlake, from the soundtrack of the movie “Trolls” (2016) and released under RCA Records, deserves another nod for its undeniable joy and infectious rhythm. It’s a testament to the song’s strength and appeal, making listeners want to dance, sing, and embrace the happiness it exudes. Timberlake’s ability to create a pop anthem that feels both fresh and timeless is evident in this track, which combines catchy beats, uplifting lyrics, and a dynamic delivery that captures the essence of feeling good. The song’s broad appeal, crossing age and genre barriers, showcases the power of a well-crafted pop song to bring people together in celebration and dance. Its inclusion in this list emphasizes the importance of music that can instantly elevate the mood, embodying the spirit of joy and carefree enthusiasm that defines happy-go-lucky music.

“Lovely Day” by Bill Withers

Featured on his album “Menagerie” (1977) and released under Columbia Records, “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers stands as a testament to the power of a positive outlook. The song is characterized by its soothing melody, Withers’ soulful vocals, and the optimistic message that, no matter the challenges, there’s always the potential for a lovely day. The reason for its inclusion in this journey through happy-go-lucky music is its timeless appeal and the way it combines simplicity with a profound emotional impact. The signature long note that Withers holds towards the end of the song showcases not only his vocal talent but also the enduring hope and resilience that the song embodies. It’s a track that has warmed hearts for decades, encouraging listeners to find the beauty in every day.

“You Make My Dreams” by Hall & Oates

From their ninth studio album “Voices” (1980), released under RCA Records, “You Make My Dreams” by Hall & Oates is a vibrant showcase of catchy pop-rock that exudes happiness and an infectious energy. The song’s upbeat tempo, combined with the duo’s harmonious vocals and the cheerful melody, creates an irresistible call to celebrate the joy of love and dreams coming true. Its selection for this list is driven by the song’s ability to lift spirits and inspire listeners to dance and sing along, making it a perennial favorite for moments of joy and celebration. The musical arrangement, featuring a memorable keyboard riff and a bouncy rhythm, captures the essence of the early ’80s pop sound while remaining timeless in its appeal.

“Sunshine” by Tieks ft. Dan Harkna

Released in 2015 and featured on numerous charts and playlists, “Sunshine” by Tieks featuring Dan Harkna, under Ministry of Sound Recordings, is a modern anthem of optimism and feel-good vibes. This dance track combines electronic beats with uplifting lyrics and a catchy chorus that’s designed to brighten any day. The inclusion of “Sunshine” in this list reflects the song’s capacity to blend contemporary dance music with a message of hope and happiness, making it a perfect tune for summer playlists and any moment needing a burst of sunlight. The collaboration between Tieks and Harkna delivers a vibrant energy that encourages listeners to let go of their worries and bask in the metaphorical sunshine the song provides.

“On Top of the World” by Imagine Dragons

From their debut studio album “Night Visions” (2012), released under Interscope Records and KIDinaKORNER, “On Top of the World” by Imagine Dragons is a vibrant anthem of triumph and joy. This song is marked by its uplifting lyrics, energetic beats, and the band’s signature blend of indie rock and pop sensibilities. The reason for its inclusion is the sense of boundless optimism and achievement it conveys, making listeners feel as though anything is possible. Its catchy chorus and rhythmic clapping sections invite participation, creating a communal sense of elation and unity. In the context of happy-go-lucky music, “On Top of the World” stands out as a beacon of hope, encouraging listeners to embrace their highest aspirations and enjoy the ride to achieving them.

“Shiny Happy People” by R.E.M.

Featured on their album “Out of Time” (1991) and released under Warner Bros. Records, “Shiny Happy People” by R.E.M. is a song that exudes positivity through its jangly guitars and cheerful melody. This track captures the essence of its title, portraying a world where joy and contentment reign supreme. The inclusion of “Shiny Happy People” in this list is due to its ability to paint a picture of carefree happiness, with Michael Stipe’s distinctive vocals and the song’s catchy, sing-along chorus creating an atmosphere of lightheartedness and fun. The song’s music video, featuring vibrant colors and dance sequences, further emphasizes the track’s celebration of happiness and companionship.

“Sing” by Ed Sheeran

Off his second studio album “x” (pronounced “multiply”) released in 2014 under Asylum Records and Atlantic Records, “Sing” by Ed Sheeran is a departure from his usual acoustic style, offering an uptempo, Pharrell Williams-produced track that invites listeners to let loose and embrace the music. “Sing” combines elements of pop, R&B, and funk, showcasing Sheeran’s versatility as an artist and his ability to craft songs that are both catchy and emotionally resonant. The reason behind its selection for this list lies in its celebratory nature, encouraging listeners to sing along and lose themselves in the rhythm. The song’s groove, inspired by the likes of Justin Timberlake and Pharrell, is infectious, making it impossible not to feel a burst of joy and an urge to dance.

Fun Facts: Happy Go Lucky Songs

“Happy” by Pharrell Williams

  • Unexpected Movie Stardom: “Happy” was originally written for the soundtrack of “Despicable Me 2”. Its widespread success, however, transcended its cinematic roots, turning into a global hit that resonated with audiences far beyond the movie’s fans.
  • 24-Hour Music Video: The music video for “Happy” is notable for being the world’s first 24-hour music video. It features a multitude of people, including celebrities like Magic Johnson and Steve Carell, dancing to the song across Los Angeles. Viewers can jump to different times of the day to see various performances.

“I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney Houston

  • Grammy Win: This song earned Whitney Houston her second Grammy Award, winning in the category of Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1988. It solidified her status as a music icon early in her career.
  • Chart-Topping Success: The song was a massive commercial success, hitting No. 1 on the charts in over 13 countries, including the US, UK, and Australia, showcasing Houston’s global appeal.

“Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley & The Wailers

  • Inspiration Behind the Song: There’s a popular belief that the “three little birds” Marley refers to in the song were actually the beautiful canaries that sat by his home. However, others interpret it as a symbolic message of peace and reassurance from Marley to his fans.
  • Posthumous Popularity: Despite its release in 1977, “Three Little Birds” continues to be one of Marley’s most beloved songs, embodying his enduring message of hope and resilience.

“Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

  • Record-Breaking Run: “Uptown Funk” spent 14 consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100, tying it for the second-longest-leading Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit of the 2010s at the time.
  • Collaboration Across Continents: The song was recorded in multiple cities worldwide, including London, Los Angeles, Memphis, and New York City, highlighting the global effort behind its creation.

“Dancing Queen” by ABBA

  • Royal Inspiration: “Dancing Queen” was reportedly inspired by the disco era and was specially performed for the first time at a pre-wedding gala for Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia in 1976, adding a royal seal to its disco beats.
  • ABBA’s Only U.S. No. 1: Despite their global fame, “Dancing Queen” remains ABBA’s only No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States, cementing its place in disco and pop history.

Exploring these tracks has been a musical journey filled with uplifting rhythms and heartwarming stories. From timeless classics to modern hits, each song carries a spark of joy, a testament to music’s power to elevate our spirits and unite us in happiness. Let’s keep the good vibes rolling, as the melody of life is endless, and each note brings us closer together in harmony and joy.

Thanks for reading.


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