Pick me up (with music)
January 1, 2014 8:43 PM   Subscribe

Some songs really give me a lift. Examples are: Here comes the sun - The Beatles I can see clearly now - Johnny Nash (Your love keeps lifting me) Higher and higher - Jackie Wilson Perhaps there's an element of contrast in the lyrics that appeals to me, maybe it's just the tune. I don't know, to be honest. So, Hivemind, songs in a similar vein? What do you recommend?
posted by Prof Iterole to Media & Arts (42 answers total) 43 users marked this as a favorite
Itchycoo Park.
posted by rmmcclay at 9:08 PM on January 1 [1 favorite]

Level up by Vienna Teng does the same sort of thing for me.
posted by Gilgongo at 9:11 PM on January 1 [1 favorite]

Mr Blue Sky - ELO
Into Giants - Patrick Watson
Great Day - Paul McCartney
Slice of Heaven - Dave Dobbyn
It's a Good Day - Peggy Lee
Classical bonus: The Wasps - Ralph Vaughan Williams
posted by Naanwhal at 9:14 PM on January 1

I love those songs! Others that scratch the same itch for me are Bad Bad Leroy Brown by Jim Croce, Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy by Queen (lots of Queen, really -- Friends Will Be Friends is another possibility), and Cat Stevens' Morning Has Broken.
posted by katemonster at 9:17 PM on January 1

Solsbury Hill
posted by Random Person at 9:28 PM on January 1 [2 favorites]

Funked Up And Freaked Out by Kava Kava
Perfect Day by Hoku
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:32 PM on January 1

Anything by the Polyphonic spree
posted by empath at 9:34 PM on January 1 [1 favorite]

Don't Stop Me Now, Queen
posted by EKStickland at 9:35 PM on January 1 [1 favorite]

Jump in the Line and Jump Down, Spin Around by Harry Belafonte. In perverse moods, the Merry Minuet by the Kingston Trio and No Children by The Mountain Goats. Almost any of the versions of Throw Your Arms around me originally performed by Hunters and Collectors but better known for Crowded House and Pearl Jam versions. Home by Edwarde Sharpe.
posted by Candleman at 9:43 PM on January 1 [1 favorite]

Get Up Offa That Thing by James Brown always does it for me. (Or anything James Brown, really). Also Ain't Got No... I've Got Life by Nina Simone strikes the same chord, but in a different way.
posted by sevenofspades at 9:43 PM on January 1 [2 favorites]

Stevie Wonder.
posted by whoiam at 9:47 PM on January 1 [3 favorites]

I'm a big fan of Cecilia by Simon and Garfunkel. Not sure the lyrics are uplifting but it's the most uplifting tune I've ever run to. I get a good sprint at the end out of it, for sure. And it makes housework and driving a lot funnerer too.
posted by taff at 9:50 PM on January 1 [1 favorite]

Annie's Song - John Denver
My Sweet Lord - George Harrison
Sister Golden Hair - America
Do You Love Me - Guster
Nine In The Afternoon - Panic At The Disco
posted by dotgirl at 9:58 PM on January 1

You Gotta Be by Des'ree
posted by radioamy at 10:01 PM on January 1 [1 favorite]

Gorillaz - Demon Days
posted by neushoorn at 10:09 PM on January 1

Seconding Polyphonic Spree (seriously - check them out) and adding Poi Dog Pondering.
posted by she's not there at 10:56 PM on January 1

David Lindley - El Rayo-X
posted by telstar at 11:50 PM on January 1 [1 favorite]

So many They Might Be Giants Songs!

The Bells are Ringing

The Mesopotamians

Damn Good Music
posted by LarryC at 12:03 AM on January 2

Shiny Happy People by REM does it for me.
Also Good As Gold by the Beautiful South. It's got a very happy video as well.
posted by Too-Ticky at 12:18 AM on January 2

Walking on Sunshine - Katrina and the Waves
Got to Give it Up (Part 1) - Marvin Gaye
posted by Area Man at 1:53 AM on January 2

Build Me Up Buttercup - The Foundations
posted by Area Man at 2:02 AM on January 2 [2 favorites]

The Way You Do The Things You Do - The Temptations
Lovely Day - Bill Withers
posted by Martha My Dear Prudence at 2:22 AM on January 2

Everybody's Talkin harry nilsson
Just Like Heaven the cure
Lookin For The Magic dwight twilley band
posted by artdrectr at 3:00 AM on January 2

Beastie Boys.
posted by oceanjesse at 3:26 AM on January 2

Curtis Mayfield - Move On Up
posted by marsha56 at 4:00 AM on January 2 [2 favorites]

American Authors - Best Day of My Life
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 4:26 AM on January 2

Sam and Dave - I Thank You
posted by mskyle at 5:15 AM on January 2

Don't fool around!
posted by thelonius at 5:20 AM on January 2

No Woman, No Cry - Bob Marley
posted by Benny Andajetz at 5:25 AM on January 2

I have twice in the past asked this question to Twitter, and they helped me crowdsource two Spotify playlists of this very kind, so I invite you (if you have Spotify) to try this one and this one.
posted by Linda_Holmes at 6:02 AM on January 2 [2 favorites]

My favorite song: Led Zeppelin - "Thank You"

Cat Stevens - "Tea For The Tillerman"

Elton John - "Harmony"

Queen - "Best Friend"

Stevie Wonder - "Uptight (Everything's Alright)"

Little Jackie - "The Stoop"

In a slightly different vein:

Johnthan Coulton's "I Feel Fantastic"

Randy Newman - "I Love L.A."

maybe it's just the tune. I don't know, to be honest.

I'm not musical in any way, but is there a crescendo thing happening in a lot of these songs?
posted by Room 641-A at 6:15 AM on January 2

Dave Grusin: Ascension to Virginity

Dominic Frontiere: Sunday Drivin'

Mika: We Are Golden

Daft Punk: Crescendolls

Cowboy Bebop: Gotta Knock a Little Harder
posted by Sokka shot first at 6:22 AM on January 2 [1 favorite]

Coming Up by Wings
All Lickety Split by Solex
Save It For Later - The [English] Beat

and pretty much any ska/2-Tone.
posted by mippy at 6:49 AM on January 2

Stoned Love by the Supremes
Who Cares If You're Happy or Not by Edwyn Starr
Happy by Velvet Hammer
That's Enough by Rosco Robinson
posted by pH Indicating Socks at 6:52 AM on January 2

Haircut 100, Fantastic Day
posted by JanetLand at 8:11 AM on January 2

Pink Mountaintops — Holiday
posted by klangklangston at 9:14 AM on January 2

No idea if this is going to fit, but The Perfect Life by Moby.
posted by cnc at 11:01 AM on January 2

Daylight-- Matt and Kim

Africa-- Toto

Speedy Marie-- Frank Black

Wouldn't It Be Nice-- Beach Boys

Googly Eyes-- Caspar Babypants

Cast Your Fate to the Wind-- Vince Guaraldi

Lovely Day-- Bill Withers (no link!)

Can't Believe-- fIREHOSE
posted by oflinkey at 11:15 AM on January 2

Phosphorescent - Ride On / Right On
posted by 0 answers at 11:23 AM on January 2

Len - Steal My Sunshine
posted by Rhaomi at 4:10 PM on January 2

Aaradhna - Wake Up (NZ Artist)
posted by Elysum at 11:16 PM on January 2

Make Your Own Kind of Music - Mama Cass
posted by 6ATR at 7:45 AM on January 3

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