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May 13, 2011 11:21 AM   Subscribe

Music-filter: I want songs that make you feel young and carefree!

Listening to my music library recently me realise that I love certain songs that give you a zest for life, making you feel young.

And I want more.

A few examples:

Young Blood - The Naked and Famous
Sweet Disposition - The Temper Trap
Time to Pretend - MGMT

Thanks in advance!
posted by midnightbarber to Media & Arts (42 answers total) 42 users marked this as a favorite
Oh and Little Secrets - Passion Pit
posted by midnightbarber at 11:24 AM on May 13, 2011 [1 favorite]

The Clash - Rudie Can't Fail.
posted by Pickman's Next Top Model at 11:27 AM on May 13, 2011

This song came on shuffle while I was at the market last night and I danced like mad. It felt like a musical.

Girl Unit - Wut
posted by raihan_ at 11:29 AM on May 13, 2011 [1 favorite]

Mint Royale - Show Me, the KEXP Friday song.
posted by milkrate at 11:30 AM on May 13, 2011

One Of These Days by Camper Van Beethoven
Dogs Eyes by Wye Oak
Carry The Zero by Built to Spill
Do The Vampire by Superdrag
posted by The World Famous at 11:35 AM on May 13, 2011

My two favorites: Enya Wild Child and

Nina Gordon: Tonight and The Rest of My Life

I beg you to only listen to the music and not watch the "videos" I just linked.
posted by Sassyfras at 11:41 AM on May 13, 2011

Any version of Kids in America. YMMV.
posted by knile at 12:01 PM on May 13, 2011 [1 favorite]

You sexy thing- Hot chocolate
Baggy Trousers- Madness
(Why is terrible dancing no longer cool?!! Bad dancing is so rockin!)
Friday night saturday morning- Specials
Girls and boys- Blur
Fame- Bowie
I am the fly- Wire
home- Edward sharp and the magnetic zeros
posted by xarnop at 12:05 PM on May 13, 2011

Alright by Supergrass
All the Young Dudes by Mott the Hoople
Bastards of Young by the Replacements
Raspberry Beret by Prince

On closer inspection, some of these might only make you feel superfically carefree.
posted by DNAshwood at 12:09 PM on May 13, 2011

Jungle Drum by Emiliana Torrini
posted by erasorhed at 12:30 PM on May 13, 2011

1979 by Smashing Pumpkins
posted by droplet at 12:39 PM on May 13, 2011 [1 favorite]

Oh, and I Don't Know and Alex Chilton by The 'Mats.
posted by droplet at 12:42 PM on May 13, 2011

Song #2 by Blur

I have no idea what he's saying for most of the song, but damn it sure is exuberant.
posted by elder18 at 1:34 PM on May 13, 2011

D.A.N.C.E. by Justice

Common People by Pulp

Bottle Rocket by The Go! Team

Dance Dance Dance by Lykke Li
posted by lizbunny at 1:42 PM on May 13, 2011

A few to start, in reverse chronological order from tracks recently added to iTunes...

Go Outside - Cults
Go Do - Jonsi
Marathon - Tennis
Ceiling of Plankton - Givers
posted by thelatermonths at 1:48 PM on May 13, 2011

Dandy Warhols - Bohemian like you
Nirvana - Smells like teen spirit
Phoenix - Lisztomania
Modjo - Lady (mostly 'cos of the video)
Bjork - Violently happy
The Orb - Little fluffy clouds
Lady Gaga - Just dance (!)

I second Smashing Pumpkins - 1979 and MGMT - Kids from upthread, both of which I was going to suggest myself.
posted by inbetweener at 1:59 PM on May 13, 2011

In the Meantime-Spacehog
World's perfect young, springtime song.
posted by juniper at 2:10 PM on May 13, 2011

"Back of the Van" by Ladyhawke. A lot of Ladyhawke, actually, but especially that one.
posted by darksong at 2:21 PM on May 13, 2011 [2 favorites]

Weezer - In the Garage. And most of that blue album, too.
posted by gnutron at 2:26 PM on May 13, 2011 [2 favorites]

Go Outside by Cults
posted by saul wright at 2:49 PM on May 13, 2011

For anyone with Spotify, I've put all the tracks here into a Spotify playlist (will add others as they appear downstream). There are very few that aren't available.

It's a pretty damn eclectic playlist.
posted by inbetweener at 3:08 PM on May 13, 2011

The Generationals - When They Fight, They Fight
posted by Hwaet at 3:28 PM on May 13, 2011

Free Energy

Name of the band and also the song linked. The whole album, Stuck on Nothing, is in the same vein.
posted by shortskirtlongjacket at 4:06 PM on May 13, 2011

Semi Charmed Life by Third Eye Blind
posted by smokingmonkey at 8:19 PM on May 13, 2011

Jay Ferguson - Thunder Island
posted by a humble nudibranch at 10:57 PM on May 13, 2011

The Turtles - Elenore
posted by a humble nudibranch at 11:02 PM on May 13, 2011

Tom Tom Club - Genius of Love
posted by a humble nudibranch at 11:10 PM on May 13, 2011

OK - I'm totally stealing from my daughter's playlist - but these songs are a lot of fun and . . . youthful? (oh god, it probably sounds like I'm recommending kids bop - but I'm not!)
You Only Live Once by the Strokes
New Shoes by Paolo Nutini
Hello by Martin Solveig and Dragonette
I Want you To by Weezer
posted by kbar1 at 12:19 AM on May 14, 2011

Los Campesinos - You! Me! Dancing! is exactly this.
posted by dudekiller at 5:45 AM on May 14, 2011

Free Design - Kites Are Fun (no link from my phone, I'm afraid.)
posted by Magnakai at 8:45 AM on May 14, 2011

I wonder if this is at least partly a state-dependent thing, that state being the age you were when, looking back, you felt young and carefree, and the songs you were listening to in those days. Given your examples, mine might be too old for you if this theory is correct. But then again I've got a couple ones that predate me. But for me the quintessential ones are Dreams by the Cranberries and Walking On Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves. Others:

Graveyard Girl
- M83 (most similar to your examples, different tone than the rest of mine)
Say What's On Your Mind - Dario G
Just Like Heaven - The Cure
It's The End Of The World As We Know It - REM
That's Right You're Not From Texas - Lyle Lovett (can't find studio version, much better than youtube)
Comin' Back Soon - Crash Test Dummies
Laid - James
Punk Rock Girl - Dead Milkmen
I Beg Your Pardon - Kon Kan
King of Wishful Thinking - Go West
Kiss Me Deadly - Lita Ford
Train In Vain - The Clash
Love Is All Around (Mary Tyler Moore Show Theme cover) - Joan Jett
Uptown Girl - Billy Joel
Calling All Nations - INXS
Thank God I'm A Country Boy - John Denver
I Want You Back - Jackson 5
YMCA - Village People
Second Hand News - Fleetwood Mac
Higher and Higher - Jackie Wilson
posted by Askr at 9:06 AM on May 14, 2011

Daylight by Matt and Kim
posted by Idafolk at 6:35 PM on May 14, 2011

It seems I don't champion them around here the way I do on my other online presences. Huh.
Fang Island - Daisy
Video has a slow intro that's not on the album, but once it gets going... it GOES. Basically, their whole album is like this.
posted by knile at 2:28 AM on May 16, 2011

Bob Dylan! Really early Bob Dylan! Anything from Bringing it All Back Home, but particularly "Mr Tamborine Man", and I'm 17 again.

And do you mean there's someone else who remembers Free Design?
posted by Logophiliac at 8:02 AM on May 16, 2011 [1 favorite]

A song about being young and living out your dreams by relaxing with friends on the beach in L.A.

Naked Kids - Grouplove.

I always feel weird any time I have to type out the group name and song name for this one...
posted by vegetableagony at 10:48 AM on May 20, 2011

Here are a few I don't think have been mentioned yet:

Anything off the new (self-titled) Alexander album, particularly Truth and In The Twilight.
Big Jet Plane - Angus and Julia Stone
Mykonos - Fleet Foxes
Elephant Gun, Postcards from Italy, A Sunday Smile, Scenic World, or most any other Beirut song for that matter.
Welcome Home - Radical Face
Soak It Up - Houses
Caterpillar Playground - Nurses
Beautiful Night - Burden Brothers
Strictly Game - Harlem Shakes
Objects of My Affection, Young Folks, and Amsterdam by Peter Bjorn and John
posted by lrrosa at 3:49 PM on May 23, 2011

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