A cheerful tune or two?
December 30, 2011 9:15 AM   Subscribe

Suggestions for peppy, happy, instrumental music, similar to Shugo Tokumaru's - The Mop and Dave Richmond's Movin' Along?

Looking for the songs that make you smile, even on your worst day, without words, but simply through the exuberance inherent in their tempo and tenor.

Shugo Tokumaru - the Mop

Dave Richmond - Movin' Along
posted by nomisxid to Media & Arts (12 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Nickel Creek's Smoothie Song has always been one of my favorites, and seems like it may fit with what you're looking for here.

Also, it should be noted that your second link features an album cover that can be decidedly NSWF.
posted by BevosAngryGhost at 9:37 AM on December 30, 2011

Some--but not all--the tracks on Pell Mell's Interstate may fit the bill.

Like this one.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 9:47 AM on December 30, 2011

I've mentioned his one before, but Girl Unit's "Wut" has that effect on me.
posted by raihan_ at 10:02 AM on December 30, 2011

Some of Unicorn Kid's music has words and some doesn't, but all of it is incredibly upbeat. Try Chrome Lion.
posted by sea change at 10:07 AM on December 30, 2011

posted by echo target at 10:39 AM on December 30, 2011

Everything by the band 33.3. I'm on my phone and can't link but I think it's what you're looking for.
posted by princelyfox at 10:54 AM on December 30, 2011

This tune by Michael Nyman.

Anything by this person, who is more or less brilliant.
posted by kengraham at 11:04 AM on December 30, 2011

Two from the B-52s:

Work That Skirt [Fair warning: linked video is lots of young women in short skirts, but I couldn't find another]

Follow Your Bliss

Hot Butter had a hit in the 70s with a cover of Popcorn. I had no idea until just now that this was not the original recording of this song.
posted by chazlarson at 11:28 AM on December 30, 2011

Wow, here's a totally smile-inducing acoustic cover of Popcorn. Really, I dare you not to grin. ;)
posted by chazlarson at 11:35 AM on December 30, 2011 [1 favorite]

Most of this record, particularly matching that modern bluegrass feel. Sorry it's not on You Tube, but here are the artists showing you what it's like.
posted by The Bellman at 1:16 PM on December 30, 2011

There are some really marvelous 60's/70's European instrumental artists that fit your description for me.

Alan Hawkshaw, Alan Moorhouse, David Snell, Francis Lai, George Martin, James Clarke, John Cameron, John Gregory, Keith Mansfield, Laurie Johnson, Neil Richardson, The Noveltones, The Simon Park Orchestra, and Syd Dale, to name a few.
posted by heatvision at 7:27 AM on December 31, 2011

Anything by Depapepe.
posted by damo at 3:11 PM on January 2, 2012

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