My Happy Playlist

I'm definitely a fall and winter kind of girl. Being a northwest native I feel like the rain is part of me. I am definitely a pluviophile - someone who finds joy and peace of mind during rainy days. On the flip side, there's Seasonal Affective Disorder. My dad, who was raised in the south, suffers from it every winter. We got him a SAD lamp a few years ago and he said it really helps. The beauty of living here though, is that we get all the seasons, so just when we're getting sick of one, the next rolls in. About this time every year I start to get cabin fever. I think it's become worse as my kids get older because I need them to GO OUTSIDE and there are still too many rainy days.

We had a little taste of spring in February with a week of 60 degree sunny days and another beautiful day over the weekend. As I watch the grey clouds roll by before a big rainstorm hits, I'm dreaming about spring: Mariners games, sunglasses, the scent of fresh cut grass, cherry blossom trees, Easter egg hunts, later sunsets, evening walks, pedicures, and going outside without bundling up. On days like today I sometimes put on a playlist of the songs that instantly put me in a good mood and take me to a sunny place. I just can't be grumpy when I hear the first few notes.   

Smile by Lily Allen
Faith by George Michael
Celebrity Skin by Hole
Let's Go Crazy by Prince
Here In Your Bedroom by Goldfinger
A Girl Like You by Edwin Collins
Time Bomb by Rancid
I Want To Break Free by Queen
In The Summertime by Mungo Jerry
The Sign by Ace of Base
I Wanna Dance With Somebody by Whitney Houston
Call Your Girlfriend by Robyn
Ain't Going Down ('Til The Sun Comes Us) by Garth Brooks
You Make My Dreams by Hall & Oates
Steal My Sunshine by Len
Open Your Heart by Madonna
Whatta Man by Salt 'n Pepa
4ever by The Veronicas
I Wanna Know What Love Is by Foreigner
Lodi Dodi by Snopp Dogg
Summer Love by Justin Timberlake
The Way You Make Me Feel by Michael Jackson
Faded by Soul Decision
Song 2 by Blur
Can't Fight This Feeling by REO Speedwagon
Waiting For Tonight by Jennifer Lopez
Dammit by blink-182
Soldier by Destiny's Child
All That I've Got by The Used
New by No Doubt
Under Pressure by Queen and David Bowie
Oops!...I Did It Again by Britney Spears
Laid by James
Careless Whisper by Wham!
Love On Top by Beyonce
I Think I'm Paranoid by Garbage
Tiny Dancer by Elton John
I'm Not Okay (I Promise) by My Chemical Romance
The Middle by Jimmy Eat World
Take Your Mama by Scissor Sisters
Blister In The Sun by Violent Femmes
Poison by Bel Biv DeVoe
Say You'll Be There by Spice Girls

And still one of my favorite songs from one of the most random movies ever...

Save It For Later by Harvey Danger
200 Cigarettes

I put that song in my CD player/alarm clock in college and it made me want to get up
and dance around the room before getting ready for school. 

What are some of your happy songs?
If you want an instant good mood, check my Spotify playlist right here.


Jana @ Jana Says said...

So many good songs on this list!

I did a similar post awhile ago. Sometimes music is the key to lifting you out of a funk, even for a few minutes.

Mattie @ Northwest Native said...

Sooo many good songs! I definitely added You Make My Dreams to my new playlist the other day. I can't get enough of that song.

I'm so glad I don't have SAD. I love the PNW. Michael is like the opposite of SAD, he's happier in the rain and gloom. I've reached the point where I'm sick of the constant rain though. I want another 60-degree-and-sunny day!

lil desiqua said...

CARELESS WHISPER! I started laughing so hard when that came on during Deadpool because I had completely forgotten about it! It's also one of my best friend's favorite songs which I made fun of her for but I really do love it. Very happy to see Britney, J.Lo, and Spice Girls (throwback!) on here too. So many on here that I need to check out though!

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

so many good songs! i totally agree with a few of them about how they put me in an instant good mood, especially: In The Summertime by Mungo Jerry, I wanna dance with somebody by Whitney, Steal my sunshine (especially because they are goofy at the start of it) but omg the veronicas! hilarious. and faded! so many good songs.
a song i listen to all the time, never gets old and always puts me in a good mood is the you don't own me from the first wives club - so bette, goldie and diane. fabulous.

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I love a lot of these. Nice to see Empire Records represented!

I keep meaning to do some music posts because I find it interesting what people listen to when or what songs they associate with mood and season.

Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...

Spice Girls are definitely a summer group. We're on our 3rd or 4th day of rain. It's going to rain through the weekend and most of next week. Flooding everywhere!

Karen Peterson said...

Okay, maybe our musical tastes aren't THAT different. I actually like quite a few of these, too.

Elle Sees said...

great list! i have the original of sooner or later--one of my fave happy songs. i am loving the weatherrrrrr