Do you need a good vibe shot? Keep reading … and turn up the volume. We present you 20 of perfect songs to see the life of another color
Music has an amazing ability to affect our mood. It touches us inside like few things, and leads us to experience emotions that can change abruptly as we choose one song or another.
In full confinement, at Time Out we offer you a tour of some of the most optimistic compositions ever created. Music to come upstairs. To convince one-self that everything will be good. And if they don’t go well, at least I catch you with a smile on your face.
It is surely the first song that comes to mind when you think of optimism and good vibes. American Bobby McFerrin published ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’ in 1988 … and it swept away. It was part of the soundtrack for ‘Cocktail’, starring Tom Cruise, and the first song recorded entirely a cappella (without a single instrument, only layers of his own voice) to reach number 1 on the US charts. Also, a subject on which countless urban legends circulated, such as the one that ensures that he committed suicide after composing the subject. The truth is that McFerrin continues alive and kicking. And maybe, whistling that unforgettable melody.
Few songs express the priceless feeling that things are going so smoothly as James Brown’s ‘I Got You (I Feel Good)’ does. The godfather of soul and the king of funk reached the peak of his success with this 1964 song, recognizable from the characteristic battle cry that opens it. Impossible not to dance. And it’s hard not to think that, even if it’s only for the two and a half minutes that it lasts, everything will be fine.
“Dogs only bark at people who transmit bad vibes.” Shocked by this phrase his mother told him, Brian Wilson composed one of the best songs in pop history. A small symphony with instruments as unusual in the genre as the harp, the electroteremín, the cello or the double bass, and with a masterful use of voices. ‘Good Vibrations’ is magical and perfect from start to finish. It oozes beauty from all four sides. And it is always a good time to enjoy it again.
It’s hard to pick just one of Bob Marley’s many songs that convey positive energy. At the end of the day, it is one of the hallmarks that best define reggae, the genre that contributed to popularize the unforgettable Jamaican musician throughout the world. But ‘Everything is gonna be alright’ shines above the rest. A song to the joy of living and the little things that make life wonderful. Everything will be fine.
American reggae musician Johnny Nash released a song in 1972 that, over the years, has only gained more and more popularity. In part, thanks to the fact that it has been covered by artists such as Jimmy Cliff, The Mamas & the Papas, Ray Charles or Liza Minnelli, among many others. An ode to the light seen at the end of a long tunnel. Because everything happens: the dark clouds, the rain, fear and sadness.
1967 was a troubled year. The United States was mired in the Vietnam War. The black rights movement was booming. And the hippy generation will celebrate life in what is known as the summer of love, the massive rally that took place in 1967 on the streets of San Francisco. That fall Louis Armstrong released one of the songs that would go down in history. It was no coincidence: written by composers Bob Thiele and George David Weiss, the intention was that it would serve as a balm in the current climate of social upheaval.
Happy as a licorice. This is how Pharrell Williams showed himself in what was, without a doubt, one of the songs that sounded the most during 2014, reaching number one in more than 16 countries, including Spain. An unforgettable video clip contributed to its viralization in which ordinary people showed, dancing, their joy of living. A website was also launched, 24
No mountains, no rivers, no valleys. Nothing can separate two people who love each other. It is the leitmotif of this song that Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell performed as a duo in 1967, and that Diana Ross returned to success three years later. The song was written by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, authors of several hits from the Motown label, who were inspired like never before. A universal song to love that is, for many, one of the most romantic and hopeful songs that exist.
Or how to feel that there is nothing stopping you. This song was born in 1978 by Freddie Mercury and company, although he never considered it one of his best compositions. In fact: they only played it live once. Three decades later, in 2005, it was voted by viewers of the BBC television show ‘Top Gear’ as “the best song to drive in history”. She has appeared in countless series, commercials, movies, and video games such as ‘Just Dance’. And it cannot be missing in every self-respecting party. At least, if it is about getting wild and having a good time.
Michael Stipe, leader of R.EM., went on to say that he hated her. They have hardly touched it live. And yet few can deny that ‘Shiny Happy People’ is an indisputable anthem. A song about happy and radiant people who love each other and shake hands. And a melody so candid and luminous that many consider it an irony on the part of a band that was characterized by its seriousness and, often, even being somber. Kate Pierson, lead singer of The B-52, joined her voice to Stipe for a colorful song like no other on the band’s discography. A curiosity: ‘Shiny Happy People’ was the first option considered for the soundtrack of ‘Friends’. Finally, the responsibles of the series opted for a song created expressly for the series: I’ll Be There For You, performed by The Rembrandts.