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No matter what kind of bad mood you're in, there are always some songs that *instantly* make you feel good, or *instantly* make you smile, or *instantly* make you stop and go, "Ahhhhh...."

Which are yours?

This is going take me quite some thought, and I'll probably be adding to my list forever, but I'll start with:

I Wanna Be With You by Raspberries (happy happy!)

My Heart Stops by Eric Carmen (happy happy!)

They Don't Know About Us by Tracey Ullmann (up)

Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts by Bob Dylan

(THE most intriguing song I've ever heard-- I

actually called Bob up and talked to him about

it once, but he wasn't giving away any clues.)

My Sharona by The Knack (makes me grin)

Joy To The World by Three Dog Night

One Toke Over The Line by Brewer and Shipley

(can't sit still when driving and listening!)

I'm A Rocker by Raspberries (ditto!)

Three Times A Lady by Commodores (Ahhh...)

Then Came You and

One of A Kind Love Affair by The Spinners (so "up"! and VERY happy memories!)

(And you're gonna think this is corny, but he sounds so sweet when he sings it, "Ah yeah, alright" smile

Time For Livin' by The Association

Nothing Ever Happens 'Round Here by Chris de Burgh

Love of the Heart Divine (Ahhh) by Chris de Burgh

Take Forever Tonight and

Sleep With Me by Eric Carmen (Triple Ahhhhh!)

And probably a million more...

smile --Darlene

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I Wanna Be With You/Berries

Sara Smile/Hall & Oates

I Want To Hold Your Hand/Beatles

With You I'm Born Again/Syreeta & Billy Preston

The Party's Over/Berries

If You Could Read My Mind/Gordon Lightfoot

IOU/Sam Hyman

Sweet Baby James/James Taylor

First Time Ever I Saw Your Face/Roberta Flack

I Love You/People

You Make My Dreams Come True/Hall & Oates

Devil & The Deep Blue Sea/Eric

She's Got Away/Billy Joel

It's A Matter Of Trust/Billy Joel

I Can't Make You Love Me/Bonnie Raitt

Gimmie Shelter/Stones

Talking In Your Sleep/Romantics

She Gives Me Love/Sam Hyman

Oh Darling/Beatles


oh hell .... this could take forever. I gotta stop

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Hi Darlene….Great topic…..

I could go on and on and on, but these songs have always managed to make me smile..... happy

I Wanna Be With You (Raspberries)

Respect (Aretha Franklin)

My Girl (Temptations)

Baby, I Need Your Lovin’ (Eric Carmen / 4-Tops)

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (Marvin & Tammy)

Two Outa Three (Meatloaf)

Natural Woman (Aretha Franklin)

Think (Aretha Franklin)

On the Road to Find Out (Cat Stevens)

Paradise by the Dashboard Light (Meatloaf)

Wild World (Cat Stevens)

Anything from Barry White (it makes me feel like, “hold me, kiss me, thrill me, love me†wink )

Go All The Way (Raspberries)

You Took Me All The Way (Eric Carmen)

I Should Have Known Better (Beatles)

It’s a Little Bit Me – It’s a Little Bit You (The Monkees) (Don’t laugh)

Linus and Lucy (Vince Geraldi)

When A Man Loves A Woman (It makes me melt whoever sings it) wink

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Here's my "short" list -

I Wanna Be With You/ Raspberries (I don't want to be the one to break the chain)

It's Cold Outside/The Choir

Cut Across Shorty/Rod Stewart

Behind Blue Eyes/The Who

Nowhere Man/The Beatles


Mr. Tanner/Harry Chapin


Fat Bottomed Girls/Queen

Rock and Roll Band/Boston

Daughters/John Mayer

Cheap Sunglasses/ZZ Top

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How could I forget: (???!!!)

Devil And The Deep Blue Sea by EC(ahhhhh!) Except that I CRY every time I hear it. (I'll have to make another thread for that!)

Natural Woman--Carole King (I used to bop around the house singing it when I was happy!)

It's Cold Outside-The Choir (I STILL bop around when I hear it!)

Dream On-Aerosmith

Don't Worry Baby and Wouldn't It Be Nice- Beach Boys

Come In From The Rain and Midnight Blue-Melissa Manchester (Ahhhhs)

Superstar (Carpenters--Ahhh)

I Should Have Known Better (Beatles)

So Close-Jake Holmes (Ahhh)

If and It Don't Matter to Me-Bread (Ahhhs)

Also their "Aubrey"

To be continued....!

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I left a song title out in my original list! "You're gonna think this is corny but the 'ah yeah, alright' is so sweet when he sings it" was "Sharin' The Night Together" by Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show. But I'm sure you got it when you saw "ah yeah, alright." smile

Sorry, Dr. Hook.

smile --Darlene

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You're the One -- The Vogues

I Wanna Meet You --- The Cryan Shames

I Wanna Be With You --- The Raspberries

Old Time Rock and Roll -- Bob Seger

Barbara Ann -- Beach Boys

Time Won't Let Me -- Outsiders

Leaning On a Lampost - Herman's Hermits

Hold On I'm Coming - Sam and Dave

Double Shot of My Baby's Love - Swingin Medallions

Wonderful World - Herman's Hermits

Look of Love - Leslie Gore

In the Midnight Hour - Wilson Pickett


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Thanks Ira..of course...."Isn't That the Look of Love" by Lesley Gore...from Vol #41 of the Harptel "The Oldies Collection"..a Chronological Collection from the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies! That one was from Jan - Feb of 1965 and features some great arrangements of stereo background.


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"Dance To The Music" - Sly & The Family Stone

"I Wanna Be With You" - Raspberries

"Last Dance" - Raspberries

"Two Can Make It Work" - Fotomaker

"Burn Rubber (Why You Wanna Hurt Me?)" - The Gap Band

"Uptown" - Prince

"I Wanna Be Your Lover" - Prince

Anything by Morris Day & The Time

"Ain't Talkin' About Love" - Van Halen

"Jungleland" - Bruce Springsteen

"Shake Your Bootie Cutie" - Geri Halliwell

"Baby Hold On" - Eddie Money

"Play On" - Raspberries

"My Girl" - Temptations

"Dance Wit' Me" - Rick James

Anything by Kiss

"Surrender" - Cheap Trick

"Oh Caroline" - Cheap Trick

"Wouldn't It Be Nice" - The Beach Boys

"Don't Worry Baby" - The Beach Boys

"Southern Nights" - Glenn Campbell

"Country Boy (You've Got Your Feet In LA)" - Glenn Campbell

Anything by The Four Tops

And nothing by Rush

... and the list goes on smile

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I've been meaning to repy to this one for a fe days now....

Darlene, this almost isn't fair! Songs that make me smile? There's probably at least one of 'em on every CD in my collection, but I'll try....

* "Cruisin' Music," by Raspberries.

* "Overnight Sensation," by Raspberries.

* All of Raspberries: Fresh.

* "Hello Goodbye," "And Your Bird Can Sing," and "Two of Us," by the Beatles. Many others could go here, but these are three I've always found to be picker-uppers.

* "Maybe I'm Amazed," Paul McCartney. Especially the live version from Over America.

* "Ram On" and "Dear Boy," played one right after another on McCartney's Ram album.

* "Surfer Girl," the Beach Boys. Yeah, I realize I also put this on my list in Darlene's "Songs that make you cry" thread. But it's true: "Surfer Girl" is that rarity that can make you smile or cry, depending on the mood and the moment. "...Makes my heart come all undone...."

* "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "Sloop John B," "I Get Around," "California Girls," by the Beach Boys. Play 'em loud and over and over again.... Great stress-killers.

* "She Did It," by EC. Has the same effect on me as the Beach Boys songs above.

* "She Remembered," by EC. I know this is one lands on the tear-jerker side of the fence, but... it makes me smile more than anything.

* "Walk Away Renee." The original is great, and I know EC's version has its detractors, but... I love it. I thought he delivered the vocal with lots of soul (not in a soul-music sense) and honesty.

* "Oh Yoko," by John Lennon. I don't have any major Yoko fantasy or anything; this is just a cool song. Very uplifting. I would add "Instant Karma" here, too.

* "Give Me Love" and "Handle with Care," two of my favorite George Harrison songs.

* "Put the Message in the Box," by World Party. An underrated Beatlesque "band" (really, it's mainly Karl Wallinger, who's a gifted power-pop writer greatly influenced by the Beatles). The CD to get is Goodbye Jumbo (1990). I saw World Party live back in 1990 and was totally knocked out by the show. The song "Take It Up" is just as good.

* "Mr. Blue Sky," by ELO.

* "Now You're Gone," by Jeff Lynne. If you've never heard Jeff Lynne's early 1990s album Armchair Theatre, it's worth checking out. This song is Indian-music-influenced (he was working with George Harrison around the time), and has all the neat vocal layering you'd expect.

* "Tight Connection to My Heart," by Bob Dylan. I don't think of Dylan's songs as ones that make you smile, but... this one does. It's from the late 1980s (Empire Burlesque album).

* "Oliver's Army," by Elvis Costello.

* "Baby Blue" and "No Matter," by Badfinger.

* "Killer Queen," by Queen. I'm not a big Queen fanatic, but a girl I dug in high school was all over this song when it came out. I bought the 45 and loved it, and it still makes me smile.

* "When You Took My Heart," by Eddie Money. I'm not an Eddie Money fan, but a girl I dug in college listened to this song with me a lot. It's from the obscure but worthwhile album Playing for Keeps. If you see it in a discount bin, grab it.

* "Daydream Believer," by John Stewart. The Monkees had the hit, but John wrote it, and his folksy version puts a different spin on it. There's a live version on a rarity called Deep in the Neon (Homecoming Records, 1991) that's not only poignant, but includes a hilarious anecdote Stewart tells about the song.

* "More Than This," by 10,000 Maniacs. From a post-Natalie Merchant album called Love Among Ruins, with Mary Ramsey singing. (She recorded a cool CD for Rykodisc [John & Mary] with John Lombardo of the original 10,000 Maniacs line.)

* "Make Me Smile," by Chicago. Way back in high school, my friend Diane loved this song, so I had no choice. Still love it... makes me smile!

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"Made Me Glad" - Darlene Zschech and the Hillsong Choir. This live recording just builds up to a spiritual feeling of happiness that gives me the "vapors". Darlene's voice is letter perfect and cuts through the massive backing choir. The piano player, drummer, and guitar players are subtle when they need to be, and jamming like veteran rockers in the exteneded choruses and bridge.

If you strip this composition down, it is a pretty simple song and melody line with lyrics lifted from scripture. (I often cringe at some Christian pop lyrics, but these fit nicely) However, this arrangement and recording plays out like a big rollercoaster and takes you on a thrill ride of vocal harmonies, melody, and a jammin' back-up band.

Whether you believe in a higher power or not, "Made Me Glad" will make you smile and lift your spirit if you hear this version sung by Darlene Zschech.

I wonder if there are any other talented Darlene's out there...Hmmmmmmmm.

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Darlene Love? (!)

"Darlene" is a pretty uncommon name. I haven't met more than 2 or 3 in my whole life. One just happened to be my college roommate, which made life in our room a bit confusing!

PS How does Darlene Zchech (?) pronounce her last name? And what label do they record on? Now I have to get it!


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Hillsongs out of Australia. "Made Me Glad" is on the live CDs "Blessed" "Ultimate Hillsongs" and "Shout To The Lord II Platinum". But as I 30-second sample other songs on the CDs that song is on, only a few catch my interest. See if you can download it. Everytime I try to attach it and send it, It won't open on the other end.

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