Ten Songs To Lift Your Mood

Luci wrote a great post about songs about depression on Friday, and I couldn’t click on any of them. When I feed my depression sad music, neither one of us does anything but wallow in a pile of our own emotional filth for three days, much like feeding a Gremlin after midnight, without the mayhem and killing.

Nothing, however, throws a bucket of water on the Wicked Witch of the West (Selena: mixing metaphors to hilarious results since 2010.) in my head like a f’ing happy song. Plus it’s Monday, and I’m sure all of our readers need all the inspiration they can get to drag their bookish and clever asses through another week.

“Brand New Key” ““ Melanie

This is a song that finds joy in an unexpected place – namely, stalking in the pre-Facebook days.

“Rock Lobster” ““ The B52s

This song doesn’t even try to make sense, which is only one of the things I love about it.

“Groove is in the Heart” ““ Dee Lite

The groove is in the heart.

“Here Comes Your Man” ““ The Pixies

This song is the ubiquitous Pixies song, and serious Pixies fans are probably groaning, but screw that, this is an awesome tune.

“The Best is Yet to Come” ““ lots of people, including Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra.

Yet I’m choosing the much underappreciated scene in Deep Space Nine where Captain Sisko sings it with Vic Fontaine. Avery Brooks can sing any time he wants.

“Starfish and Coffee” ““ Prince

There is no video for this, and even if there were I wouldn’t link to the original, because Prince once sued a fan who got a tattoo of his face. Don’t fuck with the little purple man. This is a pretty good cover by a band with the unfortunate name of Soulwax.

“Rollin’ and Tumblin'” ““ R.L. Burnside, among many others, including the great Elmore James.

Oh, this song, it fills me with all the joys. The video adds an extra layer of wonderful because of the drummer with the grin. You’re welcome.

“Lime in the Coconut” ““ The Muppets

Bones nearly ruined this song from my happy list, so I’m including the Muppet cover to cleanse all of our palates.

“Everywhere” ““ Fleetwood Mac

I love Stevie Nicks so much I can’t stand it, so I had to put her on this list somewhere.

“Let’s Groove” ““ Earth, Wind, and Fire

If there’s anyone on the planet that doesn’t like this song, I don’t want to know them.

There you have it, 10 songs, in no particular order, to put a little love in your heart. (Oh crap! That’s a good one, too….) Since I’m an Old, I only included songs written in the previous century.  What are your favorite inspiration songs?

By [E] Selena MacIntosh*

Selena MacIntosh is the owner and editor of Persephone Magazine. She also fixes it when it breaks. She is fueled by Diet Coke, coffee with a lot of cream in it, and cat hair.

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