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What’s your number one feelgood song?

Does anyone remember my post from nearly a year ago, when I was heading out to a gala dinner in EPI’s listening club and needed a song to play?

Well, it’s happening again.

Brief recap: EPI belongs to a listening club, where he gets together with his pals every now and again and they introduce each other to new music. Once a year they do a gala event where we the partners-slash-spouses are invited – and everybody has to bring a song to play.

Last year’s theme was: “A song that makes you want to dance.”

This year’s theme is: “A song that makes you feel good.”

Pretty broad, innit? EPI has just told me I need to make a decision by tomorrow [!] and while I’ve got one or two ideas, I just know I’m going to have a hard time choosing.

And so, dear readers, I would welcome your suggestions. If you had to choose “a song that makes you feel good” and play it for a group of your friends — what would it be??

I had a massage this afternoon [mmm] and headed to the pool afterward for some extra slacker-action. The sun was out, and I actually lay on a bench and got sunburned. I kid you not. Not severely, of course – but enough to be able to brag about it. Right now 6°C [down from around 11 today][43F], the sun came up at 5:13 am, set at 9:39 pm.



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  • Auður April 28, 2009, 11:05 pm

    First two that come to mind are My Girl- The Temptations and Oh Yoko- John Lennon (the piano in that song is sooo happy). And Real Love- the Beatles version.

  • Gunnhildur April 29, 2009, 12:05 am

    Bright Eyes – First Day of My Life

  • NWO April 29, 2009, 12:27 am

    “Shake” –Otis Redding
    “La Bamba” –Richie Valens

  • rx April 29, 2009, 3:19 am

    that is pretty broad. since there are so many to choose from, i’ll just pick one that makes me want to hug everyone on earth – Scenic World by Beirut.

  • Rozanne April 29, 2009, 4:42 am

    “Zing-Zong” by Kanda Bongo Man

    Refrain: Zing-Zong, Zing-Zong, Zing-Zong-Zong!!!!!!!!!

  • Gunnhildur April 29, 2009, 9:39 am

    Aretha Franklin – R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Fantastic video btw.

  • Aggie April 29, 2009, 9:52 am

    I would say ABBA is my ultimate feel good choise! You can’t go wrong with Mama Mia!
    Some brilliant choises above eg. Move on up, Come up and see me (make me smile), Here comes the summer (Undertones were probably the ultimate feel good punk rock band!) and My girl (in general sixties Motown was a feel good company -eg The way you do the things you do!).

    A couple more suggestions:
    Son of a preacher man – Dusty Springfield and Driving away from home by It’s Immaterial.

    Good thread!

  • Ben April 29, 2009, 4:16 pm

    “Ain’t got no… I got life”, Nina Simone.

  • Moose Drool April 29, 2009, 6:50 pm

    Hands down?

    Monty Python’s “Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life.”

  • Dora April 29, 2009, 7:57 pm

    “What a wonderful world” sung by Louis Armstrong. He makes the world wonderful.

  • Regina Hardardottir April 29, 2009, 8:17 pm

    This one will do it for me anytime : Juanes – A dios Le Pido


  • alda April 29, 2009, 8:56 pm

    OK, everyone — I sent my song today. It wasn’t any of the above, although a few of those were STRONG candidates. Unfortunately I can’t say what I picked until the evening has passed. I hope you can contain your anticipation. 😉

    Keep your suggestions coming, though. This is a great way to learn about new songs.

  • Gunnhildur April 29, 2009, 10:53 pm

    Next year you can set up a competition among us reportophiles.

    Love the thread!

  • ruthie April 30, 2009, 4:04 pm

    Hey, I’m late but yeah, Jesse Cook and lively funky Bonnie Raitt.

    Caught your interview on CBC TO when I was only half listening but knew it had to be you. Very cool! (I e-mailed Cliff about it but not sure if he heard it or searched it.)
    You sure have a lot happenin’ in your life! Nice to see. Your honesty and openness in your posts have always been appreciated.

  • Deidre May 2, 2009, 1:02 am

    I am a little late on this also – but Little Jackies songs…either “The stoop” or “the world revolves around me” 🙂

  • helen April 22, 2010, 1:01 pm

    I would say who is it, by Bjork.
    There’s something about that song that always makes me happy

  • Dale Olafson July 15, 2010, 12:04 pm

    I can’t remember how many seasons of the wire I’ve watched but all I can say is it gets better and better! As for feel good songs Ricky Martin’s “Livin La Vida Loca” always seems to get me in the mood. It gets me thinking of an Earth Angel I know who can be quite the little devil when she wants to be, but always seems to get me feeling my best