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What songs do you listen to to cheer yourself up when you are down?

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What songs do you listen to when you are in a funk?  I am putting together a playlist so that if my day is very bad I can put it on shuffle on the drive home and know that there is nothing in it that will bring me lower or put my mind in darker places (so no 'Hurt', no songs about lost loves, painful relationships or grief).

I would welcome all suggestions, however I am not one of those people that likes to listen to overly happy music while depressed; nothing worse than being really low and having some guy or gal larking on about how amazing life is (there's a reason everyone tops themselves at Christmas...).

I so far have far too much Weird Al Yankovic and a few hand picked songs (Baby got back, You got the Style, Come on Eileen, Cover of the Rolling Stone and so on) which meet my criteria, but would like to expand.

Appreciate it y'all...

#Edit#

I am in a much better place mental health wise than when I wrote this post originally, thank you all for your help back then.

I still have my playlist built from your suggestions, but I'd like to open up the floor to new suggestions as I got a lot of cool songs last time :)

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By lionofludesch
06th Aug 2018 10:48

Richie Kavanagh's Aon Focal Eile always makes me laugh.

Riddled with double meaning.

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By Cheshire
06th Aug 2018 10:58

I switch quite a lot, its changes by the week.

Current - Sigma ft Paloma Faith - Changing. Got to let go!!!!!! Sing it loudly and dance to it as well - even in the car.

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By legerman
06th Aug 2018 13:00

Cheshire wrote:

I switch quite a lot, its changes by the week.

Current - Sigma ft Paloma Faith - Changing. Got to let go!!!!!! Sing it loudly and dance to it as well - even in the car.

Funnily enough I was driving back from Ripon last night after dropping my sister back home, and Rhinestone Cowboy came on the radio, and there was little old me singing away at the top of my voice!!

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By Cheshire
06th Aug 2018 17:17

Hope you aren't tone deaf like I am!!

My singing has resulted in cancellation of the hose pipe ban.

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By PERMON
06th Aug 2018 12:20

Two favourites both instrumental. Ashoken Farewell by Jay Ungar and Spiegel im Spiegel by Arvo Pärt (maybe not while you are driving as it is the most relaxing piece of music I know of ).

Edit: and now for something completely different -Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen.

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By Red Leader
06th Aug 2018 12:10

It has to be ... Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life.

Altogether now, I'll count you in, on 3 ...

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By Constantly Confused
06th Aug 2018 12:51

Red Leader wrote:

It has to be ... Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life.

Altogether now, I'll count you in, on 3 ...

I do have that on another playlist, though given my cousin killed himself and left instructions for it to be played at his funeral it's hard not to have mixed feelings for it...

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By atleastisoundknowledgable...
10th Aug 2018 16:46

Nice touch though.

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By accountantccole
06th Aug 2018 12:27

Something inside so strong - Labi siffre

I am the resurrection by the stone roses always used to cheer me up, "don't waste your words, I don't need anything from you". At one point I thought it would be funny to have that at my funeral but I have grown up a bit since then!

Anything by the Smiths as you are reassured that no one can be as miserable as Morrisey!

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By Constantly Confused
06th Aug 2018 12:52

accountantccole wrote:

Something inside so strong - Labi siffre

I am the resurrection by the stone roses always used to cheer me up, "don't waste your words, I don't need anything from you". At one point I thought it would be funny to have that at my funeral but I have grown up a bit since then!

Anything by the Smiths as you are reassured that no one can be as miserable as Morrisey!

Morrisey ticks me off, though not as much as Ian Brown. I think I've found my antithesis musically, how do you feel about Bon Jovi? :p

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By emanresu
06th Aug 2018 12:29

Anything by J. S. Bach

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By Red Leader
06th Aug 2018 13:26

OK Constantly, sorry my suggestion had mixed signals for you. I'm going to the other end of the spectrum now:

Zadok The Priest, by Handel.

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By legerman
06th Aug 2018 13:37

I Love To Love - Tina Charles (although that might just fall in your no no category. Dance Little Lady Dance as an alternative

Ring My Bell - Anita Ward.

Mr Blue Sky - Connie Talbot (really cheery and loads better than the ELO version imo)

Yes Sir I Can Boogie - Baccara

Wanted - The Dooleys

Mississippi - Pussycat

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By Cheshire
06th Aug 2018 16:44

[quote=legerman]

Mr Blue Sky - Connie Talbot (really cheery and loads better than the ELO version imo)

Anyone else playing that is just plain WRONG!!!!!

Im just listening to Florence and the Machine. Im so down with the kids. Ok - by adding such a comment show Im far from being down with the kids, but at least its a wee bit more up to date ;-D

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By lionofludesch
06th Aug 2018 16:53

Cheshire wrote:

Im just listening to Florence and the Machine. Im so down with the kids.

I never really got the Magic Roundabout.

Cult viewing ? No - just carp.

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By Cheshire
06th Aug 2018 17:14

One you had to be on drugs to get, so Ive heard! Probably so with F and the M, but its certainly helping me wade through a margin scheme clients books this afternoon.

Or maybe thats the extra white stuff in the coffee!!!

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By legerman
06th Aug 2018 22:40

Cheshire wrote:

legerman wrote:

Mr Blue Sky - Connie Talbot (really cheery and loads better than the ELO version imo)

Anyone else playing that is just plain WRONG!!!!!

Im just listening to Florence and the Machine. Im so down with the kids. Ok - by adding such a comment show Im far from being down with the kids, but at least its a wee bit more up to date ;-D

MBS - I quite liked the arrangement on it.

F & M - Sorry, not keen on her/them. Little Mix all the way for me!! (see I can do up to date :-) )

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By slipknot08
06th Aug 2018 13:50

... pretty much anything from the Beach Boys, but playing on my internal soundtrack at the moment : Little Old Lady from Pasadena
;-)
(and, oh how I wish there was a brand new, shiny red, super-stock Dodge tucked away in MY rickety old garage... )

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By DJKL
06th Aug 2018 13:54

Walking on Sunshine-Katrina and the Waves

Halo-Texas

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By lionofludesch
06th Aug 2018 14:02

Quark, Strangeness and Charm - Hawkwind

Clash of the Ash - Runrig

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By Cheshire
06th Aug 2018 17:16

[quote=lionofludesch]

Quark,

Isnt that a type of cheese?

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By lionofludesch
06th Aug 2018 18:17

Cheshire wrote:

Quark,

Isnt that a type of cheese?

You're thinking of Cheshire.

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By legerman
06th Aug 2018 22:34

Cheshire] <p>[quote=lionofludesch wrote:

Quark,

Isnt that a type of cheese?

I thought it was Desktop publishing software. Flipping heck, I've just googled it and it's still going strong. I last used it in the late 90's.

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By 356B
06th Aug 2018 16:39

Let's hear it for Cover of the Rolling Stone ( I wish) By Hookie and She'd rather be with me, by The Turtles. Uplifting singalong.

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By sosleepy
06th Aug 2018 16:54

Guacamole - Super Furry Animals
Disco Down - Shed Seven
Sweet Johnny - Gorky's Zygotic Mynci

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By A Chandley
06th Aug 2018 16:59

Dschinghis Khan by Dschinghis Khan.
1979 German Eurovision entry.

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By Constantly Confused
28th Oct 2020 13:34

A Chandley wrote:

Dschinghis Khan by Dschinghis Khan.
1979 German Eurovision entry.

Long story short, just been watching someone play Moskau on the piano on Youtube and thought 'This sounds familiar'... a short Youtube-walk later I'm at Dschinghis Khan :)

Still on my playlist!

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By Jennifer Adams
06th Aug 2018 17:16

I wouldnt spent time creating a playlist. There is a new internet radio station that plays exactly what you want.
Its called 'United DJ's' and if you are young enough to remember how good radio was at the time of Radio Luxembourg then you will be in heaven! If not... then ask your mum and dad!

https://www.uniteddj.com

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By Paul Scholes
06th Aug 2018 18:06

Napolean played in Paris by my music God Ani DiFranco:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqGnIBlbkUY
I sent this to a pig of a client a few years back!

Perfect Day compilation Lou Reed:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jvb82ZGwe3I

Big Yellow Taxi by Darling Joni:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94bdMSCdw20

Sound of Silence by Disturbed (good after a heavy night):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9Dg-g7t2l4

I could go on!

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By emmablyth
06th Aug 2018 20:10

I listen to anything by Mogwai while studying and the song titles can give you a laugh

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By Justin Bryant
07th Aug 2018 09:53

Undoubtedly the hokey cokey song (and dance), although some people can get addicted to it, like my friend who got obsessed with singing (and dancing) it, but fortunately after some therapy he has turned himself around.

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By sosleepy
07th Aug 2018 10:06

No idea how, but I somehow managed to miss out my ultimate feel-good song - Rockaway Beach by The Ramones.
First ports of call any time I'm feeling down are always The Ramones or Super Furry Animals.

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By lionofludesch
07th Aug 2018 10:21

Jet Boy - New York Dolls

Blaenau Ffestiniog - Tebot Piws

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By lionofludesch
07th Aug 2018 16:50

My Perfect Cousin - Undertones
The Boys Are Back in Town - Thin Lizzie
Layla - Derek and the Dominoes

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By Michael.Hall
10th Aug 2018 10:00

Without doubt, Blackberry Smoke's 'Freedom Song' - just listen to the lyrics and you'll understand why!

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By DJKL
10th Aug 2018 10:29

Carole King, You've Got a Friend which has apt lyrics and a really great melody (I have always loved the key change)- Tapestry in fact is an excellent album, I revisited my aged vinyl copy whilst on holiday just ten days ago.

"When you're down and troubled
And you need some loving care
And nothing, nothing is going right
Close your eyes and think of me
And soon I will be there
To brighten up even your darkest night

You just call out my name
And you know wherever I am
I'll come running to see you again
Winter, spring, summer or fall
All you have to do is call
And I'll be there
You've got a friend

If the sky above you
Grows dark and full of clouds
And that old north wind begins to blow
Keep your head together
And call my name out loud
Soon you'll hear me knocking at your door

You just call out my name
And you know wherever I am
I'll come running, running, to see you
Winter, spring, summer or fall
All you have to do is call
And I'll be there
Yes i will

Now ain't it good to know that you've got a friend
When people can be so cold
They'll hurt you, listen desert you
And take your soul if you let them
Oh, but don't you let them

You just call out my name
And you know wherever I am
I'll come running, running to see you again
Winter, spring, summer or fall
All you have to do is call
And I'll be there yes I will"

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By Nigel Hughes
10th Aug 2018 11:06

James Taylor sang it beautifully in Hyde Park the other week

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By Paul Scholes
10th Aug 2018 13:44

Absolutely, anything Carole King. I was 17 when Tapestry came out and it was the thing to play for years (and for me still today).

The story of You’ve got a friend and how James Taylor got to use it first and make it famous is an interesting one, she wrote it in response to another favourite of his Fire & Rain.

The versions of all their records I listen to most now is the where they played together in 2007 “Live at the troubadour”

Still Groovy!

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By KH
10th Aug 2018 10:34

Herman's Hermits ... I'm into something good
Cascades ... rhythm of the rain
Rolling Stones ... hot stuff
Fatoumata Diawara ... Nterini
JJ Cale ... don't cry sister
+ several million others....

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By Nigel Hughes
10th Aug 2018 11:04

Africa by Toto seems to do it for me at the moment
When having to do the return trip to Yorkshire from Bucks to look after sick elderly relatives on a regular basis some years ago, Status Quo seemed to be needed when we got back to the Hemel turn off the M1 20 minutes from home.
I like ELO's version and London City Voices community choir do it pretty well as well.

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By feelingthestrain
10th Aug 2018 11:15

A few years back I was well known for entering karaoke competitions and after winning a regional final the local paper did an article on ‘Chris the singing accountant’ and suggested songs I could sing which included

Bridging ‘loan’ over troubled water
All night long (January had just finished)

There wear more but the made up titles became painful!

In reality I’d won singing Bed of Roses by Bon Jovi and Staying Alive by the Bee Gees (white suit and platform boots came as standard!) was a nice little earner at the time (hobby of course!)

Came 5th in national final

Singing is a big stress reliever !

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By Steven Dring
10th Aug 2018 11:51

Lily Allen - F*ck You, always seems to work for me.

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By ruth.julian
10th Aug 2018 16:23

Hallelujah any version
Pencil Full of Lead by Paolo Nuttini
Sitting on the Dock of the Bay
Rise by Gabrielle

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By Mr J Andrews
10th Aug 2018 16:34

I think we can discount the opening line of the Kinks
'Sunny Afternoon' ?

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By atleastisoundknowledgable...
10th Aug 2018 16:50

Didn’t Monty Python do a song called something like “F-king”, all about the different grammatical uses of the F word?

Tenacious D : (Tribute to) The Best Song In The World

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By djokhoo
10th Aug 2018 18:50

Theses are some that I listen to; see if it fits your lifestyle...

Somewhere over the Rainbow - Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwoʻole [Hawaii]
No Woman, No Cry - Bob Marley & The Wailers
Three little birds - Bob Marley
Let's Dance - David Bowie
Pata Pata - Miriam Makeba [African]
Take it easy - Desmond Dekker or Hopeton Lewis
Stand By Me - Ben E King, 1961
Smooth - Santana ft. Rob Thomas
Oye Como Va - Santana
Mambo No. 5 - Lou Bega
I Can See Clearly Now - Jimmy Cliff
Electric Avenue - Eddy Grant
Pass The Dutchie - Musical Youth
Many Rivers To Cross - Jimmy Cliff
Red Red Wine - UB40
Walk Of Life - Dire Straits
My Sweet Lord - George Harrison
Free Fallin' - Tom Petty
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Down Under - Men At Work
Girls Just Want To Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
The Tide Is High - Blondie
Queen Of Hearts - Juice Newton
Manic Monday - The Bangles
One Night in Bangkok - Murray Head
After The Fire - Der Kommissar
Rock Me Amadeus - Falco
Mamma Mia - Abba
SHA LA LA - Vengaboys
We Like To Party - Vengaboys
Rivers of Babylon - Boney M.
Brown Girl in the Ring - Boney M.
I Want to Break Free - Queen
Under Pressure - Queen & David Bowie
Dancing In The Street - David Bowie & Mick Jagger
Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
Another Brick In The Wall - Pink Floyd
Footloose - Kenny Loggins
YMCA - Village People
Banana Boat Song - Harry Belafonte
Volare (Nel blu dipinto di blu) - Domenico Modugno
Amazing Grace - Soweto Gospel Choir
Khumbaya - Soweto Gospel Choir
Oh, Happy Day - Ray Charles And The Voices Of Jubilaton
Hit the road Jack! - Ray Charles
La Bamba - Los Lobos & Gipsy Kings
Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
Mambo Italiano - GTrard Darmon
La Copa de la Vida - Ricky Martin
Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) - Shakira
Macarena - Los del Río
Dancing In the Dark - Bruce Springsteen
U Can't Touch This - MC Hammer
Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice
Who Let The Dogs Out - Baha Men
GANGNAM STYLE - PSY
Gettin' Jiggy Wit It - Will Smith
Walk This Way - RUN-DMC
Aqua - Barbie Girl
Mickey - Toni Basil
Conga - Miami Sound Machine Gloria Estefan
Rum And Coca-Cola 1944 - The Andrews Sisters
Michael Jackson - Beat It
Jump - Van Halen
Rock You Like A Hurricane - Scorpions
Zombie - The Cranberries
99 Luftballons - Nena
In The Summertime - Mungo Jerry
I'm Gonna Be - The Proclaimers
We Built This City - Starship
Let's Go Crazy - Prince
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da - Julie Berthelsen
Jambalaya (On The Bayou) - Marceau Camille
LA CUCHARACHA - Petre Geambasu Show Band
Boom Shack-A-Lack - Apache Indian
Don't Worry Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin
La Isla Bonita - Madonna
I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
Bridge Over Troubled Water - ROBERTA FLACK
What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
Here Comes The Sun - Nina Simone
Hey Mamma - Sunstroke Project [Eurovision 2017]
Dancing Lasha Tumbai - Verka Serduchka [Eurovision 2007]
Sarvesham Svastir Bhavatu (Peace Mantra) - Tina Turner
Happy - Pharrell Williams
Balls to the Wall - Accept
[***] On Feel The Noize - Quiet Riot
I Wanna Rock - Twisted Sister
(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right - Beastie Boys
Dancing With Myself - Billy Idol
Welcome To The Jungle - Guns N' Roses

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By Constantly Confused
13th Aug 2018 10:01

djokhoo wrote:

Theses are some that I listen to; see if it fits your lifestyle...

Somewhere over the Rainbow - Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwoʻole [Hawaii]
No Woman, No Cry - Bob Marley & The Wailers
Three little birds - Bob Marley
Let's Dance - David Bowie
Pata Pata - Miriam Makeba [African]
Take it easy - Desmond Dekker or Hopeton Lewis
Stand By Me - Ben E King, 1961
Smooth - Santana ft. Rob Thomas
Oye Como Va - Santana
Mambo No. 5 - Lou Bega
I Can See Clearly Now - Jimmy Cliff
Electric Avenue - Eddy Grant
Pass The Dutchie - Musical Youth
Many Rivers To Cross - Jimmy Cliff
Red Red Wine - UB40
Walk Of Life - Dire Straits
My Sweet Lord - George Harrison
Free Fallin' - Tom Petty
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Down Under - Men At Work
Girls Just Want To Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
The Tide Is High - Blondie
Queen Of Hearts - Juice Newton
Manic Monday - The Bangles
One Night in Bangkok - Murray Head
After The Fire - Der Kommissar
Rock Me Amadeus - Falco
Mamma Mia - Abba
SHA LA LA - Vengaboys
We Like To Party - Vengaboys
Rivers of Babylon - Boney M.
Brown Girl in the Ring - Boney M.
I Want to Break Free - Queen
Under Pressure - Queen & David Bowie
Dancing In The Street - David Bowie & Mick Jagger
Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
Another Brick In The Wall - Pink Floyd
Footloose - Kenny Loggins
YMCA - Village People
Banana Boat Song - Harry Belafonte
Volare (Nel blu dipinto di blu) - Domenico Modugno
Amazing Grace - Soweto Gospel Choir
Khumbaya - Soweto Gospel Choir
Oh, Happy Day - Ray Charles And The Voices Of Jubilaton
Hit the road Jack! - Ray Charles
La Bamba - Los Lobos & Gipsy Kings
Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
Mambo Italiano - GTrard Darmon
La Copa de la Vida - Ricky Martin
Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) - Shakira
Macarena - Los del Río
Dancing In the Dark - Bruce Springsteen
U Can't Touch This - MC Hammer
Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice
Who Let The Dogs Out - Baha Men
GANGNAM STYLE - PSY
Gettin' Jiggy Wit It - Will Smith
Walk This Way - RUN-DMC
Aqua - Barbie Girl
Mickey - Toni Basil
Conga - Miami Sound Machine Gloria Estefan
Rum And Coca-Cola 1944 - The Andrews Sisters
Michael Jackson - Beat It
Jump - Van Halen
Rock You Like A Hurricane - Scorpions
Zombie - The Cranberries
99 Luftballons - Nena
In The Summertime - Mungo Jerry
I'm Gonna Be - The Proclaimers
We Built This City - Starship
Let's Go Crazy - Prince
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da - Julie Berthelsen
Jambalaya (On The Bayou) - Marceau Camille
LA CUCHARACHA - Petre Geambasu Show Band
Boom Shack-A-Lack - Apache Indian
Don't Worry Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin
La Isla Bonita - Madonna
I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
Bridge Over Troubled Water - ROBERTA FLACK
What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
Here Comes The Sun - Nina Simone
Hey Mamma - Sunstroke Project [Eurovision 2017]
Dancing Lasha Tumbai - Verka Serduchka [Eurovision 2007]
Sarvesham Svastir Bhavatu (Peace Mantra) - Tina Turner
Happy - Pharrell Williams
Balls to the Wall - Accept
[***] On Feel The Noize - Quiet Riot
I Wanna Rock - Twisted Sister
(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right - Beastie Boys
Dancing With Myself - Billy Idol
Welcome To The Jungle - Guns N' Roses

Very comprehensive...!
I might actually build that exact playlist as (aside from the handful I have never heard of) they all seem to meet my stringent criteria.

I'm getting a sense from this thread that certain songs that would make me top myself are in fact considered cheery by other users. This intrigues me!

Also props to AW for censuring the first word of the Quiet Riot song, how often would that word be used on an accounting website :)

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By DJKL
13th Aug 2018 10:33

Once you have listened to anything by Leonard Cohen anything else is cheerful

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By lionofludesch
13th Aug 2018 11:52

DJKL wrote:

Once you have listened to anything by Leonard Cohen anything else is cheerful

Except Morrissey, obviously.

He got very depressed after leaving Everton.

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By ianthetaxman
13th Aug 2018 07:31

In no particular order :

'Nine in the afternoon' - Panic! At The Disco
'Night driving' - The Amazons
'American Candy' - The Maine
'Save It For The Bedroom' - Youmeatsix
'Fat Lip' - Sum 41
'Interlude' - Attack Attack!
'The River' - Good Charlotte
'Hear Me Now' - Hollywood Undead
'Honey' - Mooseblood
'What's My Age Again? - Blink 182

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