The 30 Day Song Challenge: Day 3


May 11, 2011

Today’s category is..

A Song That Makes You Happy.

Here are the staff picks:

Tara Seetharam: “Born to Fly” – Sara Evans

Maybe it’s because it reminds me of my adolescence, or maybe it’s because it represents to me the last batch of great 90s-esque country music – but this song makes my heart smile.

Kevin Coyne: “Up!” – Shania Twain

Perhaps too obvious a choice, but its the best representation of Twain’s patented positivity.  The book and reality show are great, but I really hope she gets back in the studio soon!

Leeann Ward: “Say Hey (I Love You)” – Michael Franti & Spearhead

This song simply makes me too happy to put it in the Guilty Pleasure category. It’s lightweight and corny, but it’s infectious and vibrant too.

Dan Milliken: “The Magic Position” – Patrick Wolf

It’s like if you could listen to a rainbow – one with a pot of gold. Big, romantic, and catchy, with hand claps and foot stomps and only a teeny smidgen of indie irony. (Not as dirty as the title might suggest, either.) Well worth YouTubing if you haven’t heard it.

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  1. JakeNo Gravatar says:

    “Safe In The Arms of Love” by Martina McBride always seems to make me happy and hopeful. As she has said before, “it’s pure ear candy”.

  2. BillyNo Gravatar says:

    “I’m Yours” – Jason Mraz

    It’s the epitome of a feel good, happy song. Whenever I have a bad day, it’s the first song that I have play to turn it all around.

    Country wise, I’d say George Strait’s “Carrying Your Love With Me.” There’s just something special about that song.

  3. bobNo Gravatar says:

    “Dream Big” by Ryan Shupe & the RubberBand.

  4. AndrewNo Gravatar says:

    “Live Forever” by Billy Joe Shaver

  5. KarlyNo Gravatar says:

    Carrie Underwood “This Time” or Miranda’s “Only Prettier.”

  6. TomNo Gravatar says:

    …katrina & the waves’ “walking on sunshine”

  7. Leeann WardNo Gravatar says:

    Speaking of Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband, “Banjo Boy” makes me happy too.

  8. Mindy Smith’s It’s Amazing, from her first album One Moment More

  9. ScottNo Gravatar says:

    Again way too may to mention so I’ll go fairly recent “Put a Girl in it” by Brooks and Dunn

  10. DevinNo Gravatar says:

    “Something Like That” – Tim McGraw

    Just too many good memories associated with that one not to make me smile every time I hear it.

  11. GatorNo Gravatar says:

    “People Are Crazy” by Billy Currington. “Up!” and “Born To Fly” are up there too.

  12. JonathanNo Gravatar says:

    “I Take My Chances” by Mary Chapin Carpenter and her other hit “The Hard Way” were right up there for me. I went with “Chances”

  13. Greg MNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve enjoyed following this the last few days. A song that makes me happy is Josh Turner’s Everything is Fine.

  14. DeniseNo Gravatar says:

    Rock this Town, Stray Cats

  15. Hoggy from OzNo Gravatar says:

    Vince Gill’s “Feels Like Love”, Luke Bryan’s
    Baby’s On the Way” and Brad Paisley’s “Wrapped Around” and instrumental “Huckleberry Jam” are some of my “happy songs”. I have a “happy playlist”, so it’s hard to pick just one song. Shania Twain’s “Up” is up there for me too :D

  16. J.R. JourneyNo Gravatar says:

    Pink’s “Raise Your Glass” makes me happy.

  17. Ben FosterNo Gravatar says:

    “Up!” and “Born to Fly” are way up there on my list too, especially with me being such a big fan of both Shania and Sara.

    A few others that come to mind are Sugarland’s “Stuck Like Glue,” LeAnn Rimes’ “One Way Ticket,” Faith Hill’s “This Kiss,” and Patty Loveless’ “Timber I’m Falling In Love.” They all have great catchy singalong choruses. Great songs for blasting out your car windows!

    Pam Tillis’s “Deep Down” might seem like an odd choice since, lyrically speaking, it’s not a happy song, but there’s just something about the melody, arrangement, and Pam’s performance… anyway, it’s a sad song that makes me happy.

  18. KatieNo Gravatar says:

    “This Kiss”, Faith Hill

    “Rock Me”, LeAnn Rimes (I won’t tell you what I thought she was singing, lol)

    totally agree w/Born to Fly and Up :)

  19. ZackNo Gravatar says:

    The Chicks’ “Long Time Gone.” Can’t help toe-tapping whenever I hear it and singing along.

  20. Paul DennisNo Gravatar says:

    (non-country) “I Love Onions” by Susan Christie

    (country) “Find Out Who Your Friends Are” by Tracy Lawrence

  21. JaneNo Gravatar says:

    Safe in the arms of Love always makes me happy. So does Carrie’s This Time. Some Day you gotta Dance by the Dixie Chicks also makes me happy!

  22. stephanieNo Gravatar says:

    Faith Hill- The lucky one
    Gene Autry- Don’t fence me in
    The Knack- My sharona
    Abba- Dancing Queen
    Tim McGraw – Set this circus down
    Men at work- down under
    James Reyne- Any day above ground
    Hank Snow – Auctioneer song
    Roger Miller- King of the road
    Vanessa Amerosi- Absolutely Everybody
    Motown songs

  23. Tara SeetharamNo Gravatar says:

    ^ Motown :) I so agree.

  24. K-ManNo Gravatar says:

    Sugarland’s “Stuck Like Glue”, especially when accompanied by its music video just makes me inexplicably happy!

  25. Matt BNo Gravatar says:

    Love “The Magic Position” Found that album while I was still in Korea.

  26. JoJoNo Gravatar says:

    “This Time” by Carrie Underwood!!!

  27. ALJIDNo Gravatar says:

    Be With You by Mr. BIG..

  28. MattNo Gravatar says:

    ‘Getting Better”

  29. CharlesNo Gravatar says:

    Faith Hill – Dearly Beloved

  30. Erik NorthNo Gravatar says:

    Going back to the late 1960s for this one:

    “Alice’s Restaurant”–Arlo Guthrie (easily the most hilarious and topical protest song of its time [IMHO]).

  31. ShaneNo Gravatar says:

    It’s A Great Day To Be Alive – Travis Tritt
    Goodbye Earl – The Dixie Chicks

  32. TRAVIS IN VANo Gravatar says:


  33. ShannonNo Gravatar says:

    Cranberries “Dreams”
    OMC “How Bizare”

    Brooks and Dunn “My Maria”
    Kenny Chesney “I Go Back”

  34. MikeNo Gravatar says:

    Non-Country Pick: My Girl by the Temptations. Growing up where I have (Motown) I’ve always held a soft-spot for this song. It’s sweet, a bit of a sap dripper but really makes a personal connection between the listener and the music. This is a love song that everyone can get in on.

    Country-Pick: Take This Job and Shove it by Johnny Paycheck.

  35. PhilipNo Gravatar says:

    “Come on Over” -Shania Twain
    –its positive message with the according and steel: pure country.

    “Fishing in the Dark”
    -great summer song.

  36. CaseyNo Gravatar says:

    Garth’s “Two of a Kind, Workin’ On a Full House” and George Strait’s “Blue Clear Sky”.

  37. CaseyNo Gravatar says:

    Oh, and George Strait’s version of “Everybody Wants to go to Heaven”! His Jamaican ad-libbing at the end is PRICELESS! :^)

  38. Erik NorthNo Gravatar says:

    In terms of country music, my pick for this day would be “A Boy Named Sue” by the Man In Black.

  39. JLNo Gravatar says:

    Alan Jackson’s “Drive.” There’s so much joy in the song itself and in Jackson’s delivery.

  40. GloriaNo Gravatar says:

    Keith Urban’s “Somebody Like You”. “Stuck Like Glue” by Sugarland. “Ole Red” by Blake Shelton

  41. KarlyNo Gravatar says:

    Some others:

    Carrie- “All-American Girl” & “Songs Like This”
    Luke Bryan- “Rain Is A Good Thing” & “Someone Else Callin’ You Baby”
    Sugarland- Settlin’ & “Down In Mississippi”
    “Everything” Micheal Bubble
    Miranda Lambert- “Famous In A Small Town” & “Guilty In Here”
    Dixie Chicks- “Wide Open Spaces” & “There’s Your Trouble.”
    Rascal Flatts- “Red Camero, “Shine On” & “Why Wait”
    SheDaisy- “Mine All Mine”

  42. NickNo Gravatar says:

    George Strait – “Ocean Front Property”, “All My Ex’s Live in Texas”, “Blue Clear Sky”

    Clint Black – “Better Man”, “State of Mind”

    All great songs

  43. SaraNo Gravatar says:

    Non-country pick: Beautiful Day, U2

    Country pick: All Over Me, Josh Turner. Total guilty pleasure ear cotton candy. Love it.

  44. b2No Gravatar says:


  45. SeanNo Gravatar says:

    A large amount of Reba songs make me super happy, but my number one pick would be the Chick’s “Long Time Gone” Best. Ever. :)

  46. CEGNo Gravatar says:

    Nik & Sam: Breathless

  47. DanNo Gravatar says:

    One song that comes to my mind is “Never Had It So Good” by Jessica Andrews. It’s on her “Who I Am” album, but in my opinion it’s even better than the title track. Do yourself a favor and check it out! Jessica is the most underrated artist in the history of country music, and this album has way more to offer than just the one song that everyone knows.

  48. DCNo Gravatar says:

    “Now” by SHeDAISY. Always makes me happy when I’m depressed or worried about something.

  49. Jon G.No Gravatar says:

    “My Girl” by The Tempations and “One Week” by Barenaked Ladies were the first that came to mind. There are also dozens from Toby, George Strait, and Joe Diffie.

  50. ReaganNo Gravatar says:

    “Happy”, by The Rolling Stones. Come on, it’s in the title! Heck, it IS the title!

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