Lately, I’ve been all about upbeat, positive music.

I know that this is a reflection of my general mood these days. I’m optimistic by nature, but I feel like life’s been abundantly good lately after a pretty tough run.  Given my lifelong connection to music, it’s no surprise that I’m seeking out happy music, skipping past the sad songs that I used to linger on back in the day.

Needless to say, I’ve been skipping a lot of country songs. I’ve listened to more pop in the past couple of months than I have in years.  I want my country fix, but I have no interest in downers right now.

Can anybody recommend some country tracks that are just a bucket full of sunshine?



  1. “This Time”- Carrie Underwood
    “Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me”- Keith Urban
    “Heads Carolina, Tails California”- JoDee Messina

  2. There are an infinite number of Martina McBride songs, the Sara Buxton “Outside My Window” or “That Kind of Day” songs,

    “Freedom” – Love and Theft…
    “Rain is a Good Thing” – Luke Bryan
    “Hittin’ The Road” – Marcus Hummon (This one’s a little ‘down’ a bit but the tempo isn’t and it’s all about moving onward and upwards not down and out.

  3. Days Like This – Rachel Proctor
    Born Agin in Dixieland – Jason McCoy
    Dancin in God’s Country – Rebecca Lynn Howard
    State of Mind – Clint Black

  4. Great to hear happy things “)

    To name a few from my playlist:

    “American Saturday Night” – Brad Paisley
    “All I Want” – Darius Rucker
    “Jeans On” – Keith Urban
    “Doin’ My Thing” – Luke Bryan
    “Huckleberry Jam [Instrumental]” – Brad Paisley
    “Last Dollar (Fly Away)” – Tim McGraw

  5. Yankee Grey – Another Nine Minutes
    Trent Summar & New Row Mob – She Knows What to Do With a Saturday Night
    Ryan Shupe & Rubber Band – Dream Big
    Steve Azar – I Don’t Have to Be Me Til Monday
    Mary Chapin Carpenter – I Feel Lucky
    Alabama – Give Me One More Shot
    Delbert McClinton – Old Weakness Coming On Strong
    Shenandoah – If Bubba Can Dance
    Steve Holy – Men Buy the Drinks (Girls Call the Shots)

  6. dwight yoakam – love caught up to me
    steve holy – brand new girlfriend
    joe nicols – tequila makes her clothes fall off
    confederate railroad – trashy women
    confederate railroad – she took it like a man
    kentucky headhunters – dumars walker
    travis tritt – country club
    tracy bird – pink flamingos
    toby keith – i like this bar
    lila mccann – i want to fall in love

  7. Dolly – Better Get to Livin’
    Dolly – Sweet Summer Lovin’
    Dolly – Think about Love
    Dolly – All I Can Do
    Dolly – Why’d Ya Come In Here Lookin’ Like That

    Kevin – I love those old sad country songs, so I never really thought about how difficult it is to find upbeat, happy, sunny songs until I read your post!

  8. These are just some favorites:

    Bruce Robison, “Twistin'”
    Hank Snow, “Music Makin’ Mama From Memphis”
    Jenny Lewis, “Barking at the Moon”
    SHeDAISY, “I’m Taking the Wheel”
    Buck Owens, “Made in Japan”
    Glen Campbell, “Sunflower”
    Big Kenny, “Long After I’m Gone”
    Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Lookin’ Out My Back Door”
    Gram Parsons, “I Can’t Dance”
    Jonathan Edwards, “Rollin’ Along”
    John Denver, “Sweet Surrender”
    Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, “Fishin’ in the Dark”
    Whatever your favorite uptempo Keith Urban song is

  9. “Perfect Love”-Trisha Yearwood

    “You Can Feel Bad”-Patty Loveless-ok i know not exactly a happy love songs, but the beat is really fun and i like it with the windows rolled down driving round town!

    Shake The Sugar Tree-Pam Tillis

    Shut Up And Kiss Me-Mary Chapin Carpenter

    Come Next Monday-K.T. Oslin(same as the Patty song)

    Gimme The Good Stuff-Trisha Yearwood

  10. “Passenger Seat” by SHeDAISY
    “Red High Heels” by Kellie Pickler
    “A Real Fine Place to Start” and “Perfect” by Sara Evans


  11. I know you’re a big Dixie Chicks fan, so you’re probably onto to this one already:

    “Some Days You Gotta Dance”

  12. “Undo It- Carrie Underwood
    “While We’re Young and Beautiful”- Carrie Underwood
    “Good Time”- Jessica Andrews
    “Settlin”- Sugarland
    “Down In Missippi (And Up To No Good)”- Sugarland
    “The Lucky One”- Faith Hill
    “Who’s Your Daddy”- Toby Keith
    “Why Don’t We Just Dance-” Josh Turner
    “Favorite State Of Mind”- Josh Gracin
    “Nothin To Lose-” Josh Gracin
    “Fast Cars And Freedom- Rascal Flatts
    “From Time To Time”- Rascal Flatts
    “Long Slow Beautiful Dance”- Rascal Flatts
    “Prayin For Daylight-” Rascal Flatts
    “Good Directions”- Billy Currington

  13. “Sunshine And Summertime” Faith Hill
    “Ride” Martina McBride
    “All-American Girl” Carrie Underwood
    “Let The Music Lift You Up” Reba McEntire
    “Ready To Run” Dixie Chicks
    “9 to 5” Dolly Parton
    “If My Heart Had Wings” Faith Hill
    “The Lucky One” Faith Hill
    “Wild One” Faith Hill
    “I’m Alright” Jo Dee Messina
    “Finding My Way Back Home” Lee Ann Womack
    “Something’s Gotta Give” LeAnn Rimes
    “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her” Mary Chapin Carpenter
    “Almost Home” Mary Chapin Carpenter
    “Walk On” Reba McEntire
    “Love Will Find It’s Way To You” Reba McEntire
    “It Happens” Sugarland
    “Climb That Mountain High” Reba McEntire

  14. Some of these are just uplifting based on their melodies and production. Pretty much all of these immediately lift my spirits though.

    Tanya Tucker & Delbert McClinton – “Tell Me About It”
    Tanya Tucker – “If Your Heart Ain’t Busy Tonight”
    Dixie Chicks – “Some Days You Gotta Dance”
    Reba – “Walk On”
    Reba – “I’m Gonna Take That Mountain”
    Deana Carter – “We Danced Anyway”
    Alabama – “Mountain Music”
    Alabama – “Song of the South”
    Carrie Underwood – “This Time”
    LeAnn Rimes – “One Way Ticket (Because I Can)”
    Keith Urban – “Somebody Like You”
    Keith Urban – “Kiss A Girl”
    Vince Gill – “Feels Like Love”
    Travis Tritt – “It’s A Great Day To Be Alive”
    John Michael Montgomery – “Life’s A Dance”
    Kathy Mattea – “Nobody’s Gonna Rain On Our Parade”
    Jessica Andrews – “You Go First”

  15. We’re young and beautiful – Carrie Underwood
    The Lucky One – Faith Hill
    Wrong baby wrong – Martina McBride
    As If – Sara Evans
    All I wanna do – Sugarland
    Don’t worry ’bout a thing -SHeDAISY

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