Songs That Make Me Smile, Part II

Here are some more songs that can help chase the clouds away when I’m having a rough day. If you’re interested, you can find more in Part I.

“I Believe I Can Fly” by Me First And The Gimme Gimmes

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes work wonders with every song they cover (and they have covered a lot of songs). They take what is often an overly long, boring ballad, and turn it into something fun that takes half the time to listen to. That, my friends, is magic. I listened to this song on repeat while I was studying for my Statistics exam and sang along with it while I drove to write it. Got an A+ in the course!

“Combine Harvester” by The Wurzels

FA introduced me to this song, and two bars in I knew it was going to be great. A parody from the mid-70s, it hits all the buttons with its themes about love, romance, booze, corduroy pants, and farm equipment. You can’t go wrong.

“Skyliner” by Charlie Barnet

Back when CD players were starting to become popular, my folks replaced our giant console record player/stereo (it was made of real wood and had SOLID STATE in chrome under the lid) with an (at the time) amazing CD player/stereo setup. One of the first CDs that we got was a set of three Big Band discs. We listened to it constantly, and my sister and I called this the “water song” because the saxophone parts reminded us of those cheesy water effects on TV where the screen would slowly ripple. Yes, I’m a child of the 70s.

“Play That Funky Music” by Wild Cherry

Do not – under any circumstances – listen to this song on tinny little speakers. You need something with bass. Lots of bass.

“Super Mario Bros. Theme Song” by Koji Kondo

Think of an instrument. Any instrument. This song has been played on it. Think of any combination of any instruments. This song has been played on it. Now think of something that’s NOT an instrument. Guess what? This song has been played on it. Think of any inhabited region of any country on the planet – someone there has heard this song and would probably enjoy whistling it with you. Any alien ships that land on Earth to spread goodwill and technology (or eat us) will probably play this when they land because they’ll think it’s our planetary anthem.

Stay safe.

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