I’m going to define happiness as a fun, mindless feeling. Because who can be happy if they’re thinking all of the time?
5. Lollipop (Candyman)- Aqua
This song is like your childhood threw up all over a bunch of ravers. And that’s awesome. I kind of don’t know what this song is about, candy or sex or something? Nor do I really care. I could honestly listen to Aqua all day. (Really gay unknown fact: I started liking this sort of music after seeing so many Ouran AMVs set it.)
4. Strange Disease- Prozzak
I love Prozzak. What’s not to love about a bunch of really, really catchy songs about being broken up with (maybe I should rephrase that better)? Granted, now that I’m not eight, it’s obvious that almost all of their songs sound the same and the animation for their videos really sucks, but again, I don’t care. This song is bouncy and fun and I can put it on repeat and not get bored. (Also, Simon is cute.)
3. La-Di Da-Di- Mindless Self Indulgence
I REALLY REALLY LIKE MINDLESS SELF INDULGENCE OK, STOP LAUGHING. They never fail at being entertaining, dammit! Anyway, this is a cover of a classic rap song, which immediately elevates it above standard MSI fare. You can tell Jimmy had lot of fun with this one, there’s so much energy in it it’s almost cartoony. I’d kill to see this song animated.
2. Friday I’m In Love- The Cure
When The Cure makes happy pop songs, they do it well. It’s a song about Friday and being in love for god’s sake! That makes everyone happy! That aside, this song never fails to make me feel mellow and complacent. It’s not as catchy as Let’s Go To Bed or something like that, but I think that’s why I like it more. It’s got just the right amount of happy and angst. (Also, that video man. I totally want to hang out with those guys.)
1. Twilight- Electric Light Orchestra
This isn’t exactly a happy song, but I always feel better after I listen to it. I’m not going to lie, part of the reason is because of the Daicon IV animation, which had a profound effect on me, but just listen to it. The synths and vocals just fucking elevate you. Then pair it with the transience and sort of ethereal subject of the lyrics, and you’ve got something that really hits home. I wish I could listen to more music like this (still haven’t found the album this is from), but I honestly don’t know where to start.