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The Top 25 Positive Songs of Popular Music

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Popular music is filled to the brim with superficial songs about sex, drugs and money, but it can also be used to uplift, or present a philosophy lesson within the confines of a three to four minute song.

For this playlist I wanted to select the top 25, positive, feel-good songs in popular music. Not just happy songs mind you, but songs that can be used much like a self-help book. The lessons contained in these 25 songs can be viewed as enlightening or sappy, depending on your point of view.

One of the best things music can do is to lift us up, or help us think about how to be better people. Some would call this ”preachy” while others would just use the word “happy”.
I have tried to ignore the fact that some of these songs have been overplayed, or have not aged well, and instead focused on selecting tracks with an overwhelmingly positive message. Many of the artists who made the cut are worthy of more than one track, but I have chosen to limit the list to contain only one song per artist.

I have ranked the top 25 from my own experience, and since music has a different impact on all who hear it, your list will certainly differ from mine, but one thing I am sure of is that these 25 songs are truly positive, inspiring, and for the most part, loved.

Please add your disagreements and/or picks to the comments. One glaring omission for many will be the absence of John Lennon’s Imagine. And although it could fit, the notion of a world with no heaven pulls me down.

And so, I present the top 25 positive songs of popular music:

25.  “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen
24. “Hold On Tight” by ELO
23. “Everyday People” by Sly & The Family Stone
22. “Dancing In The Streets” by Martha and the Vandellas
21. “Top Of The World” by The Carpenters
20. “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers
19.  “Thank You For Being A Friend” by Andrew Gold
18. “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin
17. “Beautiful Day” by U2
16. “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder
15. “Peace Train” by Cat Stevens
14. “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)” by Simon & Garfunkel
13. “I Can See Clearly Now” by Johnny Nash
12. “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
11. “Walking On Sunshine” by Katrina And The Waves
10. “A Beautiful Morning” by The Rascals
9. “What’s Going On” by Marvin Gaye
8. “Do You Realize??” by The Flaming Lips
7. “Heart Of Gold” by Neil Young
6. “Love Train” by The O’Jays
5. “Put A Little Love In Your Heart” by The Isley Brothers
4. “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive” by Ella Fitzgerald
3.  “All You Need Is Love” by The Beatles
2. “What A Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
1. “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley

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  • Paul B

    Aint no stopping us now – Mcfadden and whitehead.

  • adam beaton

    Sister Hazel – “Change Your Mind”

  • Mar Be

    Got It Goin On … by Muddy Magnolias. Positive awesome!

  • Mayla Balee

    I love your list. But we can’t forget “I’m Coming Out”, by Diana Ross… or “I Feel Love” by Donna Summer, or “Yes We Can, Can” by the Pointer Sisters, or “I’m Every Woman” by Chaka Khan or “Stoned Soul Picnic” by Laura Nyro, or “Good Enough” by Sarah McLachlan, or “Let’s Talk About Sex” by Salt n’ Pepa, or… many, many more! Let’s make a list of the top 500 positive songs! The more good vibes, the better!! <3

  • Tony

    an oldi by Oliver “Good Morning Sarshine”
    Gives a different view of our physical positioon on this planet “good Morning Starshine. You twinkle aboe us. You twinkle below”

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    Check this Out I really like this song it uplifts me

    Title : Mindz on Artist: Tru Goddess

    They should play more uplifting music like this

  • Kevlar

    “Magical Mystery Tour” by the Beatles

  • Shiva

    It’s a beautiful day… Queen


  • Dan

    Very good list (and I agree with you in that I find Imagine to be depression). The Flaming Lips song is a great inclusion; I know the song but including it on such a list would never have occurred to me.

  • Think Positive

    Put Your Records On -Corinne Bailey Rae

  • jzjsja

    Happy by pharrell williams

  • Rachel Firth

    “Unwritten” Natasha Bedingfield

  • mene

    Александр Панайотов – Нереальная http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EVFb75E6gk&feature=share
    Patrick Nuo – Beautiful http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JNP3jTHt0o
    OneRepublic – Counting Stars https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hT_nvWreIhg
    Chris Brown – Crawl https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2YpKIFDcRQ
    James Morrison – Undiscovered https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMxrNLI9Z-Y
    Taio Cruz – I Can Be https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1Ayo7iV6mU
    Hillsong – Sing (Your Love) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1YwfuZMX9c
    Donny Montell and Sasha Song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zn6ACKhkl3Q
    UNCONVENTIONAL SOUL (Sasha Song and Hywel Sam) – At Your Door http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUWFPAOYgkY
    Deva premal- love mantra https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c–PjWoySqI
    The Lumineers – Ho Hey http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvCBSSwgtg4&feature=share
    Andrew Belle – Sky’s Still Blue http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6sMuNuBlQo&feature=share
    Jutty Ranx – I See You http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8qL_u_4L3M&feature=share
    Lena – Stardust https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85_ASYb4Utk
    With you all the time – Gareth Gates https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jU5eAcn4vxo
    Dr Kucho – Holy Spirit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhTtwS8PhKA
    Ivi Adamou – Kanw Mia Euxi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-o82kSYNDpw
    Mae – Awakening https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5QdqYLwYo4
    Justin Timberlake (all over again) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6NkTY0W-a4
    li jian – blooming https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mt5re-enQMc&list=PLBCB8B2EDBB3FBD04
    li jian https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBIgr1Ifm4A
    Aia I ‘Ola’a Ku’u Aloha https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UssoIhz0B2s
    lee ryan close too you https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGU_pzSC3JY&list=RDGGU_pzSC3JY
    Craig David – World Filled With Love https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1vf0Zx9rLs
    Andy Aguilera – Amor Por Siempre https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnqOcIFP0DE
    Extreme – More Than Words https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrIiLvg58SY
    Nyusha – Eto Novyj God https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MrxC_K9-os
    A Life To Live – The Attic http://mp3shake.com/en/the_attic/254406-a_life_to_live_mp3_download_song.html
    Mantas – saule nesiu https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjRj1W-wsCQ
    Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yURRmWtbTbo
    Sasha Son ft. Nora – Say Yes To Life https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVuKwYhZLRg
    Boys Like Girls – Thunder https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eH-tMTf2GbM-
    Whenever You Love Somebody – Audiotree Live https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQxK7fNrA54
    Sugar Ray – Into Yesterday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmLVCUGJ3No
    Raging Fyah – Far Away https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9-pNSxzlcw
    Dan Balan – ЛЮБИ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osb9JNYj55U&list=PLDCBAD86CD851DD05
    Faydee – Shelter your Heart https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-P83vaxO_LM
    Daniel Lopes – I Love You More Than Yesterday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2i29MyDPw8#t=166
    Drake – Hold On We’re Going Home https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dls6lgpBDyY
    Jay Stever – Любовь настала https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFDZcPpWc9U
    Leo Kalyan – Need U 100% https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRWMoIS6IGw
    royal melody one night https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSPpu9qVgAg
    Colbie Caillat – I Do https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0oyglKjbFQ
    Antony and The Johnsons. Fistful Of Love https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtAmWWxFkDE
    Гайтана – Самый лучший https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvVEiJdrVLk
    Гайтана – Нет родней – Gaitana https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9l3fjQIUeY&list=RDZvVEiJdrVLk
    John Mayer – Your Body Is A Wonderland https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5EnGwXV_Pg
    Laza Morgan – This Girl https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t03zke774dY
    Mandy Moore – I Wanna Be With You https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErntJrtQGBg
    Cas Haley – I Wish That I https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfkBGLaJVyw
    Lal Dupatta https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jjDs69WWUQ
    Chris Brown – With You https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmjdaBaZe8Y
    Darren Hayes of Savage Garden – So Beautiful https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HpA7UZvWdc
    Michael Bublé – “Everything https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPUJIbXN0WY
    “Я ТВОЯ” – Полина Гагарина (Ya Tvaya) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mIyPyzpLQE
    Jesse Mccartney Feat Ludacris – How Do You Sleep https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yG0tq-TpuMM
    Always Be My Baby Mariah Carey https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YorTXXMKiuc
    Justin Nozuka “After Tonight” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgGkJez6pcM
    Lee Ryan – When I Think Of You https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_8O1wZ4Nvg
    Nick Carter – Who needs the world https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8DK8CJmKqM
    Baggy b – tau https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uHEcRfgnKU
    Tessanne Chin – Hideaway https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3apBCymCg4
    Endless Love Mariah Carey and Luther Vandross https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2b0j8ORGNo
    David Guetta – Just a Little More Love rmx https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uc49mvL0MBA
    Klangkarussell – Sonnentanz ft. Will Heard https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79YDgv_zWA4
    Playmen & Alceen feat Mia – Feel Your Love https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lW7510NjDAY
    Dr. Kucho! “Holy Spirit” (Old School Radio Mix) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qneyvlBNZ2g
    Leonid Rudenko feat Kvinta & Nicco – Destination https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ePPLohgBEo
    Pate No.1 feat. Colinda – shining star https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgtbal7FTXA
    That’s Right & UnderVibe – CRAZY LOVER https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7ucQPlJ60g
    Sean Paul ft.Alexis Jordan-Got 2 Luv U https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hArEhhlt7w
    Drake – Hold On We’re Going Home https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dls6lgpBDyY
    royal melody one night https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSPpu9qVgAg
    leo kalyan – need u 100% https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRWMoIS6IGw

  • reviewcric

    Best positive songs !

    1) Shaggy – hope
    2) Doobie Brothers – Long train running
    3) Billy Joel- Don’t ask me why
    4) Right Said Fred – I’m too sexy
    5) Bobby Mcferrin – Dont worry be happy
    6) Stone Temple Pilots – Plush ( unplugged)
    7) OMC – How Bizzare
    8) Shaggy – It wasnt me
    9) John Butler – Ocean
    10) Ziggy Marley – True To Myself
    11) Billy Joel – Piano Man
    12) Ingrid Michaelson – The Way I Am


  • Katie

    I think Royals and Price Tag have good messages.

  • Dominique Nicodeme

    Where’s Bruno Mars with Marry you :)) or Kiss Me (Sixpence none the richer)

  • Cuhl

    I believe I Can Fly – R. Kelly

  • Michelle
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  • Dawn

    I must agree with your selections I too have created a list from several genre and generations. I do particularly agree with your choice in Queen- the time period when this song, and albums were made were the time when Freddy knew he was dying and the emotion he emotes in the music is compelling. Don’t stop me now, Headlong, powerful stuff!

    Some songs that I think are omitted in the list are:

    1) Change your mind – Siister Hazel

    2) Try – Pink

    3) I hope you dance – Leanne Warmack

    4) I will Survive – Gloria Gaynor

    5) Perfect -Pink

    6) The Middle – Jimmie Eat World

    7) I believe I Can Fly – seal

    Thanks for a thouhtful list, and think about expanding the playlist :

    • eric

      ok, first of all i believe i can fly is by r kelly not seal – – and jimmie eat world is actually jimmy with a y

  • Vignesh

    Imagine by John lennon.

  • headtheball

    Bruno mars billionaire

  • Sean K

    More positive tunes from the 70’s:

    Respect Yourself – Staple Singers
    The Wall – Kansas
    Everything’s Coming Our Way – Santana
    I Just Want To Celebrate – Rare Earth
    Shining Star – Earth, Wind & Fire
    All Day Music – War

    Also check out Aretha Franklin’s version of Bridge Over Troubled Water.

  • Jonas W Moore

    1. Matisyahu: One Day

    2. Moby: Body Rock

    3. Jamiroquai: Use The Force

    4. Led Zeppelin: Stairway to Heaven

    5. Bob Marley & The Wailers: Three Little Birds

    6. Stevie Ray Vaughn: Life Without You (The Live bonus track version on the “In Step” album)

    7. Augustus Pablo: King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown

    8. Jamiroquai: Canned Heat

    9. Matisyahu: Jerusalem

    10. Jethro Tull: Bungle in The Jungle

    11. Matisyahu: Live Like a Warrior

  • Evelyn

    Can someone list the original list? When I click the link it takes me to an advertisement.

  • sarah

    this list sucked they are not recent

  • Michael Perez

    Lost Souls by Tupac Shakur, if you have a little thug inside you. Fisherman by the Congos.

  • anaya love

    I know lots of people but I say beyonce love top

  • Francina Behrednt

    I like the song ”believe it or not” ….it has such a positive effect on me!

  • Kevin

    What about “Heal the world?”

  • Amber C.

    travis tritt- great day to be alive.

  • C

    Livin’ Joy – Don’t stop movin’

  • imo

    i click on it and just get a link to download realplayer which i did.. how do i actually listen to the songs?

  • capa

    Good. Thanks for the list. I was looking for so good taste

  • Friida

    yeah, i found this list looking for survivor – destiny’s child

    rules !

  • sky

    I love these songs, but lately I listen to
    Daniel Johns songs from Think Positive Album. I like them as well.

  • LH

    where is we are the world, heal the world, man in the mirror, black and white and a host of awesome positive MJ songs

  • mrzeeblues

    you need to add that you are beautiful no matter what they say words cant bring you down

  • samantha

    good life-one republic.

  • arugula rose

    The Playing for Change project has a song called “Don’t Worry” that I love.
    Moment of Truth, Gang Starr
    What I like about you, the Kinks
    Keep Keep Movin’, Dub Pistols
    You’ve Got to Earn it, the Staple Singers
    Beautiful Struggle, Talib Kweli (anything by him really)
    Umi Says, Mos Def
    Love is my religion, Ziggy Marley
    Everything is Everything, Lauryn Hill
    Can I Kick It? , A Tribe Called Quest
    The Middle, Jimmy Eat World
    Where is the Love, Black Eyed Peas
    Breath, Stretch Shake, Mase & P Diddy
    Teach your children, Cosby, Stills, Nash & Young
    Free, Cat Power
    Hyper-Ballad, Bjork
    I will survive, Cake
    I will follow you into the dark, death cab for cutie
    My beloved monster, Eels
    Turn me round, Mavis Staples
    Do Your best, Femi Kuti
    Somebody’s gotta do it, the Roots
    Because We Can, Fatboy Slim
    Shine, Younger Brother
    One Day, Mtisyahu (and Nature is awesome)
    In the Aeroplane over the Sea, Neutral Milk Hotel
    All these things that I’ve done, the Killers

  • Echo

    You’re right, we are all different. There are definitely others that are ranked higher in my book than some of these. They are good, just not the best 25 of all time. Personally, I also like:

    I am Woman – Helen Reddy
    Weight of the World – Chantal Kreviazuk
    It’s My Turn – Diana Ross
    Better Now – Collective Soul
    I’m Still Standing – Elton John
    Life is Good – Brittini Black
    Every Day – Bon Jovi
    (Reach Up for the) Sunrise – Duran Duran
    Never Will I Break – 3 Doors Down
    Change Your Mind – Sister Hazel
    Great Escape – Sister Hazel
    I Stand – Idina Menzel
    Rainy Day People – Gordon Lightfoot
    Love is All Around – Sammy Davis Jr.
    Just to name a few….

  • earthcub

    Be the Change by Rhythma. It’s on youtube.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Gotta get in on this! Scrolling down the artists on the Pandora menu:

    Celebration – K.C. and the Sunshine Band
    I’ve Got a Name – Jim Croce
    Evergreen – Barbara Streisand
    The Rose – Bette Midler
    The Sweetest Taboo – Sade
    Sailing – Christopher Cross
    Black Water – The Doobie Brothers
    Your Song – Elton John
    Pink Houses – John Cougar Mellencamp
    Over the Rainbow – Israel ‘Iz’ Kamakawiwo’ole
    Sail Away – Enya
    Dreamboat Annie – Heart
    Summertime – Will Smith
    We Got the Beat – The Go-Go’s
    Joy to the World – Grand Funk Railroad
    Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
    Reminiscing – Little River Band

    And my vote for the most upbeat song:
    Saturday in the Park – Chicago

  • Jerry

    What about the theme song of the Muppet Show? 🙂

  • I love this site! Music is a wonderful gift and I’m glad that other people are recognizing that songs can be used to communicate positive messages. If you need some other idea’s of songs, I would love for you to check out my music review site. Also, I would love to add your link to my site so that we can swap idea’s.

  • richierich

    Good Life – OneRepublic

  • Petko

    This rang list is corrupt… and for old people. So old songs in the top 😀

  • diabeticgirl

    Mr. Bluesky by ELO great song can’t be sad when you listen to it

  • Renegades of Funk – Rage against the machine version 🙂

    Thanks for sharing your list.

  • Toni

    How about a more contemporary list too? I love Hope by Shaggy, not a classic but very catchy.

  • Lizzy Hart

    I like Franki Love’s Shadow song… it’s really amazing & uplifts me – – – you can hear it at: http://www.myspace.com/frankilove

  • hisho

    “Lose Yourself” by eminem will definitely change ur mood and make u do something positive

  • Odusia

    Hi, nice selection! but I’m a bit disappointed that I couldn’t find on your list Burt Bacharach’s song – Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head.. It’s so postive and always makes me smile 🙂 Greetings!

  • sa

    Ginger Ninja – Sunshine.

    That song will make you happy.

  • Pick Somebody Up – Raul Midon

  • Candice Bingham

    There’s an indie artist named Monday Michiru. She has a song called “Higher” on her Optimista album. It is the most positive and motivational song I’ve ever heard. If this one doesn’t get you pumped, I don’t know what will!! By the way, Gloria Estefan’s “Get on your Feet” is a great one too!

  • charles blair

    these songs i use at the top of my days to put me in a powerful vibration.

    i just called to say i love you – stevie wonder

    whitney houston – dance withsome one

    shiny and happy people – i think rem

    wake me up before you go – wham

    hit the beat square –

    i suggest everyoen muscle test the most powerful songs..

  • Andrew

    Finer Things by Steve Winwood

  • Maarten Dijkstra

    I like your playlist very much! Here are some more songs with a positive message:

    Queen – The Miracle
    Michael Jackson – Keep the Faith
    Billy Joel – You’re Only Human
    Fleetwood Mac – Don’t Stop
    Sounds of Blackness – Optimistic
    BJ Thomas – Raindrops

  • CC

    These are Days – 10000 Maniacs
    Right Now – Van Halen

  • Big Jay

    The Bellamy Brothers – Let Your Love Flow

  • Sue Johnson

    Some great songs people.

    My fave….

    Thank You For The Music – ABBA

    hey…. I found some really great positive song lists, lyrics and stories in a world of positivity. (check out top ten positive songs) @


  • Anony

    “Light and Day” Polyphonic Spree. Check it on YouTube. Even the name is positive.

  • Lilmissmovie

    Beatles Here Comes the Sun
    Happy by Natasha Beddingfield
    Island in the Sun by Weezer
    Life is a flower by Ace of Base

  • Yo Dude

    I’ve been trying to make a list of positive songs from more recent popular songs without much luck. Does anyone have any suggestions?

  • Svend

    Uhh, a really nice list, sure is!

    Not to say it’s not a perfect list, but “Good Vibrations” by The Beach Boys is another great positive song

  • Fra

    Not to mention “Moondance” by Van Morrison!

  • Fra

    Great list. Thank you!

    What about “Feeling Good” by either Nina Simone or Michael Bublé?

  • matty

    Ha… All of these songs are amazing songs including the ones everyone has posted… heres a few more

    Raise a little hell – Trooper
    Drive – Incubus
    with my own two hands – Ben Harper
    I need to wake up – Melissa Ethridge
    (inconvenient truth song/al gore)

  • whatever

    Add “Be thankful for what you got” by William Devaughn good list btw

  • Jonathan JonArch

    I heard a song years ago which I always listen at when I’m down…sure the mood of the song may not be the most positive one, but it surely alweays lift me up. ‘ don’t give up’ from Peter Gabriel

  • oren_licus

    Survivor – Destiny’s Child?

  • Helper

    Norman Greenbaum – Spirit in the Sky
    Shooter Jennings – Manifesto No. 1
    Rolling Stones – You Can’t Always Get What You Want

  • Alejandro Diaz

    Please add WHAT A FEELING of Irene Cara, what you think about?

  • jody

    thanks for the list!
    I’d add
    Everything’s Coming Up Roses
    High Hopes

  • Steve

    Great playlist – thanks.

    Some more…
    Almost Like Being in Love
    You Gotta Have Heart
    Accentuate the Positive
    Come Rain or Shine
    T’aint What You Do
    It’s a Good Day
    Sunny Side of the Street

  • Seth Coleman

    You my friend have helped me find songs that will definatly help me stay in a path of love and light, thank you.
    One song that always cheers me is He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands. I do not know if it fits into your top 25 and am not trying to change it which i would guess most are trying to do. Just seeing if it would benefit you.

  • katie d

    india arie – god is real; the truth; strength courage and wisdom; theres hope

  • Matt

    “The Long Run” by The Eagles

  • nice selection Robert. Might i suggest also Live Forever by Oasis, Your Fuckin Sunny Day by Lambchop (which marries a great, sarky lyric to a melody feels like the first kiss of the dawn after ninety-nine weeks of night), Let’s Make This Precious by Dexy’s Midnight Runners (Burn It Down, maybe, as well) and Bowl Of Oranges by Bright Eyes; “So I came upon a doctor who appeared in quite poor health / i said there’s nothin that i can do for you you can’t do for yourself / he said oh yes you can, just hold my hand, i think that would help / so i sat with him a while and i asked him how he felt / he said i think i’m cured… no, in fact i’m sure… thank you stranger for your therapeutic smile”

    if that doesn’t make you feel like all of God’s creation is wrapped around you like a hotpress-warm dressin gown, then i don’t know what will.

  • “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley & The Wailers

    Good song for sure. Definitely makes me smile everytime I hear it.

  • “You Gotta Be” – Des’ree

  • Curtis,

    I agree about JT, I had “Shower the People” in the original list of 42 songs, and I only cut it, becuase I wanted to make it more compact.

  • Shannon/El Bicho,

    If I may explain my thought process on my selection of “What’s Going On”.

    This song has always inspired me in a very positive way.

    It’s the lyric:

    “You see, war is not the answer
    For only love can conquer hate
    You know we’ve got to find a way
    To bring some lovin’ here today”

    that really sets it off for me as a song that delivers positive vibes. The use of the negative only serves to remind us of why we need to work on being good people. For me, this song is overwhelmingly positive and inspiring.

    In regards to “Imagine”. For people who believe in a God, or any type of afterlife, Lennon’s words ring pale and are anything but inspiring as they effectly disregard mankind’s greatest hope.

  • And you forgot “Psychoticbumpschool” by Bootsy’s Rubber Band.

  • My selection is “Save The Country” by Laura Nyro. If you don’t come out of that one feeling good, you have no soul.

  • Good list, although I have to agree with Shannon. Not sure how “Imagine” pulls you down but what’s taking place in “What’s Going On” doesn’t. Thought for sure when I saw the Marley album you would pick “Positive Vibration”.

  • monica trif

    I love Queen and The Beatles, so it’s a pleasure to listen it. Maybe my playlist will be a little diferent but I like this music, also your articol is good,

  • How do you feel after the playlist ends?

  • Shannon Thomas

    “What’s Going On” made your list???? It’s all about everything that is wrong with the world. People crying, dying, not enough love, world filled with war, protests, police brutality, the generation gap (who are they to judge us simply because our hair is long) Not very positive or optimistic. But still a fun post.

  • Great, great, great playlist!

  • I’d add “Everyday” by Buddy Holly and a song or two by ABBA.

  • Curtis Summers

    I would have put James Taylor with “Your Smiling Face” or “Shower the People” or “You’ve Got a Friend”.

  • MrG

    I know there’s already one Beatles song, but…”Good Day Sunshine” for sure belongs on any list of “Positive Songs.”

  • Outstanding. I’m particularly pleased with the inclusion of “Simple Man.” I consider those to be words to live by.

    You didn’t get anything from the realm of country, so I might suggest a couple of especially good bits of philosophical perspective, “Who’s Gonna Feed Them Hogs” by Tom T Hall, and Roger Miller’s classic “You Can’t Rollerskate in a Buffalo Herd.”