Smile! It’s International Happiness Day!

Soundtrack your Happy Hour with our very special playlist guaranteed to make you laugh and dance . . .

“Happy” Pharrell Williams

Obviously the signature song of International Happiness Day 2014! A number smash hit for Pharrell Williams, selling over one million copies in the UK alone and featuring on the “Despicable Me 2” soundtrack.

“Walking On Sunshine” Katrina & The Waves 

Originally released in April 1985, it has since been covered by Dolly Parton and Aly & AJ (remember them?) This song is the epitome of happiness; like a kid . . . high on fizzy juice and sugary treats . . . at Disneyland . . . the night before Christmas . . . You get the idea!

“Love Shack” The B52s

The B52s signature single was released in 1989 and went to #1 in both Australia and the US and #2 here in the UK. A fun, catchy pop song with a colourful party sequence video to match!

“Jump” Van Halen 

The lead single from their album, “1984”, it was the only Van Halen single to reach #1 on the US Billboard Chart.It has been covered by Aztec Camera and Paul Anka.

“I Don’t Feel Like Dancing” Scissor Sisters

Ironically, a song that frontman, Jake Shears penned about his struggle with anxiety and depression became an instant dancefloor hit and Scissor Sisters first UK #1. It was the lead single from their 2006 album, “Ta Dah”.

“I’m A Believer” The Monkees

Written by Neil Diamond, this infectious pop-track was released in 1966 and was named “The Biggest Selling Record” of 1967. Neil Diamond still performs it as part of his live set and a version sung by Eddie Murphy featured on “Shrek” soundtrack.

“Hey Ya!” Outkast

This rousing record was written and produced by Andre 3000 for the duo’s 2003, “Love Below” album. The equally fun video paid homage to The Beatles 1964 performance on The Ed Sullivan Show . . . cue a lot of screaming, fainting females!

“MMMBop” Hanson

Released in 1997, this poppy effort from brothers, Taylor, Zac and Issaac was as contagious as the chickenpox and became a #1 smash hit in the UK, US, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Spain, Germany, Ireland . . . it was everywhere!

“I Wanna Dance With Somebody” Whitney Houston

The lead single from the late (and very great), Whitney Houston’s second album, “Whitney” is still a dancefloor favourite 28 years later. It was her fourth consecutive #1 in the United States and her biggest selling single until she took on a Dolly Parton ballad . . .

“Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” Wham!

In the days before going solo (and driving stoned), George Michael was one-half of a duo and wrote this 1984 hit which gained Wham! their first UK and US #1 single. Westlife covered the song on their “Turnaround Tour” and it featured in an episode of hit US TV series, “Glee”.

 

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