October 1, 2015

10 Happy Songs for Your Office Playlist

It’s scientifically proven that upbeat music improves our short-term mood and overall happiness. In fact, in our blog post 9 Tips for a Happy Work Life, we identified ‘listening to music’ as one way to keep you smiling at the office. That being said, its important to have a work playlist that sets the tone for a productive work day, as opposed to one that could dampen your mood. So we’ve compiled this list of 10 happy songs for your office playlist to keep that pep in your step and a smile on your face, even on the most challenging of days.

 1. Happy – Pharrell

Unless you were living under a rock, you would know that Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ was one of the biggest hits of 2014. But did you also know that ReThink now owns the rights to the song and it’s our official anthem? In fact, we’re so ‘happy’ about it that you’re bound to hear the song play at least once every hour at our office. Happiest Line: Clap along if you know what happiness is to you.

2. Happiest Man Alive – Machel Montano

Every year soca artiste, Machel Montano, writes music to get your adrenaline pumping on the road Carnival Monday and Tuesday. What sets this particular 2014 selection apart from all his other offerings however, is the very literal message it delivers. Who can disagree with someone so content they confidently claim to be the happiest man alive? Happiest Line: Ah come out to live mih life, play a mas and live mih life…I’m the happiest man alive.

3. Walking on Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves

Sunshine is a good enough reason to smile, but pair it with the infectious, upbeat melody, perky lyrics and the all-round optimistic vibe of the 80s and you really can’t go wrong. Happiest Line: I’m walking on sunshine and don’t it feel good!

4. Never Fully Dressed – Sia

Any version of ‘Never Fully Dressed’ from the classic musical Annie is great, but we’re partial to Sia’s modern take on it. Apart from the words of positivity, the video features the movie’s child actors. And really, who won’t smile after watching a bunch of cute kids run around New York City making strangers smile? Happiest line: If you stand for something you can have it all.

5. Live Your Life – David Rudder & Kes Dieffenthaller

Soca music exists to excite and uplift – a necessary requirement for a genre that’s supposed to fuel thousands to dance through the streets for two days. What we love most about this this collaboration between David Rudder and Kes Dieffenthaller is that it encourages people to take the happiness of Carnival beyond the season and live that harmonious life throughout the year. Happiest Line: So please bring the unity, peace, love true harmony…don’t stand up and wait for this band to pass…live your live like yuh playing mas.

6. Three Little Birds – Bob Marley & The Wailers

The ultimate purveyor of positivity, Bob Marley’s musical repertoire provides numerous sources of inspiration, but we’re partial to ‘Three Little Bird’ because of its mellow beat that lulls you into a restful state, along with the simplicity of his message. Happiest Line: Don’t worry about a thing, ‘cause every little thing is gonna be alright.

6. A Beautiful Day – India Arie

India Arie’s ‘Beautiful Day’ offers the most refreshing perspective on life and gets to the heart of so many of the issues we create in our minds. Happiest Line: Life is a challenge not a competition, you can still smell the roses and be on a mission.

8. Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

Mark Ronson’s funky beats and Bruno Mars…in curlers…under a hair dryer…that’s enough to put a smile on our faces. The truth is, this song would still be a source of happiness without the scenes from this funky, video but the visuals definitely takes it over the top. Happiest Line: Gotta kiss myself I’m so pretty.

9. New Shoes – Paolo Nutini

Paolo Nutini takes a topic everyone can appreciate – new shoes – and pairs it with a peppy beat to create a relatable, feel-good hit that could turn even the deepest frown upside down. Happiest Line: Hey, I put some new shoes on and suddenly everything’s right. Hey I put some new shoes on and suddenly everybody’s smiling, it’s so inviting.

10. Hey Ya! – OutKast

OutKast’s ‘Hey Ya’ still gets a party going over a decade after the song was released in 2003. Ironically, the song is about breaking up but the melody is so infectious that chanting ‘Hey ya!’ on the dance floor is now as common as doing the electric slide. Happiest Line: Shake it! Shh shh shh shake it! Shake it like a Polaroid picture!

These are some of our happiest songs here at ReThink but there are so many songs that put smiles on our faces we know we haven’t mentioned them all. If you have a favourite happy song that hasn’t made the list, share it with us in the comments or tweet us @rethinktrinidad.