Kalamazoo’s Favorite Uplifting Songs – The Results are In!
The Telegraph put together a list of the most uplifting songs according to science. Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now" came in at number one. And who can argue with that? It's motivational, it's got a great beat, and it mentions tigers defying the laws of gravity and Lady Godiva. Even though this list is solid (and I do mean solid), not everyone agrees on their go-to, gotta-have-it, mood-changer of a song. So we asked you what your favorite uplifting song is, and here are the top ten, in no particular order...
Few lyrics are as uplifting as: "I, I will be King. And you, you will be Queen. Though nothing will drive them away, we can be heroes just for one day. We can be us just for one day."
Written by 4 Non Blondes' own Linda Perry, Pink has everyone feeling powerful when they sing along to: "Everybody's dancin' and their dancin' for me."
Though strikingly different from the Rebel Yell of the Civil War (though none be alive to confirm that), Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell" has that lip-curling, fist pumping beat that can destroy the blues. We're all saying "more, more, more."
Nothing sums up the you-and-me-against-the-world feeling like: "Someday girl I don't know when, we're gonna get to that place where we really wanna go and we'll walk in the sun. But till then tramps like us, Baby we were born to run."
That's why he's The Boss.
I will freely admit that when this song comes on the radio I sing along to every word. With gusto. "Watch me as I gravitate, ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!"
Sometimes a break-up song can be uplifting, especially when it's sung at the top of your lungs in your car when you're by yourself. "Oh, I've got to set myself free and that's just how it's got to be. I know it hurts to say goodbye, but it's time for me to fly."
Not only is it fun to sing along to, but that crunchy guitar intro is unmistakable. I think car radios are programmed to automatically turn the volume up when this song comes on. And who could forget the most inspiring lyric: "Bam-ba-Lam"
Two things instantly go through my mind when I hear this song. 1) Damn, right, I'm pickin' up whatever's mine! and 2) I need a convertible. "There's somethin' good waitin' down this road I'm pickin' up whatever's mine."
We've all been there; we daydream about running away from the craziness and starting over somewhere exotic. But we're adults, and we have "responsibilites." At least we have this song to help us with our escapism fantasies. "I’m tired of drivin’ hard and payin’ dues, I figure baby I’ve got nothing to lose."
Maybe you instinctively do Gob's "magic hands" every single time this song comes on, or perhaps you are a fan of the incredible keyboard intro. Either way, buckle up, Buttercup, "we're heading to Venus (Venus)."
...you know you just sang the echo.