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360 Essentials: 10 Ultimate Smile Inducers
360 Essentials: 10 Ultimate Smile Inducers
Published On: 18/04/2010

Who doesn’t appreciate a good pick-me-up? Whether you’re feeling down or just in the need of a mood booster, we’ve got some tracks that will inspire a spring in your step.

‘God Only Knows’ – The Beach Boys How could you not have a smile on your face while listening to this song? Holiday bells, professions of helpless love, and a multi-layered ending featuring signature Beach Boys harmonies make it hard to resist. Love Actually exploited it to its full potential.

‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’ – The Proclaimers The Geeky Scottish twins scored a major hit with this one and it became the anthem for a generation of relationships. Now it conjures fond memories of the awkward 90s and we dare you to resist singing along. So come on, start havering!

‘Here Comes the Sun’ – The Beatles Truly the sunniest track The Beatles ever recorded (with 'I’ll Follow the Sun' coming in at a close second), we promise this song will put you in a good mood and brighten your day. From its delicately groovy guitars to the participatory hand claps and George Harrison’s whispering vocals, the truth rings out. Life is good, the sun will keep on shining, and as they say, it’s all right.

'Gimme Hope Joanna'– Eddy Grant If any of you thought this song was just another silly tune about a silly girl, have we got news for you! It’s actually about Johannesburg and South African apartheid. The song became an anthem for a generation; it sought the silver lining in very bleak times and is something with which we can all identify. Best known for his other hit ‘Electric Avenue’, Eddy Grant craftily splices light dance rhythms with something to think about. Get your hope on!

‘Alright’ – Supergrass Ah, the freedom and simplicity of youth. If you’ve already forgotten what it’s like and need a refresher, Supergrass keeps it short and sweet: ‘We are young, we run free/Keep our teeth, nice and clean/See our friends, see the sights/Feel alright.’ If only life was really so easy – one can hope.

‘Life in Technicolour II’ – Coldplay Coldplay’s most uplifting song off their latest album blends Indian sitar with traditional guitar, creating a whirlwind of spellbinding sound. Set it on repeat; it doesn’t even matter what the heck Chris Martin’s singing about.

‘Time to Pretend’ – MGMT Transcendent MGMT knocks one out of the park with a grinding-down beat, penetrating vocals and the help of a few clapping friends. When the daily grind is getting you down, indulge in some escapism, it may be ‘Overwhelming, but what else can we do/Get jobs in offices, and wake up for the morning commute… we’re fated to pretend.’ The song has a reflective melancholy that’s neither apologetic nor wallowing in self-pity. Bring it on.

‘Hoppipolla’ – Sigur Ros You probably won’t understand what the Icelandic band is singing about, but this wildly atmospheric and euphoric track has been featured in promos for BBC’s Planet Earth and the FIFA World Cup. It’s everywhere and it’s infectious.

'The Heart of Life' – John Mayer John Mayer takes time off from being a jerk just long enough to tell us to keep our chins up. This tender, sensitive track off the Ghost Town soundtrack is just what you want to hear when the world’s given your heart a beating, as ’the heart of life, is good.’

'Friday I’m in Love' – The Cure If you’ve had a rough week, share it with The Cure, who abandon all the days but Friday, ringing it in with some ritual lovin’. ’I don't care if Mondays black/Tuesday, Wednesday – heart attack/Thursday, never looking back/It's Friday, I'm in love!’ – sing it loud!

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Lena Alsayegh
Written by:
Lena Alsayegh
Publish Date:
18/04/2010
Lena is a Staff Writer at Cairo 360