OK, OK. I usually hate top ten lists, but this collection will make your day better, happier, uplifting even. So what’s wrong with a little sunshine in your coffee? Even if it comes in a top ten list.
Anyway here’s my top ten morning songs… set your radio, phone, whatever you use or need to get your day going. I tried to make the links commercial free because who needs advertising to start your day? It’s about the music, so I also chose sound quality over video
Insert smiley face here. Have a great day. Someone loves you.
10. Good Day Sunshine / The Beatles
Exactly…Good Day Sunshine. Thanks Sir Paul, such an upbeat song and that piano dancing along with your feet as they hit the ground. Yes, it’s hot, “Burns my feet as they touch the ground.” Must be baked by now, eh Paul? And don’t we all love that lass named sunshine. Warms your soul she does.
9. Running down a dream / Tom Petty
What a way to start the day. Road trip? I call a road trip. SHOT GUN! “It was a beautiful day …me and Jer (Dell) were singing a little Run Away.” The road that leads to dreams, “There’s something good waitin’ down the road.” Isn’t there always? It’s never too late or early to hit the road of dreams. Chase it. Start the day by running down a dream.
8. I Wish / Stevie Wonder
Now if Stevie can’t get you moving, you seriously need a prescription (see Carol King). And it’s great to look back on a time in our lives when life was precious and easier, a time when we didn’t have any responsibility, when our only worry, “Was for Christmas what would be my toy,” but more importantly, it wasn’t the toy, “We were happy with the Joy the day would bring.” And if you can’t find joy, “sneak out the back door” and “write something nasty on the wall,” oh yea.
7. Billy Jean / Michael Jackson
No politics. Nothing. Just a good vibe. The song makes you wanna get up and dance. See, I’m moon walking right now. Well, sort of – running shoes on carpet is not the best environment for a little MJ pretending. Ummm maybe not the best guy to emulate, but hey right now it’s 1983 and Michael isn’t pretending he’s Peter Pan.
6. Breakdown / Jack Johnson
Now we are not talking about a mental breakdown, but wouldn’t it be nice if your car broke down on the way to work and you got out and took a leisurely walk outside. Explore your world. There is so much to see and do. Slow down and enjoy… “All the people in the street / Walk as fast as their feet can take them.” Join your own rat race. (And if your car doesn’t breakdown see Tom Petty.)
5. Beautiful / Carol King
“You gotta get up every morning with a smile on your face.” Now we all can’t be total happy freaks every day. I don’t really trust these kind of people. Either they’re on Prozac or they’ve been living in a cave for the last two decades. Anyway, we are all beautiful and we need to believe it and tell ourselves this every morning. Look in the mirror and say, “You’re beautiful…” And if that doesn’t work pop some Prozac and move into a cave.
4. Hey, Hey, Hey / Michael Franti
Because it’s Michael Franti, a man of peace, hope and vision. And if there’s one mantra I love, it’s live for the day , “Don’t let another moment slip away” and “Don’t let nobody tell you it couldn’t be done.” OK, double negative, but that’s not the point. Live your dreams.
3. Beautiful Day / U2
Explore your world and don’t see it in black and white – green and blue, perhaps, or maybe through those freakish glasses Bono wears. Live it, see it, and love it, “See the tuna fleets clearing the sea out/ See the Bedouin fires at night / the world is right in front of you…” Sometimes we take too many things for granted. Every day is a beautiful day. And the very poignant line “What you don’t have you don’t need it now.” How true. Be happy with what you have. And park the Visa card for a month. Do you really need another sack of hammers?
2. Three Little Birds / Bob Marley
Really, chill. Why start the day in a panic (see Prozac, if you can’t do it on your own). “Don’t worry…Everything gonna be all right.” Chill. Look out the window and be happy for what you have. Watch the sunrise, “Smile with the risin’ sun.” And yes, I saw him in 1979, my claim to fame.
1. Long Train Running / The Doobie Brothers
Start the day with love. I mean really,“Without love, where would we be now?” The quintessential question of life. Something we can’t get enough of. Love is the ultimate way to get your morning going. The guitar riff alone is enough to put a jump in your day. What do you need? Maybe a train to catch and get the hell outta here.
Basically make a playlist, pop some Prozac and hit the road…. Enjoy the day, week and month.