What’s your joy song?

You know, the one you play when you heart is so full it might just burst open with love. And light up the sky with the pink-yellow glow of the most stunning sunrise (or sunset) the world has ever known. Let’s even throw in the rare magical green flash of aloha. (I feel blessed to have witnessed that wonder, though didn’t even try to capture it on film.)

It’s the one that makes you sing at the top of your lungs, wiggle your booty and shimmy your shoulders. Even if you’re stuck in rush hour traffic or behind that lost driver.

The tune you hum while skipping through your errands.

The one that never fails to pull you up out of your chair to dance at a club or around your own living room. Or fly around the dance pole you just happened to have installed.

Most importantly, it’s the song your friend, husband, soul sister and self know to play when you’re stuck in the doldrums. Because it pulls you out, even just a little. It banishes the cranky. It reminds you that you can find just a little bit of light and joy. If only for a song.

You have one of those right?

If not feel free to try mine—Feeling Good by Michael Bublé. It’s pure sunlight. It makes my spirit soar. It connects me with nature, even when I’m inside. It brings a smile to my face, a light in my eyes and a spark to my soul.

Another sunny one I adore is Sound of Sunshine by Michael Franti & Spearhead. And if I need to be set free to fly, I might cue up Freedom! ’90 by George Michael.

Of course, these all may be too light for you.

My husband has a slightly twisted sense of humor and he loves Christmas. One of his joy songs, especially when people are pissing him off, is I Hate People from the Albert Finney musical version of Scrooge.

Maybe you seek something more rocking like Beautiful Day by U2. Or a party anthem like Yeah by Usher feat Lil Jon & Ludacris. Or something more risque like F**k the Pain Away by Peaches.

Find the song that brings you joy.

And if you have no idea, no worrries, the hunt is half the fun! You might find an entire album and/or create a whole playlist.

I’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments. And please add them to the itunes or spotify playlists I’ve created called “What’s your joy song?”

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4 Responses to What’s your joy song?

  1. Kathy Sprinkle on January 16, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Fun question!! Mine is Katrina and the Waves “Walking on Sunshine”

    • Lisa Faulkner on January 16, 2012 at 1:37 PM

      Thanks, Kathy. Love that one! Interesting too, I noticed many of my contenders had ‘sunny’ lyrics like Sheryl Crow’s “Soak up the Sun,” “Sunshine (Come on Lady)” by Josh Rouse. Or they just feel ‘sunny’ (eg Angel by Shaggy).

  2. Michelle Medina on January 16, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    Pearl Jam “Dirty Frank” About a FAKE canibalistic bus driver. I def go for dark apparently! I tell people that and they ask me: “So what do you listen to when your angry?” I say: “EMINEM of course!” Lol.

    • Lisa Faulkner on January 17, 2012 at 4:37 PM

      Hi Michelle, I appreciate your comment and the diversity your song adds to the list. What’s your favorite Eminem song right now? Lose Yourself motivates me to move and seize the opportunity!