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Mental Health Awareness Week: 10 happy songs to put a smile on your face

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Mental Health Awareness Week is drawing to a close (but that doesn't mean that your awareness and support stops on Sunday) and after our playlist earlier in the week of calming songs, now's the time for a pick-me-up as we head into the weekend.

Here's a selection of cheerful, sometimes cheesy tunes to soundtrack your Saturday and Sunday.

The Shapeshifters - Lola's Theme

Combining disco, soul and house, 'Lola's Theme' is a dancefloor classic. No matter what mood you're in, this song never fails to make you want to dance. The song is about someone disillusioned, inspired by someone else who has helped them see the light, and to "turn their world around". It's infectious, happy and makes for one hell of a remix.

Bombay Bicycle Club - Shuffle

The first single from their third album, A Different Kind of Fix, is one of their best. Jangly keyboard and guitars, a fantastic bassline and uplifting lyrics urging someone along: "Say you need it, sing it up, say you wanna try / say you haven't had enough, say you wanna". Uplifting and inspiring, all in one.

The 1975 - The Sound

The Mancunian band burst back onto the scene with a new album inspired by '80s pop, and 'The Sound' is a fine example of that. With a keyboard backing, a well-defined beat and repetitive but catchy lyrics, it is sure to get you moving whether it's on a long drive or on the dancefloor after a few drinks.

Superfood - You Can Believe

Brummie indie band Superfood's debut album was the soundtrack to many of our summer's back in 2014, and the title track is a perfect example of feel-good indie. Thrashing guitars, falsetto vocals and a refrain of "wanna believe, wanna get out, yeah" creating positive, wanderlust-like vibes.

Hall and Oates - You Make My Dreams

What's not to love about this Hall and Oates track? Simple, charming and infectiously happy, the 1980 track is the perfect montage song for several Hollywood movies (500 Days of Summer dance number, anyone?). It's cheesy, it's poppy as hell and above all, it makes you smile whatever mood you're in. As Daryl Hall himself said, the song is "just a pure expression of joy".

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros -Home

Whistled melodies are at the heart of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros' most popular track, the song acting almost as a duet between two lovers about their love for one another and finally going home. The folk and psychedelic rock vibes are evident, with group-chant vocals and a hell of a lot of percussion lifting this track to become one that is impossible to sing along to.

Bill Withers - Lovely Day

A classic soul track from a true legend, 'Lovely Day' is the perfect song to listen to on a rainy Sunday morning or on a long car journey. Sun soaked keyboards and Withers's smooth vocals are the perfect antidote to summer blues, as well as that 18-second long note at the end! A love song with a genuinely lovely sentiment. 

Feist - 1234

Feist's folk vibes are clear on '1234', with the hand-clapped chorus and serene vocals working in harmony to create a joyful-sounding track. Originally a song written by Australian singer-songwriter Sally Seltmann, the track embodies the idea of lost love and "the hope to recapture what you once had". 

Paramore - Hard Times

Paramore's first single from latest album, After Laughter, sees the band tackle life downturns head on. With a new '80s funk-pop style, Hayley Williams sings of being knocked down but getting back up again, this slice of summer pop is definitely something to help uplift you when times are hard.

Foster the People -Helena Beat

The song is about the lead singer's rebellion against his own self-destructive behaviour and tendencies, as well as taking inspiration from our generation's excessive drug use. An emphatic chorus and a hell of a lot of guitar and synth make for one of Foster the People's best efforts, with empowering lyrics such as "I tried to say it's not the only way / I never knew if I could face myself to change" giving the indie pop track more depth.




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