A couple of months back, we ran a pretty extensive list of songs that are guaranteed to make you cry. The feature got plenty of feedback and suggestions from our readers, and now it’s time to provide the logical corollary: happy songs! Or, at least, songs that we reckon will make you smile, because they’re not necessarily quite the same thing. Anyway, again, here’s an epic selection of 50 songs that we think fit the bill — let us know if you have any to add!
Stevie Wonder — “Sir Duke”
If the sheer exuberance of Wonder’s tribute to the greats who had gone before him — including “the king of all, Sir Duke [Ellington] — and to the power of music to move and inspire doesn’t bring a smile to your face, well, you’ve got a cold, cold heart.