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  • Writer's pictureJace Shoemaker-Galloway

World Music Day: Happy songs guaranteed to make you smile & tap your toes

No matter where you live or how old or young you happen to be, there is one language everyone understands and appreciates – the universal language of music! An international holiday is finally here and folks from all over the world are in the mood to celebrate! Get ready to get your groove on! June 21 is World Music Day, an annual event that celebrates music of all genres.

World Music Day, or Fete de la Musique, is an all-day music fest which originated in France in 1982 and is held on the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. It didn’t take long before other countries celebrated the event. In 2013, 726 cities in 108 countries participated.

The event is free to the public. Music institutions like orchestras and operas as well as professional and amateur musicians can perform in World Music Day. Many events are held outside in the streets, parks or public buildings.

But just in case you can’t attend one of the free events, you can still enjoy World Music Day. Crank up the sound and get ready to tap your toes with a few of the uplifting songs listed below that are guaranteed to make you smile and put you in a good mood.

Happy Songs to Make You Smile

  • Happy – This popular tune, from Pharrel Williams, is sure to make you smile!

  • Don’t Worry, Be Happy – Speaking of happy, this song by Bob Marley, was a great big hit back in the day. In fact, it won Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Male at the 1989 Grammy Awards.

  • Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go – Wham was a popular group back in the day. George Michael is guaranteed to make you get your dance on!

  • Happy Together – Now it’s time to take a trip down memory lane. The Turtles made this catchy tune a great big hit.

  • Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Girls do want to have fun! This song was another top hit for Cyndi Lauper.

  • Joy to the World – No, this isn’t a Christmas song. This popular song, from Three Dog Night, is a must-have for your happy soundtrack.

  • Walking on Sunshine - It is impossible to listen to this upbeat song without tapping your toes! Katrina & The Waves are Walking on Sunshine and it feels good!

  • A New Day Has Come - Celine Dion belts out this love song filled with hope.

  • Beautiful Day – This song, by U2, is simply beautiful!

  • You Raise Me Up - No matter how dark your day, this uplifting song, from Josh Groban, can lift anyone's spirit.

  • All Night Long - Let the music live on with this classic Lionel Richie hit. Father of Nicole, this songwriter/producer/musician had so many top hits, it's hard to keep track.

  • Turn the Beat Around - Feel the beat and turn it upside down with Gloria Estefan toe-tappin' tune, Turn the Beat Around. Estefan was seriously injured in a car accident years ago and is proof that a positive attitude can move mountains.

  • I Want to Dance With Somebody - The beautiful Whitney Houston wants to dance and feel the heat with somebody - as long as they love her.

  • Time of my Life – Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes sing this beautiful song made popular in the film, “Dirty Dancing.” Johnny and Baby dance their last dance as the crowd looks on.

  • Footloose – Speaking of dancing, this catchy tune by Kenny Loggins, was a great big hit and was part of the fabulous Footloose soundtrack.

  • Flashdance...What a Feeling - Here's another song made famous by a popular movie, "Flashdance." Sung by Irene Cara, this song is another toe-tapper that makes you "feel the rhythm" and reminds us we can have it all!

  • It’s My Life – The guys in Bon Jovi remind us – it’s now or never. Life is short – it’s your life.

  • What a Wonderful World – A classic. Louis Armstrong belts out this beautiful song with his golden pipes.


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