Whether you’re planning a party, celebrating a win, or just looking for a reason to smile while the world throws its worst at you, the best feel-good songs are guaranteed to boost your endorphin levels. Expect sunshine pop, proto-funk and no shortage of reasons to be happy.
Best Feel-Good Songs: 10 Upbeat Tracks To Guarantee Happiness
10: Haircut One Hundred: Fantastic Day (1982)
An undeniable sense of optimism came with some of the bands that followed in the wake of New Wave and synth-pop. The likes of Orange Juice, New Musik and XTC all displayed intelligent production and a rejection of fatalist Britain, but so did the less well-remembered Haircut One Hundred – in their own, almost family-friendly way. Despite hefty competition from other songs on their debut album, Pelican West (not least Love Plus One and Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)), Fantastic Day remains the pinnacle: an oh-so-sweet depiction of a British summer day, timeless in its meaning.