Originally Posted by seventy
my favorite classic - Three Little Birds by Bob Marley (also as performed by Elizabeth Mitchell)
THIS! We sing this to our babies when they are upset and it seems always to make *everyone* feel better.
I'd amend this to add that Bob Marley--and reggae in general!--always make me really happy.
Also, off the top of my head:
Stereolab: Ping Pong and Jenny Ondioline (and lots of other songs of theirs, actually!)
Air Miami: Airplane Rider (soooo fun and happy! But maybe I'm showing my age/preferences; this was a classic of a 90s indie rock!)
Camaron de la Isla: Volando Voy Volando Vengo (a flamenco classic that I ADORE)
Gal Costa anything, in fact there is a ton of beautiful happy Brazilian music that I would recommend...
Nicole Willis and the Soul Investigators and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings if you like soul/funk--they are incredible!
God, there is so much beautiful happy music that really I don't know where to begin! Awesome thread!