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7 songs that will make you happy in an instant

Down in the dumps? These catchy pop tunes will brighten your mood.

Pharrell WilliamsPharrell WilliamsA screenshot from one of the 24 different versions of the "Happy" music video made by Pharrell Williams. (Photo: 24HoursofHappy.com/YouTube)

What makes a person happy? It's hard to say. But we know there is a report that measures happiness. It's the World Happiness Report, released every two years by the United Nations' Sustainable Development Solutions Network. The 2015 report was released today, covering the years 2012-14; Switzerland came out on top, Israel was ranked11th, and the U.S. was 15th.

And while the report examines factors such as economic stability and generosity, music is not a requirement. It should be. The right song at the right time can put a huge smile on a person's face and gets toes tapping.

Here are seven songs that will make anyone happy. Yes, some are obvious choices. Some you've heard a zillion times. Some even have the word "happy" in the title. But we know that once these hit your ears, you can't help but smile:


'Move Your Feet' by Junior Senior

This 2003 toe-tapper released by a pop duo from Denmark (a high-ranking happy country!) hit No. 3 in the U.K. and has been featured in numerous TV spots, including promos for PBS Kids and an ad for Google Chrome. If the song doesn't make you smile, the video's Atari-age graphics sure will.


'Happy' by Pharrell Williams

Of course this was going to be on the list. This version of the video has been viewed more than 655 million times, and for good reason: it's catchy and the video is clever as all get out. So what if this is the 25,001st time you've heard it? You can even watch various versions of the video for 24 straight hours, if so inclined.


'New Soul' by Yael Naim

Perhaps you remember this song from an Apple commercial. French-Israeli folk artist Yael Naim sang this song about starting over and getting a fresh slate. It's bouncy and full of hope, which is what you want in a happy song, right?


'Conjunction Junction' by Schoolhouse Rock

We all saw this when we were kids, and it stuck in our brains ever since. Many "Schoolhouse Rock" songs put a smile on our faces, but this one seems to be a particular favorite. Maybe it's the little guy with the conductor's hat.


'Here Comes The Sun' by The Beatles

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5E_zXbmrlM

Winter stinks. It's cold, snowy, gray, and it keeps people indoors. But one listen of this George Harrison classic makes you think of spring, and gives you that warm feeling inside. Play it on the coldest day of the year, and you'll know what we're talking about.


'Late In The Evening' by Paul Simon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57RIlznOpDM

This is a personal favorite. Paul talks about his earliest memories, then transitions to his New York youth in the '50s, and then to when he started playing music in the '60s. If your butt doesn't wiggle in your seat while listening, then you might just be dead inside.


'Don't Worry Be Happy' by Bobby McFerrin

This is the "Happy" of a quarter-century ago. It's jazz great Bobby McFerrin's only charting hit and the first a cappella song to hit No. 1 on Billboard. If the song isn't your thing, watch the video. The goofiness of Bill Irwin and the late Robin Williams will give you a grin.

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