I'd like to interrupt this cold winter weather we've been having in recent weeks with my next iteration of cocktail hour playlist ideas: "The Come On Get Happy" Cocktail Hour. It's a playlist designed to turn that frown into a smile. How's that old saying go? Doesn't it take more muscles and effort to frown than it does to smile? The songs that are selected for this playlist are pretty "happy" and will make for some happy socializing after your ceremony before your reception begins. This playlist represent some "happy" and "upbeat" tunes spanning from the 60s all the way to more recent years.
1. "Hooked On A Feeling" | Blue Swede | 1974
This band out of Sweden did a cover of the classic BJ Thomas from 1968. The ooga chaka jungle chants that you hear at the beginning of the song were actually from another cover of this song from 1971.
2. "Holiday" | Madonna | 1983
Released in September of 1983, this was one of Madonna's first hits. It's got an infectious party vibe to it and one that would be perfect for your cocktail hour. Let's celebrate, just one day out of life.....That one day, of course would be your wedding day.
3. "Dancing On The Ceiling" | Lionel Richie | 1986
The title track to Lionel's Richie's 3rd solo album released in August of 1986 always had a smile on my face and a spring in my step, and I think it'll do the same for you.
4. "Shiny Happy People" | REM | 1991
The song peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 back in the summer of 1991 and was actually performed on Sesame Street. It's a song that definitely gets the average person smiling.
5. "Good Life" | One Republic | 2011
The third single from their album "Waking Up" went all the way to Number 1 on the Adult Top 40 charts in the spring of 2011.
6. "Doo Wah Diddy Diddy" | Manfred Mann | 1964
Before he rocked us in the 70s with Manfred Mann's Earth Band (Blinded By Light), Manfred Mann had this hit in the summer of 1964. The song was written by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich.
7. "Soak Up The Sun" | Sheryl Crow | 2002
The perfect song while you "soak up the sun" at some of the Charleston area's most beautiful wedding venues. There are so many in Charleston that will allow you to catch a few rays during your cocktail hour.
8. "Mr. Jones" | Counting Crows | 1994
Perhaps it's because I was in my college years when this song was really popular, but this song totally reminds me of a celebratory time at a Charleston wedding cocktail hour.
9. "Sunday Morning" | Maroon 5 | 2004
The 4th single from debut record "Songs About Jane". It's got a fun and upbeat vibe for your cocktail hour. The song went all the day to Number 4 on the Adult Top 40 charts.
10. "Walking On The Sunshine" | Katrina & The Waves | 1985
Hopefully I don't need to explain why this song would be a good fit on this Come On Get Happy cocktail hour playlist. Just take a look at the title of the song, and crank it up and begin to get happy.
11. "Smile" | Uncle Kracker | 2009
Uncle Kracker had the right idea. This song was from his album in 2009 titled "Happy Hour". Now that makes me want to go pick up the rest of the CD to see how it sounds.
12. "Freedom" | Wham | 1984
Has it really been just about 13 months since the death of George Michael? It's still hard to believe that he is gone, but it's happy songs like this one when he was in Wham that will make us happy forever.
13. "Make It Happen" | Mariah Carey | 1992
Vintage Mariah Carey for the win! The 3rd track to hit the radio off her second album "Emotions" in the spring of 1992. The song would eventually hit the Top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
14. "Happy" | Rolling Stones | 1972
An obvious choice for the "Come On Get Happy" cocktail hour for your Charleston wedding. Released in the summer of 1972 from their incredible record "Exile On Main St"
15. "Break My Stride" | Matthew Wilder | 1983
Released in the fall of 1983, it was the lead single off Wilder's album "I Don't Speak The Language". It had people hopping, skipping, and jumping all over.
16. "Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher" | Jackie Wilson | 1967
Number 1 on the R&B charts back in the summer of '67 that came out of Chicago. A great upbeat track to get you happy.
17. "I'll Tumble Ya" | Culture Club | 1983
Released in the summer of 1983, it was the perfect song to head to the beach to here in Charleston. It broke into the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 later that year.
18. "I Believe In A Thing Called Love" | The Darkness | 2003
Reaching Number 2 on the UK single chart, it was the third single from the debut album from this hard and glam rock band.
19. "Feel Good Inc" | Gorillaz | 2005
This was the first single off their 2005 release "Demon Days". It cracked the Top 15 in the United States and has a good upbeat vibe.
20. "One Week" | Barenaked Ladies | 1998
Coming up this September, this song will turn TWENTY years old. Yeah, I do feel old now. It went all the way to Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Modern Rock charts.
Gosh, I am all smiles now with this playlist. I hope you are too. All of these songs were chosen to get you in a great mood for your cocktail hour and to keep that happy feeling going all night long when you and your guests get onto the dance floor. I've got some more of these playlists to upload in the next few days, but for now I need to sign off and put the finishing touches on music for a rare January wedding on Saturday. Did you engaged over the holidays and are you planning a 2018 or 2019 wedding in Charleston? Click HERE to tell me a little about your big day.