The U.N. has decreed it, and so it must be: Today is officially International Happiness Day. Which brings on the cynics, like the folks at the U.K.’s But think about it: Sometimes you do feel a rush of happiness that makes you want to burst into song—“Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” or “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah,” or “Feelin’ Groovy.” Not to mention “Chelsea Morning” and “What a Wonderful World.” What are the tunes that convey unalloyed joy to you?  We exclude “Happy Days Are Here Again” from contention; this anthem to political triumph is pure cynicism.


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  • Deborah Harkins March 21, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Oh, I forgot—”Singin’ in the Rain,” of course

  • Deborah Harkins March 20, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    “What a Day for a Daydream”—it’s effervescent!

  • Wendl in Manhattan March 20, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    The songs “Happy Together” recorded by the Turtles, and “It’s Wonderful” by the Rascals always do it for me.