This month I chose the theme of "songs that put a spring to your step." Here are some that I enjoy listening to that go along with the topic.
"I Can See Clearly Now the Rain Has Gone " - Johnny Nash (I Can See Clearly Now)
I chose this song as we have now transitioned from the gloomy cold winter into the season of spring, which gives us hope for warmer, sunnier days ahead. Johnny Nash's voice was so crisp and smooth on this album. Along with this track, "Stir it Up" was also an instant hit.
"You Are the Sunshine of My Life" - Stevie Wonder (Natural Wonder)
Stevie Wonder is one my favorite Motown artists of all time. Overcoming his childhood blindness, Stevie became one of the best and most prolific artists of the late 60s onward. While he has too many number 1 hit songs to list, this album contains quite a fair amount of them such as "Superstition," "Living for the City," and "Higher Ground." I can play his music and just jam out and dance in my house all day.
"I'm So Excited" - The Pointer Sisters (The Essential Pointer Sisters)
The Pointer Sisters came onto the music scene in the 70s and continued through the 80s. Their hits included "Fire," "Jump (For My Love)," and "Nuetron Dance," which was featured in the movie Beverly Hills Cop. However, my favorite song of theirs is "I'm So Excited." Right from the jump, the beat goes in and is high tempo fun. Just like the song title, I'm so excited spring is upon us.
"Soak Up the Sun" - Sheryl Crow (C'mon C'mon)
"Soak Up the Sun" is such a feel good song. There's just something about the easygoing tone of it as she softly sings the chorus that makes this song a guilty pleasure for me. Sheryl Crow is a very good artist and has other hits, but this one to me is her best. Listening to this song, you can see yourself driving with the window down and the shades on.
"Beautiful Day" - U2 (All That You Can't Leave Behind)
U2 was one of the biggest world rock bands from the 1980s through the early 2000s. Their music group turned out hits like "With or Without You," "Where the Streets Have No Name," and "Sunday Bloody Sunday," just to name a few. While this band is not one of the first rock bands I would ever play on my listening devices, I did resonate with "Beautiful Day." It is an uplifting song and just puts you in a good mood. You will find yourself rocking to the instrumentals of the electric guitars on the chorus, and I felt that this fit well with the theme of spring. Indeed, it will be a beautiful day.