World Smile Day is coming on Oct. 5, and AXS wants to make music fans smile with this playlist of tracks that are guaranteed to brighten your day. Check out 11 songs that are sure to make you smile below. You can click the song titles to listen to each one, and click the artist names to learn more about each artist and where you can hear them live this fall. Hopefully, these songs will be on their setlists!
Deep Blue Something was a one-hit wonder, but that's okay because their one hit was one of the best pop songs ever recorded. This single about a man who realizes he and his girlfriend only have the Audrey Hepburn movie in common has more than 28 million views on YouTube.
This song is just adorable. It's so cute, with its simple lyrics and Lenka's earnest, high-pitched vocals, that it's impossible not to smile listening to it. You might go into sugar shock after hearing it, but it's completely worth it.
Any Weird Al Yankovic song could be included on this playlist, but here is one of his most underrated songs. It's an original, rather than a parody, and by the time he reels off all of his ridiculous horoscopes ("You'll wake up, do a bunch of stuff and then go back to sleep") you'll be grinning ear to ear. If only all horoscopes could be this interesting.
Florida Georgia Line created the ultimate country party song with this single and then invited Luke Bryan to the party to make it even better. Whether you love country or don't like it, it's still a song that makes you want to know where these people are hanging out so you can go there and get in on the fun. See Florida Georgia Line live at The Novo by Microsoft in Los Angeles, California on Oct. 10; tickets are on sale now through AXS.
One of the great love songs of our time is also one of the most upbeat songs from the 1960's. Everyone knows it and almost everyone usually ends up singing along to it, with good reason; Motown legends Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell clearly had as much fun recording it as the audience does listening to it.
If any band can make an audience smile, it's Train. Pat Monahan and friends make every album and every concert fun, and none of their songs is more fun than the rowdy "Save Me, San Francisco," in which Monahan details the ups and downs of his life with seemingly boundless energy.
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This Toto single definitely qualifies as a cult hit. It's developed a fan following over the years since its original release and is currently experiencing another surge in popularity because of the recent Weezer cover. There's a reason Weezer took the time to cover it - it's a song that makes the listener both happy and hopeful for a love that'd go all the way to Africa. Get your tickets to see Toto live on tour this fall through AXS.
The music video for "Sugar" has more than two billion views on YouTube, and that's no surprise considering that it is literally Maroon 5 going around brightening people's days. Listening to the song will brighten anyone's, too, because the band just has a knack for creating the perfect pop-rock hit. It's a good bet the band will play this song at their New Year's Eve songs at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas; get your tickets now through AXS.
Whether you're an ABBA fan or have no idea what the fuss is about, everyone secretly loves "Dancing Queen." Everybody has heard it and it's impossible to get through the first chorus without getting swept up in the urge to sing along. And then dance. Possibly in a massive musical number.
This Journey song has become an anthem for everyone who's ever having a bad day. Even if you're having a good day, playing it will nonetheless inspire a big grin and a desire to rock out with several of your closest friends. It has a way of cutting through everything and getting the listener to just focus on the music.
On a holiday called World Smile Day, there's no better song than Pharrell Williams' worldwide smash hit "Happy." With more than a billion views on YouTube and countless plays seemingly everywhere, "Happy" makes everyone happy, no matter how many times you hear it. It's an instant mood-lifter; after all, who can't smile when listening to Pharrell?
For more on any of the artists featured on this playlist, click their names above to visit their artist pages at AXS.