Motivational & Upbeat Oldies

Need a change in mood? Change in attitude? Think music! Music can take a sour mood and make it sweet. It can change an angry mood to calm. A “down-in-the-dumps mood” can become an “everything will be alright” mood.

Pop and rock songs from the past can be positive and refreshing. Songs from icons like The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, The Four Seasons, Tom Petty, etc., are timeless.

Feeling a bit out of sorts? Frank Sinatra’s That’s Life re-enforces the fact that everyone has “up” days and “down” days. Robbie Nevil’s C’est La Vie reminds us that sometimes “that’s just the way things go.” Both songs tell us that’s the way life can roll (and that’s ok).

Got a case of the blues? Lionel Richie can have you Dancing On The Ceiling. Songs like Katrina and the Waves’ Walking On Sunshine and Kenny Loggins’ I’m Alright are sure to brighten your day.

Feeling kicked when you’re down? Listen to Tom Petty’s I Won’t Back Down or Twisted Sister’s We’re Not Gonna Take It. Lost hit, Lookout for #1 by Tommy Faragher is perfect if you need to stand tough, and Nancy Sinatra firmly puts everyone in their place with These Boots Are Made For Walkin’.

Need some simple, happy stuff? Bubblegum music like the Archie’s Sugar Sugar or The Partridge Family’s I Think I Love You are cheesy, but just plain fun! The Young Rascals Groovin’ and Roy Orbison’s You Got It are mellow, relaxing songs.

Pick out some of your favorite oldies and let music take you to a higher, more positive plain. Here’s a list to get you started:

High Hopes – Frank Sinatra ‘59 (from the film: A Hole In The Head)

Reach Out I’ll Be There – The 4 Tops ‘64

The Way You Do The Things You Do – The Temptations ‘64

Downtown – Petula Clark  ’65

These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ – Nancy Sinatra ‘66

That’s Life – Frank Sinatra ‘66

Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys ’66

Respect – Aretha Franklin ‘67

Watch The Flowers Grow – The 4 Seasons ‘67

Little Bit O’Soul – The Music Explosion  ’67

Let’s Live For Today -The Grassroots ‘67

The Happening – The Supremes ‘67

Groovin’ – The Young Rascals ‘67

A Beautiful Morning – The Young Rascals ‘68

Sugar Sugar – The Archies ‘69

I Think I Love You – The Partridge Family ‘70

I Just Want to Celebrate – Rare Earth ‘71

Amazing Grace – Judy Collins ‘71

Power To The People – John Lennon ‘71

It’s Only Rock N Roll (But I Like It) – The Rolling Stones ’74

Respect Yourself – Staple Singers ‘71 Bruce Willis ‘87

I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing (In Perfect Harmony) – ‘72 New Seekers, also Hillside Singers

Love Train – The O’Jays ‘73

Some Kind of Wonderful – Grand Funk ‘74

Party Train – The Gap Band  ’83

Walk This Way – Aerosmith ‘77 Run DMC – 86

Dancing On The Ceiling – Lionel Richie ‘86

Whenever I Call You Friend – Kenny Loggins ‘78

We Are Family – Sister Sledge ‘79

I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor ‘79

I’m Alright (Theme from Caddyshack) – Kenny Loggins ‘80

Eye Of The Tiger (from the film Rocky III) – Survivor ‘82

Lookout For #1 – Tommy Faragher (from the Stayin’ Alive movie soundtrack)

We’re Not Gonna Take It – Twisted Sister ‘84

New Attitude – Patti Labelle ‘85

Walking On Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves ‘85

We Are The World – USA for Africa ‘85

C’est La Vie – Robbie Nevil ‘86

Tuff Enough – Fabulous Thunderbirds ‘86

Together Forever – Rick Astley ‘88

I Won’t Back Down – Tom Petty ‘89

You Got It – Roy Orbison ‘89

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