MUST SEE: These 20 songs make you feel happy and hopeful during tough times

News 24/06/2020

A new article by AARP magazine in the United States has designed a 5-hour long playlist to lift people's spirits during the tough times as the world continues to fight against COVID-19.

Remember when the New York Presbyterian Queens Hospital would blast Journey's Don't Stop Believin' every time a COVID-19 patient was discharged? The video alone helped lift people's spirits around the world, including the doctors, nurses and the patients in the hospital. In another NY hospital, they would play the Beatles' 'Here Comes the Sun' when a COVID-19 patient is discharged or recovered enough to breathe without the help of a ventilator. Pulmonologist Steven Feinsilver, M.D. told AARP that hearing the song on the loudspeaker is "brilliant". "It's just what people need, a reminder that patients are recovering. You feel good for a moment," he continued.

Here are the top 20 songs that AARP believes will help provide happiness which, in return, gives you a sense of relief during difficult times.

  1. Beautiful Day - U2
  2. Don't Stop - Fleetwood Mac
  3. The River of Dreams - Billy Joel
  4. What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
  5. Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
  6. Coming Out of the Dark - Gloria Estefan
  7. Walking on Sunshine - Katrina & the Waves
  8. Three Little Birds - Bob Marley and the Wailers
  9. Happy - Pharrell
  10. Bridge Over Troubled Waters - Simon & Garfunkel
  11. Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles
  12. Don't Worry Baby - The Beach Boys
  13. Somewhere Out There - Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram
  14. Let's Work Together - Canned Heat
  15. Shelter From the Storm - Bob Dylan
  16. What the World Needs Now (Is Love) - Dionne Warwick
  17. Lovely Day - Bill Withers
  18. Mr. Blue Sky - Electric Light Orchestra
  19. I Saw the Light - Hank Williams
  20. I Wil Survive - Gloria Gaynor

Titled 'Songs of Hope & Happiness', AARP's playlist features about 90 classic songs including Bob Dylan, The Police, Buddy Holly, Crowded House, Creedence Clearwater Revival, John Mellencamp, Bruce Springsteen, The Clash, The Who and more.

You can check out their playlist below.

You can read more about their research here.