Top 20 'Happy' Songs of All Time

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It’s been a good while since pure joy has won as big as it did today on the Hot 100, with Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” finally landing atop the chart. As noted earlier, Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” is the last song with the word “Happy” in its title to bow at the apex of the Hot 100.

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That fun fact demands that the other “Happy” and “Happiness”-incorporated jams reveal themselves for proper re-acknowledgment. A good bit of them are from yesteryear. Apparently, the world was a more cheery place in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Give them a looksee below—from Pharrell to Sheryl Crow, R.E.M. to Al Green and some acts your parents may have boogied to, here are the top 20 "Happy" songs ever. And don't let that word fool you; there are a few singles on here that aren't as peachy as their title suggests.

 

The ranking is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100 chart. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least. To ensure equitable representation of the biggest hits from each era, certain time frames were weighted to account for the difference between turnover rates from those years.

  1. 1

    “Happy Together,” The Turtles


    Released: 2/11/1967
    Peak Position: No. 1 (3 weeks)

  2. 2

    “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” from “Cocktail,” Bobby McFerrin


    Released: 7/30/1988
    Peak Position: No. 1 (2 weeks)

  3. 3

    “The Happy Organ,” Dave 'Baby' Cortez


    Released: 3/21/1959
    Peak Position: No. 1

  4. 4

    “My Happiness,” Connie Francis


    Released: 12/13/1958
    Peak Position: No. 2

  5. 5

    “If You Wanna Be Happy,” Jimmy Soul


    Released: 3/30/1963
    Peak Position: No. 1 (2 weeks)

  6. 6

    “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy,” Blood, Sweat & Tears

    Released: 3/1/1969
    Peak Position: No. 2

  7. 7

    “Love Can Make You Happy,” Mercy


    Released: 4/12/1969
    Peak Position: No. 2

  8. 8

    “Happy Days,” Pratt & McClain with Brother Love


    Released: 4/3/1976
    Peak Position: No. 5

  9. 9

    “Happy Birthday, Sweet Sixteen,” Neil Sedaka


    Released: 11/18/1961
    Peak Position: No. 6

  10. 10

    “Sha-La-La (Make Me Happy),” Al Green


    Released: 9/28/1974
    Peak Position: No. 7

  11. 11

    "Hotel Happiness," Brook Benton


    Released: 11/24/1962
    Peak Position: No. 3

  12. 12

    "Oh Happy Day," The Edwin Hawkins' Singers


    Released: 4/26/1969
    Peak Position: No. 4

  13. 13

    "Happy," Ashanti


    Released: 6/1/02
    Peak Position: No. 8

  14. 14

    "If It Makes You Happy," Sheryl Crow


    Released: 9/21/96
    Peak Position: No. 10

  15. 15

    "Shiny Happy People," R.E.M.

    Released: 7/27/91
    Peak Position: No. 10

  16. 16

    "My Happy Ending," Avril Lavigne


    Released: 7/31/04
    Peak Position: No. 9

  17. 17

    "Happy," Pharrell


    Released: 1/18/14
    Peak Position: No. 1 (still charting)

  18. 18

    "Happy-Go-Lucky-Me," Paul Evans

    Released: 5/7/60
    Peak Position: No. 10

  19. 19

    "The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A.," Donna Fargo

    Released: 5/27/72
    Peak Position: No. 11

  20. 20

    "Oh How Happy," Shades Of Blue

    Released: 5/7/66
    Peak Position: No. 12