“The Happiest Days of our Lives/Another Brick in the Wall Part II” – Pink Floyd
“Happiness in Slavery” – Nine Inch Nails
“Happiness in Slavery [Fixed]” – Nine Inch Nails
“Happiness Is A Warm Gun (Danny Saber Mix)” – U2
“Happiness Is A Warm Gun (The Gun Mix)” – U2
“Happiness Is The Road” – Marillion
“Happy” – Natasha Bedingfield
“Happy” – Stabbing Westward
“Happy” – God Lives Underwater
“Happy Birthday” – The Birthday Massacre
“Happy Face” – Toadies
“Happy House” – Siouxsie and the Banshees
“Happy Jack” – The Who
“Happy Nation” – Ace of Base
“Happy Now” – Bon Jovi
“Happy Now?” – No Doubt
“Happy Phantom” – Tori Amos
Interestingly enough, the subject material is not universally upbeat. The video for U2’s cover of “Happiness Is A Warm Gun” is probably one of their craziest videos, which is saying a lot because the era that it came out of was their “let’s make weird videos” era.
But the gem of this crop is “Happiness is the Road” by Marillion. The second verse tends to play in my head when I’m feeling stuck or down:
I met this man In Utrecht Netherlands
He was a doctor of the body and the soul
He said to me: Man, there’s a book you have to read.
I feel your pain, it makes me cry
But these tears are yours – not mine.
You’re focussing on all of your bad yesterdays
The worry lines are getting deeper every day
And deep inside you, no surprise – there’s a crisis!
You might have been to blame
But you can’t go on this way
Must I watch and pray?
While you torture yourself with what’s behind you
Torture yourself with what awaits you
Dragging that guilt and regret inside you
Anxious of the goals that always evade you
Your mind will find a way to be unkind to you somehow
But all we really have is happening to us right now
Happiness ain’t at the end of the road, happiness is the road. Sometimes I need to remind myself of that.