Music » Spun

Intern Emma's top 5 happy songs



It's easy to get fed up with the everyday work grind, but a listen to these five unconventionally cheerful tunes will put you in your happy place.


Nico Vega

Nico Vega usually produces songs more of the "anger" variety, but this track is an excellent sentiment about falling in love and ditching the past.

Lost Kitten


Though Metric's most recent album, Synthetica, hasn't been too well-received, this track is a jewel-encrusted example of lead singer Emily Haines' gorgeous falsetto. "Lost Kitten" wasn't even a featured single off the album, but it's one of the best songs of 2012. All hail Canadian indie rock.

The Way I Walk

The Cramps

It wouldn't be August without a little bit of grimy surf punk (aka "psychobilly"). With lyrics like "Touch me, baby, and I'll go hog wild," even those who don't love punk can get dirty and low with a classic like the Cramps. This particular single is off of their 1989 album Off the Bone, which featured hits like "Human Fly."

What's the Altitude

Cut Chemist

Here's a hip-hop DJ who deserves a little more credit. Cut Chemist jumped on the scene with underground legends like Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli. This track, in collaboration with Hymnal, takes advantage of cowbells in all the right ways and harks to a time when DJs were way, way better.

Holland, 1945

Neutral Milk Hotel

If you weren't listening to Neutral Milk Hotel in the '90s, then you probably heard the band's name thrown around in July when they sold out a show at Royal Oak Music Theatre. These guys are loved for good reason. It's music you either want to listen to racing down a dark highway in your convertible or while crying over an ex. Doesn't get much better than that. — Emma Ockerman

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.