Dave Grohl, Billy Corgan + Beck Name Favorite ‘Happy’ Tunes


Story by Anne Erickson, photo by Ken Settle

From Beck to Dave Grohl, rock artists name their favorite “happy” songs

Rock songs are often angst-y as opposed to happy, but that didn’t stop Forbes from chatting with a handful of rock artists to find out their favorite “happy” songs.

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has an interesting picks for his favorite happy song. At first, Grohl thinks about selecting an obvious one, Pharrell’s 2013 chart-topper “Happy,” but eventually settles on “C’Mon N’ Ride It (The Train)” by ’90s hip-hop band Quad City DJs, who also created the Space Jam theme song. Certainly not the song one would expect from a grunge icon.

Grohl says that when it comes to “C’Mon N’ Ride It (The Train),” You can’t not love it!” He adds that the song somehow “puts you in a good mood every time. It’s the groove, man.”

Billy Corgan from the Smashing Pumpkins, not surprisingly, says that he’s “not a happy song fan” and that it’s “not really my thing.” However, he ends up choosing the Beach Boys song “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” as his favorite happy track. It does have an upbeat, catchy beat.

As for a few other artists who selected their favorite songs, Beck says that “pretty much anything in the Stevie Wonder catalog” and Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” are his picks; Ann Wilson from Heart opts for “Across the Universe” by the Beatles; and Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell settles on David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust” and Joy Division’s “Transmission.”

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