- 1 ‘Blister in the Sun’ by Violent Femmes
- 2 ‘Higher Than the Sun’ by Primal Scream
- 3 ‘She’s Only Happy in the Sun’ by Ben Harper
- 4 ‘Saturday Sun’ by Nick Drake
- 5 ‘You are the Sunshine of My Life’ by Stevie Wonder
- 6 “Pocketful of Sunshine” by Natasha Bedingfield
- 7 “Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone” by Bill Withers
- 8 “Sunshine Song” by Jason Mraz
- 9 “Saturday Sun” by Vance Joy
- 10 “She’s Only Happy in the Sun” by Ben Harper
‘Blister in the Sun’ by Violent Femmes
In 1983, Violent Femmes released their self-titled debut album.
It was written by Gordan Gano, a 19-year-old at the time. “The strung up sensation that comes from drug misuse,” says Gano in an interview with Village Voice. This is what the song is about.
The song “Blister in the Sun” became a cult classic on American college radio stations in the 1980s. Since then, it’s been hailed as a genre stalwart.
‘Higher Than the Sun’ by Primal Scream
Ecstacy was the go-to drug for rave goers in the ’90s, and it was popular at clubs all across the UK. Acid house, for example, spawned entire musical subgenres based on its capacity to get people ‘loved up’ and dancing nonstop. A whistle is usually used.
“Higher Than the Sun” was made to mimic the effects of being smashed, even if you weren’t drunk to begin with.
Bobby Gillespie described it as “a big step onto another planet” in his songwriting. As I listened to it years later, he was spot on. It gives the impression of something out of the future.
‘She’s Only Happy in the Sun’ by Ben Harper
A nice, bright day is something that everyone looks forward to.
The light is like a narcotic in this place. As a result, this song is about a female he knows who is struggling with addiction.
= When she is on drugs, she is only pleased in the sunlight.
When you’re freed from the tyranny of the light, you’ll be free indeed.
‘Saturday Sun’ by Nick Drake
When life is nice, it’s easy to overlook the good times until they come knocking on your door. That’s what happens in “Saturday Sun,” a song by Nick Drake.
In the same vein as Cat Stevens’ “Moonshadow,” it is a song about living in the now and not letting time pass you by (that features on our songs about the moon playlist)
‘You are the Sunshine of My Life’ by Stevie Wonder
It was the year 1972 that ‘You Are the Sunshine of My Life’ topped the US Billboard charts.
It’s a beautiful song dedicated to Wonder’s wife, Syreeta Wright, whom he married in 1970. They got married, but it didn’t work out, and they got divorced two years later. She stated, “I was always under his shadow.”
That said, “You are the Sunshine of My Life” continues to be a declaration of eternal love.
“Pocketful of Sunshine” by Natasha Bedingfield
This quick, cheerful dance tune from 2008 can help you get out of your funk. It’s a hymn of perseverance, with the narrator stating that nothing can break or disturb her.
A pocket of sunlight is her go-to tool for battling uncertainty. She has a special spot in her heart that is a constant source of happiness and inspiration.
“Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone” by Bill Withers
Often, the narrator’s lover just walks out the door in this Grammy-winning R&B song from 1971. He doesn’t know how long she’ll be gone or whether she’ll ever come back. He’s terrified. This bad action from her makes the guy’s entire world halt.
When she isn’t around, there is no brightness or warmth for him. Who knows how long it will be before he sees that she is changing his entire universe in more ways than one?
“Sunshine Song” by Jason Mraz
While the light shines brighter in other people’s life, the narrator of this 2009 pop song is a little bit envious. Yes, that’s how things work at times, friend!
It has been raining on his parade lately, so he is asking for a little sunlight from those who have it. He thinks they might be able to accomplish great things by working together:
I wonder how many watts we could produce if we combined my tiny light with yours today.
Just how many towns are still in danger?
“Saturday Sun” by Vance Joy
He’s returning to the west coast to spend time with his new girlfriend in this indie rock song from 2018. A lonely man laments his lack of companionship while driving in the Saturday afternoon light. His new girlfriend appears to be a fantastic match for him in the early stages of their relationship. While he doesn’t yet know what she thinks of him, he is eager to find out if she feels the same.
“She’s Only Happy in the Sun” by Ben Harper
Her life is an emotional rollercoaster depicted in this heartbreaking 2003 rock song. It’s possible she’s pursuing a goal, is suffering from mental illness, or is on a narcotic. It’s all up to you.
Whatever the situation may be, she is frequently overcome with feelings of euphoria, as if she is “in the clouds” with the sun. Then, she’s reduced to her knees in anguish and laughter, as expected. She is only happy and free in the sun according to the narrator, her boyfriend.