Mood Boosters from Classic Musicals

Mood Boosters from Classic Musicals
When you need a reason to smile, a classic film musical is the perfect choice. But, if you are short on time, watching a quick clip can also do the trick. Here is a short list of musical numbers that should put a smile on your face and maybe even get your toes tapping.

Get Happy performed by Judy Garland
This one is an obvious choice, but, it couldn’t be excluded due to its pure perfection. From the 1950 film Summer Stock with Gene Kelly, Judy Garland performs this jazzy revivalistic number with humor, style, and a lot of well-dressed chorus guys. After watching, you should be able to forget your troubles – at least momentarily.

Shaking the Blues Away performed by Doris Day
From the film Love Me or Leave Me with James Cagney, this is one of those tunes that you can’t get out of your head once you’ve heard it. Luckily, it is so good you won’t mind. Watch Day’s facial expressions during this number, especially while she dances; she sings it, sells it, and delivers vigor right to your screen.

From This Moment On performed by Ann Miller, Bob Fosse, Tommy Rall, Bobby Van, and Carol Haney
Some classic movie aficionados dislike the film Kiss Me Kate, but they can’t deny that this number is excellent. Not only does the energy and vitality surge from the screen, but the lyrics offer the promise of better days. If you aren’t a big fan of this musical, take another look at the artistry of this piece and enjoy the moment.

Stereophonic Sound performed by Janis Paige and Fred Astaire
Let’s face it. It is impossible to choose just one winning number from 1957’s Silk Stockings, but when looking for a sure mood lifter Stereophonic Sound is just what the doctor ordered. Tongues are firmly planted in cheeks as Paige and Astaire make fun of the film industry in this colorful tune by Cole Porter.

Ritz Roll & Rock performed by Fred Astaire gets an honorable mention, because one never gets bored with modern dance moves performed in tuxedos and evening gowns.

Thanks a Lot, but No Thanks performed by Dolores Gray
This gem from the 1955 film It’s Always Fair Weather never disappoints. You can also find this clip by searching for “Midnight with Madeline.” When the blues come knocking at your door, just politely say “no thanks,” and if you are watching the clip instead of the whole film, make sure you wade through the “commercial” Gray performs at the beginning as the number follows. No thanks necessary.

When YouTubing, look for official channels and those channels which offer high quality if possible. The video and sound will be better quality than versions that have been copied.

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