George Harrison’s blissful portrait of the sun rising over friend Eric Clapton’s garden shines on -- as does the legendary artist, often dubbed "the spiritual Beatle," himself.
With her characteristic pluck and inimitable pipes, Dolly Parton was a star long before she penned her most famous song. But when her 1980 feminist anthem "9 to 5" hit home for working women everywhere, the down-to-earth Parton became a full-fledged superstar.
Bob Marley’s soulful message of good karma celebrates the beauty of the everyday world. In the thirty-plus years since the album Exodus was released, it has become one of his signature and most beloved songs.
"Welcome to the human race": In 1977, ELO’s double album Out of the Blue hit the ground running, going multi-platinum upon its release. "Mr. Blue Sky," its thirteenth track, is a sunny, exhilarating affirmation of how our the darker days.
This soul-disco fusion hit all the right notes in 1978 when Chaka Khan made it her smash solo debut and a teenage Whitney Houston and mother Cissy belted out backup vocals. Fifteen years later, Houston recorded her own version, paying tribute to the track’s original singer by calling out "Chaka Khan" near the end of the song.
The band that was named after a crayon drawing zoomed to loftier heights with "The Middle," a heart-to-heart anthem that encourages its listeners: "Just be yourself. Don’t worry if it’s good enough for someone else." The empowering message resonates with both teens and their parents -- and gets everyone up and dancing, too.
Three’s the charm: With each incarnation of the Wailin’ Jennys, a female Canadian-based folk trio, the group has proved the old adage true. Since their debut on the music scene in 2003, the trio hasn’t wavered from their sublime three-part harmonies and stirring lyrics. The group’s original lineup pays homage to their special symbiosis on "One Voice."
Tom Petty’s first solo album stared down the music charts in 1989 and became his most commercial success. One of the reasons: The lion-hearted single "Won’t Back Down," a paean to courage in the face of opposition. When you need a dose of , this one will put some swagger in your step.
The "three little birds" that sat by Bob Marley’s doorstep in 1977 appear again in the 2006 single "Put Your Records On." This time, they’re joined by little girls double-dutching on the concrete and women sipping tea on a summer day "like cinnamon -- so sweet." Rae’s ode to being comfortable in your own skin will have you pressing the rewind button as soon as the last silky notes fade away.
In 1985, the San Francisco-based band generated more than enough Gigawatts of electricity to power the Back to the Future track to number one and garner a nomination at the 58th Academy Awards.
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Achieving is always a challenge, but even the little things in your day can help. Remember, the key is finding balance in your life, not perfection, and when you're feeling low-key or just bored, music can offer a great little pick-me-up.
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