Don’t Worry, Be Happy

“Here’s a little song I wrote, you might want to sing it note for note…”

Don’t kill us, be happy.

You know, there WAS a time when you hadn’t yet heard Bobby McFerrin’s ode to joy. And there was also the first time you heard it and thought, “Hey, catchy tune!”

And there was also the time you saw the video and thought, “Alright, Robin Williams and that guy from Sesame Street!”

And then you heard it again. And again. And again. And again. And again. And again. And again. And again.

And again.

And again.

And pretty soon you got so sick of McFerrin’s beatboxing and cute little bwow-bwow sounds that you were ready to throw “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” through the nearest open window.

Check that.

You were ready to take “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” up to the top of a high-rise, beat it mercilessly with a cinder block and THEN throw it through the nearest window.

But now, looking back… it was kind of a cool song, no?

First released as part of the Cocktail soundtrack in the summer of 1988, it didn’t do much at all, but when it was re-released that fall, well… the thing blew up–– spending 26 weeks on the Billboard chart and peaking at #1 in September. And then it was number one the next week, too. And then it won the Grammy for Best Song. And Best Record. And Best Male Pop Vocal.

And then it was EVERYWHERE! Bumper stickers, TV commercials, t-shirts, keychains, TV shows, more movies, coffee mugs…

Inspired by the teachings of Indian spiritual leader Meher Baba, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” certainly had its heart in the right place, and McFerrin really pulled it off, writing and performing the first a capella #1 pop song in history; every sound on the record came from his mouth. Pretty impressive.

And we gotta admit, we’re actually okay with it now.

“Ain’t got no cash, ain’t got no style, ain’t got no gal to make you smile, but…”

We ♥ Don’t Worry, Be Happy.

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~ by weheartthe80s on July 11, 2012.

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