So for Christmas this year, I made a ‘mixed tape’ for my family and friends. When I first began putting this collection together, the idea was simply to find songs that were about being happy, or made people happy to hear them. A collection of songs you could put on when life started getting the better of you and you needed something to bring a smile back to your face.

The first uncut playlist, which was much too long for a single disc, included a lot of classic favorites that everyone knows. However, I found that I was skipping most of these well-known songs simply because everyone already knew them and because they weren’t ‘mine.’ I realized I wanted not only a playlist of happy songs but also to share the music and artists I personally enjoy listening to.

With that in mind, the result is a blend of both agendas and not all of these songs fit perfectly together, but they’re all artists or songs that I enjoy and wanted to share with you – because you’re awesome.

I hope you enjoy them too. The playlist is available on Spotify, and a better view of the packaging is here (I’ve waited so long to post this because some people still haven’t received them yet — I tend to have a 2-month long Christmas)

Don't Worry, You're Awesome - CD label

Do You Realize? – The Flaming Lips
Let It Be Me – Ray LaMontagne
Three Little Birds – Bob Marley & The Wailers
If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out – Cat Stevens
Blue Skies For Everyone – Bob Schneider
World Keeps Turning – Brett Dennen
Ghost of Corporate Future – Regina Spektor
Be Calm – Fun.
I’m Still Standing – Elton John
Float On – Modest Mouse
This Too Shall Pass – OK Go
Rule #32 – Zombieland
My Favorite Things – Outkast
Green Lights – Aloe Blacc
Ain’t Got No/I Got Life – Nina Simone
I’ve Gotta Be Me – Glee Cast
I Got You (I Feel Good) – James Brown
Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
Dance Tonight – Paul McCartney
Buster Voodoo – Rodrigo y Gabriela
Whole Lotta Things – Southern Culture on the Skids
I Am Goodbye – Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy
Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole