ABC Radio is currently running, Your Good Vibrations, and calling for happy songs.
This is part of ABC’s focus on mental wellbeing, ABC Your Mental Health, 5-11 July and the songs will be played on local radio and used to create an ABC Playlist of happy songs.
Renowned chef and journalist Matt Preston, who is currently presenting Afternoons on ABC Radio Melbourne until July 10, while Jacinta Parsons is on leave, has published his Top 5.
Matt Preston’s Top 5 Good Vibrations and why?
- Groove is in the Heart by Dee-lite
It’s just that opening baseline. It’s always been that opening baseline. It’s the heartbeat that has been rushing to the dance floor. It’s the beat that has 5000 people go crazy when I saw them live at the Brixton Academy.
- Randwick Bells by Jimmy Little
A great Paul Kelly song taken to ethereal heights by Australia’s honey-voices crooner… rise up singing indeed!
- Free Nelson Mandela by the Specials
The most joyous of all protest songs and one that lived to see its wish fulfilled. It was a song that crystallised the Anti Apartheid movement . To be in the crowd at the Wembley concert when Mandela spoke two months after his release was very special. To dance to Jerry Dammers song on that day even more so! Dammers (with Simple Minds) has been the first act to sign up for the globally televised for the Mandela 70th birthday concert in 1988 that the ANC credited with helping apply pressure for Mandiba’s release 18 months later.
- Good As Hell – Lizzo
The song of last summer and one of the most uplifting performances I’ve seen. Strong, feisty and supremely connected what a star. We’ve all needed a friend to tell us to “walk our fine area out the door”.
- Friday I’m in Love – The Cure
Cascading guitar riff and a certain winsome joy about the whole affair. It just makes me happy!