Journey to Freedom, Week 4: Happiness

Vincent Anthony
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Last week’s word in Michelle Williams’ Journey to Freedom journal contest was “happiness.”  For our playlist, I’ve selected five songs that always put me in a good mood as soon as I turn them on.  They are among my go-to “get happy” songs.  Unlike previous weeks, I won’t analyze each song individually because in the case of these songs, it’s really not necessary.  All the songs are pretty similar.  On all five tracks, the artists are praising the good things in their lives and showing their gratitude while singing, rapping (or, in J.Lo’s case, talking) over a feel-good beat.  The selections cover the genres of pop, R&B, neosoul, gospel, and hip-hop.  Hopefully, this playlist puts you in a good mood and fills you with happiness!

Also, don’t forget to enter our Michelle Williams Time Capsule Contest for a chance to win two of the albums featured on this playlist!

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Vincent is the founder of the magazine and has had a strong passion for popular music since, well, 1997! If it's not obvious, his favorite artists include Destiny's Child, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, P!nk, and many more. Vincent lives in New York, where he is a high school English teacher, and currently he is pursuing a Master's in Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.