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->''"Look for the bare necessities\\
The simple bare necessities\\
Forget about your worries and your strife!"''
-->-- "The Bare Necessities", ''Disney/TheJungleBook''

Life is good, ain't it? Makes you just want to sing about it. And if life isn't good... well, then sing about being happy, and some happiness is sure to come to you. And if you've got a friend whose life isn't as happy, well then maybe a song will perk up their day.

Some other guys can take their dark brooding, their {{angst}}, their cynicism, and their responsibilities and sit in their corner somewhere. But this song is about living the good life, the free life, the happy life. Not tied down by any restrictions, you just sing to be happy, and that's all there is to it.

Basically, this song is about having a fun-loving, optimistic outlook on the world, and, above all else, no worries. Expect this sequence to be a lot lighter in tone than the rest of the plot.

Usually, this type of song is sung by a carefree individual to educate someone who doesn't know the joy of the good life, but, since the hero's journey is ultimately all about responsibility, this tends to be a SidekickSong, especially if the sidekick's life is a {{Foil}} to the hero's destiny, or a song sung by the hero before TheCall screws around with his life.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'': The children's song the Tachikomas sing when they [[spoiler:[[HeroicSacrifice crash the satellite hosting their A.I. into an American nuclear missile launched at the refugee camp/island of Dejima]].]] Fits this trope to a "t": the Tachikomas are [[spoiler:robotic]] sidekicks, and the song is about the simple optimism of life.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Creator/{{Disney}} uses this a lot:
** ''Disney/TheLionKing'': The TropeNamer is "Hakuna Matata", where Timon and Pumbaa tell Simba, who has just run away from his responsibilities and his life, that he doesn't need to worry about the past, because a carefree existence is much less trouble. SubvertedTrope: This mentality ends up becoming an obstacle Simba must throw off before he can [[spoiler:kill Scar and claim his inheritance.]] In fact, it shows him being ''apathetically cynical''. "Bad things happen and there's nothing you can do about it. So why worry?"
** ''Disney/OliverAndCompany'' has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jb7kJ-j_dKA "Why Should I Worry,"]] a Disney song created [[OlderThanTheyThink way before Hakuna Matata (the song) existed]]. The Dodger isn't comic relief in the end, but it's very much a "let me astonish you, young stranger, with tales of my carefree lifestyle" song.
** ''Disney/TheJungleBook'': There's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ogQ0uge06o "Bare Necessities"]] from Disney. Baloo tells Mowgli all about life in the jungle, where your only concern should be what's for dinner (and whether or not it's you), and no one needs any lasting anxiety.
** ''Disney/FunAndFancyFree'': Jiminy Cricket's song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCc3GeYPQFU "I'm a Happy-go-Lucky Fellow."]]
** [[OverlyLongGag Before "I'm a Happy-go-Lucky Fellow"]], there was [[http://youtu.be/LcxYwwIL5zQ "Zip-a-dee-doo-dah"]] from ''Film/SongOfTheSouth''.
** ''Disney/BrotherBear'' has a CutSong called, well..."The Fishing Song", which is replaced in the final version of the film called "Welcome". The Fishing Song is basically about how the bears at the Salmon Run live a happy life being themselves, including eating, swimming, fishing, and sleeping. They also live a motto that can be described (as it is in the song) as "every day is one long party" and "life don't get no better than this".
* ''WesternAnimation/RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer'' The Movie (1998) had Slyly the fox sing "It Could Be Worse" to Rudolph after he's run away from home on how there are worse situations in the world and how he should forget his troubles.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FW02c5UNGl0 "Make 'Em Laugh"]] from ''Film/SinginInTheRain'', possibly the most obvious example of this trope. "Moses Supposes His Toeses Are Roses", a duet between the hero and comedy sidekick, also counts.
* ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'': Cross this over with a VillainSong, hand it to a WackyWaysideTribe that's keeping the heroine from reaching her goal, and you get "Chilly Down" (here are the [[http://www.teenagewildlife.com/music/st/Labyrinth/CD.html lyrics]] from the full-length version of the song on the soundtrack album).

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/CrazyExGirlfriend'' finally [[spoiler:hooks up Josh and Rebecca]] after a season and a half of trying, and they celebrate with a '70s soul pastiche called "We'll Never Have Problems Again," and forcibly reject any thoughts about how delusional with infatuation they are.

* "Livin' in the Sunlight, Lovin' in the Moonlight", best known for its cover version by Music/TinyTim, could be considered this.
* As one can tell from the title, "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby [=McFerrin=] is this sort of song. [[PlayingWithATrope Maybe.]]
* "Three Little Birds" from ''[[Music/ExodusAlbum Exodus]]'' by Music/BobMarley - the one with the chorus "'cause every little thing's gonna be alright."
* Visiting Africa, one notices a little tune emanating from the locals. Whilst the lyrics differ depending on region, it goes "Jambo, Jambo bwana, habari gani, m'zuri sana... Hakuna Matata, Hakuna Matata, Hakuna Matata!" It is an actual song, and very popular. (Simba is also Swahili for Lion and is heard everywhere, too)
* The song "Fill Your Heart" by Music/PaulWilliams and Biff Rose, later CoveredUp by the likes of Music/TinyTim and Music/DavidBowie, urges you to fill your heart with love, which will clean your mind and make you ''freeeeeeeeeeee!''
* Music/TheBeatles' ''Music/AbbeyRoad'' gives us the famous "Here Comes the Sun." For some background, the early winter months of 1969 were not kind to Music/GeorgeHarrison: he temporarily left the band, got arrested for drug possession, and had his tonsils removed. The end of that unfortunate winter inspired him to write about the hopeful feelings brought by the coming spring, and the rest is history.

%%* "Ain't Life Fine" from ''Theatre/TheAdventuresOfTomSawyer''.
* "Bidin' My Time" from ''Girl Crazy,'' by the Gershwin Brothers that extols the slacker's philosophy.
* ''Theatre/{{Rent}}'' has "Today 4 You", an upbeat and bouncy song...about killing a dog, "Out Tonight", about Mimi enjoying what time she has left, and "Santa Fe", about Collins' dream of opening a restaurant out west.
* Creator/MontyPython's ''Theatre/{{Spamalot}}'' has "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life," a song about how life seriously sucks but if you make the most of it, you might end up not being depressed. In its original presentation in ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'' it's being sung by a bunch of crucified people. Despite their fate this is their philosophy.
--> ''Life's a laugh and death's a joke, it's true / You'll see that life's a show, leave 'em laughing as you go''
%%* "Happy Talk" from ''Theatre/SouthPacific''.
* "All For The Best" from ''{{Theatre/Godspell}}'' points out that even though life might suck, there's more to life than material wealth and that it will all even out in the end.
%%* "Consider Yourself" from ''Theatre/{{Oliver}}''
* Subverted and directly referenced in ''Theatre/TheBookOfMormon'' with Hasa Diga Eebowai, in which the Ugandan villagers sing a happy-sounding song about how much their lives suck and how they try to make the best of it by [[spoiler:cursing God in the most profane manner possible]], and again in Turn It Off, in which the Mormon missionaries sing a toe-tapping tune about forgetting their problems by suppressing their emotions.
* "Dancing Through Life" from ''{{Theatre/Wicked}}'', though it is heavily shown that this manner of life is shallow, flippant and actually unfulfilling. The singer learns his lesson by the end of the play.
* ''Theatre/{{Cabaret}}'':
** "Wilkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome" from is of the darker life-sucks-but-let's-pretend-for-a-moment-it-doesn't variety.
--->'''[=EmCee=]:''' Leave your troubles outside! In here, life is beautiful... the girls are beautiful... even the orchestra is beautiful!
** The title song "Cabaret" is another:
--->''Come taste the wine / Come hear the band / Come blow your horn, start celebrating / Right this way, your table's waiting!''
* "Live, Laugh, Love" from ''Theatre/{{Follies}}'' starts out as one of these.
-->'''Ben:''' ''When the rent is owing / What's the use of tears? / I'd rather laugh, / I'd rather love, / I'd rather live / In arrears.''