There are many definitions of what a Hippy Dippy song is in this world.  For me the definition is as follows,

  • Must be a happy, feel good song
  • Must be both relaxing and inspiring
  • And it must make you wonder if they wrote it when they were high.

There are many Hippy Dippy songs out there, probably as many as definitions of what a Hippy Dippy song is.  I wanted to share with you my top four and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. 

To start the list off we have a song that I was first exposed to as a child in the 90's.  There was a children's tv show called Recess which basically followed the shenanigans of a group of friends as they try to get though 4th grade.  Anyways they also did a made for tv movie in which they performed my first hippy dippy song of the list.

Green Tambourine by Lemon Pipers

Released in 1967 by The Lemon Pipers this song was a favorite across much of the US at the time reaching #1 in the US and #7 on the charts in the UK.  The inspiration for the song was apparently an elderly street musician in the UK as he played a tambourine for money outside a bank.  What I like about the song is that it is a song you can just lean back close you eyes and almost fall asleep to.  It is so relaxing and it makes you feel good about life in general.  There is nothing negative about the music or the lyrics it is a simple good song.

Directly below is the original version by The Lemon Pipers and below that is the one that I grew up with, the one done for the Recess: Schools Out movie.  The second one is my favorite version but I will let you decide what you think for yourself.


I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker by Sandi Thom

Released in October 2005 by Viking Legacy Records this song did not do so well on the charts either here in the US or in UK which is where Sandi Thom is from.  This song suffered quite a bit of criticism from fellow artist namely to the tune if she really was a punk rocker other punk rockers would beat her up for having flowers in her hair.  But artist complaints aside this song at least for me is very good.  It cries out for a simpler time that many people wish they could go back to.  While I personally was not alive during the 60's and 70's and as such can't say whether is was simpler or not I can say that this song does make me want it.  So by inspiring me to live simpler and be happy this song earned its place on my hippy dippy list.  

Shambala by Three Dog Night

One of my favorite songs on this hippy dippy list we have Shambala by Three Dog Night.  It was released in 1973 by two artist within a couple weeks of each other.  While Three Dog Night released it second they dominated with the song by selling over a 1 million 45's with it while the other release only did 125,000.  For that reason alone I have to give the song credit to them.  It was written by a song writer named Daniel Moore who got the idea after a phone conversation with his brother.  His brother had been in contact with a person who had been telling him about his past lives.  This person told him at the end of a letter that had been written to him to

"Let his light shine in the halls of Shambala"

Well whatever that was suppose to mean this conversation inspired Daniel Moore to write an excellent piece of music and share it withe the rest of us.  Apparently he wrote is in about 15 minutes and it went on to be #3 in the US.  For me this song is great in the way that it helps you to keep moving and go towards your goals in life.


No Rain by Blind Melon

As I am a child of the 90's I am sorry to any die-hard 60's and 70's fans out there, but I have to give my number 1 spot to No Rain by Blind Melon.  I absolutely love this song from its offbeat lyrics complaining about no rain to it's really upbeat by slow melody.  It just meets all my criteria for what a hippy dippy song should be. 

Just for a recap of what is a hippy dippy song

  • Must be a happy, feel good song
  • Must be both relaxing and inspiring
  • And it must make you wonder if they wrote it when they were high.

While the intent of artist was to talk about depression and having a reason to get out of bed when you don't have one it missed that mark for me.   For me it is just a goofy song that I love to listen to over and over. 

Well that's all I have you today.  Hopefully I exposed you to some new music that you have never experienced before, if not at least you got to listen to some old favorites.  To send you on your way I have the original No Rain music video which is always worth of view if you haven't experienced it yet.