Are you kidding, Abba is AWESOME! All of their songs are feelgood classics! You just have to let go of rationality and enjoy it. They're like musical empty calories. Sometimes a candy bar just does the trick like nothing else. Rent "Muriel's Wedding" if you haven't seen it. And, by the way Anselm, how can you like Human League but react so negatively to Abba? Of course, I love the Human League too, but I readily admit to my cheesy music hankering
My other feel good faves are: "Dr. Worm" by They Might Be Giants (along with "Particle Man," "Bangs," "Don't Lets Start," and "Mammal"), "Love Plus One" by Haircut 100, "New Song" by Howard Jones, "War" by Culture Club, "Don't You Worry Bout a Thing" by Stevie Wonder (along with "Sir Duke," and "I Wish"), "Mambo de La Luna" by Kirsty McCall, and "Poison Arrow" by ABC.
I have tons more, but you get the idea: 80s Music= Feelgood. I must need cheering up a lot!
Don't feel bad about it at all, Heidi, I think people who's musical tastes are all over the board are great. It shows you aren't afraid to like what you like, and no radio demographic is going to pigeon-hole you. I'm the same way. I used to make the most bizare mix tapes in college with music from James Taylor, Abba, Joy Division, Stevie Wonder, Crowded House, Revolting Cocks and Erasure all on one tape.