Makes Me Happy was originally used as score music for the Nickelodeon show Zoey 101 and some of it was sung by Backhouse Mike in the Zoey 101 episode "Quinn's Alpaca". The song was used in Drake & Josh in the episode "Really Big Shrimp". The version used in Drake & Josh episode "Really Big Shrimp" is a different version than the version in Drake Bell's album It's Only Time.
This song was heard on Radio Disney and the XM satellite station, "XM Hitlist", as well as other radio stations. The song was finally released as a digital single to iTunes on October 16, 2007, in the form of a Radio Disney Edit that contains different lyrics than the album cut and also different than the cut used in Drake & Josh: Really Big Shrimp.
The song managed to make the BillboardBubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart in August 2007, by debuting at No. 3 (the virtual equivalent to No. 103 if the Billboard Hot 100). As a result, the song became Bell's first charting single on any Billboard chart in his career. The song also made a brief appearance on the BillboardPop 100 chart, peaking at number 67.
Following the song's popularity and rotation on Radio Disney, Bell's record label finally released the song as a digital single (the Radio Disney Edit), the third version of the song to be released.