If Science says it, it must be true.
This article on Mental Floss reports on a study by a Dutch neuroscientist into why people shared a response of happiness to certain songs.
Findings about the songs included:
“their average tempo was between 140 and 150 beats per minute, which is a couple dozen beats faster than the average pop song. And while a few songs were played in a minor key, the majority of them were in a major one. Jolij also identified trends in the lyrics. Most, he said, were either about “positive events” like parties or romantic experiences, or they simply “did not make sense at all.”
As it happens, it is a very strong list of happy songs.
And people could use some happiness just now.
- “DON’T STOP ME NOW” // QUEEN
- “DANCING QUEEN” // ABBA
- “GOOD VIBRATIONS” // THE BEACH BOYS
- “UPTOWN GIRL” // BILLY JOEL
- “EYE OF THE TIGER” // SURVIVOR
- “I’M A BELIEVER” // THE MONKEES
- “GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN” // CYNDI LAUPER
- “LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER” // BON JOVI
- “I WILL SURVIVE” // GLORIA GAYNOR
- “WALKING ON SUNSHINE” // KATRINA AND THE WAVES
Clips are all embedded at the post with more background.