Music is a huge part in our lives. It helps us when we’re sad, it becomes the thing that helps us through personal issues, it reminds us of people and places. Music is there when we party and it is also there during our deepest, most sacred moments. And even though many songs make us feel better when we’re down, according to scientists there is one particular song that can literally make our day!
An expert in cognitive neuroscience and emotion, Dr Jacob Jolij, sifted through 126 songs from the last 50 years and discovered that Queen’s hit, Don’t Stop Me Now, improves people’s mood. After combining the songs with feedback from people all around the UK to analyze why certain tunes make people happy, he came up with a mind-blowing equation; FGI= ?L postivie / (BPM-150) +(K-[1/3+?,1/3,1/3-?])
Since our science knowledge stops somewhere around Newton, we can’t argue the research nor the findings, but we can at least agree that the rest of the top 10 of Jolij’s “happy” list, is actually accurate.
Top ten feel good songs
Don’t Stop Me Now (Queen)
Dancing Queen (Abba)
Good Vibrations (The Beach Boys)
Uptown Girl (Billie Joel)
Eye of the Tiger (Survivor)
I’m a Believer (The Monkeys)
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Cyndi Lauper)
Livin’ on a Prayer (Jon Bon Jovi)
I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor)
Walking on Sunshine (Katrina & The Waves)