Saturday 22 October 2016

This is the happiest song on earth - according to science

Published 21/09/2016 | 08:02

The happiest song on earth has been revealed
The happiest song on earth has been revealed

A person's favourite song is often a subjective choice but a study has discovered that there are certain key components that make a happy song.

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According to a group of researches at the University of Missouri, the happiest song in the world is Don't Stop Me Now by Queen.

The team came to this finding after studying the effects of music on people's moods. They had their subjects listen to "upbeat" music for the course of two weeks and concluded that music makes people happier.

But in order to understand which music makes us the happiest, the team created a specific formula.

Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury

Neuroscientist Jacob Jolij created the happiness formula by studying 126 songs from a 50 year period, Indy100 reports. He choice relevant songs after surveying a group of 2,000 people in the UK about their favorite tunes.

Jolij then found the songs with the highest scores, determined their beats per minute (BPM), the key, the theme and analysed the lyrics.

In a blog entry he wrote: "The pattern was very clear. The average tempo of a ‘feel good’-song was substantially higher than the average pop song. Where the average tempo of pop songs is around 118 beats per minute (BPM), the list of feel good songs had an average tempo of around 140 to 150 BPM.

Despite being released 37 years ago, Don't Stop Me Now still has the ability make people feel good and get them on the dancefloor and meet the study's 'happy' criteria with over two thirds of the votes.

The 1978 Queen hit has just the right tempo, lyrics and is played in the musical key identified as producing a happy feeling.

And it seems that the despite being used in a Cadbury's ad it still hasn't lost some of its qualities. We bet you're singing it right now... "I'm burnin' through the sky yeah. Two hundred degrees. That's why they call me Mister Fahrenheit. I'm trav'ling at the speed of light

"I wanna make a supersonic man out of you."

However, the results have left people divided and some Reddit users were quick to disagree with the findings.

One user, Mikaiketsu wrote: "All countries must have their versions of ultimate feel good songs."

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