Neuroscience Finds The Happiest Song Which Isn’t Pharell’s “Happy”

Time to bow down to the Queen!

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Drop everything (including the bass), because a neuroscientist has found the happiest song in the world, and it’s the only thing you should really be listening to!

The University of Missouri conducted a study wherein people heard “upbeat” music for two weeks and it became clear that regardless of genre, listening to music made people happy, reported The Independent.


The study established that people actively improved their mood and boosted their happiness over a span of two weeks.

As scientists tried to distill the music, one neuroscientist Jacob Jolij studied 126 songs from a 50 year span of time. A British electronics company Alba surveyed Britons on the music they thought was the happiest.

Jolij took their answers and found a pattern of the songs chosen.

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 BPM, the list of feel-good songs had an average tempo of around 140 to 150 BPM. 

The one song that got two-third of the votes to become the happiest song?

Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen!


There were people who were opposed to it and said that how happy the song would make a person would vary across languages and countries.

Others said that 2,000 people cannot decide what song is the happiest, since they were all from Britain and did not take into account different languages.

Whatever it may be, Queen’s music makes us happy and it can definitely make your weekday-workday just a little bit happier!

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