Because science! We’ve all got those songs that make us feel good. My music collection is littered with them. No matter what mood I’m in, some of these songs will always bring a smile to my face, it’s as if they awaken something deep within and gets those endorphins flowing. Those music feels!
According to some recent research there’s a very precise formula for what makes a feel-good track, and cognitive neuroscientist, Dr Jacob Jolij, at the University of Gronigen in Holland has allegedly discovered the number one fee-good track of all time.
Sky News is reporting that the Doctor has come up with a specific formula to list the top uplifting sounds resulting in Queen’s 1978 smash-hit ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ being named the number one fee-good song of all time.
According to Dr Jolij’s research findings, the Queen track has just the right tempo, lyrics, and is played in a musical key that’s been identified as producing a happy feeling. The same formula was applied to 126 songs from the past 50 years, with feedback sourced from various music lovers.
“A feel good song is very personal,” Dr Jolij tells Yahoo News, “Music is intimately linked with memory and emotion, and these associations strongly determine whether a song will put you in a good mood or not.”
“However, there are some key criteria for composers to consider when creating feel good songs: namely lyrical theme, musical key, and tempo. Holiday-themed lyrics naturally remind us of happy times, while a major third musical key sounds happy to our ears and something we associate with confidence.”
“A high tempo of 150 beats per minute also subconsciously triggers a sense of energy. Combine these three ingredients together and you have the formula for the perfect ‘feel-good’ song.”
Top 10 Feel-Good Songs
1. Don’t Stop Me Now (Queen)
2. Dancing Queen (Abba)
3. Good Vibrations (The Beach Boys)
4. Uptown Girl (Billie Joel)
5. Eye of the Tiger (Survivor)
6. I’m a Believer (The Monkeys)
7. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Cyndi Lauper)
8. Livin’ on a Prayer (Jon Bon Jovi)
9. I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor)
10. Walking on Sunshine (Katrina The Waves)
Top Feel-Good Songs By Decade:
2010s: Happy (Pharrell Williams)
2000s: Dancing in the Moonlight (Toploader)
1990s: Let Me Entertain You (Robbie Williams)
1980s: Uptown Girl (Billy Joel)
1970s: Don’t Stop Me Now (Queen)
1960s: Good Vibrations (The Beach Boys)
How many of the above songs give you little warm and fuzzy feelings?
Now I’m sure you’ve got a few of your own favourite all-time feel-good songs, so list them in the comments below.
[Source: Tone Deaf]