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10 songs scientifically proven to make you happy

Gary Jones

MediMusic CEO & Co-Founder

It’s proof that music has a real, positive effect on the brain. Some songs could actually make you happier, says Dr Jacob Jolij, a researcher in cognitive neuroscience. He has come up with a formula that judges the capacity of a song to make you feel good. The songs that he studied were evaulated according to various criterea: the tempo (a minimum of 150 beats per minute), the positivity of the words, and whether the song is in a major or a minor key. Following this study, the doctor then established a list of the ten songs that make us happiest. Despite the fact that the list includes exclusively anglophone titles that are admittedly a little dated, there is no denying that Dr Jolij has found some true, feel-good anthems…

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)

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