This 1970s Hit May Just Be The Most Feel-Good Song Of All Time
Freddie Mercury was a musical genius. As a member of the popular 1970’s rock group Queen, he brought us lyrical gems like Bohemian Rhapsody, We Will Rock You, We Are the Champions, Under Pressure, and many more.
In honor of the deceased singer, a group of scientists concluded that Don’t Stop Me Now is one of the greatest “feel good” songs of all time.
Cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Jacob Jolji was tasked with analyzing several songs and finding elements that triggered good feelings.
“My analysis confirmed very nicely what we already knew from the literature: Songs written in a major key with fast tempo are best at inducing positive emotions,” Jolij, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Groningen, told The Huffington Post in an email. “Virtually all ‘feel good’ songs were in major key (save one or two), and all of them were at least 10 BPM faster than the average pop song.”
Some of the other songs they analyzed were Dancing Queen by ABBA, Good Vibrations by the Beach Boys, and Uptown Girl by Billy Joel.
“Although you cannot really pinpoint one song as the ultimate feel good song, what we can do is identify specific features of songs that lift people’s spirits,” Jolij said. “The more data we have available, the more we can learn about how music affects our moods.”
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