So, just what is the perfect feel-good song? Well, according to one neuroscientist it’s Queen’s ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’. Yes, really!
Dr Jacob Jolij, a cognitive neuroscientist the University of Groningen in Holland, combined songs from the last 50 years with a survey to create an equation that guarantees us all to smile the most.
The neuroscientist said to The Sun: ‘A feel-good song is very personal. 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.’
And although Queen’s 1979 classic ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ came up on top, there were plenty more to give us that feel-good feeling including Abba’s ‘Dancing Queen’ and The Beach Boys’ ‘Good Vibrations’.
Apparently holiday-themed lyrics give us a joyous boost, as do ‘major thirds’ – a high or low note – and fast tempos (150 beats per minute to be exact).
‘Combine these three ingredients together,’ he explained, ‘and you have the formula for the perfect “feel-good” song.’