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The 10 songs that make us feel better (according to science)

The 10 songs that make us feel better (according to science)

May 22, 2023

There are hundreds of studies that claim that music has a positive effect on behavior and is able to make us feel fantastic. There are many people who use it to motivate themselves, for example in the gym.

Recently, the British newspaper Daily Mail published a curious study that collected the 10 pop songs from the last 50 years that had a positive effect on our mood almost instantaneously

The neuroscientist responsible for the research claims to have come up with an equation through which we can determine which musical themes have a greater or lesser influence on our mood.

Music changes behavior

Music influences our mood in different ways: it can produce relaxation, make us feel melancholic and can make us feel happy and energetic. But not only that, but music influences the way we behave. For example, causing us to buy more. That's why it's even used as form of therapy : what is known as music therapy.

The music therapy It has an effect on the brain in the emotional, cognitive and physical sense. And many studies have shown that it is useful both in rehabilitation, education and in programs for the improvement of well-being.

Music also reveals aspects about ourselves

Other investigations have also found a relationship between music and intelligence and music and personality. In addition, recently science has shown that:

  • Frantic music optimizes performance
  • Music predisposes to love
  • The music attenuates the pain

A formula to know the most effective songs to raise the spirits

As the Daily Mail reports, the Dr. Jacob Jolij from the University of Groningen (Holland) revealed the top 10 songs that make us feel better.

To carry out the study, Jolij designed this mathematical formula:

This mathematical formula evaluates the song that makes us feel good (FGI) according to its letter (L), its tempo in beats per minute (BPM) and its key (K) .

The author of the study put it into practice with 126 songs and compared the data he obtained with the opinions of the subjects participating in a survey that was carried out in the United Kingdom.

Characteristics of the songs that make us feel better

After the results, Jacob Jolij explains: "Those songs with a positive letter, a tempo equal to or greater than 150 beats and in third major musical key are those that will make us feel more animated and with more energy. This gives composers an idea of ​​what they have to do to create motivating songs, "and adds:" Music is something intimate, related to memories and emotions, associations that determine which songs put us in the best mood. however, some keys that will also influence our mood. "

The "Top 10" of songs that make us feel better

With the results of the study, the list of 10 songs that make us feel better and that have a positive effect on our behavior was elaborated:

  1. Do not Stop Me Now (What in)
  2. Dancing Queen (Abba)
  3. Good Vibrations (The Beach Boys)
  4. Uptown Girl (Billy 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)

The songs that make us feel better according to the decade

In addition to the "top 10" songs that make us feel better, we also created a list of the songs that make us feel better according to the decade. What do you think?

Decade of 2010: Happy (Pharrell Williams)

Decade of 2000: Dancing in the Moonlight (Toploader)

Decade of the 90: Let Me Entertain You (Robbie Williams)

Decade of the 80s: Uptown Girl (Billy Joel)

Decade of the 70: Do not Stop Me Now (Queen)

Decade of the 60: Good Vibrations (The Beach Boys)

SCIENCE WARS - Acapella Parody (May 2023).

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