Has a song ever changed your mood? Have you ever been taken by surprise by a song that's completely different to what you'd normally listen to? What songs remind you of specific moments of your life, regardless of the lyrics? Music is one of the artistic disciplines that all humans can relate to, no matter their nationality, gender, age, or background. This happens because, more than just a discipline, it's a universal language we all can communicate with. Moreover, music was humanity's first attempt at communicating in a way that could trespass any barrier or language.
Of course, there are certain rhythms and themes we can feel more connected with or that speak to us in a more direct way. But how could we explain what happens when an unknown or unfamiliar tune moves us? Is it the appreciation of art that touches the human soul and give you chills as you listen to a song? I wouldn't put it like that. Many have attemoted to propose incredible theories about how music is related to our emotions. From evolutionary theorists, who believe music is our human way of enticing a partner, to fulfill our reproductive mission on earth, to sociologists, who claim that it's our instinctive weapon to unite societies. Everybody agrees on something: music is an inherent part of humanity.
We all use music to pour all our emotions through melodies and harmonies when we want something that represents what we’re feeling, and of course, to show our love for people around us. Moreover, certain songs shape our lives and become the soundtrack to all of our experiences. We basically have songs for every moment and situation. We lean on them whenever we feel sad, angry, anxious, or even happy.
Following that idea, Dr. Jacob Jolij, a Dutch cognitive neuroscientist, carried out a study in which he used 126 songs from the past 50 years to discover the happiest song of recent history. He wanted to analyze in a scientific way how songs shape our mood, as well as the formula of how music makes us feel better. His discovery: “The pattern was very clear –the average tempo of a ‘feel good’ song was substantially higher than the average pop song. Where the average tempo of pop songs is around 118 BPM, the list of feel good songs had an average tempo of around 140 to 150 BPM.” Choosing the songs from a previous survey made in the UK, he found out that the song that best fulfills this formulaic criteria was none other than Queen’s famous "Don’t Stop Me Now." For that matter, we’ve compiled 15 songs by this emblematic band that are capable of cheering us up in those blue moments of sadness.
1. "Don't Stop Me Now"
2. "We Are The Champions"
3. "Bohemian Rhapsody"
As the study says, the formula involves tempo, rhythm, power, and lyrics. So, although this song doesn't tell a particularly happy story, its combination of rhythms and styles make it a masterpiece of music. Be honest, who hasn't tried to sing all the voices in the song? If not, try it, and your mood will brighten up immediately.
5. "You’re My Best Friend"
6. "I Want to Break Free"
Seriously, who doesn't want to send everything to hell and be free? This is the perfect song to cheer you up and encourage you to do something better for yourself.
7. "Another One Bites The Dust"
8. "Under Pressure"
9. "Las Palabras de Amor"
Is there a more perfect song to forget about everything surrounding us and freezing ourselves in an endless moment of love and caresses? This song will warm your heart with its amazing music and tender lyrics.
10. "It’s a Kind of Magic"
11. "Friends Will Be Friends"
12. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love"
Sometimes we just "gotta be cool, relax, get hip, and get on [our] track." With this rock and roll vibe, who wouldn't get in a better mood?
13. "We Will Rock You"
14. "Killer Queen"
15. "Spread Your Wings"
Finally, this is the ultimate encouraging Queen song to leave all sadness behind and start living our lives as we desire.
No doubt, Freddie Mercury's band created some of the most important and representative songs of the twentieth century. Queen's personality and unique style granted them an important space in rock's history and popular culture. So, while many of these songs don't have explicit, happy lyrics, their beat will definitely cheer you up and invite you to dance.
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