10 Songs That Will Cheer You Up, According to Science

10 Songs That Will Cheer You Up, According to Science

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By: Cultura Colectiva

January 23, 2019

Music 10 Songs That Will Cheer You Up, According to Science
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By: Cultura Colectiva

January 23, 2019

It's said that music has charm to soothe savage beasts...like your mood. Recent scientific studies show that, in fact, there are songs that cheer you up.

To put a smile on your face love or exercise aren't always necessary. Yes, both can alter your serotonin levels and change your mood but there's something more that can give you that extra "hype". And no, drugs aren't the only thing that can keep your spirit high (hey, no shame, though). I'm talking about music.

Dr. Jacob Jolij, a cognitive neuroscientist from the Groninga University in Holland, did a research in which he found out that songs can put you in a good mood. The formula to know if a song can give you this "mood booster" lies on its rhythm. The main components of a feel-good tune are a high tempo of 150 beats per minute, which triggers a sense of energy; the musical key, which is the set of notes in certain scale, and the lyrics.

Music and its effects in human biochemistry have been studied before and these have always shown a relationship between rhythm and mood changes. Though addictive, we know music has its many perks and it rarely (if ever) can become toxic or destructive. Anytime, anywhere, music will always be there to make you feel better.

Dr. Jolij found the formula for the “perfect feel-good song”, so that's why we've chosen some tracks that, after you listen to them, will lift up your spirit for sure.

1. "Don't Stop Me Now" - Queen

«Don't stop me now I'm having such a good time

I'm having a ball

Don't stop me now

If you wanna have a good time just give me a call».

2. "Dancing Queen" - Abba

«You can dance

You can jive

Having the time of your life

Ooh, see that girl

Watch that scene

Dig in the dancing queen».

3. "Good Vibrations" - The Beach Boys

«Close my eyes, she's somehow closer now

Softly smile, I know she must be kind

When I look in her eyes

She goes with me to a blossom world».

4. "Uptown Girl" - Billy Joel

«And when she knows

What she wants from her time

And when she wakes up

And makes up her mind».

5. "Eye Of The Tiger" - Survivor

«So many times, it happens too fast

You trade your passion for glory

Don't lose your grip on the dreams of the past

You must fight just to keep them alive».

6. "I'm A Believer" - The Monkees

«Then I saw her face, now I'm a believer

Not a trace, of doubt in my mind

I'm in love, and I'm a believer

I couldn't leave her if I tried».

7. "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" - Cyndi Lauper

«Some boys take a beautiful girl

And hide her away from the rest of the world

I wanna be the one to walk in the sun

Oh girls they wanna have fun

Oh girls just wanna have».

8. "Living On A Prayer" - Bon Jovi

«Woah, we're half way there

Woah, livin' on a prayer

Take my hand, we'll make it I swear 

Woah, livin' on a prayer».

9. "I Will Survive" - Gloria Gaynor

«Oh no, not I, I will survive

Oh, as long as I know how to love, I know I'll stay alive

I've got all my life to live

And I've got all my love to give and I'll survive

I will survive, hey, hey».

10. "Walking On Sunshine" - Katrina & The Waves

«I used to think maybe you loved me, now I know that it's true

And I don't want to spend my whole life, just waiting for you

Now I don't want you back for the weekend

Not back for a day, no no no

I said baby I just want you back

And I want you to stay (Oh yeah now!)».


Who needs love or exercise to be in a better mood when all you can do is to listen one of these songs? Make sure to have them at hand whenever you are feeling down or just for that extra daily "hype"!

Cover photo: @carolynn004


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