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The science proves it: “Good Vibrations” by The Beach Boys is the song that makes people happiest.

Music psychologist Dr. Michael Bonshor has found that the 1966 hit checks all the boxes (in his formula) for a happy song.

So, what makes a song “happy,” you ask? According to Dr. Bonshor, it’s a combination of a major key, 7th chords, 137 BPM, strong beat, four beats in every bar and a verse-chorus-verse-chorus structure. It should also have a short intro, repeated riffs, high volume, bright tone and a mix of predictability and surprise.

That’s all very technical, but chances are you know a happy song when you hear it. A recent poll conducted by OnePoll found that 58 percent of respondents shared their happy songs have an upbeat feel to them and remind them of good memories that put a smile on their face. And when it comes to genres, pop, rock and dance top the list as the three happiest.

You may already have a playlist of your on full of your favorite mood-boosting tunes. But if you’re looking to switch up the usual rotation, consider adding the Top 10 Happiest Songs based on Bonshor’s Formula:

  1. “Good Vibrations” by The Beach Boys
  2. “I Got You” (I Feel Good) by James Brown
  3. “House of Fun” by Madness
  4. “Get the Party Started” by P!nk
  5. “Uptown Girl” by Billy Joel
  6. “Sun Is Shining” by Bob Marley
  7. “I Get Around” by The Beach Boys
  8. “YMCA” by Village People
  9. “Waterloo” by ABBA
  10. “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire

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