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Science claims The Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations” is the song that makes people the happiest

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There’s no doubt music can make you happy, but a new study suggests some songs do a better job at brightening someone’s day than others. StudyFinds reports that a university professor claims to have found a scientific formula to discover what song makes people the happiest, with The Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations” topping the list.

Dr. Michael Bonshor, who has a Ph.D. in music psychology, claims the happiest songs are in a major key with 7th chords and 137 beats per minute. They also have four beats in every bar and are structured with a verse-chorus-verse-chorus.

The Beach Boys actually have two happy songs in the top 10, with “I Get Around” landing at seven.

Other tunes making the happiest songs list include James Brown‘s “I Got You (I Feel Good)” at two, Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl” at five, Bob Marley’s “Sun Is Shining” at six, The Village People’s “YMCA” at eight, ABBA’s “Waterloo” at nine and the Earth, Wind & Fire classic “September” at 10.

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