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10 Most Uplifting Songs — According To Science


There are moments in everybody`s life when we feel discouraged, upset or droopy. And we all know that listening to certain pieces of music can influence our mood and self-confidence.

In 2015 Dr. Jacob Jolij, a cognitive neuroscientist from the University of Groningen in Holland, was commissioned by British electronics brand called Alba to investigate data it gathered on UK residents’ musical preference, and their favourite songs to improve their moods.

Dr Jolij said: “A feel good song is very personal. Music is intimately linked with memory and emotion, and these associations strongly determine whether a song will put you in a good mood or not.

“However, there are some key criteria for composers to consider when creating feel good songs — namely lyrical theme, musical key, and tempo. Combine these three ingredients together and you have the formula for the perfect ‘feel-good’ song.”

Based on Alba’s research and Dr Jolji’s analysis, these are the nation’s top 10 feel good tunes from the last fifty years.

1. Queen — Don’t Stop Me Now

2. Abba — Dancing Queen

3. The Beach Boys — Good Vibrations

4. Billie Joel — Uptown Girl

5. Survivor — Eye of the Tiger

6. The Monkees — I’m a Believer

7. Cyndi Lauper  — Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

8.  Jon Bon Jovi — Living on a Prayer

9. Gloria Gaynor — I Will Survive

10. Katrina & The Waves — Walking on Sunshine


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