The Top 10 Most Feel Good Songs

Dutch cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Jacob Jolij pronounced Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” music’s number one feel-good track after the British electronics brand Alba reached out to him to analyze their customer survey exploring music preference. He has developed a formula that assesses how 'feel good' a song can be. It needs to include "namely lyrical theme, musical key, and tempo." Here are his top 10 most feel good songs based on his criteria:


10. Walking on Sunshine - Katrina & the Waves

9. I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor

8. Livin' on a Prayer - Bon Jovi

7. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper

6.  I'm A Believer - Monkees

5. Eye of the Tiger - Survivor

4. Uptown Girl - Billy Joel

3. Good Vibrations - Beach Boys

2. Dancing Queen - Abba

1. Don't Stop Me Now - Queen

It's really cool that Queen + Adam Lambert still performs the #1 Most Feel Good Song on their tour these days for current audiences to still enjoy:

"A ‘feel good song’ is rather tricky to define,” writes Dr. Jolij on his website. “Music appreciation is highly personal and strongly depends on social context, and personal associations. In that respect, the idea of a ‘feel good formula’ is a bit odd — factoring in all these personal aspects is next to impossible, in particular if you want to come up with a quantita[ti]ve feel good formula. Basically, what you need are song features that you can express in numbers.” He wants to know if the research can be taken further for a model predictive to be used so " composers to write specific feel good songs? What is so special about the major key that it makes us feel good? Why do fast songs work so well? Stuff to work on in the future. . ."