According to a research survey, “Good Vibrations” has been dubbed the “happiest song of all time.”

The Beach Boys first released the iconic rock song in 1966, and now musicologist Dr. Michael Bonshor claims that it meets all the requirements of his formula, including being composed in 137BPM, in a major key, with a brief introduction and bright tones, and having four beats in each bar.

He stated: “According to earlier research, major-key songs are viewed as happier than minor-key songs, with a sweet spot of roughly 137 beats per minute. We enjoy “seventh chords” because they add interest. While regular chords only use three notes, “seventh chords” add an additional note that creates a feeling of musical “tension” and “relief.””

The song was written by band members Brian Wilson and Mike Love, and because of its intricate soundscapes and novel formula, it was at the time of its recording the most expensive single ever produced. It is frequently regarded as one of the most significant compositions and recordings of the entire rock era because it became an overnight success and topped the charts in many different nations upon its initial release.

Along with this, Dr. Bonshor continued, “cheerful songs typically have a powerful 1-2-1-2 beat to them, so you can dance along. Additionally, a brief introduction ensures that the song starts off with a bang right away and does not require a lot of buildup. When it comes to the music that makes up our happy songs, we prefer loud music performed by instruments like electric guitars or trumpets that play notes in a bright and upbeat manner as opposed to mellower instruments. The cherry on top is a repetitive cadence or guitar riff that audiences can identify with and remember.


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