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The 10 Most Uplifting Songs In The World, According To Science

You’ll be surprised by some of the names you’ll find in here.

The 10 Most Uplifting Songs In The World, According To Science

The 10 Most Uplifting Songs In The World, According To Science

The 10 Most Uplifting Songs In The World, According To Science

The 10 most uplifting songs in the world will always be something up for debate. A song becomes uplifting for a person if it has a certain tune and if that person listened to it on a specific occasion and it made him feel good, that song could become uplifting. But that’s considered uplifting just by one individual, or even a large number of people, not according to science.

Dr. Jacob Jolij, a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Gronigen, The Netherlands, has compiled a list of the 10 most uplifting songs in the world, based on scientific calculations. He created a formula to calculate what makes a song uplifting: “The formula I came up with takes the number of positive lyrical elements in a song, and divides that by how much a song deviates from 150 bpm and from the major key,” he explains on his official website.

The formula: Rating = 60 + (0.00165 * BPM – 120)^2 + (4.376 * Major) + 0.78 * nChords – (Major * nChords)

“Where BPM is beats per minute (tempo), Major is 1 if the song is in a major key and 0 is the song is in a minor key, and nChords is the number of chords in the song (including modulations etc.) The formula basically says we generally like songs with a tempo that deviates from the average pop song tempo, that are in a major key, and are a bit more complex than 3 chord songs, UNLESS the song is in a major key” Dr. Jacob Jolij further explains.

Everybody listens to music, but let’s see what are the most uplifting songs of all time, no matter the fame, no matter the popular opinion about one artist or another.

The 10 Most Uplifting Songs In The World, According To Science

10. “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves

9. “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor

8. “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi

7. “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper

6. “I’m a Believer” by the Monkees

5. “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor

4. “Uptown Girl” by Billy Joel

3. “Good Vibrations” by the Beach Boys

2. “Dancing Queen” by Abba

1. “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen

(Sources: 1, 2, 3)