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The Beach Boys appear at Soundblast '66 at the Yankee Stadium in New York City, 10th June 1966. (Photo by Don Paulsen/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

The right song can definitely turn a frown upside down. According to The Sun, a music expert has determined exactly which songs can best shift a bad mood into a good one.

Dr. Michael Bonshor, who has a PhD in music psychology and researches music in relation to well-being, has created a scientific formula to identify mood-boosting songs. He says to create a happy song, it takes a “combination of a major key, 7th chords, 137 beats per minute, strong beat, four beats in every bar, and a verse-chorus, verse-chorus structure.” Bonshor adds that it should also have “a short intro, repeated riffs, high volume, bright tone and a mix of predictability and surprise.”

Based on his research and formula, Dr. Bonshor finds the song that makes people the happiest is “Good Vibrations” by The Beach Boys. It’s hard to argue with that. James Brown comes in second with “I Got You (I Feel Good).” Is it just a coincidence that both songs have the word “good” in their titles?

The Beach Boys actually show up twice on Dr. Bonshor’s top ten. So come on, get happy, and check out the list below!

  • 1. “Good Vibrations” - The Beach Boys (1966)

  • 2. “I Got You (I Feel Good)” - James Brown (1964)

  • 3. “House of Fun” - Madness (1982)

  • 4. “Get the Party Started” - Pink (2001)

  • 5. “Uptown Girl” - Billy Joel (1983)

  • 6. “Sun Is Shining” - Bob Marley (1971)

  • 7. “I Get Around” - The Beach Boys (1964)

  • 8. “YMCA” - Village People (1978)

  • 9. “Waterloo” - ABBA (1974)

  • 10. “September” - Earth, Wind & Fire (1978)

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