Mr. Blue Sky Is The Happiest Song On Earth, According To Science

By | November 27, 2019

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1973: Electric Light Orchestra film US TV show in London's Trafalgar Square © Chris Walter (Photo by Chris Walter/WireImage)

"Mr. Blue Sky" by Electric Light Orchestra is a joyous chunk of '70s rock as only ELO's musical genius Jeff Lynne could deliver. But its bouncy rhythms and soaring choruses aren't merely to our liking (or yours) -- they've been scientifically proven to be happiness-inducing. According to analysis of the song's composition, it's the happiest classic rock tune on record.

To refresh your memory, here's "Mr. Blue Sky:"

Read on for the story behind its formula for happiness.

Science Finds The Happiest Song

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Album cover. Source: (youtube)

Netherlands-based researcher Jacob Jolij developed what he calls the "Feel Good Formula," with which he feels it is possible to determine the happiest song on earth. Jolij studied 126 songs from a period of 50 years and surveyed 2,000 people to ask them which songs made them the happiest. His studies were based on earlier findings from the University of Missouri where they found that listening to music while trying to improve their moods did become happier.