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Old 05-17-2018, 01:12 PM   #1
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I think this is hugely important, it could be a guilty pleasure song, or whatever, but it instantly lightens your mood, makes you lip sync it in the car or whatever.


Mine came from seeing Infinity War the other day, I'd forgotten about this song but I down loaded it and pretty much forgotten it.



Then I'm driving home from work, I'm pissed, long day, disagreements at work, wondering what the hell I'm doing with my life. Then this song hit on random, and two minutes later, I was bopping my head and lip syncing away and feeling better


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This one's been making my day for a few weeks now:


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I don't own the song in my library but I have to admit that Justin Timberlake song; "Can't stop the feeling" seems to elicit a feel-good aura in a room of people.
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One day while having a rough day at work the tides changed and something awesome happened. I don't recall specifically what, but this came on the radio at the exact moment and it's given me the good feels ever since.

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My feel good music tends to be synth pop:





Or power metal:





Or Electro Funk:


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Every time I hear this I am back in the car with me G/F (now wife) and we have just met and heading out camping for the weekend.

The song takes me to a simpler time and a time of a new and exciting relationship.
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Good call on "September Gurls". I love that song.
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Most 80s music makes me smile. One I like is Marshall Crenshaw’s “Someday, Someway”. The lyrics read like it’s a song about a break up but the tune is so catchy, it doesn’t matter.
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The End of the Beginning-Jason Becker. Beautiful instrumental.
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Most 80s music makes me smile. One I like is Marshall Crenshaw’s “Someday, Someway”. The lyrics read like it’s a song about a break up but the tune is so catchy, it doesn’t matter.

80's music for the most part was just made to be intellectually non challenging fun. Whether it was hair music or pop, or bar band sounds, it was just high tempo color full with nonsensical lyrics (I mean seriously have you ever really listen to Duran Duran's songs.


When I got spotify, I loaded it up with my normal music, then I built a country playlist, then an opera and classical playlist, then a blues playlist. then an 80's playlist, and the 80's playlist is still growing faster then the other ones because I'll hear a song in a sound track or TV show, and my pleasure center in my brain says "I must have that"
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I have two modes for feel good songs. The first is about keeping it simple, but high energy music that's uplifting. Andrew W.K. is always perfect for turning my mood around. Straight ahead party music that has simple ideas and great hooks.




Or I'll go in the polar opposite direction and rely on lyrics to get me in a good mood. One of those songs is from Ron Sexsmith, telling us to cheer up even though things look bleak.

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I imagine most songs we consider "happy" are in a major key, with a higher than average beats-per-minute.

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/...seventh-chords

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So a group of scientists decided to examine how other chords might affect emotion. First, they compiled their data: nearly 90,000 popular English-language guitar songs recorded from the 1950s to the 2010s across five regions of the world. Then, they looked at how the chords matched the song lyrics. Each song got a happiness score, based on a popular crowdsourced data set that ranks 10,000 of the most common English words for positive and negative emotions. They found—as expected—that minor chords were linked with unhappy words and major chords were linked with happy ones. But the most positive emotions were conveyed by seventh chords, a triad of notes with an extra note on top that changes the sound.


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Jolij's final equation of Feel Good Index (FGI) includes the sum of all positive references in the lyrics, the song's tempo in beats per minute and its key. The higher a song's FGI, the more feel-good it is predicted to be. Happy lyrics, a fast tempo of 150 beats per minute (the average pop song has a tempo of 116 beats per minute), and a major third musical key all help create music we perceive as brimming with positive emotion.
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Music is a world within itself
With a language we all understand
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For all to sing, dance and clap their hands
But just because a record has a groove
Don't make it in the groove
But you can tell right away at letter A
When the people start to move

They can feel it all over

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I agree with the more beats per minute, thing, but I also tend to think that we equate feel good songs with things like the tone of the singers voice, and the spontaneity of the song.


For example with Rubberband man, there so many things that sound like off the cuff or even audience pandering even in the studio version that it makes it fun.



I also tend to equate a song with more emphasis on bass then guitar and rythm over wailing to be a good time song.


Look at "Shout" from Animal House. (must download that one.





Or even rock lobster with their almost demand for audience participation. It asks you to get into the song and become almost like a member of the band
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