Why is “Happy” such a phenomenon?

The first time I heard Pharrell’s “Happy” was at the movie theater with my family as we watched “Despicable Me 2”. Yep, I loved it then, and I looked forward to downloading it to my iPhone. I figured that every person who had seen the movie would feel the same way. Little did I know that that would literally be EVERYone I know…and more.

This song Has become a PHENOMENON.

People (including myself) put the snazzy tune on a repeat loop on their devices. They post and repost the video on their Facebook pages. They jump up instantly and dance whenever they hear the first measure of the intro. I danced like a fool in my living room when Pharrell sang it on the Oscars. Folks even take the time to make their own videos to the song. “Happy” has everyone smiling!

So why is that? Why has this song struck a similar chord is so many people? I think I have a few reasons:

It talks about a familiar and pleasant emotion: being happy. Everyone can relate to being happy. People like it when they feel happy. Folks want to do kind things for others when they are happy. This song can lift your spirits and make people around you want to take their minds off of their cares for a moment or two.

This song is clean and fun. Who doesn’t love a song that you can sing along with and not have to worry about a foul word somewhere in the song? This is a tune you can sing with CHILDREN, and you can jump/dance around with them too! Almost any dance move can work to it.

The music is infectious and amazing. Yeah, Pharrell is a master of the easy breezy carefree feeling song, and this is one of his best. The beat and groove are a retro 60s feel…I have to do the swim and the pony and such at some point while I’m bopping around. The harmonies are tight and the chords just lift you. And it is not overcomplicated…everyone can pick it up. And did I mention that Pharrell’s falsetto voice is just a refreshing sound? Yes indeed.

Those are just a few I think of. What about you..have you heard the song? If so, why do you think “Happy” is such a wildly popular song? I’d love to hear your reasons in the comments below 😉

Happily dancing around,

Dee

p.s. check out the video my friend’s church made to this very song!

12 Replies to “Why is “Happy” such a phenomenon?”

  1. Hi! I was just bopping to this song while it was playing on a commercial on Howard’s Univ.’s tv station. When it was over I paused to check email and see your post! How fun is that! : )

    Carlita

    Sent from my iPad

    1. Hey girl! What a nice coincidence 😉 don’t you just love singing it? Thanks for taking time to visit and comment ☺️

  2. Hi! I was just bopping to this song while it was playing on a commercial on Howard’s Univ.’s tv station. When it was over I paused to check email and see your post! How fun is that! : )

    Carlita

    Sent from my iPad

    1. Hey girl! What a nice coincidence 😉 don’t you just love singing it? Thanks for taking time to visit and comment ☺️

  3. We love it too, and have even changed the words to fit whatever we are currently happy about! Great post!

    1. Exactly! Thank Lottie for stoping by

  4. We love it too, and have even changed the words to fit whatever we are currently happy about! Great post!

    1. Exactly! Thank Lottie for stoping by

  5. Avatar Ma Tian De 马天德 Teacher Ma says: Reply

    You’re absolutely right. In a world fraught with so much negativity, this song is so wholesome and contagious that it conjures up memories of many that hearken back to times in our lives when we were safe and secure. It’s joyous and radiantly acquiesent. Thanks a ton for this.

    1. You are most welcome…and thank you!

  6. Avatar Ma Tian De 马天德 Teacher Ma says: Reply

    You’re absolutely right. In a world fraught with so much negativity, this song is so wholesome and contagious that it conjures up memories of many that hearken back to times in our lives when we were safe and secure. It’s joyous and radiantly acquiesent. Thanks a ton for this.

    1. You are most welcome…and thank you!

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