Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen came top in a recent poll to find out the song that makes people happy.
Second was Abba’s Dancing Queen, and third was Pharrell William’s appropriately-entitled Happy.
I thought Rhapsody was an interesting choice – on face value, it doesn’t appear to be a particularly happy or amusing ditty.
In fact, its subject matter is surprisingly bleak, which made me wonder why it came top.
Could it be that people of a certain age – like myself – associate it with the film Wayne’s World and join in with the head-banging part like they do in the film?
Or perhaps they sing the ‘Scaramouche, scaramouche will you do the fandago’ bit, pretending to be opera singers – or maybe that’s just me, ahem, let’s move on swiftly.
As far as I know dear old Morrissey didn’t feature in this list, although Steph McGovern of BBC Breakfast fame did say listening to The Smiths always cheered her up.
I happen to quite like Everyday is Like Sunday, but I can’t say I’d reach for it to lighten my mood!
Which then got me thinking, what songs do cheer me up?
Being a fan of the 1980s (music that is, not fashion; no shoulder pads to see here) I would say that Dead or Alive’s You Spin Me Round (Like A Record), or She Sells Sanctuary by The Cult tend to put me in a good mood.
Looking at more modern-day songs, I’m partial to Meghan Trainor’s All About That Bass, which I tend to sing around the house much to my daughter’s dismay.
I also like Pharrell’s Happy. It was in Despicable Me 2, and I love the Minions.
In fact, I would have to say that singing Minions in general make me happy!