Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now


167 – Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now (1978)
Written by Freddie Mercury
Produced by Roy Thomas Baker
Label – EMI/Elektra

According to cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Jacob Jolij, who analysed data from a survey conducted by electronics company Alba, which asked 2,000 people to reveal their favourite uplifting songs, Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” got the most votes. From his study he concluded that a fast tempo (roughly 150 beats per minute), a major key and happy lyrics are the key common elements of a feel-good song.

“My analysis confirmed very nicely what we already knew from the literature: Songs written in a major key with fast tempo are best at inducing positive emotions,” Jolij, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Groningen, told The Huffington Post.

Now I know why I love it!

8 responses to “Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now

  1. But knowing, doesn’t that take the joy out of it for you? I’m not sure I want to know the science behind why I like a song, especially if there’s a chance an artist might exploit the science. I just want to rock and roll.

  2. It’s interesting how it’s become a Queen standard by stealth – it didn’t make that 1981 Greatest Hits, which seemed pretty definitive at the time. But now it’s one of their best known songs.

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