10 pieces of classical music that bring happiness (well...according to France Musique's editorial team)

A researcher in neurosciences at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands has scientifically proven that some songs make people happy and made a top 10 of them. France Musique's editorial team offers you their own selection...

Maybe you have already seen this top 10 on the internet... Don’t stop me now by Queen, Good vibrations by the Beach Boys, I will survive by Gloria Gaynor: it is scientifically proven, those songs will make you happy.

Thanks to the work of a certain Jacob Jolij, a researcher in neurosciences, it can be shown scientifically that one particular song can make you happier than another. To find it, you have to follow three specific criterions: 150 beats per minute, the use of the major key, and positive lyrics. Using these conditions, the researcher established a mathematical formula that allowed him to confirm if the studied song made people happy or not.

Unfortunately, no scientist within the editorial team was able to take a look at all the pieces of classical music to mathematically establish a top 10, but we tried nonetheless to gather the ten works that are likely to improve your day.

The Russian Dance from The Nutcracker of Piotr Illitch Tchaïkovski

Violin Concerto No.1 of Max Bruch

Golliwog's Cake-Walk from Children's Corner by Claude Debussy

Et resurrexit from the Mass in B Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach

Opening of the Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The Night of the Tropiques from the romantic symphony of Louis Moreau Gottschalk

The Allegro il Penseroso ed il Moderato of Georg Friedrich Handel

The Kings' Verse from La Belle Hélène by Jacques Offenbach

The Gloria of Antonio Vivaldi

The Volière from the Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns