Winter kind of gets the short end of the stick of the music world. Think about all the iconic and uplifting songs about summer. Artists spanning the spectrum of musical genres from Ella Fitzgerald to DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince , Olivia Newton-John, Bryan Adams & Chance the Rapper all have something to sing about the summer…
Hey, I get it. From music festivals, to boomboxes (remember boomboxes?) on the beach, the hot sunny weather and vacation mindset bring out “those good vibrations” of the summer season.
But isn’t it exactly when it starts getting darker earlier and colder outside that we need those uplifting feel-good songs to help get our upbeat juices flowing? I say winter is perfect the time to grab a cup of hot chocolate, cozy up and double down on the tunes that get our toes tapping and make us happy.
That music can put us in an emotionally good place, is somewhat intuitive (try listening to the Allman Brother’s Jessica and staying in a bad mood. I dare you!) and has in fact been hypothesized and tested in numerous scientific studies.
[ DYK that even plants may grow better when exposed to music?! ]
Now it goes without saying that taste in music is subjective (Just ask the Footprints to Recovery corporate office team how hard it is to agree on a Spotify playlist) BUT a 2015 study by Dr Jacob Jolij, a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Groningen in Holland created a “feel good formula” which he claims proves that there is a bona fide, objective, scientific top ten list of most uplifting songs ever (at least according to the study’s participants in the UK)