observations and opinion
Sometimes a song just catches you by the ear and drags you along. This video of Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” has over 47 million Youtube views as of this afternoon – that’s 95 million ears.
“Happy” is a jaunty, catchy and genuinely, um… “happy” pop song which plants a permanent hook in the brain of millions of listeners. There’s a tune, there’s a beat and there are some very odd and memorable lyrics (“clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth!”
Happiness is the truth? That’s cool.
Past examples of this kind of song include “More than a Feeling” (Boston 1976) , “Wake Me Up Before you Go-Go” (Wham 1983), “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) by the Proclaimers (1988) or even “Waterloo” (Abba 1974) .
But with its effervescent message and infectious rhythm, “Happy” reminds me most of “Walkin’ on Sunshine” by one-hit-wonders Katrina and the Waves in 1985, or Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You” (2010). And most of all, it somehow brings to mind “Tubthumping” aka “I Get Knocked Down, but I Get Up Again” by Chumbawamba in 1997.
You just want to dance to the damned thing – it’s great.