12 February 2018 | Marta Migliardi The fact that music, by its nature and the laws that characterize it, is in a certain sense similar to mathematics is not new. Besides there is also an emotional side that transcends numbers and falls within the sphere of personal tastes and blends that we unconsciously create following the different periods of our lives. A mathematical formula However, according to the scientist Dr. Jacob Jolij, there is a mathematical formula that can determine which songs have a more than positive effect on people’s mood. According to this and other studies, Mozart is always number one as music bestowing happiness. However, metal is also considered a musical genre that emotionally stimulates the joy. But thanks to Jolij’s studies, it has been possible to draw up an objective ranking of the songs that can make an individual cheerful. This is applied mathematics. From Mozart to The Queen The formula is this: FGI = L positive / (BPM-150) + (K-[1/3 +?, 1 / 3,1 / 3,1 / 3 -?])? + 1, but obviously read this way, unless a scientist reads it, it means nothing. However, by applying it to 216 of the most famous songs of the last 50 years, a ranking of “happiness music” has been established. Don’t Stop me now, by The Queen’s, hit first place. Freddy rules Don’t Stop me now, Written by Freddy Mercury and recorded in Nice in 1978, its lyrics are said to praise freedom (the sexual one, in particular) and it’s music is led by the piano part played by Mercury himself. Versions have also been made with a greater use of guitars to make it sound more rock, especially during live performances. A live version of the song was included in the 1979 Live Killers album. In addition, Don’t Stop Me Now also appears in the 1981 Greatest Hits collection. We don’t know if Mercury knew about this mathematical formula, he certainly had an alchemical instinct, which created songs for every emotion. Are you sad? Just try it and listen to Don’t Stop Me Now at full volume!