The Happiest Disney Songs According to Science

We here at Oh My Disney know that it doesn’t take a specialized degree to understand that some of the happiest songs of all time are also Disney songs. And with the help of Spotify’s API, we took the 60 songs from Walt Disney Records’ Disney Hits playlist and calculated each song’s valence, which, according to Spotify, is a measure from 0.0 to 1.0 describing the musical positiveness conveyed by a track.

Of the 60 songs on the Disney Hits playlist, the top 5 are as follows:

1. “Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride” from Lilo & Stitch, with a valence score of .956

Although it might not be as well known as some of the other songs on this list, “Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride” is everything we need from an upbeat Disney melody. How can you not be happy listening to a song about surfing and enjoying the Hawaiian sunshine? Seriously, we dare you to not enjoy this song.


2. “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” from The Lion King, with a valence score of .893

‘90s kids have a special affinity for this song, and if you so much as hum the chorus to yourself in public, be prepared for an entire group of strangers to start jamming out with you.


3. “I’ve Got a Dream” from Tangled, with a valence score of .873

How can you not smile at a song that’s all about having dreams and general optimism? Not to mention, it has a quick, upbeat tune that’s quite easy to get stuck in your head.


4. “Under the Sea” from The Little Mermaid, with a valence score of .863

Another fun ditty about the ocean, “Under the Sea” is the song equivalent of your best friend showing up out of the blue at your door with your favorite candy from childhood. It’s pretty much an unwritten rule that whenever you hear it, you start to dance uncontrollably.


5. “A Girl Worth Fighting For” from Mulan, with a valence score of .797

This song is fun to sing in large groups, and we’ve always liked requesting it for group karaoke night.


Which Disney song makes you the happiest? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted 5 years Ago
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