There’s no doubt Pharrell’s “Happy” is the biggest hit of the year so far. It spent 15 weeks at the top of the Billboard 100 and inspired hundreds of fan videos on YouTube.
Just a few weeks ago, six Iranian teenagers got arrested for posting a video of themselves dancing to the catchy song. So what is it about “Happy” that triggers a nearly uncontrollable need to tap your foot, bob your head or move to the rhythm in some way?
It may be more about what’s missing from the song than what’s there.
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