Don’t Worry, Be Happy 5.4 Project

Barry Cohen

Michael Record


11 December, 2013


“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”

Music, although always changing, has always had a huge impact on society. Specifically, Bobby McFerrin’s song, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” is an anthem listed on VH1’s top 100 one hit wonders know for its laid-back beat and lyrics. “Don’t worry, Be Happy,” was released in September of 1988 and became the first a cappella song to reach first place in the Billboard Hot top 100 chart. What made this song so unique and truly expressed McFerrin’s musical ability is that all of the “instruments” in this tune are entirely overdubbed voice parts and other sounds made by McFerrin. This song’s philosophy encouraged society to relax and take life slow.

Bobby McFerrin’s song was used in many instances in popular culture such as in George Bush’s campaign, and many movies to express light-hearted scenes. Some of these movies include “Flushed Away,” and, “WALL-E.” The song practically became an anthem in Jamaica after hurricane Gilbert struck the island in September of 1988. Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” philosophy of staying optimistic through thick and thin has undoubtedly affected the hearts and souls of millions since the eighties. – “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”

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