Marshmello's Happier with Bastille is now the longest running NO 1 dance song of all time (with The Middle by Zedd and Closer by the Chainsmokers in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively) . Aside from the upbeat and addictive melodies, BPM, and lyrics that make the song a hit, there are also fascinating sociological and psychological implications for audiences. It’s no coincidence that this song is so popular in our current domestic and international climates, which are tense and full of conflict. With all this cultural and political strife, people are looking to escape through music. It is widely accepted (and felt) that music can produce emotion, that music has vectoring power (an intentional alteration of mood through the use of music), and even that emotion is one of the primary motives for people to turn on the radio or open up Spotify. Music can even help temporarily allieve symptoms of depression. Thus, it makes sense that people might be feeling even more anxious than usual lately, and are therefore drawn to upbeat songs that give them hope for the future. They may even consciously choose songs like “Happier” in an attempt to boost their mood. This is especially salient because using specific, culturally-targeted songs is now a new branch of music therapy. Being aware of the many factors that influence the music industry is a useful tool for creators and performers, not only allowing them to potentially have more popular and profitable hits, but also to produce music that truly and deeply resonates with their fans for an all-around meaningful experience.