I first wrote this draft post in Feb 2014. I never completed this project… because I couldn’t settle on the final rankings! (For christ sake.) As if that has anything to do with anything related to the germ of this project. Anyway, I decided to dust it off and publish. Enjoy and comment!
Stumbling onto Farrell Williams’ Happy song was uplifting. This song is a global big deal that I knew nothing about until last Tuesday. Discovering the worldwide civic happiness productions it inspired was affirming and reviewing them inspirational.
So needless to say, I’ve been binge-watching watching the world’s cities YouTube uploads for the last several days and indexing them for use in a prospective “Definitive Happy Top Ten List” with a bit too much devotion. Can’t help it. It’s truly a happy song and watching the entire species respond is a much-needed reminder of what bonds us as advanced primates.
But the hell with that winner/loser jive: not here, not now, not for this. We’ll call this the Pharrell Williams Happy Oscars and everybody is a winner.
Happiest people – Moscow
Prettiest people – Sydney
Best humanization of a place you might have overlooked – Amman
Happiest in wretched poverty – Cotonou (Benin)
Special achievement in individual editing/choreography – Cameroon
Most legit cultural representations in four minutes – Singapore
Highest density of willing dancers within the common citizenry – Krakow
About what you’d expect (not in a bad way) category – Berlin
Close second in above category – Tokyo
Favorite big city – Budapest
Most important – Kiev
Funnest town – Dublin
Best adapted screenplay and choreography – Nassau
Most appearances of happily waved non-UN-sanctioned national flags – Erbil
And, my fave – Gdynia, Poland
Right. So I can go on but it there’s gotta be a cut somewhere. I will tell you that the exercise of watching hundreds of small towns all over the world dance to the same song and pretty much the same way is never not a bad use of time. Sorry I didn’t post this then…
Now then: which ones did you like and which ones did I miss?