The ‘Happy’ Song Heard Around the World in 2014

Courtesy of Terry Richardson for GQ Style via Complex
Courtesy of Terry Richardson for GQ Style via Complex

“Because I’m happy / Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof.” Pharrell’s song “Happy” ushered in 2014 with a smile. Suddenly, the whole world was happy for the moment. Kira Kazantsev, Miss New York, became the winner of the Miss America 2015 pageant doing her own rendition of the song, “Happy,” with her now infamous red cup routine. Such a simple but sweet approach is the same reason that the song itself became such a huge pop culture phenomenon heard around the world.

There was the scandal of the young Iranians in Tehran arrested for doing their own video version of “Happy.” The incident served as a reminder that if you live in a country where you have the right to publicly express your happiness, you’re truly free to be happy.

In between all the turmoil with Russia and the Ukraine, many citizens in the region of Eastern Europe expressed their joy on Youtube with the song. Czech Republic videos for the song turn up pretty frequently there. Russia should be pretty happy that America decided that Miss New York, Kira Kazantsev (who is Russian) was very pretty yet cleverly talented enough to interrupt any countries decades old rivalries, even if just momentarily to be happy. You’ve got to figure that Obama & Putin both agreed on this particular issue.

There is the “Happy We Are Celebrities From Nepal” video posted on Youtube. Which, of course, sounds really conceited. But maybe it’s just better to be a celebrity if you live in Nepal. No offense to the Nepalese, of course. There is the “Happy” from Ruse, Bulgaria; another shout out from Eastern Europeans representing in the house of humanity once again! There is a “Happy” from Shenzhen, China. There is a “Happy” from Bermuda (really, who wouldn’t be happy living in Bermuda?). Even the Germans are “Happy” from Frankfurt, with their delicious sausage-making. Although vegetarians worldwide might think it’s not very P.C. for any one group to be happy pushing their meat-made vittles on everyone else around the world.

The people of Mumbai are happy to sing “Happy.” Even the Greeks are putting in some “Happy” time in between government protests. Granted, with the Mediterranean having such beautiful beaches, that’s another place that seems like it would be really hard not to be happy there. Best of all are the kid renditions of the “Happy” song. After all, the people who seem most happy all the time are kids. The “Happy” heavy rotation of 2014 should make everyone (including myself) happy to be rolling in a joyous new year with 2015. Hopefully, there will be even more joyful songs for all of us to sing.

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