“Happy” by Pharrell is one of the hottest songs of 2014 so far. I love to wake up to this song; it puts me in a good mood after a good night’s sleep. I sometimes have trouble getting up in the morning because of my sleep apnea. I bought some AntiSnoringDevices to help me sleep better, like GMSS and ZQuiet. Sleep aids like those help a bit, but with sleep apnea it seems like I’m always tired when I wake up in the morning anyway. The truth is, nothing helps me wake up like a good song. I like “Happy” because it’s very positive and upbeat, without being too cheesy…something that’s increasingly rare in today’s music.

“Happy” is off of Pharrell’s second album, “Girl.” You can also find it on the “Despicable Me 2″ soundtrack. It’s hard to overstate how big of a hit this song is. As of the time of this writing, it’s sold over 10 million copies worldwide, making it one of the 20 or so best-selling songs of all time. Before this song, I hadn’t really heard a lot of Pharrell’s stuff. I mostly just knew him from his featured appearance in “Drop It Like It’s Hot” by Snoop Dogg and “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke. But this song most definitely puts Pharrell on the map as a major star in his own right, and I’ll be waiting for his next big hit. He’s got a Weird Al parody of his song now, called “Tacky.” As Kurt Cobain once said, he knew he’d finally made it when Weird Al started parodying him. (If you haven’t already heard the Weird Al parody, head over to YouTube. It’s available on Weird Al’s VEVO channel.)

Pharrell does have some upcoming concerts, but alas, none of them are near London this year. You’ll have to travel across the pond if you want to see him live. He has concerts in Los Angeles on November 8 and December 5, then one in Rosemont, Illinois on December 6. There are rumors that he’ll be touring in 2015, but no definitive schedule has been published yet.

Fun fact: Did you know that Pharrell Williams is 41 years old?! That’s just crazy…he has such a baby face. I thought he was in his 20s. I’m 30 years old, and I definitely look older than him.

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“Happy” by Pharrell – My favorite wake-up song