Pharrell Williams is definitely on top right now. He was a big part of both of last summer’s big hits: Blurred Lines and Get Lucky. And, now he has the song of the winter off the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack: Happy.
Pharrell said he wanted to write a song that captured the idea of happiness. He went through multiple ideas until he landed on this tune. This is from a NYTimes article: “Trying to highlight a pivotal moment of character development in the movie, Mr. Williams wrote and rejected nine anthems. ‘I was just coming from a really pure place of, you know, not having any more ideas for it,’ he said. ‘I was backed in the corner. I had nothing left.’” What was left works. The song is catchy and just makes you feel…well…happy.
On top of writing an awesome song, Pharrell put together the “First ever 24 hour music video.” Happy plays on loop as a video captures people improvisationally dancing to Happy all across Los Angeles. This video is reminiscent of the “The Clock” an art piece by Christian Marclay.
This link sends you to the point of the video at the current time of day. There are controls that let you jump around to different points of the video. Pharrell shows up every hour on the hour so you may want to check him out.
I have watched more of this than I should have but certainly not close to all of it. Still, I have a few favorite moments you may want to check out.
- 12:24 AM – This girl kills it at the gas station
- 5:31 AM – The minions!
- 5:36 AM – Magic tours his house
- 6:56 AM – Man on bridge comes down with dancing disease
- 10:24 AM – I’ll let this outfit be a surprise
- 11:48 AM – Kimmel!
- Noon – Pharrell makes using a napkin cool
- 12:18 PM – Yellow polo and yellow shorts kid
- 3:00 PM – Pharrell performing in front of a church gospel
- 5:10 PM – Surprise on one of the buses
- 5:29 PM – Jamie Foxx with his cute kid
- 11:07 PM – This young ballerina kills it #pastherbedtime
- 11:40 PM – Light up hula-hoops make cool props
Other people have made their own lists of the best moments that have a lot more detail than mine. The best one I found was by THISISCHRIS.com.
Don’t have 24 hours? You can check out the short version of the video below which combines some great moments from the full length video: