Infusing reggae, jazz, and a capella in a harmony that instantly makes the weight of the world feel lighter, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” from Bobby McFerrin is a true masterpiece that always makes you smile.
Don’t Worry, Be Happy” is one of the most instantly recognizable songs ever released and a song that the world will never replace. It’s feel-good sound, and universal message for facing life’s trials is something you can’t help but love as you groove along.
“Don’t Worry, Be Happy” knocked “Sweet Child o’ Mine” by Guns N’Roses off the number one spot on the Hot 100 during its peak in ’88. It was the very first a cappella song to ever feature on the Hot 100.
The expression “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” was actually inspired by being used by an Indian mystic by the name of Meher Baba. All of the “instruments” that you hear are actually acapella recordings, lifting this expressive, charming song to an otherworldly place of joy.