Is Pharrell’s “Happy” Too Happy for You? Then Maybe You’ll Enjoy This.

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March 6 2014 5:55 PM

Is Pharrell’s “Happy” Too Happy for You? Then Maybe You’ll Enjoy This.

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Pharrell is just too happy.

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Pharrell Williams’ Oscar-nominated “Happy” is currently the No. 1 song in the country, thanks to its catchy, feel-good vibe. According to Slate’s Chris Molanphy, it’s essentially the new “Hey Ya!

But the Gregory Brothers just want to bring everyone down. The guys behind many past viral hits have turned the song’s delightful chords into a broodingly paced, minor-keyed bit of musical mopery. The accompanying video is a funny, melancholy counterpoint to Williams’ chipper exuberance.

Aisha Harris is a Slate staff writer.