These Songs Make Diners Tip Better, According to Study
People say the music we play on Lite 98.7 generally puts them in a great mood. Now, that good feeling carries over to restaurants as well.
A new study from Austria's University of Innsbruck found out that diners tipped their waiters and waitresses better when there was uplifting music playing. Songs like "Uptown Girl" by Billy Joel and ABBA's "Dancing Queen" are prime examples. Also, sad songs such as "Eleanor Rigby" by the Beatles produced a similar effect, while neutral songs made no difference in gratuities.
During the experiment, the volume of the music was maintained at lower levels, suggesting the music worked subconsciously to affect a person's mood, which mirrored prior studies about the ways music works in a similar fashion during advertisements.
As a public service to Central New York restaurants, here's a brief list, in no particular order, of some of Lite 98.7's most uplifting songs (many of which are on a separate listing of The 10 Most Uplifting Songs Ever According to Science):
- Happy by Pharrell Williams
- Feel it Still by Portugal the Man
- Viva la Vida by Coldplay
- I'm a Believer by Smashmouth
- Best Day of My Life by American Authors
- Castle on the Hill by Ed Sheeran
- Walking on Sunshine by Katrina & the Waves
- Love Shack by the B52s
- Take On Me by A Ha
- Can't Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake
- Beautiful Day by U2
- Firework by Katy Perry
- Sussudio by Phil Collins
- I'll Be There for You by the Rembrandts
- Just the Way You Are by Bruno Mars
- I Feel for You by Chaka Khan
- Stronger by Kelly Clarkson
- Stayin' Alive by the Bee Gees
- Don't Stop Believin' by Journey
- We Are Family by Sister Sledge
- Eye of the Tiger by Survivor
- Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
- I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor
- Livin' On a Prayer by Bon Jovi
If you have any suggestions of other songs that put you in a good mood, please pass 'em along and we'll try to play 'em (not subliminally but real loud) on Lite 98.7.