Musician Pharrell Williams responded to a fan who had a negative opinion of the singer’s 2013 song “Happy” on social media. The fan said they were “annoyed” by the song on Twitter, which prompted a surprising response from the “Freedom” singer on June 1.
A Twitter user with the handle @javroar wrote, “No song annoyed me like Happy by Pharrell did” on May 24. Williams retweeted the fan and wrote, “Same.”
Williams recorded the song about happiness for his album “Girl,” and the single was later featured in the film “Despicable Me 2.” The song became a smash hit and reached number one on Billboard’s Top 100. The music video for “Happy” of people looking extremely happy and dancing in public was also popular.
Several fans agreed with Pharrell and the fan about the song being annoying, mostly due to hearing the hit song too many times. “Me after my 1 millionth listen,” replied one fan.
Another fan echoed the sentiment. “I liked it until the 4 millionth listen. Then it became agony.” One Twitter user posted they wished they had a dollar for every time they’d heard the song. “Ngl I need a dollar for every time I heard that song.”
Another user replied, “The song haunts me in my dreams.” One fan joked, “He doesn’t sound very happy.”
Not everyone on social media remembered being annoyed by the upbeat song. One fan replied they’d like to hear the song again and received a response from Williams. “Ngl I think I’m ready to hear it again.” The musician replied with a clockwise emoji.
Another fan said the song was her grandmother’s ringtone. “My grandma has had this song as the sound that plays when the line is ringing for YEARS. She refuses to change it.”
“I kinda liked it,” added another Twitter user. “It was an instant dose of happiness on a Friday,” replied one. “Absolutely,” another fan agreed.
The 49-year-old singer told NPR the final version of the song was written after several previous attempts. The seven-time Grammy-nominated singer revealed the studio had repeatedly requested something happier, and the singer said he struggled with writing the single.
“With ‘Happy’ I went through everything that I thought was possible in my mind based off of what I understood about Gru and what I thought the people needed in terms of what the studio was looking for,” he said. “And none of it was working. It was only until I was tapped out that I had to ask myself the fundamental question, ‘What does feeling like a good mood feel like?’ That’s where ‘Happy’ came from, and that’s how that happened. And it would have never happened if the studio wouldn’t have kept telling me, ‘No, it’s not good enough. No, it’s not good enough.'”