Though it’s 2015, no one can forget how successful Pharrell Williams’ 2013 single “Happy” was. It has sold over 12 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best selling singles of all time and has peaked at the number one spot in over two dozen countries. “Happy” reigned supreme throughout 2014 and Pharrell revealed in a sit down with GQ for his February cover story that he is still taken aback by the single’s success.
“Happy has been hard for me to understand,” said the Virginia native. “You go back and look at look at the lyrics and you realize that it’s so much bigger than you. It’s so much bigger than what you intended.”
The singer/producer, who also just released a single with N.E.R.D for the Spongebob Movie:Sponge Out Of Water soundtrack, said that he is used to songs that he produced being that successful and is humbled that his words could affect billions of people.
“People say that that song has touched them but switch it around real quick and imagine how I feel. I’m humbled that anything that I could have ever uttered could end up being sung by over a billion people.” He ended with “I’m still shaken by it, but shaken with humility.”
Watch Skateboard P gush about the single below.