Ed Sheeran and James Blunt help compile ‘the world’s happiest playlist’ for UN

The list will mark International Day Of Happiness on Friday (March 20)

The likes of Ed Sheeran, James Blunt, David Guetta and John Legend have all contributed to a new music initiative from the United Nations.

The Happy Sounds Like project has been launched by the UN in celebration of International Day Of Happiness, which takes place on Friday (March 20). The playlist in question will be released on Friday by MixRadio.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who nominated ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours’ by Stevie Wonder, said: “The United Nations is happy to be partnering with MixRadio to raise awareness of the International Day Of Happiness.”

“On this day we are using the universal language of music to show solidarity with the millions of people around the world suffering from poverty, human rights abuses, humanitarian crises and the effects of environmental degradation and climate change.”

The campaign is also being helmed by Aussie singer Cody Simpson, who released a statement saying: “I am really pleased to be part of such an amazing campaign to raise awareness of International Day Of Happiness. I hope everyone gets behind the day and shares the track that makes them happiest.”

Meanwhile, Noel Gallagher recently jumped to Ed Sheeran’s defence after previously criticising the singer, stating, “I won’t hear a word said against him”.

Speaking to NME earlier this year, Gallagher had remarked that he couldn’t live in a world where Ed Sheeran headlines Wembley. But later, the Oasis man revealed that he’s had a change of heart about the pop star, mainly because Sheeran followed up on his word to appear at Gallagher’s Teenage Cancer Trust concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

“What I will say about Ed is that when I was doing those concerts, you kind of call up artists and say ‘We’re doing this thing, can you come and help us?’ And a lot of heartless cruel bands do that thing where they go ‘Aw I can’t do it this year, mate, I’m busy, we’ve got a gig in fucking Kenya. But next year we’ll definitely do it’,” Gallagher said. “The only person that has ever said that and called me back the next year is Ed Sheeran. And I thought, you know what, you’ll do for me, man.”

Gallagher added: “He’s a good lad and I won’t have a word said against him.”