HUDDERSFIELD, UK (StudyFinds.org) – While we’d all love to keep smiling 24/7, some days just call for a sad song and self-reflection. Music, like any other art, is best when it exhibits genuine emotion – and no emotion is more universally relatable than sadness. So what’s the saddest song of all time? According to a recent poll of 2,000 adults, REM’s 1992 track “Everyone is suffering” holds first place, followed by Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing compares to 2 U” and that of Eric Clapton”Tears in heaven.”
Rounding out the top five saddest songs of all time, we have Whitney Houston”I will Always Love You” and “Yesterday” by the Beatles.
Interestingly, just under half of survey respondents think a song can have a big impact on their mood (48%). As a result, 36% opt for a sad song when feeling nostalgic, while 24% can’t resist playing their favorite dark tunes after a breakup. Notably, however, a bit of melancholy can also help us move on. Just under half of respondents also agree that a sad song can brighten their day.
“Music has a powerful ability to take us back in time”
Speaking of happiness, survey respondents mentioned Queen’s”Do not stop me now “, “Dancing Queen » by ABBA, and “Walking under the sun” of Katrina and The Waves among the happiest songs. If it’s motivation you need,”The eye of the tiger” by Survivor, Gloria Gaynor’s”I will Survive,” and “I’m still standing” by Elton John have been named the most motivational songs of all time.
Want to relax and unwind after a long day? by Louis ArmstrongWhat a wonderful World” and “So be it” by the Beatles were listed as the most relaxing tunes by respondents.
This survey was carried out by hearing care brand Earex in collaboration with Robert Till, professor of music at the University of Huddersfield and president of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music.
“What’s interesting is that many of the top picks in this survey weren’t just about their overall popularity, some of the most mentioned sad songs have far fewer plays on streaming platforms than others, which which indicates that there really is something special about those particular songs. Predictably, people’s ages affected their choices, with younger audiences voting for Adele over REM – but what’s telling for the saddest song is the age range the youngest selected by The Beatles’ Yesterday. This perhaps reflects the recent film of the same title and the importance of films and videos in providing context for songs,” says Professor Till.
“Music has a powerful ability to take us back in time where we associate particular songs with special times in our lives or memories of particular periods,” he continues. “Reminding how important music is throughout our lives, this study is a timely reminder to take care of our ears and our hearing while we are young, and throughout our lives, so that when we get older, we can continue to enjoy the important part the music plays in our lives.”
We need good music
Participants were also asked what constitutes a good song in general, and three main elements kept coming up: a good beat, a memorable melody, and the ability to evoke a legitimate emotional response. Another 19% said a good song should be relatable.
When asked why music is important, the main explanation given by respondents was that it can “make people smile”. Meanwhile, 54% enjoy music because it gives them a boost when they need it most, and 30% enjoy sharing music with others. More than a quarter (26%) usually listen to happy music with friends, and 25% can’t go to the gym without their headphones.
On average, the survey reveals that adults listen to about 25 songs a day. The most common places to listen to music are at home, in the car, and at work. Another 20% always listen to music when walking.
Many people, however, just can’t resist the urge to turn up the volume. A full 29 percent say they crank up their music in most scenarios. In fact, 48% say they listen to music at such high volumes that it could possibly impact their hearing.
Predictably, 80% of respondents say they would be absolutely devastated if they were never allowed to hear music again.
Here are the 30 saddest songs of all time:
- REM – Everyone Hurts
- Sinead O’Connor – Nothing Compares To 2 U
- Eric Clapton – Tears in Heaven
- Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You
- The Beatles – Yesterday
- Adele – Someone Like You
- Celine Dion – My Heart Will Go On
- Roy Orbison – Crying
- Eric Carmen – All Alone
- Robbie Williams – Angels
- Bill Withers – Ain’t No Sunshine
- James Blunt – Goodbye My Lover
- Toni Braxton – Un-Break My Heart
- Eva Cassidy – Songbird
- Coldplay-Fix You
- U2 – with or without you
- The Beatles – The long and winding road
- Al Green – How can you mend a broken heart?
- Sam Smith – Stay With Me
- Amy Winehouse – Back to Black
- Carole King – It’s Too Late
- Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved
- John Lennon – Jealous Guy
- Simon & Garfunkel – The boxer
- Gary Jules – Mad World
- Adele – Easy with me
- Boyz II Men – End of the Road
- Neil Young – Only Love Can Break Your Heart
- Passenger – Let Her Go
- The Fray – How to Save a Life
The survey was conducted through OnePoll.
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