Music has become ‘sadder’ since the 1960s. A study on emotional cues in American popular music looked at 1,000 Top 40 recordings from 25 years spanning five decades and discovered a fashion for gloominess.
What exactly do the academics mean by “sadder”?
There was also an increase in the use of minor mode and a decrease in average tempo, confirming that popular music became more sad-sounding over time. Decreases in tempo were also more pronounced for songs in major than in minor mode, highlighting a progressive increase of mixed emotional cues in popular music.
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