Research Finds Music Is Getting Sadder As The Years Go By

Researchers at the University of Toronto have found that since 1965 the mood of pop songs has gotten sadder…is it a sign of the times or do we just prefer our music darker? Listen to this piece below from Studio 360 on what this new research means.

A study published in the Journal of Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts tracked the mood of pop songs over five decades of Billboard charts, and it confirms that pop has changed in substantial ways. Far more of today’s hits are now in minor keys [which most of us hear as sadder or more complex] — more than half, as compared to just 15% in the 1960′s.

The study, by Glenn Schellenberg and colleagues, found that the average beats per minute fell in those decades as well. Even in uptempo dance music, minor keys are far more frequent, creating a mixed or ambiguous mood.

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