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Music Getting Sadder

The geniuses over at the University of Toronto did a study on 1000 songs recorded between 1965 and 2009 (because, when you’re a researcher, this is what your workday consists of) and discovered that our music is getting sadder. The annual number of songs written in a minor key has doubled since the ’60s, and our songs are getting slower and longer too. Of course, the researchers’ definition for sad songs is songs written in a minor key which would mean that, for example, The Beatles’ “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” would be listed as a happy song, while the Kinks’ “Sunny Afternoon” would be listed as a sad one. So, take the list with a grain of salt but, if you’re wondering why you’re feeling gloomier lately, it might be because you’re listening to too much modern music …

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