Why do we listen to sad music when we feel down?

News: 20th July 2010 by Stef Loukes under

A really interesting article from the New Scientist blog on why we choose to listen to sad music when we feel sad. Obligatory reference to Shostakovich aside, it's still amazing to see that little advancements have really been done in order to see the relationship between science and emotion.

The article includes an experiment conducted at Cheltenham Music Festival's 'Sound Of Melancholia' lecture, to see how a group reacted to three pieces of classical music. It would have been impressive (and maybe more balanced?), however to see how that interpretation also changes when listening to popular music!

Related Links


New Scientist, emotion, classical music


Your Comments

The Unsigned Guide Spotlight: April 2024
Music Managers… what ARE they looking for?
Your Ultimate Guide to Music Branding as a Musician
The Unsigned Guide Spotlight: March 2024
From Followers to Fans: Harnessing the Potential of Email Marketing for Musicians
What Are Superfans and Why They Should Be Your Priority in 2024?