As the article suggests, it's more about music that is emotionally intense, and less about whether or not it is happy or sad. Granted, there are some folks who prefer lighter music, but it seems like the majority preferrs music that has a higher emotional weight to it. Which makes sense, that generally imparts more meaning. The human brain tends to remember bad things better than good things though, so it might make sense that there could be a slight tilt towards music that's a bit more melancholy since it would have a stronger affinity towards memory.
I can say for myself anyway, that I do prefer music that's rather melancholy, or emotionally intense. Even if the song is passive on the surface, it holds weight, and it's often linked to important memories in my life. I can very often dislike "happy light music". It sounds so hollow, rose colored, and vacuoous. This is a major reason why I HATE music like Jack Johnson. It's like nails on a chalkboard to me.
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The charts suggest we are programmed to prefer melancholy music. But is this really the case?But is it really sadness that listeners are connecting with or something more complicated? A recent study at McGill University found that emotionally intense music – whether sad or happy - stimulates the pleasure centre in the brain, in the same way that food, sex and drugs do. The study found that listeners respond most forcefully to emotional complexity, a depth of feeling enhanced by clever arrangements that kept throwing out surprises, and the back-and-forth between tension and release.
I didn't really like that happy song. Like said, it was too simple.
I grew up with music that was...uh...not happy or sad. But...about "the struggle of life". The "trap" as it's called. People call it trap music. Or hyphy music. Or even crunk. That type of music...it's what I enjoy.
It's more about working hard, and playing as hard as you work...
I only know a handful of bands that I feel produce tasteful, complex, happy music. A lot of happy music could be considered kitsch, in that it is aesthetic and placating and does nothing to challenge current modes of thought.
I don't really consider societal impact, I'm just regurgitating art history terms. I find many overwhelmingly dark sentiments cathartic, like the sun rising over a candle (if light were negative).
Some of my favorite songs are sad because of depth of emotion, but I like a lot of light hearted songs as well. I don't really care for songs that try to make you happy or sad for the sake of the emotion. I just want to feel what they're really feeling and see if I can relate.
I had a coworker who loved sad songs (musically and lyrically), and he would playfully try to get me to listen to them since he knew that I disliked them so much. He'd also tease me, insisting that the stuff I often listen to is too "clubby." Are so-called happier tracks automatically shallow, less memorable for most?
The truth is, I absorb the mood of whatever I'm listening to, and it can affect me very deeply. If I happen to turn on the radio during a five-block trip to a stadium someplace, and the first thing I hear are slow, mournful notes played on piano...I'm done. The channel will be changed immediately.
I prefer hard-charging, intense music, whether happy or not. I tend to learn toward music that makes me feel energized (and/or sexual), so even the melancholic tracks in my library generally are not slow, plodding ballads.
Having said all of that, I find "Happy" by Pharrell Williams to be lacking that emotional intensity - and the music, while upbeat, is pretty monotonous and unmoving.
My idea of good broody music:
"The Spectator" - The Bravery
"Sad Sad City" - Ghostland Observatory
"Black Out Days" - Phantogram
An example of an upbeat, seemingly shallow track that I love to pieces, regardless:
"City Grrrl" - CSS
As for music that makes me want to stab myself in the face, it's so intolerably miserable? Try "Say Something," by A Great Big World.
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