Happy Music Isn’t Popular Anymore

Lyrics and instrumentation aside, there are two primary differences between happy songs and sad songs.  Happy songs are uptempo and in a major key.  Sad songs tend to be slower and in a minor key.  In 1965 every one of Billboard’s top 40 hits were in a major key.  Today, a majority of popular songs are in a minor key.  Why is that?

“Why We’re Happy Being Sad: Pop’s Emotional Evolution,” by Alix Spiegel. All Things Considered. National Public Radio, September 4, 2012.


Posted on September 5, 2012, in American Culture. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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