Have you ever wondered what the saddest song might be?
Many people might assume it’s a country song, since many of those seem to specialize in tales of woe.
However, according to a recent survey of 2,000 adults, REM’s 1992 track “Everybody Hurts” holds the top spot.
Rounding out the top five are the following:
- Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U”
- Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven.”
- Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You”
- The Beatles’ “Yesterday”
- a really sad song, personally: when I asked Alexa to sing me Happy Birthday
There were some other interesting results from the survey:
- Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now,”
- ABBA’s “Dancing Queen”
- Katrina and The Waves’ “Walking on Sunshine”
Most Motivational songs:
- Survivor’s “Eye of The Tiger“
- Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive”
- Elton John’s “I’m Still Standing”
Most Relaxing songs:
- Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World”
- The Beatles’ “Let It Be”
Participants were also asked what makes up a great song in general, and three main components kept coming up again and again: A good beat, a memorable melody, and the capacity to evoke a legitimate emotional reaction.
Here were some final survey results:
- adults listen to about 25 songs per day.
- The most common places to listen to music include at home, in the car, and at work.
- 20 percent always have some music playing while out for a walk.
- 29 percent say they put their tunes on full blast in most scenarios. .
- 80 percent of respondents say they would be absolutely devastated if they were never allowed to hear music again.
- 100 percent would be thrilled if they never had to read a Music Monday post from Borden’s Blather again…
Originally I was planning to share REM’s sad song, but I decided to go with one of the happy songs. We could all use a dose of happiness these days…
*image from UDiscoverMusic