What Makes Someone Like You And Wake Me Up When September Ends

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“Someone Like You” by Adele, “Yesterday” by the Beatles, and “Wake Me Up When September Ends” by Green Day all have two distinct commonalities: they are all considered sad songs, and they have all been within the top 10 on Billboard’s “Hot 100” chart—“Yesterday” and “Someone Like You” remaining at #1 for multiple days. This is quite the paradox and raises the question: if humans generally desire to prevent sad experiences and associations, then why are some people attracted to sad music and why do they find pleasure in listening to it? Many scientists, philosophers and psychologists have been debating, questioning, and researching this phenomenon and this has led to varied neurological and psychological discoveries and theories. For the most part, there is a consensus that sad music is found pleasurable when it is perceived as non-threatening, when it induces specific psychological benefits, and when a person possesses certain levels of three precise personality traits. Additionally, there are neurological studies that provide theories regarding sad music invoking pleasure in the brain. In order to dive deeper into this question, it is crucial to have an understanding of what sadness is, how instrumental and lyrical music portrays sadness, and have a brief knowledge of the philosophical debates regarding perceived negative emotion and actual felt negative emotion within music.
Part 1: Sadness and How It Is Conveyed Through Music Sadness is one of the six basic, human…

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