Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” ranked low in the study’s happiness index.
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A study of hundreds of thousands of popular songs over the past three decades has found a downward sonic trend in happiness and an increase in sadness, as the chirpy band Wham! gave way to the moody Sam Smith. For the report in the journal Royal Society Open Science, researchers at the University of California, Irvine looked at 500,000 songs released in the U.K. between 1985 and 2015, and categorized them according to their mood.Of course, the researchers emphasize that a gradual decrease in the average "happiness" index does not mean that all successful songs in 1985 were happy and all successful songs in 2015 were sad.
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