Melancholy is an emotionally complex state that has recently garnered much interest, particularly as an alternative to depression. Characterized by sadness, loneliness and existential angst. Regret and loss often accompany it; yet its intensity can lead to creativity and self-reflection; often reflecting musical styles including classical, pop and rock music.
Melancholy music has an emotive sound and is usually played at lower volumes than other genres, which creates an intimate sonic space and heightens its mood. Additionally, its use of lo-fi production techniques such as distortion and tape hiss add texture and nostalgia – also typically found in melancholy songs which feature slow melodies with lyrics reflecting themes such as sadness or loss.
Studies have demonstrated that individuals are capable of enjoying negative experiences as long as they can disentangle the subjective experience from its real-life implications. Unfortunately, not everyone finds pleasure in sad music – some actually find it distressing! Perhaps because they find the emotion too close or because it doesn’t bring relief, some don’t like listening to melancholy tunes.
Melancholic tones result from complex interactions between brain physical structures and emotional states. For instance, changes in pressure fluctuations in auditory cortex have been linked with various emotional states – this explains why minor keys often sound melancholy while major ones don’t; additionally different tempos and key changes can alter how music is experienced by listeners.
One study suggests that melancholy music evokes feelings of sadness, loneliness and despair. Accordingly, its authors suggest it as an excellent choice for relieving stress and improving one’s mood – as long as listeners focus on lyrics and sonic texture of the music to overcome its melancholic attributes.
Music can evoke many feelings. A playlist to get your heart racing during workouts or party tunes to help loosen up, there is usually a song for any mood or circumstance imaginable – sad music has a special place on every music lover’s playlist, serving as a great outlet to process grief or grieve over loss and heartache, or simply giving us permission to let loose and cry freely.
From Morgan Wallen and Dolly Parton to classic country songs from other artists like Willie Nelson or Hank Snow, country music offers plenty of songs that will touch upon those emotions that matter to us most. Lyrical themes of loss or heartbreak coupled with slow twangy instrumentals will leave you needing tissues!
We The Kings has long been one of the go-to artists when it comes to emotional music on TikTok, but when listened to fully you’ll feel its depth of emotion. The song captures perfectly what can happen in toxic relationships where flaws define who you are; therefore it will resonate with anyone who has ever experienced one and is an excellent sad music YouTube lofi choice for your playlist.