The Paradox of ‘Pleasurable Sadness’: Why Do We like Sad Music?

Gloomy songs frequently top the charts

George J. Ziogas
4 min readJul 13, 2023

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People generally go out of their way to avoid feeling sad. Paradoxically, gloomy melodies have always been popular among music lovers. Melancholic classical pieces, such as Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings and Mozart’s Requiem, are considered some of the most beautiful compositions ever…

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George J. Ziogas

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