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Science Says ‘Beautiful but Sad’ Songs Make You Feel Better, So Here’s Your Ultimate Sad Song Playlist

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We’ve all done it, listening to the cathartic and slightly masochist playlists you made specifically when you feel like crying. It’s almost a rite of passage. And while you may think that you’re wallowing in self-pity, science says otherwise.

According to a study done in the UK, music actually has a seemingly “paradoxical effect on a person’s mood, with ‘beautiful but sad’ music lifting mood[sic] when the listener is feeling unhappy.”

Apparently, the days I spent listening to Elliott Smith and William Fitzsimmons were actually because my brain knew it would make me feel better, not because I was emo. Okay, I was definitely still emo but now no one can mock me, because science said it’s normal (even though science will never be able to explain why every guy I dated in high school wore the same size pants as me).

Anyway, here is the ultimate sad song playlist to spin when you’re feeling “beautiful but sad.”