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Why Listening to Sad Music Makes You Feel Better

There’s science behind the coping benefits of melancholy art

Illustration: Kieran Blakey

InIn a 2018 tweet, country music star Reba McEntire said that, for her, singing sad songs “has a way of healing a situation. It gets the hurt out in the open into the light, out of the darkness.”

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Markham Heid

Markham Heid

I write about health, science, and psychology. My work has appeared in Time magazine, the New York Times, Vice, and elsewhere. I live in Germany.

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