REM’s ‘Everybody Hurts’ Voted Saddest Song Of All Time As Happiest Song Revealed

The 1993 ballad was followed by ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ by Sinead O’Connor – while Queen’s ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ was named the happiest song

REM has the saddest song of all time with their 1993 song Everybody Hurts
REM has the saddest song of all time with their 1993 song Everybody Hurts

REM’s “Everybody Hurts” was named the saddest song of all time.

A poll of 2,000 music lovers declared the 1992 song to be the last tearful song, ahead of Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” and Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven”.

“I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston and “Yesterday” by The Beatles, completed the top five.

Nearly half (48%) of adults believe a tune can have a huge impact on their mood.

As a result, 36% listen to sad songs when they feel nostalgic and a quarter (24%) will switch to those songs after a breakup.

And nearly half claim that sad songs can brighten their mood.

The Beatles have two songs on their list of saddest songs, with Yesterday in the top five


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Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now”, ABBA’s “Dancing Queen”, and Katrina And The Waves’ “Walking on Sunshine”, are considered the happiest songs on record.

While Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive”, Survivor’s “Eye of The Tiger” and Elton John’s solo song “I’m Still Standing”, were revealed to be the ultimate motivational tracks.

The soothing sounds of Louis Armstrong’s song “What a Wonderful World” and the Beatles’ title track from their final album “Let It Be,” were dubbed the most relaxing.

The study was commissioned by ear care brand Earex, in partnership with Professor Robert Till, professor of music at the University of Huddersfield and President of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music.

“What’s interesting is that many of the top picks in this survey aren’t simply about their overall popularity – some of the most mentioned sad songs have the fewest plays on the internet,” said Prof Till. streaming platforms more than others, suggesting that there is indeed something special about these particular songs.

“As one might expect, people’s age influences their choices, with younger audiences voting for Adele over REM – but the reveal for the saddest song is the youngest age given Selected by The Beatles’ Yesterday.

“Perhaps this reflects the recent film of the same name, and the importance of film and video in providing context to the songs.

“We associate specific songs with special moments in our lives, or memories of specific periods.

“Remembering how important music is to our lives, this study is a timely reminder to take care of our ears and hearing while we are young and throughout our lives. us, so that as we get older, we can continue to enjoy the important part music plays in our lives. ”

In contrast, Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now was named the happiest song


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The survey found that the three key elements to making a good song are good rhythms, memorable melodies, and evoking an emotional response – while nearly a fifth (19%) believe a good song must be relevant.

Simply being able to lift a smile is the top reason why music is important, along with the ability to lift them up when needed (54%) and to be able to share it with others (30%) ).

As a result, more than half (56%) of music lovers have a song bank that they will always turn to in certain situations or with specific people.

More than a quarter (26%) turn on upbeat music when with friends, and another 25% focus on motivational songs in the gym.

It also found that the average adult listens to 25 songs a day, with home, car and work being the top places to play their favorite songs.

But 1/5 (20%) will always plug in headphones when walking or running.

And while most listen to music at high volume around the house, 29% admit that they prefer to listen to it loud at home or in the car.

Almost half of music lovers listen to music at high volume which can harm their hearing


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In fact, almost half (48%) of those polled, through OnePoll, sometimes listen to music at a volume so loud that it can affect their ear and hearing health.

And more than eight in ten would be “devastated” if they could no longer listen to music.

Claire Campbell, from Earex, said: “The findings clearly demonstrate how much we appreciate what music can bring to our lives, and underline the importance of caring. take care of the health of our ears so we can continue to bask in the sounds we love and cherish.

“Listening to the music we love using earplugs or at high volume can have adverse effects on our ear health and if in excess can damage our hearing.

“Music and sound in general can be so much fun, so it’s important that we raise our awareness as much as possible to take care of our ears.

“Our ears provide the ability to perceive, evaluate, and reproduce sounds. They are complex and delicate, which is why, when you have a problem – like earwax buildup or hard earwax – your ears need special care.”


  1. REM – Everyone hurts
  2. Sinead O’Connor – Nothing can compare 2 U
  3. Eric Clapton – Tears in Heaven
  4. Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You
  5. The Beatles – Yesterday
  6. Adele – Someone just like you
  7. Celine Dion – My heart will continue
  8. Roy Orbison – Crying
  9. Eric Carmen – All by me
  10. Robbie Williams – Angel
  11. Bill Withers – Ain’t No Sunshine
  12. James Blunt – Goodbye my love
  13. Toni Braxton – Unbreak My Heart
  14. Eva Cassidy – Songbird
  15. Coldplay – Fix you
  16. U2 – With or without you
  17. The Beatles – The road is long and winding
  18. Al Green – How can you mend a broken heart?
  19. Sam Smith – Stay with me
  20. Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
  21. Carole King – It’s too late
  22. Lewis Capaldi – The one you fell in love with
  23. John Lennon – Jealous Boy
  24. Simon & Garfunkel – Boxers
  25. Gary Jules – Crazy World
  26. Adele – Easy On Me
  27. Boyz II Men – At the end of the road
  28. Neil Young – Only love can break your heart
  29. Passenger – Let her go
  30. The Fray – How to save a life

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