Journal article

Popularity, mood, energy, and typicality in music: A computerised analysis of 204,506 pieces

AC North, A Krause, LP Sheridan, D Ritchie

Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts | American Psychological Association | Published : 2019


Several previous studies support the claim that liking for music can be predicted by its arousal-evoking qualities and typicality; and that emotional responses to music can be captured by two dimensions, namely sleepy-arousing and unpleasant-pleasant. The present research tests these ideas via all 204,506 pieces of music to have featured on sales and/or radio airplay charts in the United States, representing the entire commercial musical culture. Energy scores were related to popularity, although not always in the predicted direction. Atypical songs enjoyed more commercial success. Energy and beats per minute data were associated with seven mood scores for each piece, such that higher values..

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