Science: These are The 13 Emotions You Feel Listening to Music

Do certain songs on your playlist stir up certain emotions? We all know listening to music can be emotional and now U.C- Berkley scientists have noted the 13 key emotions we feel when we play our favorite tunes. Researchers used data from 2,000 participants who described their feelings while listening to different music styles and found 13 key emotions, like some of these:

  • Joyful, cheerful – Think “Over The Rainbow” from Wizard of Oz
  • Triumphant – big orchestral songs like “The Star-Spangled Banner” made listeners feel heroic
  • Energized – Rocky and countless gym-goers pump up to Survivors’ “Eye of The Tiger”
  • Sad – listening to Adele’s “Hello” made participants feel blue
  • Beautiful – want to feel beautiful? Listen to classical music
  • Sexy – listen to some Al Green to put you in the mood

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