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Science Says Billie Eilish is the Saddest Artist, Olivia Rodrigo is the Happiest

[Reporting on some research by contributor Elisa FG. – AC]

Science has a brand new music award for Billie Eilish to add to her pile and it may not be one she’d have expected or ever even knew existed.

A new study from Word Experts at Crossword Solver found an accurate way to dub her the Saddest Artist, according to her lyrics and their analytics of the 120 most streamed artists and the 1,000 most streamed songs on Spotify.

Eilish came first, with Machine Gun Kelly in second and The Weekend third, for saddest streaming tunes. Way at the bottom of that list is Post Malone for least sad of the saddest. This is already sounding like an Awards ceremony worth inventing.

The study also found that in the Happiest Artist category, Olivia Rodrigo is number one. Selena Gomez and Lana Del Ray based on their lyrics, take second and third. And the least-happiest lyricist of the happiest… John Legend!

Everyone needs a good cry or a solid dance break, and experts have found the measuring meter for who best to lean into on those days. This new evidence shows what chart acts will make you happiest and or saddest, and which one of their songs is most emotive of all.

Let’s say it’s the happiest day of your life, and you are so elated that you need someone or something to pick the soundtrack for that day, according to these studies Spotify would pump Maroon 5’s What Lovers Do, it has a 72.3% positivity rating, making it the happiest song on the charts.

Saddest of the sad songs, goes to Kendrick Lamar for his song HUMBLE, which was calculated to be 51.3% sad. Not a bad thing though, just a sad thing.

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