This morning’s Studio 360 radio program had a piece called Why is Pop Music So Sad (listen here) in which Alice Cooper, of all people, complains that modern pop music has gotten sadder since 1965 — and he’s backed up by so-called research.
There’s a simplistic notion among some musicians that major keys and up tempo music is happy, while minor keys and slower tempos are sad. This notion seems to have been taken inordinately seriously by some academics, who have produced the following chart to make their point (see below).
“Bands that want to sound deep and mysterious cannot play in major keys,” says Alice Cooper. “I think that we’ve gotten away from the fun in pop music.”
SOOOoooo what do you think? Shall we have our own local study?
MUSICIANS: Leave a comment with the number of major key songs vs minor key songs and up-tempo vs. slower songs in your repertoire.
LISTENERS: When you go out this weekend (see live music lineup here), listen carefully. Do you hear more happy or sad songs? Leave a comment and let us know.
BOTH MUSICIANS & LISTENERS: Is Alice Cooper right? Is pop music no longer fun?
JOEY: Should we create a poll?