You are sad? That's normal, February is the most depressing month after a musical study

weekly The Economist analyzed the listening habits of users of the Spotify streaming platform. According to their findings, the second month of the calendar rhymes with blues.

Are you listening to Radiohead in February? Not surprisingly, this is the saddest song month after a study by "The Economist".
Are you listening to Radiohead in February? Not surprisingly, this is the saddest song month after a study by "The Economist". / © Lebrecht / Leemage

The lovebirds know this. February, Valentine's Day obliges, is a month that rhymes with love. No offense to lovers, it could also be the saddest time of the year. This seems to suggest a study of data collected on Spotify by the British magazine The Economist .

The platform has an algorithm allowing to classify the 50 million pieces available according to their sadness. Each song is rated on a scale from 0 (the saddest) to 100 (the most cheerful). As an illustration, the British weekly cites Respect Aretha Franklin, whose mirth potential stands at 97, and Creep Radiohead, which drops to 10.

Gloomy february

By analyzing the listening habits of Spotify users throughout the year and in 30 countries, The Economist established an overall average score, then by country, out of 100. According to their observations, the saddest songs are listened to in February. For the world average, the total score drops to 48 at this time of year, compared to 52 in July (the happiest time of the year with Christmas).

It's time to put Blue Monday (the third Monday in January, considered the most depressing day of the year) back on the shelf, be prepared for Gloomy February.

And these results are probably not linked to greyness. It seems that in Brazil and Australia, countries of the southern hemisphere, however sunny at this time of the year, we also listen to the saddest songs … in February!

Le Figaro's special sadness playlist: