Billy Ocean may have been spot-on when he sang about sad songs that make you cry, but he didn’t see the big picture. According to a new study by Frontiers in Psychology, sad music is actually good for us. “If we suffer from unpleasant emotion evoked through daily life, sad music might be helpful to alleviate negative emotion.” See! So the next time you are feeling low, there are a bevy of gloomy hip hop songs that can serve as the perfect pick-me-up. Click on to see the emotional cuts we love to listen to when times are rough.
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