Seasonal Affective Disorder is a real thing, and if you find yourself listening to sad love songs during the cold, dreary winter months, you’re in good company. Spotify and Accuweather partnered together to see if weather affects the music we choose to listen to, and not surprisingly, it does: People tend to listen to happy, energetic music on sunny days and “sadder-sounding music” on rainy days.
The two companies took a look at a year’s worth of weather data around the world (classified as sun, clouds, rain, wind or snow from November 2015 to November 2016) and matched it up with over 85 billion Spotify streams during those days. The mood of the most frequently played songs was then analyzed to see how musical taste varied according to weather patterns. Here are some of the more surprising findings:
1. US: Houston responds most dramatically to rain, listening to the most sad, unrunnable, acoustic and low-energy music when there is precipitation in the air.
2. UK: Liverpool and Manchester residents actually play happier music when it snows.
3. New Zealand: Auckland residents tend to listen to low energy and sad music when it’s sunny (and happy music when it rains).
4. Europe: Rome and Amsterdam listen to the most danceable music on sunny days.
To get real-time weather and music recommendations for your city, check out Climatune. And hey, if you’re sick of listening to “i hate u,i love u” in rainy San Francisco, head on over to sunny Buenos Aires (at least digitally) and rock out to “Can’t Stop Dancin’.”
What are your favorite sunny or rainy day songs? Share them with us @BritandCo!
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