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Some of the most popular songs ever written are also the saddest. Helena Merriman asks why so many people appear to love a sad song.

Helena Merriman asks why the sad music is often the most popular. She speaks to writers and musicians about a seemingly irresistible cultural phenomenon. Why do we love tales of heartbreak and melancholy set to slow, lilting melody?

Presenter:Helena Merriman
Producer:Helena Merriman
Editor:Jeremy Skeet.

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12 minutes

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Wed 4 Nov 2015 12:04