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    BBC - Culture - Can data reveal the saddest number one song ever?

    Data journalist Miriam Quick put Spotify’s new algorithm to the test, analysing over 1000 tracks to find the saddest pop songs to top the charts. The results were surprising.

    By Miriam Quick

    22 August 2018

    When I was 15 I discovered The Smiths, a band whose name had by then long been synonymous with misery. But it was Morrissey’s unique style of being miserable – coquettish and laced with Northern English humour, flipping between self-pity and irony – that appealed to my teenage self. That and the grandiose but intricately layered sweeps of Johnny Marr’s guitar. I’d always cry at the same points in each song: the end of Hand in Glove, the chord changes before the chorus of Girl Afraid, the line in The Queen is Dead where he sings “we can go for a walk where it’s quiet and dry”. I’m still not sure why the last one had such an effect.

    Roberta Flack - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

    #data #big_data #chanson #algoritme

    • 1. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – Roberta Flack (1972)
      2. Three Times a Lady – Commodores (1978)
      3. Are You Lonesome Tonight ? – Elvis Presley (1960)
      4. Mr Custer – Larry Verne (1960)
      5. Still – Commodores (1979)

      A mon avis, l’algorithme est loin d’être au point et le classement est hautement critiquable, non seulement subjectivement (parce qu’elles sont assez mauvaises ! Les Commodores ? Seriously ?! Et deux fois en plus ?), mais même objectivement si on se rend compte que les paroles des deux premières chansons sont en fait joyeuses !

      J’avais commencé une liste moi aussi, mais je ne l’ai jamais terminée...

      –Trouble of the World, Mahalia Jackson
      –Double Trouble, Otis Rush
      –Walking the Backstreets and crying, Little Milton
      –Part Time Love, Clay Hammond
      –Let Me Down Easy, Bettye Lavette
      –Unfair, Barbara Lynn
      –Nothing Takes The Place Of You, Toussaint Mc Call
      –Please come home for Christmas, Charles Brown
      –Lost Someone, James Brown
      –Nothing compares to you, Sinead O’Connor
      –Walk on by, Dionne Warwick
      –In The Rain, The Dramatics
      –Inner City Blues, Marvin Gaye
      –I wish I knew how it would feel to be free, Nina Simone
      –In the ghetto, Candi Staton
      –Crying time, Ray Charles
      –Gloomy Sunday, Billie Holiday
      –Ne me quitte pas, Jacques Brel

      #Musique #triste #palmarès #subjectivité