If you're feeling down and want to indulge in feeling sorry for yourself, then listening to The Verve's The Drugs Don't Work could help things along nicely.

According to research, the track is the saddest song people can listen to, closely followed by Robbie Williams' Angels.

But for those people looking for a song to pick up their mood then Lily Allen's LDN is the happiest song, with Abba's Dancing Queen and R.E.M.'s Shiny Happy People named as the runners-up.

Dr Harry Witchel, an expert in physiology and music, monitored and analysed people's reactions to music, including their heart rate, respiratory response and skin temperature.

Explaining his findings, Dr Witchel said: "Music is undeniably powerful at triggering different emotional states. Changes in tempo and frequencies induce profoundly different emotional states.

"A slow-tempo song like The Verve's The Drugs Don't Work slows down the heart. In other words, it works like the emotional state of sadness."

Happiest songs

1 Lily Allen - LDN

2 Abba - Dancing Queen

3 REM - Shiny Happy People

4 B52s - Love Shack

5 The Beatles - She Loves You

6 Beyonce - Crazy In Love

7 Britney Spears - Baby One More Time

8 Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes - I've Had The Time Of My Life

9 The Spice Girls - Spice Up Your Life

10 Kylie Minogue - Spinning Around


Saddest songs

1 The Verve - The Drugs Don't Work

2 Robbie Williams - Angels

3 Elton John - Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word

4 Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You

5 Sinead O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U

6 Will Young - Leave Right Now

7 Elvis Presley - Are You Lonesome Tonight?

8 Christina Aguilera - Beautiful

9 James Blunt - Goodbye My Lover

10 Radiohead - Fake Plastic Tree




11/12/2006