Once a reliable refuge from the miseries of the modern world, the pop charts are becoming every bit as grim as real life. 2017 in particular has really seen things take a turn for the maudlin – but why is it happening? Why are we so obsessed with sad sounding songs at the moment?
The pop charts have gone through some massive changes recently, now that streaming figures are included in the final count. So have the charts finally managed to catch up with the fast-moving digital era? Or have they just rendered themselves essentially pointless? We take a look.