Throughout the history of music, thousands of songs have reached the number one spot on the Billboard chart. However, some of these songs stand out for the sadness they convey. BBC journalist Miriam Quick used an algorithm created by Spotify to quantify the amount of sadness in a musical track and find the saddest tracks that topped the list.
Quick gained access to metadata obtained from each of the 35 million songs available on the streaming giant, which were cataloged with a valence score of 0 to 1. According to Spotify, tracks with high valence sound more positive, while tracks with low valence sound more negative.
Quick found the names of all the number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 charts since it began in July 1958, resulting in a total of 1,080 tracks. She then ran each track through the Spotify software and came to the conclusion that the saddest number one in the history of the aforementioned ranking is “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” by Roberta Flack.
The popular 1957 song was written by Ewan MacColl for Peggy Seeger to sing. However, during the 1960s, it was recorded by various folk artists and became a major international hit for Flack in 1972, winning the Grammys for Record and Song of the Year.
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