“If you’ve ever gotten emotional while listening to Adele, you’re not the only one.
Turns out there are scientific reasons why tunes such the Grammy award-winner’s “Someone Like You” make listeners reach for the tissues.
For starters, the ballad contains an “appoggiatura,” which is “a type of ornamental note that clashes with the melody just enough to create a dissonant sound,” the Wall Street Journal describes.
In Adele’s song, the dip occurs on the word “you” during the opening to the chorus, where the singer croons the following lyrics: “Nevermind, I’ll find someone like you.”
Appoggiaturas were found in a majority of tunes listeners said give them goosebumps or make them cry, according to a 20-year-old study conducted by psychologist John Sloboda, the paper wrote.”
Katy Perry gave fans their Teenage Dream when she dropped the album back in 2010, and now fans should expect to experience a bit of déjà vu.