Is it weird that I like sadder, emotional songs rather than Top 40?
Weird question, but I’m just wondering. I like bands like Crossfade, Three Days Grace, Hollywood Undead, etc. And I really enjoy the songs where they talk about heartbreak, pain, emotional stuff (Examples “Everything’s Wrong” by Crossfade, “Last to Know” by Three Days Grace, “The Diary” by Hollywood Undead, etc.). It seems more real to me than Top 40 garbage. I don’t come from a broken home, and I don’t really have emotional scars, but I just really like songs of that nature.
If it was not normal then there are a LOT of not normal people out there to the point that its normal. What I have realized over the years are the current generations music is less musically diverse/advanced compared to other genres. Its not a bad thing its just they are more aimed towards dancing and being songs you can sing along with more with catchy beats. Compared to rock/metal and some alternative is more aimed towards lyrics and emotions. So no you are not weird.
I think it is quite normal, especially the way you have expressed that you enjoy meaning to songs, which the Top 40 stuff often lacks.I also think that there is a certain pull to being able to relate to a song - knowing that someone else out there is thinking the same way we are at the time.Personally, I have found in the past that there have been times that I almost sabotaged myself into hitting rock bottom emotionally before I could effect change in my life, turning to stuff like Elliott Smith, which was perfect for letting me feel the emotions I was masking from everyone else.