The language of music is capable of transmitting three basic emotions that can be identified by anyone, despite not sharing language or culture; these are happiness, sadness and fear. These emotions are awakened by simply listening to sequences of ordered sounds and songs can also generate anger, nostalgia, optimism, excitement... These emotional responses not only alter your state of mind but can even have a positive impact on your cognitive development, on stimulating your intelligence and even on your health in general terms.
Kate Perry's "Birthday" would be the track that most stimulates active movement and the secretion of dopamine that leads to the feeling of happiness due to its fast and marked rhythm. Sad songs, such as "Something I need" by OneRepublic, has the opposite characteristics: its rhythm is slower and has a lesser tone, unconsciously reminiscent of an ascending tone associated with defeat and uncertainty, that being said, it could still be pleasant for some individuals.
"Best day of my life", by American Authors, is a very optimistic song, in which the positivity of the lyrics has a greater weight than the rhythm itself, although the latter is often linked to happy songs. David Guetta's "Bad" is the track linked to anger, since this is a negative emotion that involves movement, and its frenetic rhythm on a smaller scale helps to channel the feeling of anger.
Songs like "Magic" by Coldplay can evoke positive feelings that would help overcome fear since its slow rhythm combined with higher chords and this minimizes the response to stress. The emotion of excitement would come from "Wake me up", by Avicii, since its even faster, stronger rhythm and in a higher tone generates a cascade of adrenaline and endorphins.
Finally, "All of Me" by John Legend is the perfect example of a song destined to awaken nostalgia due to the sentimentalism impregnated in its lyrics, which favours the evocation of memories through other senses.
Other songs which make you emotional:
"Someone like you" by Adele
"Stay with me," by Sam Smith
"The Heart Wants What It Wants" by Selena Gomez
"Skinny Love" by Bon Iver
"Hallelujah" by Rufus Wainwright
"Stay" by Rihanna
"Everyone Suffers" by R.E.M.
"Good Woman" by Cat Power
"Samson" by Regina Spektor
"Breathe Me" by Sia
"You were mine" by Dixie Chicks
"Hey Mama" by Kanye West
"A man/me/then Jim" by Rilo Kiley
Elliott Smith's "Twilight"
"Simon & Garfunkel's "The Sounds of Silence
"Flying bird, American mouth," iron and wine
"This Year's Love," David Gray
"I'll remember you," Sarah McLachlan
"Lost", Michael Bublé
"Fix you up," Coldplay.