What makes a song or music appealing to a person? Who knows.
For me it's often imagery. Chris Bathgate is kinda my new favorite singer/songwriter. He seems Southern to me, but he is a Midwesterner from Michigan. His songs have a dark edge to them, but they are beautiful too. NPR said they are "dusky and deliberate". I like that.
"Poor Eliza" reminds me of Cold Mountain. No, wait. Outer Dark. Like Cormac McCarthy's writing, the song has a menacing tone.
Sometimes I like a song because it makes me laugh. Wish I could find the one I'm thinking of - the singer talks about his girlfriend leaving him like a kidney stone. Ouch!
Here's some [hopefully] not depressing stuff.
A sweet song about happenstance or serendipity:
Or this perky (and potential ear worm) song (any song where my kitchen might say - hang around baby,baby, I'll be baking a cake for you - is fun in my book):
This one by Mutemath is reminiscent of Earth, Wind and Fire with its funky beat and brass: