What music will we probably enjoy for the rest of our lives?


Via Rob Brooks’ interesting book Sex, Genes & Rock ‘n’ Roll: How Evolution Has Shaped the Modern World:

A recent study by Steve Janssen at the University of Amsterdam shows that the bands and songs people remember most clearly and fondly in middle age are the ones they came to love between the ages of 16 and 21 — late adolescence and early adulthood.

By contrast, when asked to name favourite books and movies, people favour more recent works. The strong musical reminiscence bump between 16 and 21 years of age makes sense because our relationships with music really gets going when we enter puberty, and becomes most intense from then through to early adulthood. This is no coincidence. It is music that plays when we fall in love, when our hearts break, when we discover sex and learn the meaning of true friendship.

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