When you listen to music that moves you, your brain releases dopamine, a chemical involved in both motivation and addiction. The intense pleasure we get from it is actually biologically reinforcing the brain. When we listen to music, we seem to be looking to match our emotions. We don’t need a study to tell us that listening to music improves our mood and contributes to a greater quality of life.
Music has been found to boost the immune systems of patients after surgeries, thus reducing complications. Music therapy has proven to be more effective than other types of therapies in patients suffering from depression.
In one study, researchers led by Victoria Williamson, a visiting professor at Switzerland’s Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and a fellow at the University of Sheffield, analyzed more than 50 different musical features and found that earworm songs—tunes that were mentioned by at least three different people in her survey—tend to have notes with longer durations but smaller pitch intervals. This makes sense, she says, because these are two main features that make songs easier to sing, even for the musically untrained. “Fundamentally, an earworm is your brain singing,” Williamson says. Earworm songs also have a certain amount of built-in predictability, coupled with enough novelty to pique a listener’s interest.
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According to our research findings, Who Let The Dogs Out is one of the top five all time “Happy” songs. So, here is a clip: