Love songs

A love song is a song about romantic love, falling in love, heartbreak after abreakup, and the feelings that these experiences bring. A comprehensive list of even the best known performers and composers of love songs would be a large order. Love songs can be found in a variety of different music genres.The following are …

Breakup songs

A breakup song is a song describing the breakup of an intimate relationship, with associated emotions of sadness, anger, and sometimes of acceptance or relief. As one source states (discussing the upbeat breakup song “Better Things” by The Kinks), “Pop music is littered with break-up masterpieces”, but it’s a rare break-up song that isn’t bitter.” …

Your brain is musical even if you think you might not be

Very few people consider themselves experts in music or knowledgeable about all the intricacies of music theory. Irrespective of this, all people have the basic neural mechanisms needed to automatically perceive and analyze the structure and rules of music. Irrespective of the level of music training, the brain can perform complex analytical operations on musical …

Music moves you even when you don’t want to dance

Humans are one of the extremely few species that can synchronize their body movement to music (even babies do it – take a look at this popular video clip of 11-month-old infants trying to sync to the beat!). Brain imaging studies have shown that the motor areas of the brain are active even during passive …

Music and emotions

Music has the power to stimulate strong emotions within us, to the extent that it is probably rare not to be somehow emotionally affected by music. We all know what emotions are and experience them daily. Most of us also listen to music in order to experience emotions. The specific mechanisms through which music evokes …

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