If You Love Music When You’re Young, Science Says You’ll Love It When You’re Old

Boffins at the University of Hildesheim know that our taste in music evolve as we age.  The type of music find pleasing at 17 probably won’t be the type we’re listening to at 67.  Yes, we’ll still have a soft spot for the specific music we were listening to at 17, but we won’t be craving the new music of the day that has the same energy.

However, this doesn’t mean that our reactions to music will be any less strong.  A survey of nearly 500 people aged 19 to 85 shows that just because we get older, our reactions to music don’t get any less intense.  We can love music just as much at age 85 as we did when we were 15.  Interesting.

Find out more at Arts Journal.  Thanks to James for the link.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

3 thoughts on “If You Love Music When You’re Young, Science Says You’ll Love It When You’re Old

  • January 14, 2014 at 10:09 am

    The link to the article doesn’t work

    • January 14, 2014 at 11:45 am


  • January 14, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Music is a HUGE part of therapy with those suffering from forms of dementia. Sometimes it is the only link to memory.


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