Theories on Why We Evolved to Love Music

There doesn’t seem to be much of an evolutionary reason for humans to need music. Our love of music seems to be some kind of totally accidental byproduct of nature.  Or is it?

NPR has this list of theories that seek to explain how and why human music came to be:

1. To get the girl

2. To keep in synch

3. To identify your tribe.

4. To maximize flow

5. To feel emotions

6. To intimidate predators

7. Survival of the funkiest

Get all the explanations here.

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.

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