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Medical Mysteries of Music

Why do certain songs become our favourites? Let’s ask science.

At the end of a Las Vegas weekend, a friend and I rented a car and headed up toward Area 51. We immediately ran into issues when we couldn’t agree on the music for this roadtrip. I didn’t like any of her selections and she hated all of mine. This led to a discussion about what was wrong with each other’s musical tastes, which, if I’m honest, made the drive a lot quicker.

But why do we have favourite songs? Maybe this TEDx talk on the subject will help. (Via Shaun)

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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