Medical Mysteries of Music

Why those songs from high school stay with you forever

In fact, according to this article from Inverse, those songs from high school define you. It’s science!

“If you couldn’t bring the entirety of your Spotify or Apple Music library with you to a desert island, what few songs would you bring? The desert island thought experiment may sound like a bit from High Fidelity, but in the hands of scientists, it can reveal a lot about why we love the music that we do.

“According to the results of new research, there’s a good chance that the songs you value most link to a very specific time in your life — and be tied to memories that have shaped who you are.

“A study published Thursday in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology solidifies the idea that music from our teenage years becomes intrinsically linked to powerful memories that inform our sense of self.”

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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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