Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Good Vibrations...

An interesting piece last week in the Washington Post, about the connection between mathematics and the music that makes us feel good:

Fast tempo, major chords, and positive lyrics are among the elements that tend to associate with music that is mood-uplifting.

The article includes a list of the Top 10 feel-good inducing songs (below), based on a formula neuroscience researchers have worked out (wouldn't quite jive with my own Top 10 list, but so be it):

1. Don’t Stop Me Now  (Queen)
2. Dancing Queen  (Abba)
3. Good Vibrations  (The Beach Boys)
4. Uptown Girl  (Billie Joel)
5. Eye of the Tiger  (Survivor)
6. I’m a Believer  (The Monkeys)
7. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun  (Cyndi Lauper)
8. Livin’ on a Prayer  (Jon Bon Jovi)
9. I Will Survive  (Gloria Gaynor)
10. Walking on Sunshine  (Katrina & The Waves)

In a related note, NPR's RadioLab re-ran an episode this week, with less math, but relating music to language:

...and just to end on a feel-good note ;-):

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