Old Music: The Reminiscence Bump
The Reminiscence Bump is a phenomenon where our memories of age 10 to 30 years are sharper and more vivid, as if these are encoded in the brain in HD and are also retrieved easily.
This can be linked to certain biological and hormonal changes in the body during this period.
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Music is linked to our memory and emotion and certain life experiences and autobiographical memories are better recalled than others.
We are nostalgic and extremely emotional about the music we heard in our formative years when we were young. We believe that music from the past was better, but each generation is deeply connected to the music heard in the specific decade where they were teens coming of age.
An extensive study shows that music from people's adolescence and teenage years is more familiar to people who are now in their 40s and 50s, with the nostalgic feeling peaking around the songs they listened to at age 14.
However, some songs, mainly the iconic and everlasting retro classics (from the 1970s to the early 1980s) are found to be preferred even by millennials.
A research team looked at more than 17,000 songs from the US Billboard Hot 100 and found three music revolutions - in 1964, 1983, and 1991.
The researchers looked at the different characteristics of music, including harmony, chords changes, and timbres, then analyzed how they changed over time.
In the years that followed MTV, hit songs and their accompanying music videos would become linked in the minds of music fans.
But the format of music videos precedes MTV. There is an evolutionary chart that dates back nearly a century.
Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, author of Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, And What The Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are evaluated every Billboard chart-topping tune released between 1960 and 2000, using data from Spotify, along with the ages of those songs' biggest fans.
He found out that the average woman's musical tastes are formed between the ages of 11 and 14, while an average man's music tastes are virtually cemented between the ages of 13 and 16.
Therefore, by our early 20s, our music tastes get locked into place pretty firmly.
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