Why do people like the music they listen to when they were young?



People tend to like the music they listen to when they were young, and some of them feel that when they were teenagers, they were full of better songs. Research results have been published focusing on the “relationship between music and memory” as to why people like music when they were young.

Hello, this is Santoshi.

Looking at the music rankings, old songs are still ranked in.

What is the reason for this?

Did the generation watching TV change? Or is the generation listening to music the same?

I often listen to old songs from the 2000s to 2010s, but I also buy new songs.

I think some of them can be ranked first in the music ranking.

I investigated the mechanism of those who liked old music.

A Cross-Sectional Study of Reminiscence Bumps for Music-Related Memories in Adulthood

Why we’re obsessed with music from our youth


Autobiographical Memory

Many people remember the songs that were popular when they were in school, and many people realize that music is closely related to memory. TV and radio programs such as “Celebrities show their memorable songs along with past episodes” are broadcast in many countries, and music therapy is widely used to let people with dementia listen to nostalgic music.

People do not remember past memories uniformly, and from past studies conducted in the field of psychology, people have other “autobiographical memories” that they experienced around the age of 10 to 30. It is shown that he remembers stronger than the period. Theoretical explanations that remind me of autobiographical memory when I was young are “because I often have new and self-defining experiences at this time” and “because changes in the amount of hormone secretion in the body have an effect”. There seems to be.

The research team conducted a survey of 470 subjects aged 18-82 years to study the relationship between music and memory. In this survey, the subjects were asked about the 111 pop songs and artist names that appeared on the hit chart for 65 years from 1950 to 2015, “the relationship between autobiographical memory and the song,” “the degree of familiarity with the song,” and “the degree of familiarity with the song.” He said that he answered “likes and dislikes”.

Analysis of the responses revealed that music hits during the subject’s adolescence was not only rated as more familiar, but also associated with more autobiographical memory. This tendency seems to have been seen overall regardless of the subject’s age, and in particular, the music hit by the subject around the age of 14 evoked the most autobiographical memory.

On the other hand, focusing on the point of “likes and dislikes of songs”, people over 40 tended to like songs that were popular during adolescence, but people aged 18-40 did not show the same tendency. So, some subjects preferred songs that were popular before they were born, rather than songs that were popular during adolescence.

This suggests the possibility that “even if you don’t like the song, the songs that were popular during adolescence are inextricably linked to autobiographical memory.” During adolescence, there are many memories that are easy to remember, such as student life, interaction with friends, and graduation, so the research team thinks that it may be easier to connect the songs heard at that time with memories.

In this research, it was also found that some songs have been loved for generations. People of all ages love pop songs that were popular in the late 1970s and early 1980s, such as Eagles’ Hotel California, Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive, and Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean.