Why write about music on a business website? Because study after study shows that music can affect your mood, help you concentrate, and even improve your family life when you play more of it at home. In short, filling your life with the right music helps you be happier and more productive. And that's what we're all about here at Inc.com.
Why do some songs give you goosebumps?
For a new study, researchers at Queen Mary University of London dug into what kind of music gives you the chills. Scientists call this feeling "frisson," but you probably know it as the shiver and accompanying goosebumps that make you feel just a little more alive.
As Quartz reports in its in-depth writeup of the study, other researchers have looked into why some songs have this effect before without really nailing down a single reason. The latest effort to understand the phenomenon compiled a massive list of more than 700 songs that previous studies have identified as chill-inducing and then used computers to analyze what set these tunes apart from songs of similar popularity and genre.
On average, the chill-inducing songs were "sadder, slower, less intense, and more instrumental than matched tracks," according to the team, and also "more sophisticated," which they defined as "relaxing, quiet, nondanceable, slow, nonelectric, and instrumental."
But perhaps in this case a listen is worth a thousand words, so why not jump straight to the list of chill-inducing music itself? Quartz did us all the massive favor of compiling all 700+ songs into a massive, more than 24-hour-long, classical-heavy playlist. But if you're looking for a more trimmed down, modern version to get you started, here's a sample 25 tunes:
Enjoy your goosebumps.