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Enjoyment of pop music classics linked to combination of uncertainty and surprise

06:17 EST 7 Nov 2019 | Science Daily

Why is it that people find songs such as James Taylor's 'Country Roads,' UB40's 'Red, Red Wine,' or The Beatles' 'Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da' so irresistibly enjoyable? Researchers analyze 80,000 chords in 745 classic US Billboard pop songs -- including those three -- and find that musical pleasure comes from the right combination of uncertainty and surprise.

Original Article: Enjoyment of pop music classics linked to combination of uncertainty and surprise

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