Music Is A Drug: The Science Behind Our Listening Habits


    You already knew that putting on a killer tune makes you feel nice on the inside, but it turns out there’s some real hard neuroscience behind your enjoyment of music. A great song doesn’t just make you happy–it actually triggers a brain reaction that’s very similar to the chemical effect of cocaine, marijuana, and other drugs. Regular listening will actually make you addicted to music itself, which explains why we get so cranky when our iPods die on us, why we accumulate gigabytes upon gigabytes of records, and also why Channel Orange already has 37 plays in our iTunes libraries despite having been out for only a month. The following two-minute video explains the science behind the human experience of listening to music, which emerged universally across all cultures very early in human evolution. Neat stuff. Thanks, AsapSCIENCE.