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Why our brains love music with bass

Why our brains love music with bass

Give me that funky bassline, with a bit of two percent milk. That’s right, toddlers. You’re probably going to be throwing down your pacifier with a Bassnectar mixtape in one end of the crib. We were made to love bass music.

The Verge dove head first into some studies – and found that music doesn’t just cause changes in our adrenaline and heart rate. We’re “hardwired” to be drawn to the bass.

“The bassline is the foundation that the melody hangs upon,” The Verge explains.

A study submits listeners to high and low frequencies played simultaneously. With a deviation in the notes, most listeners were less than satisfied in fluctuations with the bass but accepted them more often when used in common leads.


The beat drops and people start nodding their heads. It’s a common behavior, so it’s easy to disregard. But the reasons why humans respond to a killer beat aren’t necessarily obvious.

Directed, written and animated by Hadaya Turner
Contributions by Arielle Duhaime-Ross