MUSIC FUN FACTS


Paul McCartney was the first musician to make a live broadcast into outer space.


British singer Katie Melua holds the world record for the deepest underwater concert.


One study, conducted by a University of Sydney professor, titled "Stairway to H*ll: Life and Death in the Pop Music Industry," examined the deaths of artists which took place between 1950 and June 2014. The study specifically looked at longevity and the proportion of suicides, homicides, and accidental deaths. Longevity was determined by calculating the average age of death for each musician by sex and decade of their death. These averages were then compared with averages by sex and decade for the general U.S. population. The results? Musicians' lifespans are 25 years shorter.


Mozart sold the most CDs in 2016, beating out Adele, Drake, and Beyoncé, even though all of those artists had Grammy-winning hits that year.


Multiple studies have been conducted that prove singing as a part of a group provides numerous physical and emotional benefits. Researchers have discovered that singing is soothing and does indeed raise one's spirits and mood. When you sing with others, the body releases feel-good hormones, like oxytocin, and reduces stress-causing ones, like cortisol.


Per the results of one study conducted at the University of Barcelona, 5 percent of participants did not feel any emotion whatsoever—didn't feel any chills or want to tap their feet—when listening to music. 

Before you start calling these study subjects monsters, know that they're totally normal in other ways: they received pleasure from other things, like food and sex, and had no other evident psychological issues. These were happy, healthy college students who just naturally did not care for any kind of music.


Research has consistently shown that the synchronization of music with repetitive exercise provides enhanced physical performance, helping people both work out for longer and train more efficiently. In one study, participants who cycled in time to music found that they required 7 percent less oxygen compared to cycling with background (asynchronous) music. In other words, music provides temporal cues that have the potential to make more efficient use of physical energy.


In 2014, a group of researchers from The Museum of Science and Industry in England released an online test called "Hooked on Music." It contained one thousand quips from pop hits, going all the way back to the 1940s, and it asked 12,000 participants to identify songs as fast as possible. They found that "Wannabe" by The Spice Girls was the catchiest song: people were able to recognize it in about 2.3 seconds, which was way below the 5-second average of identifying other popular songs.


According to a Reddit user who created a map using data from Encyclopedia Metallum's archive of metal bands, Finland is home to the most bands of this genre, with 53.5 metal bands per 100,000 people. Second place was tied between two other Nordic nations Sweden and Norway (27.2), while Iceland stole third (22.7). Though heavy metal music originated in the United States and the United Kingdom, their numbers for those countries were 5.5 and 5.2, respectively.


An Astronaut Released an Album with All Songs Recorded in Space.


In 2015, a Canadian astronaut named Chris Hadfield released his first album, which was entirely recorded while he was in orbit. Not only was he the first Canadian to walk in space, he's also a talented musician whose went viral with a cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity." Hadfield spent 144 days at the International Space Station recording his 11 original songs for his appropriately-titled album, Space Sessions: Songs for a Tin Can.


The British Navy Uses Britney Spears Songs to Scare Off Pirates.


"Jingle Bells" Was Originally a Thanksgiving Song.


A 2011 study conducted at the University of Groningen showed that music not only affects mood, but it has an even more significant effect on perception. Subjects who were tested were influenced by the music they heard, based on what they saw; participants were asked to listen to music and identify corresponding smiley faces. Smiley faces that matched the music were identified much more accurately. And even when no smiley face was shown, the subjects thought they recognized a happy face when listening to happy music, and a sad face when listening to sad music.


Music Helps Plants Grow Faster. A study conducted by South Korean scientists from the National Institute of Agricultural Biotechnology found that plants grow faster when music is played around them. The study used 14 different classical pieces, including Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata," in rice fields. Findings were that the music helped the crops grow at a faster pace, and pointed to evidence that plants have genes which enable them to "hear."


None of The Beatles Could Read or Write Music. There had been some speculation for decades, but Paul McCartney finally admitted during a 2018 60 Minutes interview that neither he nor any of his Beatles bandmates were able to read or write music, and they never understood music theory. McCartney said that the music just came to him and his bandmates John Lennon, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison, and it was never written down. Clearly, knowledge needn't beget success.


The Most Expensive Musical Instrument Sold for $15.9 Million. In 2011, the "Lady Blunt" Stradivarius violin sold for a world record $15.9 million, which was four times the previous auction record for a Stradivarius. Industry experts put returns on Stradivarius and Guarneri del Gesu violins at about 10 percent to 12 percent annually, which should music to any wise collector's ears.


Metallica is the First and Only Band to Have Played on All 7 Continents.


In 1893, the Hill sisters needed a song for their kindergarten class to sing on birthdays. Today, "Happy Birthday" is the most profitable song of all time. The song's ownership had changed hands a few times over the past 100 years. But music holding company Warner Chappell bought the rights for $15 million in 1990, and have held them since. Today the song brings in $2 million a year in royalties, which comes to $5,000 per day. Another fun fact: the song costs $25,000 to use it in a movie or TV show.


Students who have experience with music performance or taking music appreciation courses score higher on the SAT. One report indicated that they score, on average, 63 points higher on verbal and 44 points higher on math. Music students also tend to show higher self-confidence, are responsible risk-takers, good team players, have increased coordination, are more creative and emotionally developed, and have a healthy sense of achievement.


Michael Jackson Tried to Buy Marvel Comics so he could play spiderman in a movie.


The World's Longest Running Performance Will End in the 27th Century. A 639-year performance based on avant-garde composer John Cage's "As Slow as Possible" started in September 2001 and is still running at St. Buchard Church in Germany. (Cage is also the guy behind "4'33"," a composition that consists of four-and-a-half minutes of whole rests—or, in normal parlance, silence.) The performance by an automated organ progresses so slowly that visitors have to wait months for a chord change, and is scheduled to conclude in 2640. The performance is so slow that the organ it's played on was not even completed before the concert began. Pipes were added to keep the music steady in 2008.


Music is Physically Good for Your Heart. A study conducted at the University of Pavia in Italy showed that music promotes a healthy cardiovascular system by triggering physiological changes that modulate blood pressure, heart rate, and respiratory functions. Researchers also found that "rich" classical music phrases, lasting 10 seconds long, caused the heart rate and other parts of the cardiovascular system to synchronize with the music being played. The study tested 24 subjects, half who were experienced singers and half who had no musical training. The musicians showed stronger physiological responses than the non-musicians.


International Strange Music Day Is a Thing. Mon Aug 24th, 2020. International Strange Music Day was created by a New York City musician named Patrick Grant, to encourage people to play and listen to new types of music they're not familiar with or appreciate music you might otherwise consider to be strange or bizarre. The mantra is to "listen without prejudice." To celebrate this particular day, there are concerts, and movements to introduce new types of music to children in an effort to broaden their musical horizons.


A Sea Organ is Built Into the Coast of Croatia. After Zadar, Croatia suffered devastation in World War II, reconstruction included transforming a part of the city's seacoast into an unbroken, monotonous concrete wall. Completed in 2005, the Sea Organ is an architectural sound object which plays music when hit by sea waves through tubes which are located under large marble steps. The steps, which offer both protection and allow tourists and locals a place to sit or stand while listening to the music caused by the wind and sea, were built later.


Loud Music Causes You to Drink More in Less Time. In 2008, a French study found that loud music in a bar setting leads to more drinking in less time. The research was conducted in bars with 40 males, 18 to 25 years of age, who were unaware that they were being observed. Only those who ordered draft beer were included. With permission from the bar owners, the researchers would manipulate the music sound levels before choosing a participant. Results proved that higher sound levels led to increased drinking, within a shorter amount of time.


A Song That Gets Stuck in Your Head is Called an Earworm. An earworm, also sometimes called "a brainworm," "sticky music," or "stuck song syndrome," refers to catchy music that continually repeats through a person's mind, even after it's no longer playing. There have actually been studies done on earworms, including one out of the University of London, which found that earworms could also be triggered by experiences that bring up a memory of a song, such as seeing a word that reminds you of the song, hearing a few notes from the song, or feeling an emotion which you associate with the song.


Cows Produce More Milk When Listening to Slow Music. A 2001 study by two psychologists at the University of Leicester suggested that cows who listened to slow, soothing songs like "Everybody Hurts" by R.E.M. and Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water," produced 3 percent more milk than a control group. Cows that listened to rap and techno music showed no increase in milk production. When a cow is stressed, it slows down the release of oxytocin, which is crucial for producing milk, so playing music that relaxes them helps them produce more milk.


Heavy Metal and Classical Music Fans Have Similar Personality Traits. While their appearances may be different, heavy metal fans and classical music fans actually have a lot in common with each other. The findings came from research conducted by Heriot-Watt University in Scotland, which examined the personalities of more than 36,000 music fans from all over the world. Apart from the age differences, lovers of these two types of music genres were virtually identical. Both groups tend to be creative, at ease with themselves, and introverted.


Monaco's Army is Smaller Than Its Military Orchestra.Monaco's army has just 82 soldiers. Its military orchestra has 85 musicians. This makes Monaco the only country whose army is smaller than its military orchestra.


Prince's debut album For You was released when he was just 20 years old, and he played 27 musical instruments on it. Included in the album's notes, he's listed as the musician behind all vocals, as well as (deep breath) electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass, bass synth, singing bass, Fuzz bass, electric piano, acoustic piano, mini-Moog, poly-Moog, Arp string ensemble, Arp Pro Soloist, Oberheim four-voice, clavinet, drums, syndrums, water drums, slapsticks, bongos, congas, finger cymbals, wind chimes, orchestral bells, woodblocks, brush trap, tree bell, hand claps, and finger snaps. Phew!


"Born in the USA" Isn't Pro-American. Bruce Springsteen wrote "Born in the USA" about his anger towards the country's treatment of Vietnam vets. He told Rolling Stone, "You think about all the young men and women that died in Vietnam, and how many died since they've been back. You have to think that, at the time, the country took advantage of their selflessness." The song was misinterpreted by many, even by President Regan, who used it during his 1984 re-election campaign.


The Spice Girls are commonly known individually by their nicknames, Posh, Baby, Scary, Sporty, and Ginger. However, they didn't come up with those names on their own. In fact, the editor of teeny bopper magazine, Top of the Pops, named the girls after interviewing them. Even though they were already established as The Spice Girls, their individual nicknames stuck and were accepted by the band, who thought the names were funny.


The Simpsons "Do the Bartman" Song Was Written by Michael Jackson.


Leo Fender, the founder of the iconic electric guitar and bass brand and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, never learned to play either instrument.


For every US$1,000 of music sold, the average musician only makes about US$23.40.


Music, along with painting, poetry, literature and architecture, was Olympic event from 1912 until 1948.


When you listen to music, the brain releases the same feel-good hormone (dopamine) it does during sex and eating.


In 1952, American composer John Cage created a song titled “4’44”. It consisted of four minutes and 33 seconds of silence.


The longest song title ever is Hoagy Carmichael’s 1943 “I'm a Cranky Old Yank in a Clanky Old Tank on the Streets of Yokohama with my Honolulu Mama Doin' Those Beat-o, Beat-o Flat-On-My-Seat-o, Hirohito Blues.”


UNBORN BABIES HEAR & REACT TO MUSIC


PREMATURE NEWBORNS BENEFIT FROM HEARING LULLABIES


NON-MUSICIANS ALMOST RARELY HEAR MUSIC IN DREAMS. Music in dreams is rare even for musicians. Studies have reported that only about 40% of musicians hear music in their sleep. For non-musicians that number is only 18%... Too bad, so sad! More reason to learn music theory and an instrument.


YOUR PARENTS' MUSIC IS BETTER THAN YOURS. Studies analyzing pop music decade after decade show a gradual decrease in the number of notes, chords, keys, changes, vocabulary, topics, and moods. It's almost as if the industry giants have learned that making music as generic and impulse-reacting as possible makes the kiddies cough up their cash quicker and more often.


POP MUSIC IS SO PREDICTABLE THAT COMPUTERS CAN WRITE IT.


Your heartbeat changes and mimics the music you listen to.


Elvis Presley didn’t write any of his songs.


Barry Manilow didn’t write his song called “I Write The Songs.”


The Beatles used to be called Johnny and the Moondogs.


Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury supposedly had a falling out because Michael brought his pet llama to the recording studio.


The Beatles whole band watched George Harrison lose his virginity and cheered when he finished.


Prince was actually an excellent basketball player.