This article is based on "Music Facts: 37 Facts About Music". If you're interested in reading more, check out the link at the bottom of the article. Sources for individual points are hyperlinked numbers.
Chances are as you're reading this article you're listening to your iPod or an awesome cover on Youtube. Or maybe you have that song on the radio stuck in your head. Music permeates our everyday life so much so that we barely notice it's presence. But what do you really know about lyrics, instruments, and the music industry?
1. An Australian study found that pop and rock stars die 25 years younger than the average person and have higher rates of death by accident and homicide.
2. None of the Beatles could read or write music.
3. The most expensive musical instrument in the world is a Stradivarius violin that sold for $15.9 million.
4. Your heartbeat mimics the beat of the music you're listening to.
5. People prefer the original versions of songs because it's the first version they heard, not because it's better.
6. A 2007 study found that music, especially classical music, helps plants grow faster.
7. The song "One Horse Open Sleigh" was written as a Thanksgiving tune to honour sleigh races happening in Massachusetts. People liked it so much they altered the lyrics to create the popular Christmas song "Jingle Bells".
8. Fast music will make you drink faster and louder music in a bar will make you drink more in a shorter period of time.
9. During the 1989 US invasion of Panama, the US military blasted AC/DC at General Noriega's compound for two days straight. The dictator surrendered.
10. Warner Music Group collects approximately $2 million/year in licensing fees for the song "Happy Birthday To You".
11. Elvis Presley didn't write any of his songs despite being credited for several of them. He also couldn't play guitar very well and just strummed along with the band.
12. The world's longest running concert will take 639 years to complete.
13. A song that gets stuck in your head on repeat is called an earworm.
14. Rapper NoClue set the world record in 2005 for fastest rapper by rapping 723 syllables in 51.27 seconds.
15. Favorite songs are favorites most likely because they're associated with an intense emotional event in your life.
16. Listening to a happy or sad song not only affects your mood but can also change your perception of the world around you. You may recognize happiness or sadness more in others depending on the song.
17. Leo Fender, who developed the first solid-body electric guitar and electric bass guitar, never learned to play either instrument.
18. Sex, eating, and music all release dopamine, the "pleasure chemical" in the brain.
19. For every $1000 in music sold, the average musician makes $23.40.
20. Listening to music has the potential to have a small but significant impact on athletic performance.
21. Metallica is the first and only band to perform on all seven continents after playing a concert in Antarctica called "Freeze 'Em All".
22. Revenue from streaming sources like Spotify and Pandora outpaced traditional CD sales in the US for the first time in 2014.
23. Eminem's "The Real Slim Shady" was written 3 hours before the final cut of the album was due to the record company.
24. A 2015 study revealed that babies remain calm twice as long when listening to a song than when listening to talking.
25. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield released an album of songs entirely recorded in space.
26. In 1981 Queen and David Bowie recorded "Under Pressure" during a 24-hour wine and cocaine marathon.
27. 1 in 10,000 people have perfect pitch, the ability to recognize a pitch without any reference.
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