In short: Auditory tastes aren’t innate, and there’s really no such thing as universally ”good” music.

The finding reveals a lot about why we like the music we do. But the fact that people raised within the same cultural context (or even the same family) sometimes have radically different preferences indicates that a listener’s upbringing isn’t the only factor at hand. Still, the study dethrones the previous claim in cognitive science that humans naturally prefer harmonious sounds. Seems it’s scientifically impossible to nail down the “perfect” song.

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