Today, Ali and Asif each list their top albums from one of the greatest years for music, 1991 (2:01). The guys go over their top albums, their honourable mentions and their lowlights of that year. Then, Ali asks Asif why the music from our youth connects so much with us (47:59). Asif discusses the research by Daniel Levitin on music and the brain and discusses why the songs from when we are young are “burned into our brains”. Asif then goes over the sociological reasons why we remember certain life events (we wouldn’t otherwise think about) when we hear a particular song.
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- Ali’s 1991 Top Album Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPJ2rcYQC88&list=PLh7rgup-OZBfxVyZVEg9YLAquqI538k36
- Asif’s 1991 Top Album Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qM0zINtulhM&list=PLh7rgup-OZBdHLoGtlLM-4nmV1BUcFMdp
- Was 1991 one of the greatest years in rock? Alan Cross votes ‘yes’: https://globalnews.ca/news/8195404/rock-music-greatest-year-1991/
- 1991: The Most Important Year in Pop-Music History: https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2015/05/1991-the-most-important-year-in-music/392642/
- Daniel Levitin – This Is Your Brain on Music: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/298964/this-is-your-brain-on-music-by-daniel-j-levitin/
- This Is Your Brain on Music: https://www.salon.com/2006/09/05/levitin/
- Musical nostalgia: The psychology and neuroscience for song preference and the reminiscence bump: https://slate.com/technology/2014/08/musical-nostalgia-the-psychology-and-neuroscience-for-song-preference-and-the-reminiscence-bump.html
- Why we're obsessed with music from our youth: https://theconversation.com/why-were-obsessed-with-music-from-our-youth-154864
- Why our teenage music listening has a life-long impact: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/bring-the-noise/music-from-our-teens/zvfphbk
- Q & A With Psychological Scientist Daniel Levitin (Part 2): https://www.psychologicalscience.org/uncategorized/q-a-with-daniel-levitin-part-2.html
- Anatomically distinct dopamine release during anticipation and experience of peak emotion to music: https://www.nature.com/articles/nn.2726#citeas