This week, researchers reveal the only most essential affect on music since 1960. Additionally, seems that sleepwalking and sleep terrors are genetically linked.

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24 COMMENTS

  1. Please do a video on 432 Hertz and whether it’s better for tuning musical instruments. Does it truly have an effect on our brains? Is there merit to the conspiracy theories? Thanks for all the fabulous content!

  2. Okay, but what if one, or possibly both of the parents experienced both sleepwalking and night terrors? Mostly curious cause my sister experienced both, and she has a 2 (almost 3) year old son. What is his likelihood of experiencing either?

  3. Poor video, and even more poorly conducted study, even in terms of the chart it's looking at. Looking at the Year-End Hot 100 singles charts, 1991 is still predominantly rock and pop. It's not until 1992 that rap music begins to have a very large presence. But even then, it's only in that specific chart, and there are other, bigger reasons for that besides the fallacious claim of an upswing in rap at "the expense of rocks former dominance".

    For one, rock and roll in the US was undergoing probably its biggest internal shift in its entire history. Grunge was very quickly becoming huge and glam metal and new wave were in rapid decline. Some rock bands from the 80's, like Guns N Roses, REM, and Metallica, kept their fame, but most bands of that era fell off the charts quickly. And yet it's very widely documented that pop radio was very hostile to grunge and alt rock when it first blew up at the end of '91. Hell, even Smells Like Teen Spirit got hardly any airplay on pop radio until long after it charted on the Hot 100 (I don't even think it made it onto the Mainstream Top 40, despite hitting #1 on the Singles Sales chart). The only two reasons why it even reached #6 were due to being on MTV all the time (by the way, it became the number one most played video on MTV and MTV Europe during the 90's) and because the single went Platinum in less than a year, which was almost unheard during the pre-digital era. Jeremy by Pearl Jam would have been another massive hit in '92/93, were it not for the fact that the band didn't release a commercial single for the song. As a result, it didn't chart on the Hot 100 (but when the single for Jeremy was finally released three years later, it STILL charted at 75…THREE YEARS LATER). Jeremy went on to win 4 MTV VMA's in '93, and Pearl Jam's second album Vs. outsold every other album in the Top 10 in its first week combined, breaking records for album sales). Black Hole Sun by Soundgarden wasn't released to pop radio and only charted on the Hot 100 Airplay chart. Same with Plush by Stone Temple Pilots and Heart Shaped Box by Nirvana. Really, none of the biggest rock bands on the planet were releasing commercial singles to pop radio, and in order to chart on the Hot 100 at the time, this was a prerequisite. This is also why Green Day and No Doubt, who actually did extremely well on the Airplay and Top 40 Charts, did not chart on the Hot 100. Meanwhile, all of these bands were absolutely dominating the album charts and MTV, along with other bands like Metallica and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

    These are very glaring omissions by the amateurs who conducted this study. Also, why no mention of the incredible rise of disco and funk music on the Hot 100 in 1975? The rise of new wave and hard rock in 1983, which actually happened much more slowly, absolutely pales in comparison to that. That's another thing that really corroborates how embarrassing this publication is.

    By the way, I'm not denying hip hop's dominance over rock today. Hip hop would eventually overtake rock and roll in the US in terms of the dominant music for young people, but that wouldn't be for another 12 or so years after this study claims. Once rappers started to sell more albums than rock bands, which really started to happen around 2003 when 50 Cent blew up, and rocks era of diamond-certified albums was over, rap really overtook it.

  4. Damn right rap blew up in the 90s. It came out on top because of the aggression and competitiveness, it put all other genres to death. Flawless production, meaningful lyrics, catchy hooks… It is the f*cking best, I love it, and there hasn't been a spike in popularity in any other genre. It seems today there is no massively dominant genre, but hip hop more or less remains most popular, and there's a lot of experimental kinds of rap music coming out.

  5. Ridiculous video… this isn't science at all and has nothing to do with evolution anything more than poetically speaking. Genres of music are a result of culture and cultural influence as a result of marketing and socioeconomic variables.

  6. One time at night I was reading a book in my bed, when I heard my younger brother suddenly start screaming. This wasn't an ordinary scream, no, THIS WAS A DEATH SCREAM , LIKE SEEING A GHOST WHILE FIGHTING THE JOKER AT NIGHT ON A ROLLER COASTER TYPE SCREAM. The neighborhood we lived in at the time was not very safe at all, so my initial thought was that someone was breaking in. Luckily it was a night terror, but it was the first, and one of the last he ever had. It was quite terrifying by the way.

  7. It really confuses me about how evolutionary biologists are making links to culture but especially music capabilities. I've always known evolution to be this rigid construct of survival of the fittest to make offspring. Now we have this evolution of culture? It seems a bit wishy washy to be trying to answer everything one way. Evolution dictates that a single mutation that makes for a stronger bit of population takes over and replaces the weaker ones, yet somehow very few people know how to play any instruments. Trying to relate evolution to mental processes is a bit desperate in my opinion.

  8. rap is all about a guy talking (keyword talking) about walking through his neighbors house and describing what he sees. for example;   " im a loser gangster and I see a widescreen t.v. and I see a king size bed and as I keep walking and talking I see a 2 car garage". how in the hell is that music?