Science has apparently determined that the ultimate all-around song is “Every Breath You Take” by the POLICE. What does that mean exactly? It’s complicated, but here’s the Cliff’s Notes version.
Researchers at a university in Denmark set out to determine if there’s a pattern to the music we listen to throughout the day. They broke the day into five blocks: Morning, Afternoon, Evening, Night, and Late Night / Early Morning.
They found that we DO prefer different types of music at different times of day . . . like “slow but energetic” songs in the morning, “Louder, faster” music in the afternoon, “danceable” songs in the evening, and so on.
But “Every Breath You Take” has musical qualities that allow it to drift through all five blocks.
One of the researchers says, quote, “It’s a very in-the-middle type of song. It’s a medium tempo. It’s a bit groovy, but not too much groovy. It doesn’t have any loud surprises. And it’s all over just a very pleasant, perhaps even a bit bland song.”