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Is Good Music As Exciting As Good Sex?

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Is Good Music As Exciting As Good Sex?

Discovering a new favorite song is a great feeling…but is it as good as sex? Scientists at McGill University in Montreal think you may not be exaggerating when you describe the new Rihanna single as “orgasmic”—in fact, they’ve found that listening to music stimulates the same part of the brain as a night of lovin’.

Researchers had volunteers listen to 60 pieces of previously unheard music while undergoing fMRI (functional resonance imaging) and providing information on how much they would spend on each piece of music in an auction. So what’s that got to do with sex? Well, the more volunteers enjoyed the piece of music, the stronger the connections were in their reward region of the brain…the region that’s operated by dopamine, a chemical that promotes desire. The more they enjoyed the music and found it rewarding, the more they were willing to spend on it. It’s a similar reaction to the one that happens when people have emotional or sexual stimulus.

This particular study doesn’t talk about what might happen if one were to have sex while listening to good music, but it does remind us of research done last year that explored the link between music and seduction.

The study, commissioned by Spotify and focused on 2,000 participants in the UK, found that music playing in the background is 40% more likely to turn them on than the touch of their partner. The soundtrack that’s most likely to win points during the horizontal tango? The soundtrack to Dirty Dancing. And the tune that’s “better than sex,” according to one out of every three of the participants? Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Click on the next page to listen to 6 of the top-picked “sexiest” songs:

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Diana Vilibert

Diana Vilibert is a freelance writer living in Brooklyn. You can be blog-friends with her at dianavilibert.com, or tweet her at @dianavilibert.

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3:58AM PDT on Jul 16, 2014

I agree, good music uplifts the soul, but it's not as good as sex.

7:17PM PST on Feb 11, 2014

interesting

7:44AM PDT on Jun 13, 2013

I'm not biting.. maybe these people aren't having truly amazing sex ;) music IS phenomenal though

2:42AM PDT on May 22, 2013

not sure about it but i guess some music fill the gaps in our pleasure regions of the brain.

4:57PM PDT on May 17, 2013

well, it's all depend on the Music

11:13AM PDT on May 14, 2013

Interesting!

9:45AM PDT on May 12, 2013

MY MUSIC IS HIGHLY SENSUAL...YOU BET IT IS! JUST AS IN GOOD FOOD...IT'S ALL IN THE AMBIANCE AND PRESENTATION!!!

12:09AM PDT on May 12, 2013

Bolero would be a perfect "sex"song. It starts out slow and low key and goes out with a Bang. Sounds familiar?

2:12AM PDT on May 10, 2013

Music gives an emotional lift but nothing compares to the high of a big load of sperm, the tingly feeling and the mood elevation that lasts three days. I'm reading tons of Nazi propaganda that tries to convince ppl there are substitutes for sex. There are none. Sperm contains hormones that are absorbed into the female's bloodstream. Male hormones fight depression and cause joy and happiness in females. Music is nice but music, food or artificial drugs can't take the place of sex.

6:56PM PDT on May 9, 2013

music makes everything better

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