There’s a new viral craze on the Internet that’s catching on. What was the No. 1 song on the pop charts on your 14th birthday? According to this musical meme, that song “defines your entire life.”
As crazy as that might sound, there might be a scientific basis to it… In recent years, psychologists and neuroscientists have confirmed that these songs hold disproportionate power over our emotions. And researchers have uncovered evidence that suggests our brains bind us to the music we heard as teenagers more tightly than anything we’ll hear as adults – a connection that doesn’t weaken as we age. Musical nostalgia, in other words, isn’t just a cultural phenomenon: It’s a neuronic command. And no matter how sophisticated our tastes might otherwise grow to be, our brains may stay jammed on those songs we obsessed over during the high drama of adolescence.
If you’re interested in following up, here are two places to find that #1 song for your birthday. Just enter a date and go.
Billboard Hot 100 (US)