News and Charts

16 December 2011

'Fairytale of New York' is announced as the PPL most played Christmas song of the century

PPL has today revealed its traditional annually updated most played Christmas songs of the century with The Pogues, Fairytale of New York, regaining the top spot with Last Christmas by Wham! at number two.

11 January 2011

The impact of music on everyday lives

To understand attitudes towards music played in public places we took to the streets of Britain to ask shoppers and office workers what impact music has on them in their everyday lives.

10 January 2011

Music 'releases mood-enhancing chemical in the brain'

Music releases a chemical in the brain that has a key role in setting good moods, a study has suggested. 

23 December 2010

How our brains process music

Recent technological advances in the field of brain anatomy and cognitive science such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) have allowed neuroscientists to make significant advances in explaining how the human brain converts sound waves into music. These findings are adding to an impressive body of evidence that suggests music can trigger physiological changes far beyond the purely cognitive. 

02 December 2010

The top 10 Christmas songs of the last decade

Fairy lights are blinking, decorations adorn every shop window and high streets across the land are alive with the sights and smells of Christmas. Christmas just isn’t Christmas however without the reassuringly familiar sound of carols, brass bands, laments for a white Christmas and our favourite tunes to dance around the tree. 

30 November 2010

Do people want Christmas music?

To understand attitudes towards Christmas music we took to the streets of Britain to ask shoppers and office workers what impact Christmas music means to them. The results are contained below in a short and entertaining video.

18 October 2010

Terrifying tracks for Halloween

With Halloween approaching, the music research experts, Entertainment Media Research have identified which songs people find most frightening. 

03 September 2010

Born to boogie

One of the hottest debates amongst cognitive psychologists surrounds the purpose of music. 

14 July 2010

Hairdressers Journal: Music can boost salon income

The Hairdressers Journal, the leading online community and magazine for salon hairdressers, recently published MusicWorks research demonstrating the positive impact background music can have on a salon. 

14 June 2010

Music boosts neurological development for brain injury patients

Recent evidence finds that music therapy can benefit patients with disorders that are linked to a traumatic brain injury. 

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