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Do Animals Like Music?

August 22, 2019

Humans are obviously pretty excited about
music. But what if you’re a whale, or a cow, or a dog? Do animals like music? Hello music-lovers, Trace here with the beat
from the street on DNews — Music is one of the most basic pleasures humans have. The
oldest surviving musical instruments are some 40,000 year old bone flutes from southwestern
Germany. These ancient bone flutes are of such high quality as to suggest we’d been
making instruments for generations. Though, we don’t really NEED instruments to make it
work, anthropologists have yet to find a culture that didn’t enjoy music, and according to
zoologists it’s not just us. Research out of Boston University and published
in the journal Science, explores the tendency of birds and whales to follow the same rules
as human music. Both birds and whales have the ability to make sounds that AREN’T musical,
but they don’t. They naturally prefer to stay in the realm of human composition. Birds have
been known to sing in phrases and rhythms, even adding percussion. Some use logs to amplify
their song, and follow call and response methods favored by jazz musicians. Humpback whale-song
uses the A-B-A format of a musical phrase, followed by a new phrase, and then a return
to an altered form of the first! The Beatles are known for A-B-A style, too! The researchers conclude musical penchance
can’t just be a human trait, but that animals are programmed to enjoy or follow the laws
of harmonics. A study done in 2001 on English cows found when cows were played songs while
being milked the speed of the music affected how much milk they produced! Specifically,
the cows liked slow jams. Fast songs over 120 beats per minute caused milk production
to drop, but slow songs under 100 beats per minute increased production by three percent
per day! Unfortunately, cows seem to hate Jamiroquai. Which makes me like them less. Neuroscientists and psychologists have studied
the human brain looking for clues to why we love music so much, and we’ve talked about
some of the connections in the past on DNews. Neuroscientists at Harvard Medical School
scanned the brains of people listening to music and found though the left hemisphere
controls language and the right is considered the musical half, there was a QUOTE “subtle
interplay,” between the two when listening to music. More recently, it was discovered
jazz musicians process music not as an aesthetic pleasure, but as a LANGUAGE. Using fMRI scans
on jazz musicians, they found our brains derive meaning from musical phrases — which sounds
to ME a lot like like whales and birds! So why do animals like music? Scientists believe
it’s built in! They like it for the same reasons we like it, it feels right, but more study
is needed. Why do YOU think animals like music? Comment
below and subscribe and you know what… tweet your favorite songs @DNews Jared will add
them to our Spotify playlist DNews Jamz! Come listen to music with us. Thanks for watching!

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  • Reply no way October 22, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    do people not know humans are animals? obviously since we’re animals and we like music that answers your question. brainless man

  • Reply Carlos Posada October 29, 2017 at 12:53 am

    They should literally make a band called THE ANIMALS.

  • Reply Katana Spice November 4, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    this dog i had used to chase me around when i played music and the dogs i still have dont care when i play it, even when i put it to there ears

  • Reply Just Another LA Devoyee November 11, 2017 at 4:30 am

    Do cats like music though?

  • Reply Martha Barba November 21, 2017 at 1:41 am


  • Reply Third Eye December 1, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    Please just give a straight up answer in the beginning of the video and then go on to source and facts

  • Reply Panther Owl December 9, 2017 at 2:29 am

    Experiment: put an animal in an area where they can choose between two rooms that are identical, except one room plays music and the other one doesn't. If a majority of the animals choose to sit in the music room, they may enjoy music.

  • Reply AVideoStarWorld Willemijn December 11, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Well one of my dogs likes classical music and African music and my other dog doesn't give a sh*t 🙂

  • Reply He Is Risen December 14, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    I don't like music.

  • Reply D'Tāh TeVï December 20, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    Why not just fucking test it instead of making a dicussion?

  • Reply pastel square January 7, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    Ima a dog :3

  • Reply Celosia Ganaha Priskos January 7, 2018 at 11:52 pm

    My dog back at home likes Jpop, classical music, and heavy metal.

  • Reply Devan Harripersad January 12, 2018 at 4:49 am

    vibrations is everything

  • Reply Creeper Catgirl January 13, 2018 at 7:02 am

    my birds just squark in my ears!

  • Reply Yallen 22 January 13, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    my puppies like music but my dogs don't even care about anything with a screen

  • Reply Micaela Rose January 16, 2018 at 8:11 am

    Why does he kind of look like Jack Black

  • Reply The Umm January 26, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    do bee's like jazz

  • Reply It'sMe Dee February 3, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    Because that's the way Father God made us all

  • Reply ady paris February 6, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    all the video was looking on the T shirt

  • Reply Lonnie Dwayne February 6, 2018 at 11:48 pm

    My dog loves Nirvana. lol

  • Reply Nathaniel Pillar February 9, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    Well humans are animals, and we enjoy music, so of course animals like music…

  • Reply ꧁༺Ꭷʝᥙ ᗩᖇᙢƳცlᎥᥒк༻꧂ February 10, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    My brother's dog hates music
    When ever he plays the pianica she barks howls so badly

  • Reply Jestekin E February 14, 2018 at 5:03 am


  • Reply Quack February 21, 2018 at 12:49 am

    My dog barks when my mom plays Selena

  • Reply Tara Burks February 23, 2018 at 2:19 am

    my dog seems to enjoy heavy metal thankfully

  • Reply Breyanna Gobind February 24, 2018 at 12:56 am

    My dog loves music
    He falls asleep to classical music every night, we snuggle and snore away

    When I dong put on music he barks at me

  • Reply Koft_Nedted February 27, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    Why does this dude trace look like he's bouta chop through a door and scream here's Johnny

  • Reply Param Singh March 3, 2018 at 5:17 am

    He's a cow

  • Reply electricmaster23 March 8, 2018 at 4:47 am

    Cows hate Jamiroquai? Now I won't feel so bad for eating them.

  • Reply Tony Montana March 10, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    so beatls are wale singers loooool

  • Reply Fey Truet March 10, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    I saw an elephant begin to dance when a man on tour played his flute, and while waiting for whales, some came near when I played Dance Macabre

  • Reply Snowbby Chen March 11, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    My dog loves it when i play the piano

  • Reply santiago pichiringo March 14, 2018 at 11:13 pm


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  • Reply ec ec March 15, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    god created all being to love of music

  • Reply Carl Rosdahl March 16, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    My dogs ( Clark and Lewis ) like listening to e-dubble

  • Reply Elenora Daimio March 19, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    Animals are "programmed" to like music, but we aren't?

  • Reply Aipe97 March 27, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    Ok but now my next question is why does everything like music, what evolutionary advantage did it provide? Or is it a side effect from some different evolutionary thing

  • Reply Jeanette Kniebusch March 30, 2018 at 8:28 am

    One day when I was having a lot of back pain and siatica my downplayed some music liked in the car and I felt it magically melt away some of my pain. I thought, thsts wierd.

  • Reply EnderNator10 April 2, 2018 at 10:56 am

    i think just like humans thay have there own likes and dislikes
    also i hope my dog loves EDM cause hes not getting mozard

  • Reply Jae Wolf April 4, 2018 at 6:21 am

    We have the same last name

  • Reply bitch ass April 14, 2018 at 12:54 am


    not rap OR trap

  • Reply Bill Hicks April 16, 2018 at 4:40 am

    Mark Ruffalo is doing strange gigs these days.

  • Reply Ben_jamin April 23, 2018 at 6:11 am

    I thought the oldest instrument was the skin flute.

  • Reply God Makoto April 24, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    The more important question is

    Do I like her?

  • Reply hope dies April 26, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    I've worked at a couple of kennels. Turns out dogs like bad religion and modest mouse. They barked at chevelle.

  • Reply Kaii Ayren Nevaeh April 28, 2018 at 12:24 am

    My dog loves Io canto and other songs of Laura Pausini and some other of Soda Stereo, he goes crazy happy when he hears them, and won't stop jumping and playing.

  • Reply Kyudo Kun April 29, 2018 at 5:12 am

    Cows love music, that's for sure. You can find videos pertinent to that here on YT.

  • Reply Hindustani 9191 April 29, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    Bhishm kapoor ek number ka bada hy jo apni hi Maa ki dalali karke bhaadh khaata hai

  • Reply Jamie Guevara May 2, 2018 at 4:21 am

    You look like a much younger mark ruffalo

  • Reply Jacob Spoloshion May 3, 2018 at 3:57 am

    animals like music cause I do

  • Reply Jon dow May 4, 2018 at 12:22 pm

  • Reply My name is Mud May 9, 2018 at 2:44 am

    My brothers' gf says she doesn't like music. lel

  • Reply STIV May 11, 2018 at 2:46 am

    The universe is music.

  • Reply MobileDecay May 15, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    Dogs are death metal vocalists.

  • Reply Sontronite May 20, 2018 at 4:10 am

    i don't like music at all

  • Reply Sierra :/ May 21, 2018 at 12:27 am

    I have two puppy’s, and yesterday I put on YMCA very loudly on my laptop. Apparently they haven’t listened to music before, and they look so confused. They were looking at each other and just staring at me with my laptop. 😂

  • Reply Paul Sampiano May 22, 2018 at 4:10 am

    My cat loves relaxing music.. it makes him sleep..

  • Reply Novo Eduardo AC May 23, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    I had a canary that would burst out in singing whenever I put “The phantom of the Opera” movie

  • Reply john perez May 24, 2018 at 1:32 am

    Music is what connects the universe

  • Reply Dominique Gonzalez May 27, 2018 at 2:49 am

    So do animals like music?

  • Reply Mo 2k May 28, 2018 at 2:31 am

    You hippies may hate me but the reason we like music is because we like math. Math turns noise into music. Don't @ me

  • Reply Turteng Spaghnhoff May 31, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    Man is still part of nature, only translating it to a language of which we can understand, but the principles are still the same

  • Reply Meister Kaos June 1, 2018 at 8:38 am

    My dog likes listening to Bob Marley

  • Reply Michael June 3, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    you know what would be cool is if our music was created because of animals

  • Reply Zachary Vanness June 14, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    Not a real answer but ogay

  • Reply KatsazJK 12 June 15, 2018 at 5:29 am

    Music is like philosophy and maths together…

  • Reply Surrender17 June 16, 2018 at 2:52 am

    Built in by our creator!

  • Reply JALO July 4, 2018 at 1:00 am

    so you want me to think that the oldest musical instrument is from Europe?

  • Reply Patrick Garvey July 12, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    Wow Zelda was actually right when playing the ocarina made the cows want to produce milk.

  • Reply spooky shark July 15, 2018 at 10:03 am

    Bruh my parrot was dancing to Migos stir fry last week.

  • Reply StopFear July 20, 2018 at 8:21 am

    Hmm…flute made out of human bone? Which do you think will be better? One made from an enemy’s bone or from a friend’s bone?

  • Reply OnionChoppingNinja August 4, 2018 at 11:17 am

    so conclusion: the Beatles are whales.
    Now that you mention it; Lennon kinda look like a Humpback. And McCartney does remind me of a Narwhal.

  • Reply i electric August 5, 2018 at 8:25 am

    my rabbits love music!

  • Reply Elite Otaku August 21, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    my cat liked when i played the piano, she started to purr like crazy

  • Reply WuzNab September 7, 2018 at 5:22 am

    What would happen if you played lil pump when milking a cow.

  • Reply plasmar1 September 11, 2018 at 8:01 am

    dubstep = canary song

  • Reply _TøXìC BìRd_ September 29, 2018 at 11:29 am

    My lizards like Guns and Roses

  • Reply Scorpion_ King October 2, 2018 at 11:46 am

    I was playing my instrument earlier and my dog was singing with me. Thanks for clearing that up

  • Reply Romi123 October 15, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    My dog comes to me when i play the piano

  • Reply Nature for Everybody October 18, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    I am pretty sure, Dogs in kennels would prefer to listen to Vivaldi, than the sounds of cars passing bye outside [which they could hear] and other noises 🙂 Also, my Budgie loves guitar! 😀 Hopefully, my 'Tiel will like it too, after he's not that afraid anymore…

  • Reply SkullukS Band November 28, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    Ever listened Gojira?

  • Reply Artejeliav December 5, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    Why is their no weird prog whales that communicate in weird time signatures and rhythms?

  • Reply Aditya Bedekar December 6, 2018 at 10:09 am

    Insightful! Thank you

  • Reply Swagadellic Gangsta December 29, 2018 at 7:05 am

    My dog used to howl when I played my saxophone when he was little but now he doesn’t, and my new dog is still relatively young and she howls. They either like it or hate it, I don’t know. But I do know that the older one loves the Ink Spots. I’ll play it at a volume that isn’t too loud, but loud enough to hear it. He’ll wag his tail and lie down next to wherever the music is coming from and fall asleep. If I move it he gets up and follows it too, so I’d say he likes it.

  • Reply F samson January 4, 2019 at 10:43 am

    host looks like Michael ian black.

  • Reply Pat Stokes March 18, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    Dumb ass comments about disliking cows that have better taste in music than you do.

  • Reply Garidex March 22, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    I’m sorry but I don’t see the point that whales and birds use human format, I just think early humans based music from nature.

    Birds follow the laws of human music because they created it

  • Reply A b March 23, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    They like it due to the vibration sound qualities.

  • Reply FAT KID March 25, 2019 at 11:50 am

    Thats not what i asked for! You cant even answer your own thumbnail

  • Reply Kevin Dunn March 28, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    I mean, birds do, and mammals seem to, but is that a common ancestral trait. Or one that just independently arose twice. If reptiles liked music it could help answer that

  • Reply Alex C April 9, 2019 at 10:21 am

    Found out my dogs into 21 savage and Snoop Dogg, then I found him smoking a joint..

  • Reply ThoseGoodVibes April 13, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    My dogs dont like music that I know of so far

  • Reply Nirvana One May 29, 2019 at 9:14 am

    Well obviously music is a much older invention in evolution than formal language
    which is only a recent invention.
    Music is intuitive and logical 😎

  • Reply Kezukov May 29, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    Can we have a Greaser Whale?

  • Reply Joel Osteen Fan June 14, 2019 at 3:05 am

    Makes sense. Most people are right handed. Most blows I've taken hit me on the left.

  • Reply Ngan Nguyen June 22, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    Are there BEYONCÉ BIRD?

  • Reply Meep City June 30, 2019 at 1:10 am

    When I play Lana Del Rey my cat goes up to my phone and heatbutts it

  • Reply Sable Burden July 5, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    I know my cat loves tv

  • Reply Speediablo 7 Productions August 11, 2019 at 1:24 am

    Doesn’t prove that other animals enjoy music, however.

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