When you’re feeling low, sometimes all it takes is a great song to cheer things up. And then there are times when you want to let your hair down and relax but the music being played acts like a complete spoilsport. Happens all the time, doesn’t it? This is not just a coincidence. The effect of music on the human brain is so significant that scientists are still researching on the different ways music affects us.
Each genre of music has the power to make you feel a certain way. You can tap into this unique ability of music to enhance your life in more ways than one. We have compiled a list of 10 different music genres and how you can use each one to your benefit. It’s time to update that playlist.
10 Genres Of Music To Swing Your Mood
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If your day is feeling relatively slow and you want to liven things a bit, just shift to some lively Rock music for a dose of adrenaline. Rock music is high on energy and is perfect to get things going on a dull day. You can also choose between several Rock sub-genres like Punk Rock, Alt Rock, and Garage Rock.
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Let go of all that pent up anger and stress with music that can literally makes you groove. Originated in Jamaica, Reggae has an uncanny ability to make you forget your worries and just lose yourself in the rhythm of the moment.
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3. Jazz And Blues
Blues music originated in the Deep South of America and is a perfect way to relax after a long day. It works wonderfully well if you’re feeling nervous or anxious. Listening to Blues can slow your heart rate and your brain tends to sync with beat allowing it to relax.
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Pop Music is ideal to give you that extra buzz of energy during a power-packed workout. No wonder your local gym keeps playing the latest chart-busters on loop. Pop music places vocals on a steady tempo which helps you keep your heart rate stable and breathing consistent.
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Instant gratification is what Dance music gives you. Like the name suggests, this is music that’s been created to make you feel upbeat and peppy. Even if you’re not partying, the fast tempo and high-energy beats make you feel like it’s a party between your ears.
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6. Rap And Hip Hop
Rap and Hip Hop are as much about the lyrics as they are about the beats. Though the lyrics might sound harsh to the point of swearing, many Rap songs talk about overcoming adversity and fighting against odds. This can be quite inspirational to someone feeling depressed or low.
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7. Heavy Metal
With it’s bold guitars riffs, brash lyrics, and satanic imagery, Heavy Metal is not for the faint of heart. However, one study found that metal fans grew up to have a strong sense of identity and contributed to community development. Worth a shot, eh?
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Country music is probably the very definition of laid-back. Its slow pace and casual rhythm immediately put you in a sate of relaxation. Though it may not be ideal if you’re already in a depressed state, country music can surely help you unwind as you sit back with a cool drink on a hot summer afternoon.
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9. New Age
This genre of music is made up largely of instrumental fusion music from different parts of the world. It’s fits in perfectly if you want to create an ambiance of tranquility and calm. New Age music instantly gets you into a meditative mood and is perfect to instill a sense of peace within yourself.
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Though Classical music may not be to your taste, it’s worth your while to take a listen to some yesteryear classics. This genre of music can uplift your mood and has also been known to improve the cognitive function of your brain. Now that’s a win-win.
Music can make you feel elevated, energized, and ecstatic or calm, peaceful, and tranquil. If you are discerning about the music you listen to, you can look at music as more than just a means of entertainment and use it to your advantage.