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1991 was the best year for music






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We all have our favourite year for music. Some people say it was 1824, when Beethoven performed his Symphony No. 9. Other people say it was 1969 because of hits by The Beatles. A survey by a UK radio station found 1991 was the best year. This is because of bands like R.E.M. and Nirvana. The year 1991 could be the best because of the average age of the station's listeners. Many of them were teenagers in 1991 and have great memories of that year.

A scientist thinks we still like the songs we heard when we were teenagers. She said during our teenage years, we make many big life-changing decisions. We also start long-term relationships and form many of our beliefs. She added that music controls our emotions, so songs we hear in our teens stick with us. The scientist added: "People in their 80s and 90s show a better memory for things that they first experienced between the ages of 10 and 30."

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