Research shows that we tend to favour the songs we carry with us from our Memory Bump. They evoke the strongest reactions in us, but they’re not the only ones to have such an effect.

We also tend to favour songs from our parents’ and grandparents’ Memory Bumps, a phenomenon known as the ‘Cascading Memory Bump’. These songs stick with us because our parents played them around the house, our grandparents sang them to us, or -just maybe- the music from the past really is better!

We also inherit songs from our partner’s Memory Bump, and we may find songs on our playlists that our children have played so often, they’ve become burned into our memories!

What are some of the songs you’ve inherited from your loved ones?