Impact of Music on Everyday Life

Karla Castillo

In a rapidly-evolving environment, trends tend to come and go whether it is a simple clothing style or a new dance going viral on the internet. Music, for example,  is a huge influence for trends throughout the years, it helps set the mood for a video or a dance routine, etc.  While many treat music like a trend, others use music to help cope with feelings and/or their current life. 

According to an article published in the Harvard Health Publishing website, various studies have shown that music helps people become a tad bit happier and reduces stress levels Listening to music can help a person deal with emotions from a simple heartbreak or a cherishable moment at a party, all these emotions can build up to a feeling of stress.

When someone takes the time out of their day to listen to one of their favorite tracks, it can boost serotonin, a hormone in our body that helps develop our mood, amongst other things. The feeling of listening to music may even help people forget such emotions they were feeling earlier that day, they are now vibing to a song that makes their mood elevate through the sky according to a study conducted by North Shore University Health System.    

Why do upcoming generations feel a strong connection to music? An important factor to take into consideration is that younger generations grew up listening to music 24/7, whether it was simply at home, parties, school, etc. There is so much emotion a person can withhold within themselves, that sometimes expressing them may be hard for them so they rely on music to cope with life. A simple search for a song that the person loves may help them, in younger generations it is more common to see that they are reserved within themselves, hiding emotions behind closed doors.

A recent study showed that nine out of ten Gen Z adults feel a sensation of stress, anxiety and depression, a sad reality when asked about what goes on in the younger generations world. According to the American Psychological Association this is where music makes its grand entrance, while many live under stress and even severe anxiety, music can be boost of serotonin that makes you feel happy and energetic, something you were not feeling before. That is why many feel the need to rely on music for their source of happiness instead of going to a therapist or a friend. 

Here is a list of the most popular songs  that have helped many people cope with their feelings or get that much needed boost of serotonin in 2020 and the beginning of 2021. 

 The songs of 2020 – 2021 

Songs that no one could get enough of in 2020

  • Dynamite – BTS, BE (2020)
  • Still Your Best – Giveon, When It’s All Said And Done (2020)
  • We Paid – Lil Baby ft. 42 Dugg, My Turn (Deluxe) (2020)
  • Break My Heart – Dua Lipa, Future Nostalgia (2020)
  • The Bigger Picture – Lil Baby, The Bigger Picture (2020)
  • Safaera – Bad BUnny ft. Jowell & Randy and Nengo Flow, YHLQMDLG (2020)
  • Rockstar – Dababy ft. Roddy Rich, Blame It On Baby (2020)
  • Savage Remix – Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyonce, Savage Remix (feat. Beyonce) (2020)
  • Stuck with U – Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber, Stuck with U (2020)
  • Cardigan – Taylor Swift, Folklore (2020)
  • Highest in the Room – Travis Scott,  Highest In The Room (2019)
  • The Box – Roddy Rich, Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial (2020)
  • Life is Good – Future feat. Drake, Life Is Good (2020)
  • Watermelon Sugar – Harry Styles, Fine Line (2019)
  • No Guidance – Chris Brown feat. Drake, Indigo (2019)
  • Say So – Doja Cat, Hot Pink (2019)
  • You Broke Me First – Tate Mcrae, You Broke Me First (2020)
  • Maniac – Conan Gray, Kid Crow (2020)
  • Blinding Lights – The Weeknd, After Hours (2020)
  • Don’t Start Now – Dua Lipa, Future Nostalgia (2020)
  • High Fashion – Roddy Rich feat. Mustard, Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial (2020)
  • Rain on Me – Lady Gaga feat. Ariana Grande, Chromatica (2020)
  • Someone You Loved – Lewis Capaldi, Divinely Uninspire To A Hellish Extent (2019)
  • Mood – 24kgoldn feat. iann dior, Mood (feat. iann dior) (2020)
  • Whats Poppin – Jack Harlow, Sweet Action (2020)
  • Laugh Now Cry Later – Drake feat. Lil Durk, Laugh Now Cry Later (2020)
  • After Party – Don Toliver, Heaven or Hell (2020)
  • Lemonade – Internet Money feat. Gunna, Don Toliver & NAV, Lemonade (2020)
  • If the World was Ending – JP Saxe feat. Julia Michaels, If the World Was Ending (2019)
  • For the Night – Pop Smoke feat. Lil Baby & Dababy, Shoot For The Stairs Aim For The Moon (2020)

These are just a few bops that fulfilled many ears throughout 2020, the influence of music makes an everlasting impact on the generations currently walking on earth and the future ones to come. Having music to help cope with living life is now an everyday thing we live with. It used to be a simple grab the keys and face mask, now it’s grab keys, face mask and earbuds, unless of course you connect your audio to bluetooth or aux!