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In many studies, scientists have found that the pleasurable experience of listening to music releases dopamine, a neurotransmitter in the brain important for more tangible pleasures associated with rewards such as food, drugs and sex. 

 

What music gives you chills?

 

Here's the music samples used in a 2011 McGill study:

 

Composer/Artist

Title

Genre

 

 

 

Dave Matthews Band

#34

Alternative Rock

Everclear

El Distorto Melodico

Alternative Rock

The Dissociatives

Paris Circa 2007 Slash 08

Alternative Rock - Experimental

Rutter

What Sweeter music – Choir and Orchestra

Choir

Sheremetiev

Rejoice Now Heavely Powers – Men’s Russian Choir

Choir

Bach

Brandenburg Concerto No. 5

Classical

Bach

Cello Suite 1 - Prelude

Classical

Barber

Adagio for Strings

Classical

Barber

Adagio for Strings

Classical

Barber

Adagio for Strings

Classical

Bartok

Rhapsody No. 1 - Mov. 1

Classical

Beethoven

5th Piano Concerto - Mov. 2

Classical

Beethoven

5th Symphony - Mov 2

Classical

Beethoven

9th Symphony - Mov. 2

Classical

Beethoven

9th Symphony - Mov. 2

Classical

Beethoven

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C#-Minor ("Moonlight")

Classical

Beethoven

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C#-Minor ("Moonlight")

Classical

Beethoven

Piano Sonata No. 17 in D Minor ("The Tempest")

Classical

Beethoven

Sonata No. 8 in C Minor - Rondo Allegro

Classical

Beethoven

String Quartet in B Flat Op. 130 (Cavatina)

Classical

Beethoven

Symphony No. 7 in A Minor - Mov. 2

Classical

Beethoven

Violin Sonata, No. 5 “Spring" - Mov. 1

Classical

Berlioz

Le Carnaval Romain, Op. 9

Classical

Berlioz

Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14 - Mov. 4

Classical

Brahms

String Quartet No. 1 - Mov. 2

Classical

Brahms

Symphony 4 in E Minor, Op. 98 - Mov. 4

Classical

Buxtehude

Toccata in G

Classical

Chopin

Ballade No. 1 in G Minor

Classical

Chopin

Mazurka in A Minor Op. 17

Classical

Chopin

Nocture in G Minor

Classical

Chopin

Prelude No. 4 in E Minor

Classical

Copland

Appalachian Spring Suite

Classical

Debussy

Clair de Lune

Classical

Debussy

Clair de Lune

Classical

Debussy

Clair de Lune

Classical

Debussy

Images - i-Lent

Classical

Debussy

Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

Classical

Dvorak

New World Symphony - Mov. 2

Classical

Dvorak

New World Symphony - Mov. 2

Classical

Dvorak

New World Symphony - Mov. 4

Classical

Dvorak

New World Symphony - Mov. 4

Classical

Dvorak

New World Symphony - Mov. 4

Classical

Dvorak

Symphony No. 8 - Mov. 1

Classical

Dvorak

Symphony No. 8 - Mov. 4

Classical

Elgar

Cello Concerto - Mov. 1

Classical

Elgar

Cello Concerto - Mov. 1

Classical

Elgar

Elegy

Classical

Fauré

Violin Sonata in A Major - Mov. 1

Classical

Handel

Concerti Grossi, Op. 3, Concerto 2 - Allegro

Classical

Handel

Concerti Grossi, Op. 6, Concerto 4 - Allegro

Classical

Haydn

Concerto in C Major - Adagio

Classical

Haydn

Sonata No. 58 - Mov. 1

Classical

Holst

First Suite in E Flat

Classical

Holst

The Planets - Jupiter

Classical

Holst

The Planets - Jupiter

Classical

Holst

The Planets - Venus

Classical

Kreisler

Praeludium and Allegro

Classical

Liszt

Danse Macabre

Classical

Mahler

Symphony No. 1 - Mov. 1

Classical

Mahler

Symphony No. 1 - Mov. 4

Classical

Mahler

Symphony No. 2 - Mov. 1

Classical

Mahler

Symphony No. 2 - Mov. 1

Classical

Mahler

Symphony No. 2 - Mov. 3

Classical

Mahler

Symphony No. 2 - Mov. 5

Classical

Mahler

Symphony No. 5 - Mov. 1

Classical

Mozart

A Little Night Music

Classical

Mozart

Requiem: Lacrimosa

Classical

Mozart

Requiem: Lacrimosa

Classical

Mussorgksy

Pictures at Exhibition

Classical

Pachelbel

Canon in D Major

Classical

Penderecki

Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima

Classical

Prokofiev

Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 2: Juliet the Young Girl

Classical

Prokofiev

Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 3: Juliet’s Death

Classical

Rachmaninoff

Morceaux de Fantaisie, No. 2, Prelude in C# Minor

Classical

Rachmaninoff

Morceaux de Fantaisie, No. 2, Prelude in C# Minor

Classical

Rachmaninoff

Piano Concerto in C Minor, No. 2 - Mov. 2

Classical

Rachmaninoff

Piano Concerto No. 3

Classical

Rachmaninoff

Prelude No. 4 - D Major

Classical

Rachmaninoff

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Classical

Ravel

Gaspard de la Nuit: Ondine

Classical

Ravel

Oiseaux Tristes

Classical

Ravel

String Quartet - Mov. 2

Classical

Respighi

Pines of Rome

Classical

Rimsky-Korsakov

Scheherazade - Mov. 2

Classical

Rimsky-Korsakov

Scheherazade - Mov. 3

Classical

Saint-Saens

Symphony No. 3 - Mov. 1

Classical

Schumann

Fantasy in C - Mov. 1

Classical

Shostakovich

11th Symphony - Mov. 2

Classical

Shostakovich

Piano Concerto No. 2 - Mov. 2

Classical

Shostakovich

Symphony No. 10 - Mov. 2

Classical

Shostakovich

Symphony No. 11 - Mov. 2

Classical

Shostakovich

Symphony No. 11 - Mov. 4

Classical

Shostakovich

Symphony No. 4 - Mov. 3

Classical

Shostakovich

Symphony No. 5 - Mov. 3

Classical

Strauss

Voices of Spring Waltz

Classical

Stravinsky

Firebird Suite

Classical

Stravinsky

Rite of Spring - Augurs of Spring

Classical

Stravinsky

Rite of Spring - The Adoration of the Earth

Classical

Tchaikovsky

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

Classical

Tchaikovsky

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

Classical

Tchaikovsky

Symphony No. 4 - Mov. 1

Classical

Tchaikovsky

Symphony No. 4 - Mov. 1

Classical

Tchaikovsky

Symphony No. 5 - Mov. 1

Classical

Tchaikovsky

Symphony No. 5 - Mov. 4

Classical

Tchaikovsky

Violin Concerto in D - Mov. 1

Classical

Tchaikovsky

Waltz of the Snowflakes

Classical

Vivaldi

Four Seasons - Spring

Classical

Vivaldi

Four Seasons - Spring

Classical

Vivaldi

Four Seasons - Summer

Classical

Vivaldi

Four Seasons - Winter

Classical

Vivaldi

Four Seasons - Winter

Classical

Wagner

Lohengrin Prelude to act 1

Classical

Wagner

Overture to Tannhauser

Classical

Walton

Violin Concerto - Mov. 1

Classical

Echoes

Digitalism

Electronic

Lamb

Angelica

Electronic

Jimmy Swift Band

80's Runaway Model

Electronic Rock

Yann Tiersen

Le Moulin

Film Score (Amelie Poulin)

Yann Tiersen

Rue des Cascades - C'etait Ici

Film Score (Amelie Poulin)

Wendy Carlos

Symphony No. 9 - Mov. 2

Film Score (Clockwork Orange)

Alexandre Desplat

By the Canal with Pieter

Film Score (Girl with a Pearl Earring)

Desplat

Griet’s Theme

Film Score (Girl with a Pearl Earring)

Hans Zimmer

Am I Not Merciful?

Film Score (Gladiator)

Jon Brion

Later Monday

Film Score (I Heart Huckabees)

Ennio Morricone

L'Arena

Film Score (Kill Bill)

Shore

A Journey in the Dark

Film Score (Lord of the Rings)

Shore

Amon Hen

Film Score (Lord of the Rings)

Shore

Concerning Hobbits

Film Score (Lord of the Rings)

Shore

Riders of Rohan

Film Score (Lord of the Rings)

Shore

Samwise the Brave

Film Score (Lord of the Rings)

Shore

The Breaking of the Fellowship

Film Score (Lord of the Rings)

Shore

The Uruk-Hai

Film Score (Lord of the Rings)

La Caution

The a la Menthe

Film Score (Ocean's Twelve)

Ennio Morricone

The Man with the Harmonica

Film Score (Once Upon a Time in the West)

The Lively Ones

Surf Rider

Film Score (Pulp Fiction)

Clint Mansell

Lux Aeterna

Film Score (Requiem for a Dream)

John Williams

Across the Stars

Film Score (Star Wars)

John Williams

Across the Stars

Film Score (Star Wars)

Clint Mansell

Death Is The Road To Awe

Film Score (The Fountain)

John Debney

Resurrection

Film Score (The Passion of the Christ)

Hans Zimmer

Hummel gets the Rockets

Film Score (The Rock)

James Horner

My Heart will go On

Film Score (Titanic)

Crowfoot

Larks in May

Folk

Grainger

Rutherford Park Poachers

Folk

Sheefra

Da Slockit Light

Folk

The Assembly

Cheris / Fading Light

Folk

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

Congan

Guitar

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

Mysterious Habitats

Guitar

Pat Metheny

Make Peace

Guitar

Agustin Barrios

Julia Florida - Barcarola

Guitar - Classical

Rodrigo Y Gabriela

Diablo Rojo

Guitar - Flamenco

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Tamacun

Guitar - Flamenco

Leo Brouwer

Danza del Altiplano

Guitar - Folk

Leo Brouwer

Sonata III (La Toccata de Pasquini)

Guitar - Latin

Children of Bodom

Vivaldi's Four Seasons

Heavy Metal

Steve Vai

Beethoven's 5th

Heavy Metal

Nik Bartsch

Ronin Stoa - Modul 33

Instrumental - Jazz

Nik Bartsch

Ronin Stoa - Modul 36

Instrumental - Jazz

Cordame

Valse Hebraique

Instrumental - Strings

Brad Mehldau

Knives Out

Instrumental Post-Rock

Brad Mehldau

Paranoid Android

Instrumental Post-Rock

Explosions in the Sky

First Breath After Coma

Instrumental Post-Rock

Explosions in the Sky

First Breath After Coma

Instrumental Post-Rock

Joe Satriani

Always with Me, Always with You

Instrumental Rock

Torngat

Bell Duet

Instrumental Rock

Torngat

Mouton Noir

Instrumental Rock

Alizadeh

Jamedaran

International

Alizadeh

Nahoft and Faroud

International

Komitas

Varashapat

International

Bob Mintzer Big Band

Chant

Jazz

Cannonball Adderley

One for Daddy-O

Jazz

Cannonball Adderley

Work Song

Jazz

Charles Mingus

Fables of Faubus

Jazz

Chick Corea

Akoustic Band – Morning Sprite

Jazz

Chris Potter

Morning Bell

Jazz

Darcy James Argues

Ferromagnetic

Jazz

Darcy James Argues

Flux in a Box

Jazz

Dave Douglas and Nomad

North Point Memorial

Jazz

Dave Holland

Claressence

Jazz

David Binney

Out Beyond Ideas

Jazz

Jaga Jazzist

Day

Jazz

Joe Lovano Nonet

Charlie Chan

Jazz

Kenny Garrett

Equinox

Jazz

Oliver Jones

Someone to Watch over Me

Jazz

Stan Getz

Round Midnight

Jazz

Thad Jones

Walkin About

Jazz

Phish

You Enjoy Mylsef

Jazz Fusion

Joe Pass

Misty

Jazz/Blues

Philip Glass

Mishima: Stage Blood is Not Enough

Opera - Instrumental

Blonde Redhead

For the Damaged

Post-Rock

Do Make Say Think

Horns of a Rabbit

Post-Rock

Do Make Say Think

The Landlord is Dead

Post-Rock

Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Static

Post-Rock

Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Storm

Post-Rock

Transiberian Orchestra

Nutcracker Suite

Progressive Rock

Infected Mushroom

Suliman

Psychedelic Rock

Infected Mushroom

Heavyweight

Psychedelic Rock

Pink Floyd

Shine on You Crazy Diamond

Psychedelic Rock

Infected Mushroom

Special place

Psychedelic Trance

Infected Mushroom

Vicious Delicious

Psychedelic Trance

Led Zeppelin

Moby Dick

Rock

Led Zeppelin

White Summer/Black Mountain Side

Rock

Strangely Dim

Running Song

Rock

Piazzolla

Libertango

Tango

Rodriguez

La Cumparsita

Tango

Armin van Buuren

Control Freak (Sander van Doorn Remix)

Techno

Big Room Mix

Deeper Love

Techno

Jeckyll and Hyde

Freefall

Techno

Marcel Woods

Advanced

Techno

Marcel Woods

Happy Hardcore (Sandstorm by Darude)

Techno

Misjah and Tim

Access

Techno

Sander Van Doorn

Riff

Techno

Tiesto

Adagio for Strings

Techno

Tiesto

Forbidden Paradise

Techno

Tiesto

Live at Godskitched Global Gathering

Techno

Tiesto

Nyana

Techno

Tiesto

Olympic Flame

Techno

Yoji Biomehanika

Hardstyle Disco

Techno

Yoji Biomehanika

Supersound

Techno

 

 

Here's a playlist I made in Spotify, with film music only from this list. Pretty efficient!

 

 

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I listen to so much music that it makes up for not using drugs or alcohol, not having sex, and eating a healthy diet.  

I probably have similar feeling towards it as you - it's a fantastic cue.   Call of the Wild overall is a frequent listen for me, probably more than HTTYD 3 or Solo.

There's a fair bit of film music that gives me chills.   Lots of the obvious parts of LotR, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, CE3K, ET etc, HTTYD, Solo... Most recently, Sometimes Nature's Crue

There's a fair bit of film music that gives me chills.

 

Lots of the obvious parts of LotR, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, CE3K, ET etc, HTTYD, Solo...

Most recently, Sometimes Nature's Cruel and Gods Fight, Buck Takes the Lead and Rewilding from Call of the Wild.have all given me chills.

 

Even *imagining* Rewilding gave me chills, which I've never had before... has anyone else had anything similar?

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10 minutes ago, Bofur01 said:

Even *imagining* Rewilding gave me chills, which I've never had before... has anyone else had anything similar?

 

I probably have similar feeling towards it as you - it's a fantastic cue.

 

Call of the Wild overall is a frequent listen for me, probably more than HTTYD 3 or Solo.

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