Music makes the people come together

The most favored ensemble, determined from a rating by participants of their favorite instruments in combination, comprises a moderately sized group (three to ten instruments) consisting of guitar, piano, saxophone, bass, drums, violin, cello, synthesizer, with low male and female vocals singing in rock/r&b style. […] , the combination of these qualities … will result in a musical work that will be unavoidably and uncontrollably “liked” by 72 plus or minus 12% (standard deviation; Kolmogorov-Smirnov statistic) of listeners.

You can listen to this one here, but you’ve probably already heard it ten times today on any top 40 station.

The most unwanted music is over 25 minutes long, […] An operatic soprano raps and sings atonal music, advertising jingles, political slogans, and “elevator” music, and a children’s choir sings jingles and holiday songs. […] it can be shown that if there is no covariance—someone who dislikes bagpipes is as likely to hate elevator music as someone who despises the organ, for example—fewer than 200 individuals of the world’s total population would enjoy this piece.

If you like operatic sopranos rapping about cowboys, you can listen to this one here. (The tuba bass line is actually kinda awesome.)

Some background, and lots of music wankery, here and here and here.

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