Music has been long-used for artistic purposes but has even more ancient historical ties with its use for sacred worship purposes. Perhaps this is due to the strong emotional energy music can produce. Over time, music became more popular for secular use and entertainment. Music connects people on a global level. We may not all agree on certain issues, but when a song comes on about heartache, loss, joy, or feelings all people feel, just about anyone can relate. Listed below are five things that attract most people to listen to music.

1. Music is a form of inspiration
So often what’s good for the soul is a good playlist to get the day going for whatever the moment calls for. Whether it be just getting up and around, helping a person work, going for a jog or working out, painting a picture, setting the tone for a party, or even that soundtrack that helps a person fall asleep peacefully. Music inspires us to relax, to get up and go, to feel better, and even to cry at times.
Music inspires musicians to write better music and to enhance styles. Without former artists, current artists would not be advanced. Music inspires many to become better people through the experiences shared by musicians through the lyrics in the music and the lives they have led. While sometimes their lives ended tragically, their tragic ending can serve as an example of what can happen if you don’t stay focused on music.

2. For Emotional Connection and Healing
Musicians connect with listeners in a very special way. It is a bond that can only be felt between the listener and the song. The music connects to the heart and soul, provides healing, and music can be a friend in times of great need. Great thought is often put into the song played at the funeral service of a loved one because songs make a bold statement that is often not the same stated without music. Music can help us heal from the loss of loved ones, from abuse, addictions, and many other afflictions that are not very easy to talk about.

Musicians that share struggles or happiness with great emotion are able to do so because they have experienced what is being sung and because of this, they can connect with who they are singing to. This is a unique relationship to have with someone you’ve never met. For even when the musicians are long passed, they live eternally through their music.

3. For Reflection
Songs represent milestones in our lives and bring back certain memories. As we get older, it’s very common to listen to music and reminisce about these moments in our lives. These songs can provoke feelings and take us back to the best times and sometimes sad times. Either way, they take us back and this can be a unique feeling that is comforting. It reminds us of where we’ve been.

4. For Entertainment
Music is a great form of entertainment. For centuries, music has been a form of entertainment. People are attracted to a wide variety of music for entertainment. This can include live concerts, live music played at clubs or restaurants, Broadway musicals, operas, symphonies, and just for the sake of listening to music for any purpose, even if that purpose is for a distraction.

5. To Provoke Certain Feelings
Sometimes music can be used to get people out of depression. Happy songs have a way of lifting people out of the blues. Songs also have a way of providing a sense of camaraderie during tough times like relationship break-ups, work conflicts, troubles at home, and many issues found in life. There are songs for just about every problem and there are also songs for all types of happy times. People might also want to break down and have a good cry. Perhaps stress is just building up. Putting on songs that are healing for them can help to bring about a good cry and relieve the tension. Other music can be energizing or sensual, providing a great stage for working out or for a date night. Whatever the moment calls for, there is music for it!

While times change and even music styles change, the music itself will never disappear as long as we have voices to sing it, imagination to write, experience to share, and instruments to go play along (and instruments are not necessarily required). Music is a type of universal language that provokes something we all share, emotion and connects something we all have, a soul.