Claim: Global warming will affect your taste in music

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

beatles-sunh/t DailyCaller – British researchers have claimed that global warming strongly influences our taste in music.

According to FirstPost;

Fancy listening to the Beatles’ ‘Here Comes The Sun’ when you are grinding out yet another long, sweaty heatwave? “These assumptions we have about certain weather being good and certain weather being bad, like sun being good — that might change,” researcher Karen Aplin of the University of Oxford said at a European Geosciences Union meeting in Vienna.

Aplin and five other scientists combed through databases of more than 15,000 pop songs, finding statistical backing for the assumption that our moods are strongly swayed by the weather. These emotions, in turn, are expressed in the music artists compose and what the public likes to hear.

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I guess its not difficult to find a better proxy than tree rings.

My question, if we apply this principle to films as well as songs, what can we infer from recent films which express fear of ice and snow, like The Day after Tomorrow, or even the children’s film Frozen? Might scientists in the future, consider popular culture to be a better proxy for global temperature, than massively “adjusted” and probably defective official temperature records?

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April 16, 2015 1:09 pm

I guess I will just become a fan of “Slightly Less Coldplay” then…

Mike Bromley the Kurd
April 16, 2015 1:10 pm

Dark Side of the Loons.
Dead Flowers.
Don’t let the Sun go Down on Me.
Midnight at the Oasis.
Fox on the Run.
Panama Red.
…..and so on.

April 16, 2015 1:13 pm

Good day sunshine,
Good day sunshine,
Good day sunshine.
I need to laugh, and when the sun is out
I’ve got something I can laugh about,
I feel good, in a special way.
I’m in love and it’s a sunny day.

Reply to  Gary
April 16, 2015 2:11 pm

Hey, hey, hey, snowflake
My pretty little snowflake
Ooh, ooh, the change in the weather
Has made it better for me
Hey, hey, hey, snowflake
My pretty little snowflake
You’ve got me warm as a fire
With the burning desire for you

Read more: Jim Reeves – Snowflake Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Reply to  Michael Palmer
April 16, 2015 4:35 pm

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
You make me happy when skies are grey
You never know, dear, how much I love you
Please don’t take my sunshine away

April 16, 2015 1:14 pm

Bad Company

April 16, 2015 1:23 pm

Sychonicity? I just left this comment on FB around 40 minutes ago…”Goldminor Sanchez Funny you should mention “Here comes the Sun”. That is a great song. When I got married in the early 1970s, my wife insisted that this should be played as we walked out of the ceremony. Strangely, it seems that I have now become the herald for here comes the Sun in regards to the changes that are now occurring in our solar system. It is almost as if it was a premonition on her part. I have found what I believe is a link between the Sun and the oceans which is the main cause/driver of what causes warm and cold trends on our planet. I have linked the combination of the two to changes in ENSO, which is the Pacific Ocean phase switch between El Nino and La Nina. Over the course of the last 14 months, I have successfully forecast the movement from peak to valley on the main graph that describes the changes, known as the Multivariate ENSO Index MEI. This may turn out to be nothing more than a lucky guess. It will take a bit more time to see if I can continue making successful connections. So far though my method still has legs.The next several months are important in this regard. As it stands now though, I am the only person to have ever done this. Hence, “Here comes the Sun”…”.

April 16, 2015 1:23 pm

So let’s all listen to The Clash:
The ice age is coming, the sun’s zooming in
Engines stop running, the wheat is growing thin
A nuclear error, but I have no fear
‘Cause London is drowning, and I live by the river

Robert of Ottawa
Reply to  Taphonomic
April 16, 2015 2:36 pm

That doesn’t even scan. Then, I always didn’t like the Clash.

Mr Green Genes
Reply to  Robert of Ottawa
April 17, 2015 1:20 am

It’s a song. The lyrics fit the music. That’s all that matters.

Steven Strittmatter
April 16, 2015 1:25 pm

Sweatin’ to the oldies!

April 16, 2015 1:25 pm

Forgive me in advance 🙂

April 16, 2015 1:29 pm

Is this claim a joke?

April 16, 2015 1:29 pm

Is this claim a joke?

Reply to  John
April 16, 2015 3:57 pm

Yes, but the jokes on us.

Mickey Reno
Reply to  John
April 16, 2015 6:10 pm

No, it’s a very serious cry for more research funding.

April 16, 2015 1:32 pm

Three little birds by Bob Marley. Play that at the next ipcc meeting. Too much rage against the machine for those guys.

April 16, 2015 1:36 pm

My God is the Sun

Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
April 16, 2015 1:44 pm

Hmm, if we go back to an earlier era, they seem to have gotten it right:

The buzzard took the monkey for a ride in the air
The monkey thought that everything was on the square
The buzzard tried to throw the monkey off his back
The monkey grabbed his neck and said “now listen, jack”
“straighten up and fly right”
“straighten up and fly right”
“straighten up and fly right”
“cool down, papa, don’t you blow your top.”
“ain’t no use in jivin’ ”
“what’s the use in dabbin’ ”
“straighten up and fly right”
“cool down, papa, don’t you blow your top.”
The buzzard told the monkey “you’re chokin’ me”
“release your hold and I’ll set you free”
The monkey looked the buzzard right dead in the eye and said
“your story’s fetchin’ but it sounds like a lie”
“straighten up and fly right
Straighten up and do right
Straighten up and fly right
Cool down, papa, don’t you blow your top.”

Songwriters: Mills, Irving / Cole, Nat King
Straighten Up And Fly Right lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
People dressed better back then too.

Reply to  Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
April 16, 2015 4:38 pm

Nat King Cole gets my vote. People did dress better! You know what? Way back then grammar schools were teaching the we were emerging from an ice age and that great cold winters with lots of ice were not all that distant in the past. Great droughts and Buffalo from horizon to horizon were still living memories. Many kids had grandparents and great grandparents who witnessed them. The greater San Jose area in California was rural mostly planted in fruit before the resources used by IBM and Standford University spilled out to become “the silicon valley” in support of NASA and the Defense Department contracts. The “bay area” became the brains and Los Angeles the brawn of the cold war and space race.
The resulting explosion in technology and innovation has made it possible for humanity to live not so precariously as we have had to in the past. So let’s remember how far we’ve come so fast and get that congressional buzzard to straighten up and fly right!

Mumbles McGuirck
Reply to  Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
April 17, 2015 5:18 am

“Oh those hazy, lazy, crazy days of Summer
Don’t you wish that Summer was always here?”

April 16, 2015 1:48 pm

What a bunch of freaking idiots! I’m sure that was taxpayer funded “research ” as well. This kind of thing is why Climate Science is the plaid suit white shoes and belt of science. Maybe even a hair piece as well.

Ralph Kramden
April 16, 2015 1:52 pm

Music has been going down hill ever since the Beatles broke up.

April 16, 2015 1:54 pm

The day the music died…..

Reply to  Resourceguy
April 16, 2015 2:04 pm

“American Pie” is probably a real favorite among alarmists. It seems to fit their mood:
So bye, bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
And them good ole boys were drinking whiskey ‘n rye
Singin’ this’ll be the day that I die
This’ll be the day that I die

Gunga Din
Reply to  Louis
April 16, 2015 2:42 pm

“So bye, bye, cause the temps gunna rise
Drove Chevy to the levee but the batt’ry caught fire
Them turbine things are swattin’ birds from the sky
Cause tomorrow’ll be the day that we die!
Tomorrow’ll be the day that we die!”

April 16, 2015 1:54 pm

“(Somewhere) Over the Rainbow”

April 16, 2015 2:02 pm

A magnificent example of girly science

Jaime Jessop
April 16, 2015 2:08 pm

Perhaps psychedelic rock band Cold Sun might do a comeback tour. They disappeared virtually without trace after releasing Dark Shadows back in 1970.
In the meantime we can still look back fondly at the Quo’s ‘Ice in the Sun’ and wonder to ourselves, well, did they get it right after all?

Chris B
April 16, 2015 2:12 pm

April 16, 2015 2:14 pm

Oh boy, maybe if it warms another whole 0.1 degrees on average then I can listen to the music that I only like in the summer during the winter. It will be summer music all year long and kids won’t know what jingle bells is.

Gunga Din
Reply to  RWturner
April 16, 2015 3:09 pm

So “Bye, bye,”White Christmas” goodbye”?

April 16, 2015 2:19 pm

Presenting David Byrne…

Reply to  jones
April 16, 2015 2:26 pm

Next play John Mellencamp – Hot Night In A Cold Town

April 16, 2015 2:23 pm

I still think “instant warmin” every time I hear “Instant Karma”. The song’s more up to date that way.

Robert of Ottawa
April 16, 2015 2:31 pm

I can only assume that the prevalence of Gangsta Rap is due to The Pause

Reply to  Robert of Ottawa
April 16, 2015 2:36 pm

Is “the pause” the moment before the pants almost fall to the ground?

April 16, 2015 2:32 pm

The weather has had a effect on art through out the years. At times during the little ice age paintings of winter scenes became common.

R. de Haan
April 16, 2015 2:32 pm

British Researchers, you must be kidding me.

April 16, 2015 2:33 pm

Oh jeez! you should see what happens when you google “climate change playlist”.

Steve Lohr
Reply to  Dawtgtomis
April 16, 2015 3:48 pm

Oh jeez! is right. Wow. If anyone sees this and thinks to try it, don’t do it!!!!!

Randy Kaasalainen
April 16, 2015 2:42 pm

It’s been said to be the magic molecule.

April 16, 2015 2:44 pm

Music be the food of GIGO

Gunga Din
April 16, 2015 2:45 pm

So they’ve seen the clouds from both sides now?

David Bennett Laing
April 16, 2015 2:59 pm

Pop music is certainly as evanescent as the weather. Whenever I feel the need to reassure my faith in the reliability of climate, I always turn to Vivaldi’s Quattro Staggione and Haydn’s Jahreszeiten.

Reply to  David Bennett Laing
April 16, 2015 6:02 pm

Hear hear!

Ian Macdonald
April 16, 2015 2:59 pm

-Well, it’s added few to my collection:
Terry the Turbine:

I’m a Denier:

April 16, 2015 3:00 pm

Clearly running out of things to spend their grant money on.

Reply to  Binny
April 17, 2015 6:48 am

Clearly running out of things to get their grant money from.

April 16, 2015 3:01 pm

Apply for a grant to study something that can’t be (dis)proven, and spend the money on women and booze.

April 16, 2015 3:03 pm

Disney’s Frozen is now a sign of Climate Change?
Not everything is about science or politics.
Let it go.

Steve Case
April 16, 2015 3:04 pm
Reply to  Steve Case
April 16, 2015 4:49 pm

Or this one with an alternate universe……..

Gunga Din
April 16, 2015 3:04 pm

So what came first? The music or the PR?

Gunga Din
Reply to  Gunga Din
April 16, 2015 3:05 pm

Or is the music part of the PR?

April 16, 2015 3:09 pm

When the Levee Breaks

Hot under the collar
April 16, 2015 3:14 pm

When it comes to ‘climate change’, one piece of music comes to mind:,_Here's_the_Sex_Pistols

Hot under the collar
Reply to  Hot under the collar
April 16, 2015 3:20 pm

Apologies to our American friends, who may not be familiar with the English slang “Bollocks”.

April 16, 2015 3:18 pm

Taxpayer funded “science” jobs I assume?

April 16, 2015 3:22 pm

Oh Dear, they found statistical backing for an assumption. I’ll bet they also came up with a bunch of “wee p values” that Mat Briggs likes so much.
With rock-solid proof like this, it must be added to the Warmlist!
My entry: from 1967, Windy by The Association.

April 16, 2015 3:23 pm

There’s an option to read more of the study.
I actually wish i could push a button and read less of this kind of nonsense!

April 16, 2015 3:29 pm

Here ya go.

Chris B
Reply to  AB
April 16, 2015 7:31 pm

Hehe, I tried to post a version of this earlier.
Half those kids are now at NOAA, NASA, CRU, etc.
This was a pre-faked Moon landing, mind control experiment.

April 16, 2015 4:03 pm

According to some of my friends, my taste in music could use some “adjustment”. (Homogenization?)

Reply to  PaulH
April 16, 2015 6:04 pm

I just hate all music.

Reply to  Tom Trevor
April 16, 2015 8:17 pm

Tom Trevor

I just hate all music.

Imagine poor ole me.
I hear it, and I analyze it as a bunch of squeaks, blats, bloots, blares, straangs, strums, strongs, schreaches and screams, blits, blats (and more strums) blares and other strange individual noises all coming out at the same time like a pile of dumped frequencies and resonances of louder and not-so-loud simultaneous noises.
Seems like they could save time and energy by just transmitting the entire concert in 10 seconds at the same time if everybody played everything as loud as they could at the start. Then they could stop, pack up the instruments, and go home.
I assume other people hear “music” somehow.

D Matteson
April 16, 2015 4:18 pm

“….researcher Karen Aplin of the University of Oxford said at a European Geosciences Union meeting in Vienna.”
Idiot wind, blowing every time you move your mouth,
Blowing down the back roads headin’ south.
Idiot wind, blowing every time you move your teeth,
You’re an idiot, babe.
It’s a wonder that you still know how to breathe.

~ Bob Dylan – Idiot Wind Lyrics – ‘Bolld On The Tracks’ album

April 16, 2015 4:28 pm

I vote for Anton Bruckner.

Reply to  nicholas tesdorf
April 16, 2015 6:06 pm


Bubba Cow
April 16, 2015 4:32 pm

“scientists combed through databases of more than 15,000 pop songs . . .”
SELECT ALL FROM “PopSongs” and “SPM”
WHERE CO2 > 180 and
WHERE weather => “extreme_scary” or
WHERE pH > “freightening” or
WHERE sea_level_rise > 0.0001mm
ORDER BY “catastrophic_adjusted_temp”

April 16, 2015 4:34 pm

Yeah mahn, when it be warming I’m all into Marley and Jamaica mahn… gotta go, the ganga is getting cold 😉

April 16, 2015 4:38 pm

I can probably save someone some money here …
This British Researcher thinks that Climate Change is affecting the quality of science papers – and not in a good way.

Bruce Cobb
April 16, 2015 4:42 pm

Global Warming Belief will affect your brain, by turning it to mush.

Paul Marko
April 16, 2015 4:52 pm

Our civilization is regressing. Accordingly, our ancestors would have easily solved this warming problem by sacrificing a virgin. The odds of success are questionable, but in today’s society could we even get started.

Reply to  Paul Marko
April 16, 2015 8:40 pm

The problem with sacrificing virgins now…How do you find one?

April 16, 2015 5:07 pm

I notice a sudden flux of Björk posts on facebook when we have a cold snap in the UK.

Steve P
April 16, 2015 5:11 pm

.. finding statistical backing for the assumption that our moods are strongly swayed by the weather.

These guys really may be on to something here: No doubt, most of us prefer sunny days to cloudy ones, but no harm in spending a little (read: lots) of our cash to prove an obvious point, or is it a startling breakthrough?
Also noteworthy: Our moods are strongly swayed by music. Breathtaking stuff here, and the CAGW bandwagon rolls on, its crepe paper constantly changing colors to reflect the changing goalposts, and hey! That ain’t crepe paper, it’s our money.

Here comes the sun king
Here comes the sun king
Everybody’s laughing
Everybody’s happy
Here comes the sun king
Quando paramucho mi amore de felice carazón
Mundo paparazzi mi amore chica ferdi para sol
Questo obrigado tanto mucho que canite carousel

Track 11 on Abbey Road, John Lennon & Paul McCartney.
(2nd verse, much worse than the first…gibberish, in fact)

Bottom line question: does our taste in music, or lack thereof, affect our belief, or skepticism, about CAGW?
Inquiring minds would like to know what affect Rap, Hip Hop, and other such noise parading as music has on young, impressionable minds.

Reply to  Steve P
April 16, 2015 6:09 pm

What effect? They act as if they have been drugged and de-brained.

Steve P
Reply to  Annie
April 18, 2015 12:18 pm

Yes, and to pursue a perhaps trivial point, you may have noted that I used the word affect as both verb and noun in my comment.
While it is true that the general rule is to use effect as a noun, and affect as a verb, the latter also has good standing as a noun, whereas effects are objective, while affects are subjective:

¹af.fect n [ME, fr. L affectus, fr. afficere] hi(14c) 1 obs: feeling, affection 2: the conscious subjective aspect of an emotion considered apart from bodily changes usage see effect
The noun affect is sometimes mistakenly used for effect. Except when your topic is psychology, you will seldom need the noun affect.
Copyright © 1994 Merriam-Webster, Inc.

(my bold)
I take this to mean that effects are measurable, where affects, being subjective, are not. This is the same divide that separates science from psychology.
My interest is a possible link between heavy, bass-laden music and aggressive or violent behavior, hence the psychological slant and the use of the noun affect, but perhaps one or more of the erudite wordsmiths who haunt this hallowed blog will weigh in on the matter.

Reply to  Steve P
April 16, 2015 6:12 pm

Reply to  Tom Trevor
April 16, 2015 6:14 pm

Rain or shine we still have the beatles.

Reply to  Tom Trevor
April 16, 2015 6:36 pm

“And the banker never wears a mac.
In the pouring rain.
very strange.
Meanwhile back in Penny Lane…..”
So the Beatles were secretly warning us about climate change even in even songs about roads.
In fact why should we all live in a Yellow Submarine? Well, quite clearly because the sea level has risen so much there is no dry land to live on. Their album covers make it clear that Paul is dead. He died of climate change, Help! I need someone not just anyone, Help me if can . Only someone like Michael Mann would understand.

Reply to  Tom Trevor
April 16, 2015 7:36 pm

It is worse than I thought even “let it be” is about climate change.
” And when the night is cloudy
There is still a light that shines on me
Shine on until tomorrow, let it be”

April 16, 2015 5:38 pm
April 16, 2015 5:49 pm

Somehow, the phrase “jumped the shark” comes to mind when I read this piece.

April 16, 2015 6:18 pm

When I think of Climate change, I think of The Who and “Won’t get fooled again”

Reply to  Alx
April 16, 2015 6:23 pm

Baba O’riley (aka Teenage Wasteland) is about a couple leaving the city for the country, I guess they have to leave because of climate change.

April 16, 2015 6:23 pm

33 Degrees (Fahrenheit or Celsius … take your pick …)

April 16, 2015 6:26 pm

The premise that weather affects our moods and possibly our taste in music has a ring of truth to it. For instance, while I was shovelling the snow off my driveway, every other day, all winter long, I kept humming, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…”; long after Christmas came and went.

April 16, 2015 6:48 pm

Probably true but in reverse.
There’s nothing on the planet happier than miserable english people ……because they know that’s the proper condition of humanity_ ______cold, fog-bound and suffering from flu.
If they are enjoying themselves they are unhappy because they know it won’t last.
I suspect plenty of Californians, Floridians and certainly Australians enjoy… “Here Comes the Sun”.
The first indication that winter is ending in Australia is hearing “Good Vibrations” on the radio.
Could the Beach Boys have been English? Hardly !
Karen Aplin needs to get out more and enjoy what little summer is available in Oxford

Eustace Cranch
April 16, 2015 7:05 pm

Boiling heat, summer stench
‘Neath the black the sky looks dead
Call my name through the cream
And I’ll hear you scream again
Black hole sun
Won’t you come
And wash away the rain
Black hole sun
Won’t you come
Won’t you come (Won’t you come)

April 16, 2015 7:39 pm

Reply to  Tom Trevor
April 16, 2015 7:56 pm

Reply to  Tom Trevor
April 16, 2015 8:31 pm

C’mon baby light my fire.

Ernest Bush
April 16, 2015 7:55 pm


Walt D.
April 16, 2015 8:36 pm

By the time global warming or climate change arrives we will all be dead!

April 16, 2015 8:44 pm

Is there anything climate change cannot do?

Dudley Horscroft
April 16, 2015 9:02 pm

Obviously coolth is good. Bring back Beethoven, Bach, Telemann, Haydn, Rameau, Purcell and Tallis. The question is: is good music the result of cool times or are cool times the result of good music? Perhaps heading for another ice age may be A GOOD THING!
Lovely to see the highly esteemed Mr J. Benny again, but I never saw “The Twilight Zone”. What was a shock was seeing the cigarette ad at the end! Horror!!!!!

Mac the Knife
April 16, 2015 9:42 pm

Theme song for all AGW true believers: Fire – Aurthur Brown

Mario lento
April 16, 2015 11:25 pm

You’re as cold as ice!
You’re willing to sacrifice our love.
You never take advice…

michael hart
April 17, 2015 12:30 am

1:44 of magic

April 17, 2015 1:17 am

Obviously. With my fully coupled anthropogenic music model I calculate that by 2100, Chris Rea’s “On The Beach” will be played by 12 trillion people a day.

April 17, 2015 2:15 am

Little Lies by Fleetwood Mac could encompass the whole AGW hypothesis

April 17, 2015 3:55 am

Not Chicken Little
April 17, 2015 6:01 am

Global Warming – is there anything it can’t do?

Tom in Florida
April 17, 2015 6:06 am

None of the above. Perhaps the best of all:
Hide the Decline

April 17, 2015 7:38 am

Somehow or other Matt Briggs contrived to manufacture the perfect parody of this research.
In advance!!!!
Another example of skeptic prescience:

Tom O
April 17, 2015 8:18 am

What amuses me most about “research” like this is that the more they do this shtick to scare us into their way of thinking, the more the average person comes around to questioning their position. This constant bombardment of obviously stupid attempts, even to the lightly educated, to link everything to global warming has actually hurt their credibility so much that they are starting to look like caricatures instead of scientists. Not even good anime caricatures. The fact that they don’t seem to realize it only adds to their diminishing credibility.

April 17, 2015 9:26 am

I’ve had an earful of global warming…..

Reply to  Science Officer
April 17, 2015 2:00 pm

so let’s call the whole thing off… Tah-Dah!

April 17, 2015 8:14 pm

Reblogged this on Norah4you's Weblog and commented:
Pseudoscience in extrem – CO2 belivers ….. 🙂

April 21, 2015 6:18 am

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