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10 fun facts about music that are surprising and rarely talked about

Frederik Nielsen, in Community news
Oct 09, 2023 | 4 min read

Music is an ever-evolving world of art. There is always something new to learn and something new to know. If you are a music enthusiast who has the thirst to learn more then you are in the right place! We’ve put together a list of 10 surprising and rarely talked about fun facts about music that will make you see music in a whole new light. 

So, let’s get started! 🎶🎵🎼

1. The world’s shortest song

Believe it or not, the world’s shortest song is just 1.316 seconds long! “You Suffer” by Napalm Death is the world’s shortest song. Blink and you’ll miss it!

2. Musical plants

Plants can actually respond to music! Several studies have shown that plants grow faster and healthier when exposed to music. So next time you’re gardening, don’t forget to play some tunes for your plants!

music for plants in fun facts about music

3. The most covered song

The Beatles’ “Yesterday” is the most covered song in the history of recorded music. Over 2,200 artists have recorded their own versions of it! Talk about leaving a legacy!

4. The most expensive instrument

The Stradivarius violin is the most expensive musical instrument in the world. It was sold for $16 million in 2011. That’s a lot of dough for a fiddle!

stradivarious violin

5. The world’s largest instrument

The largest playable instrument in the world is the Great Stalacpipe Organ, located in the Luray Caverns in Virginia, USA. It uses rubber mallets to tap on the cave’s natural stalactites!

The world's largest instrument in fun facts about music

6. Music and exercise

Listening to music while exercising can actually improve your performance! A study has shown that listening to fast-paced music can help you exercise longer and harder. 

exercising with music in fun facts about music

7. The World’s longest concert

The world’s longest concert is currently still ongoing! The concert, which takes place in Halberstadt, Germany, started in 2001 and is planned to end in 2640. That’s a whopping 639 years long!

8. The first music ever recorded

The first music ever recorded was “Au Clair de la Lune” by Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville in 1860. A phonautograph was used to record it. It is a device that can visually record sound waves.

9. The power of music on memory

Music can actually help improve your memory while studying! A study has shown that listening to music can help improve recall and memory performance. So next time you study, don’t forget to put on some tunes!

music and memory

10. The oldest known musical instrument

A flute made from a bird bone and mammoth ivory is the oldest known musical instrument in history. It was found in the Swabian Alps in Germany and is estimated to be over 35,000 years old!

oldest known musical instrument in fun facts about music

Bottom line

Next time you’re listening to your favorite tunes, remember these fun facts and appreciate the magic of music even more! Comment which fun fact was your favorite. If you would like to learn more facts about music, check out our blog on 10 interesting music traditions from around the world.

And don’t forget, if you’re a musician looking to improve your practice and performance, check out our range of products at Soundbrenner. Our wearable metronomes, the Soundbrenner Core and Pulse, can help you keep time and play with more precision. 

Happy playing!🎶

Thanks for reading our article on 10 fun facts about music! We at Soundbrenner are dedicated to helping musicians stay focused on what truly matters: their music. By creating innovative devices, such as Soundbrenner Pulse and Core, our goal is to deliver the best practice experience for musicians. Click here to find out more.

Got a question about Soundbrenner wearables? Reach out to us at [email protected], we’re happy to help!

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