Click here for free access to our latest coronavirus/COVID-19 research, commentary, and news.

Support nonprofit science journalism

Science’s extensive COVID-19 coverage is free to all readers. To support our nonprofit science journalism, please make a tax-deductible gift today.

What does traditional music around the world have in common?

Music is ubiquitous—but do societies around the world use similar building blocks to construct their songs? Researchers dove into detailed descriptions and samples of songs to understand what universal traits underlie music. This video examines four categories of song: lullabies, dance, healing, and love.