It turns out you really can looooove that song, thanks to dopamine! The brain chemical dopamine is involved both in anticipating a particularly thrilling musical moment and in feeling the rush from it, according to new research. From Associate Press:
Whether it’s the Beatles or Beethoven, people like music for the same reason they like eating or having sex: It makes the brain release a chemical that gives pleasure, a new study says. …Previous work had already suggested a role for dopamine, a substance brain cells release to communicate with each other. But the new work, which scanned people’s brains as they listened to music, shows it happening directly.