How did the researchers come to these conclusions? The New York Times reports the study was carried out on 1,500 females with an average age of 28. They were asked to listen to clips of different music before discussing the all-important issue - what kind of relationship would they like to have with the composer or artist behind the song?
The paper's author, Benjamin Charlton, explained the results of this test.
"The findings of this study provide the first support for Darwin's original contention that music evolved via sexual selection," he said.
"These results suggest that women may acquire genetic benefits for offspring by selecting musicians able to create more complex music as sexual partners."
What's the biggest draw? "The ability to play an instrument could reflect excellent physical condition and learning capacity," Charlton said.
So, next time you're listening to music and dreaming of whether you'd date the singer, remember - it's all down to science.
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