Tingly Music

Inspired by Tom Waits’ album selection, I downloaded and listened to the Nessun Dorma aria from Turandot by Puccini. I know the tune, but I’ve never listened to this piece of music closely. I’d challenge you to have a listen to it at a decent volume and not get goosebumps.

So this got me to thinking: what pieces of music are powerful enough to invoke a physical reaction for me? Here’s what I can think of. I’ll build the list as more come to me.

  • Nessun Dorma aria from Turandot by Puccini (also on lots of compilation albums like this one)
  • Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, blending into the opening bars of Tonight, both from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness by the Smashing Pumpkins.
  • Hallelujah. Originally by Leonard Cohen, but I particularly like Jeff Buckley’s version.
  • Any Day Now from The Sound of White by Missy Higgins. I’m a sucker for piano-pop.
  • Hurt as covered by Johnny Cash (originally Nine Inch Nails).


  • Symphony No. 9 (From the New World) by Antonin Dvorak, in particular the 4th movement (Allegro con fuoco). Fantastic stuff.

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  1. Do you get that feeling when you’re listening to a song and you happent o play through your head the next part of the song, and when it actually plays a shiver runs through all your body?

    No idea why, but it happens to me most on slow-melodic Nine Inch Nails songs 😛

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