A tantalizing 2001 study out of the University of Leicester in the U.K. appeared to lend credence to those claims. It found that milk production went up by as much as 3 percent when cows listened to slow tunes like R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts” and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge over Troubled Water,” rather than faster songs.
Less popular among these bovine beat lovers? The Beatles’ “Back in the U.S.S.R.,” Jamiroquai’s “Space Cowboy,” and Supergrass’ “Pumping on Your Stereo.” (Yes, it was most definitely 2001.) Apparently, slow songs with less than 100 beats per minute hit the milking sweet spot, the researchers found.