Taylor Swift in New York at Madison Square Garden in December 2009, a year in which she became very familiar with the top of the Billboard charts.
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December 1, 2011 New research in psychology suggests that our favorite popular songs contain more messages about sex and reproduction than do less-favored songs. Is our evolved psyche at work here? Commentator Barbara J. King considers the evidence.
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