Listening to Adele and Oasis can cause ‘skin orgasms’, experts claim

Hear a playlist of songs thought to create the phenomenon

Experts have claimed that listening to music such as Adele, Oasis and Celine Dion can cause a phenomenon dubbed as ‘skin orgasms’.

A new paper by psychologist and musician Psyche Loui and Luke Harrison, a student from Wesleyan University, claims that music “has a unique power to elicit moments of intense emotional and psychophysiological response”.

“These moments – termed “chills,” “thrills”, “frissons,” etc. – are subjects of introspection and philosophical debate, as well as scientific study in music perception and cognition,” the paper – titled ‘Thrills, chills, frissons, and skin orgasms: toward an integrative model of transcendent psychophysiological experiences in music’ – adds.


In a BBC article on the phenomenon, songs like Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’, Oasis’ ‘Wonderwall’ and Celine Dion’s ‘My Heart Will Go On’ are listed as examples that can create what they call ‘skin orgasms’.

“Sudden changes in harmony, dynamic leaps (from soft to loud), and melodic appoggiaturas (dissonant notes that clash with the main melody, like you’ll find in Adele’s Someone Like You) seem to be particularly powerful,” BBC’s David Robson writes.

Listen to a playlist of songs claimed to produce ‘skin orgasms’ below.

Read the paper here and the BBC article here.