The most influential time for one's taste in music is the age between 13 and 14, whereas "childhood influences are stronger for women than for men." It was a finding of Seth Stephens-Davidowitz when he analysed Spotify data. It's hardly surprising as adolescence shapes our personalities in many areas, not just our taste in music.
However, a more intriguing question remains: Which relationships, media, or experiences shape what we come to love certain songs. We all have a couple of tracks that are inseparably connected to other people or specific moments in our lives.
There are many taste-shaping experiences I could further explore. However, the following five tracks share one characteristic that brought them into my consciousness: They're all part of video game soundtracks.