Damn right they are. So is body language and tone of voice. It's pretty much within the grasp of everyone and anyone. A part of the "Collective Unconscious" as it were. Everyone knows what an angry person looks and sounds like. Shy? Lustful? Sad? Hopeful? If not the look we all at least understand the "sound" as it were.
To expand upon this, there is a damn good reason "Music Theory" is a thing and why some people absolutely get it on a level that transcends most other considerations. Rick Beato and Alex Moukala come at it from different angles and approaches but the thing they're both getting at is the same. Great music is great and enjoyable by pretty much any sane person no matter what for damn good reasons.
Some people say the OG Jazz musicians didn't know/comprehend Music Theory. That they just jammed out with some instruments and happened upon a sound that worked in spite of the codifications that "The White Man" had already invented and enforced upon music by that point. Beato had a story about his son that disproved that root and branch. He, unlike him, has the gift of "perfect pitch", the ability to hear any note in a vacuum and immediately identify it in any way you could dare to ask him. You can do this without that gift, but that takes the decades of practice he (Beato) has under his own belt. The kid as a toddler had his own unique terms to refer to things like "This song is in C-Major Aeolian" but it matters not what you call it, it is what it is and he nailed it square betwixt the eyes.
Same would apply to the OG jazz musicians and all who followed regardless of race, origin, or creed. Music is a thing engrained upon our truly collective human unconsciousness. Anyone
asking the question of "Why" a certain progression of notes or a given melody evokes a given emotion will come to similar conclusions. It's a thing engrained into reality as harshly and uncompromisingly as 2+2=4. Take from this what you will
I'd encourage anyone who has not to study Music Theory at least a little bit. Learning why you like the melodies you do could lead to quite a bit of self-discovery