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  • Ahh, the everlasting earworm.

  • Those songs, jingles, or memorable melodies that stick so deeply in your brain that you can't get them out.

  • But why are some songs so sticky, and what kinds of tunes are most likely to worm their way into our ears?

  • Let's find out on today's episode of Colossal Questions.

  • Scientists have concocted a slightly more, uh, scientific name for earworms.

  • They call it involuntary musical imagery.

  • And according to studies, more than 90 percent of people experience it at least once a week.

  • There's lots of common traits of songs that are particularly good at sticking.

  • Usually, it's a song you've heard a ton of times.

  • This one is pretty obvious, since the more times you hear something, the more it's going to stick in your head.

  • Earworms also tend to have a simple, understandable melody that is memorable after just one or two listens.

  • They're also usually faster, poppy, and upbeat.

  • Okay, so that's what makes for a song that will stick, but one question still remains.

  • Why do the songs get stuck in the first place?

  • Well, some experts believe earworms might have more to do with memory than anything else.

  • You see, studies have shown that associating words with music is a great way to store information and recall it later.

  • For example, it's hard to remember all the facts for your history quiz, yet fairly simple to remember lyrics to a song you've only heard on the radio.

  • Other experts believe that earworms developed alongside the fairly modern ability to record and relisten to a piece of music.

  • Now that we listen to songs over and over and over and over and over and over again, earworms are just an unintentional byproduct.

  • While both of these theories make some sense, neither has been proven, and the actual cause of earworms remains a mystery.

  • Luckily for us, there is one thing we can answer for sure.

  • How to get rid of a song that's stuck in your head.

  • Try concentrating on a game or task.

  • It will distract you from the never-ending melody, and help your brain move on from the catchy tune.

  • Chewing gum is another choice.

  • When a song is in our head, we keep the rhythm of the song internally.

  • But if you distract your mouth with something else, like chewing gum, it will get you offbeat from the song stuck in your head and help you forget it.

  • And your last option is simple.

  • If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

  • Just listen to the whole song and see if that satisfies that part of your brain that really wanted to hear it.

Ahh, the everlasting earworm.


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Why Do Songs Get Stuck In Our Head? | COLOSSAL QUESTIONS

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