Why Songs Get Stuck in Your Head
Rhitu Chatterjee from PRI’s The World did an amazing piece on earworms, stuck-song syndrome, sticky music, cognitive itch, or simply: songs that get stuck in your head. One of the more interesting pieces of the article is the fact that this phenomenon is not homogeneous- according to statistics gathered at Earwormery, most people experience this phenomenon with a range of diverse songs.
You can click here to hear the staff from PRI’s The World talk about their own ‘sticky songs.’
Some common earworm offenders, according to BBC:
Lady Gaga, Queen, Abba, Kylie, Beyonce, Adele, Europe, Coldplay, Elbow, Johnny Cash
For quite awhile, my little sister and I would listen to a mix that included Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida,” and I would find myself singing it for the entirety of the day- it even had a starring role in my dreams. Weird.
What are some of your earworms?