This is an awesome post from MentalFloss about some of the past few decades’ greatest songs. My favorite of the bunch (though difficult to choose) is the 1991 re-recording of Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable,” complete with a duet from his daughter, Natalie Cole. The post goes on to say that many found the recording “creepy,” but I think it is anything but.
Designed by Jinseup Ted Shin, this nifty piece of technology would go a long way to a more even distribution of music at house parties, etc. I would definitely like to purchase a couple of these things next time I want to have some people over. It could definitely be improved if there was an option to control them universally, (i.e. adjust the volume universally), but the idea is great.
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.