This Might Be Classic Rock 96-1’s Biggest Ear Worm
The experts have figured out exactly why songs get stuck in our heads, and what makes them refuse to leave.
This song might be the biggest earworm song we play on Classic Rock 96-1, and here's why.
Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" is in the Top 10, after a study by Durham University ranked the biggest earworm songs of all time. Journey is #3, Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody is #7, and those are the only two rockers that have songs in the Top 10, and they're among pop songs by Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and others.
So what makes it stick? Earworm songs have certain qualities they tell us. They're generally fast, with fairly basic and familiar melodies, and the study says they usually have some unusual intervals, like jumps or an unexpected number of repeated notes.
This Journey video has 35 million views, so maybe repetitive listening makes it stick too.
How do we get rid of the earworm? Mashable says the best thing to do is find another activity that has us so engrossed we'll forget all about that song that's on a loop in our heads. Or, we can find another catchy song that takes the place of the first one. That sounds kinda like a vicious cycle to me.
Ninety-two percent of us get a song stuck in our heads at least once a week, and some songs are more fun to have stuck in our heads than others. What's the worst?