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Is it true that listening to a song will aid in ridding it from your mind?

Asked by Sgt_Pop_McTart (192points) October 27th, 2010

One of my younger brothers is currently fixated with an infamous YouTube “quartet” called The Gregory Brothers.

If you haven’t heard of them, they’ve basically created a channel that consists of splicing together snippets of news broadcasts and auto-tuning the voices of the reporters so that their conversations between one another can be (hilariously) formed into catchy tunes.

They call their project “Auto Tune The News” and I have heard these songs so many times that I’m fairly certain that they are driving me crazy! I mean, I have no problem at all with their songs. They are generally pretty entertaining and some of them are so well done that I’ve even taken the time to learn to lyrics so that I can sing along with my brother and have a grand old time.

However, some of the songs get stuck in my head for weeks at a time. They’re there when I wake up in the morning, all throughout the day when I’ve given up brooding about my daily life, and they’re there when I lay down to sleep at night.

So my question to all of you is: is it true that listening to the song that is stuck in your head will eventually help you stop thinking about it? So far I’m not sure that this method is working. How do you generally feel when you get a song stuck in your head? It’s getting to the point where I feel that banging my head against the nearest wall repeatedly is going to be my only form of relief from this non-stop terror.

P.S. I didn’t link to the site because I didn’t want anyone to think that I was advertising- and I don’t want to be blamed for getting their songs stuck in anyone’s head.

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CMaz's avatar

I can get an Auto Tune song stuck in my head for days.

downtide's avatar

Yes, I find that I can get rid of a song stuck in my head by listening to it – and then listening to something else.

marinelife's avatar

You need to replace it with a different song.

Cruiser's avatar

What works for me to cure the Ear Worm bug is to sing the National Anthem to the melody of the Gilligan’s Island theme in the voice of Ethyl Merman. Two lines in and I’m cured, every time.

Sgt_Pop_McTart's avatar

Darn it! So there really is no way to rid yourself of a song- only to replace it with another song or get so damn bored of the first song that you never think about it again.

I read once in psychology class (mind you this was a high school course) that said getting a song stuck in your head was the equivalent of suffering a mild case of OCD.

I usually don’t have to deal with having a song stuck in my head for more than a few hours, but when I hear an Auto Tune song it tortures me for days!

Thank you all for your answers by the way :) Much appreciated.

Whitsoxdude's avatar

Listening to it has only made it worse for me.
I found a site that plays catchy music to get it out of your head, but it’s always something worse than what I already had..

Sgt_Pop_McTart's avatar

LOL You found a site that plays catchy music specifically for getting other songs out of your head, or you found a site that plays catchy music in an effort to get a song out of your head?

Honestly I was suffering so badly that I had to turn on my computer and put every song on my computer into Winamp and run through the songs on shuffle without skipping through them. That actually sort of worked for me thank god.

Whitsoxdude's avatar

Ha ha, sorry. I wasn’t very clear.
The site replaces the song stuck in your head with a new one.
It does help to listen to other music, but NOT the kind that gets stuck in your head.

gm_pansa's avatar

Maybe for some people this works, but not in my case. I’m still stuck thinking the words to (what I call….) the polka dot song! >:/

dabbler's avatar

I can’t see any reason listening more to a song will get it out of your head.
Listen maybe to something even more familiar from the past, or make a new groove in your brainwaves that is pleasant to have take over your mind.

I’ve watched so many Gangnam Style parodies recently that parts of the soundtrack are looping in my brain.
Familiar Bach partitas might snap me out of it.

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