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Is there an explanation for songs getting stuck in your head?

Asked by ANef_is_Enuf (25241points) August 14th, 2010

This past week I have probably had 20 different songs stuck in my head. A different song every hour, it seems. I always go through phases like that, where I seem to get every song I hear stuck in my head.

Does anyone know why it happens??

It’s driving me crazy.

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Jude's avatar

Today, it’s been “Shine on You Crazy Diamond”.

GQ, I have no answer.

(“they’re coming to take me away, ha-haa. They’re coming to take me away ho-ho…”)

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

It happens to me occasionally, but not to the frequency you are experiencing. Whatever you do, do not read Dave Barry’s Book of Bad Songs. It will have you in a straight jacket before you finish it.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@jjmah ooh, good song. and lol

@Pied_Pfeffer thanks for the heads up!
It isn’t always like this… I seem to go through phases though. This last week has been out of control. Everything I hear gets stuck!

Your_Majesty's avatar

It’s the ability of our brain to memorize certain sounds. Our brain will be more receptive toward every sounds that interest us,that’s why we can memorize our favorite song faster and more efficient than if we have to memorize less attractive songs.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@Doctor_D does that mean that for whatever reason my memory is exceptionally active when I go through phases like this? :)

Frenchfry's avatar

I think if it has some words you like or a catchy beat that is why is gets stuck in your head…

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

I’ve had “Crazy Diamond” stuck in my head for several days a few weeks ago. After Meg was killed, Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer” wouldn’t leave my head for months, it was her song.

CutestManda's avatar

I go through this everyday of my life. My boyfriend decided to make a playlist of awesome 90’s songs today and its like they are all on fast forward in my head & it Will. Not. Stop. I hate him for it. I do, indeed, feel your pain. I wish I had an explanation for it. hugs

Cruiser's avatar

They are called ear worms! Ear worms are those absolutely horrible and catchy songs that get stuck in your head and play over. And over. And over. AND OVER. And no amount of headbanging, screaming and listening to other songs will get them out.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@Cruiser Until the next bad one comes along and takes its place.

Artistree's avatar

It’s usually my housemates fault. He has a mean knack of humming a few bars of something catchy while you’re not really taking any notice and the next thing you know you’re whistling the chorus again and again and again and again and again. He’s evil. I usually find that a few rounds of ‘Nelly the Elephant’ will remove the offending tune, but don’t try this if you’d rather not be singing ‘Nelly the Elephant’ for the rest of the day.

Frenchfry's avatar

@Artistree hee hee The evil whistling housemate I love it!

Pachy's avatar

Read how to get a song unstuck here.

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