Some songs manage to capture our attention in such a way that any nonconformist technique we apply fails to eliminate them from our minds anytime soon.
At first, when you learn and remember a new song, this thing only causes you joy.
However, once you hear it for the 70 thousandth time, it gets on your nerves so badly that you’d do anything to erase it from your memory.
The question is what are the songs that become ‘sticky’ and what makes them so.
Several studies could give us the much-needed answers.
First, all the ‘sticky’ songs share some characteristics.
These are songs that you’ve heard many times (whether we consider a popular song that is frequently broadcasted on radio, either because you’re obsessed with a song in such a way that you alone comply with innumerable auditions).
We all know repetition makes everything perfect, but this is clearly not the case.
These songs often have repeatable notes that are easy to remember, or unexpected, unique intervals, which only serve to captivate your attention more.
What studies have found is quite intuitive.
People who have constant contact with music are experiencing a greater possibility of encountering ‘sticky’ songs.
For example, a composer or a pianist, who is constantly using his musical imagination, will describe this feeling as an annoying sensation, devoided of any pleasure.
Although we may think that we are prone to remember only the annoying songs, studies have shown that things are far from so.
Only one-third of the people are actually experiencing those musical pieces they find unpleasant for the ears.
In addition, those songs that are composed of long notes with short intervals between them, are the most catchy for our brains.
Fixations are involuntary and we often experience bottlenecks when we want to remove them, especially if we try to do this consciously.
The best thing would be to let them go or … replace them with new sticky songs.