Monday, June 23, 2008

Earworms: What's up with songs that get stuck in your head

There's a new blog meme going around:

"List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they’re not any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now, shaping your spring summer. Post these instructions in your blog along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they’re listening to."

This got me thinking about all those songs that get stuck in your head. They're called Earworms. Supposedly, they are songs or tunes that become stuck in the phonological loop, the part of the brain that rehearses verbal information in Baddeley's model of working memory (so says wikipedia), and are the object of scientific study. I've caught a few lately, but fortunately they haven't been totally annoying like that umbrella ella ella eh eh eh song.

Fire It Up--Modest Mouse
Things Are What You Make of Them--Bishop Allen
Window--Fiona Apple
New Soul--Yael Naim
Last Living Souls--Gorillaz

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  1. Nice picks, but why only six songs? Are you being deliberately nonconformative? ;)

  2. I couldn't think of 7 :(

    But now there's a song that keeps popping up on my Pandora Modest Mouse station--Tiny Vessels--and it has rooted deep into my synapses.