Here Are the Top 9 Biggest Earworms, According to Science
There’s a reason why you like Lady Gaga so much.
According to a new study called “Dissecting an Earworm: Melodic Features and Song Popularity Predict Involuntary Musical Imagery” published today (Nov. 3 2016) in the American Psychological Association’s journal Psychology of Aesthetics, earworms — or songs that get reeeeally stuck in your head — “tended to be fast, with a common, simple melodic structure that generally went up and down and repeated.”
The study, as reported by the New York Times, also finds that “earworm songs also had surprising, unusual intervals, like the chorus in “Bad Romance” or the opening riff of Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke on the Water.'”
So basically, even if you hate Mother Monster, your body is inclined to like her smashes.
“Our findings show that you can, to some extent, predict which songs are going to get stuck in people’s heads based on the song’s melodic content,” Kelly Jakubowski, a researcher at Durham University and the study’s lead author, says in a press release for the study.
The study was based on more than 3,000 responses to an online survey taken from 2010 to 2013, in which many named three of Gaga’s smash hits as the ones that are perpetually stuck in the participants’ heads. The following nine are listed as scientifically-proven infectious jams: