Why do songs get stuck in our heads? (- Ask Smithsonian / Smithsonian.com)
Why do songs get stuck in our heads?
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Do you sometimes hear the same song, over and over. Polls show that most of us have experienced these hearing ear worms. Nine out of 10 report having them at least weekly.

Who remembers these classic offenders? "Who Let the Dogs Out?" or "The Macarena." And my personal favorite, "Call Me Maybe." So what does science tell us about this musical torture? Not a whole lot yet. But we're working on it.

Some say ear worms keep our brains occupied when they have nothing better to do. Others believe that they cause a part of our brain called the auditory cortex to itch. Which means we have to scratch it.

There are some oh, so helpful cures. They include singing the whole song to its end. Or occupying your poor brain some other way. Like solving puzzles.

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COMMENTS (26)
  • JuliannaS-Saw
    9/26/2014 - 04:56 p.m.

    That is so cool how songs get stuck in your head. I have a lot of songs stuck in my head right now.

  • altringerdevany
    9/29/2014 - 12:07 p.m.

    hello i like this artacle because its about headfonesen and it has skeleton and looks so weard and has cool picture

  • chloerankin6
    10/01/2014 - 08:06 a.m.

    This relates to science because they had to do some physical experiment on someone or some living creature to see why this music or song lyrics stay stuck in our head. They had to use the scientific method to do there experiment. Before they did any of this they would have to study the human brain and how It works.

  • HaleyR-4
    10/02/2014 - 09:37 p.m.

    Songs get stuck in your head , as some would say because ear worms are keeping your brain occupied when there's nothing to do. Some cures to having a song stuck in your head is listening to the whole song till the end of it or occuping your brain so you forget about the song .

  • HaleyR-4
    10/02/2014 - 09:37 p.m.

    Songs get stuck in your head , as some would say because ear worms are keeping your brain occupied when there's nothing to do. Some cures to having a song stuck in your head is listening to the whole song till the end of it or occuping your brain so you forget about the song .

  • kayden7-Bla
    12/08/2014 - 02:36 p.m.

    I get songs stuck in my head too.One of those is who let the dogs out.I also did not know about the ear worm.

  • BrayanL-Saw
    2/04/2015 - 01:46 p.m.

    song's might get stuck in your head because you are listening to the song over and over.you should listen to the song once. then your head will not hurt.

  • Prabhleen-Hor
    3/11/2015 - 03:34 p.m.

    If you hear songs again and again that means you have brain worms.....well not earth worms.Some science say that they make your brain ich.

  • JoseL-Saw
    4/27/2015 - 02:18 p.m.

    I got lots songs stuck in head that i cold sings

  • alekm-nor
    11/03/2015 - 08:59 a.m.

    wow everything makes since now

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