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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  • laprinciad-nor
    11/03/2015 - 09:02 a.m.

    I get songs stuck in my head every time.Everybody do its regular because your brain have good memory

  • maelynna-nor
    11/03/2015 - 09:02 a.m.

    I had a song stuck in my head until I sang the full song beginning to end it actually worked! but I still have courtesy call stuck in my head.but its not anymore.

  • deasiab-nor
    11/03/2015 - 09:02 a.m.

    I think this article is cool because it tells us things about songs getting stuck in our head.

  • lanasial-nor
    11/03/2015 - 09:03 a.m.

    I like this article because it tells people like some songs that are catchy that really get stuck in my head and tells how they get stuck in
    your head.

  • treyh-nor
    11/09/2015 - 01:24 p.m.

    every time all of us listen to a song on YouTube they get stuck in our head then when somebody says something you blurt out the song you like then when you do it embarrassed your friends and family.

  • ap-gar
    4/21/2016 - 02:16 p.m.

    So that how

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