Earworm Melodies

Recent Research on Earworm Melodies

As you know, an earworm melody is one which gets stuck in the mind of the listener which, even with great effort, won’t easily relinquish its grip. When we’re experiencing a melody as an earworm, we don’t usually describe it as a pleasant experience. There’s an interesting recent study on earworm melodies, “Dissecting an Earworm: […]

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What Might Be Missing From Earworm Research

On November 3, both the CNN and BBC, as well as many other news outlets, reported new research, published in “Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts“, into the issue of earworms: what makes an earworm, and why some songs are more likely than others to possess the characteristics of an earworm. CNN refers to […]

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Do Earworms Require an Earworm-Prone Listener?

There’s interesting research into the phenomenon we call the “earworm” if you take some time to study it. You might find this article, “Why Do Songs Get Stuck in Our Heads” (written by Chau Tu), to be helpful if you’re the kind of songwriter who is looking for ways to write them. In that article, they […]

The Earworm Factor: Writing Accidental Music

Pharrell Williams’ song “Happy” was the number-one single on the Billboard charts for 2014, and by any measurement you choose it was the most commercially successful song of that year, with 13.9 units sold. If there was ever a song that could be called an “accidental hit”, “Happy” fit the bill perfectly. It innocently inserted itself […]

How Large a Range Should a Good Melody Encompass?

Being a student of songwriting means discovering why the world’s best songs are so good, and, how to use that important info to make your own songs even better. Take a look at “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” eBook Bundle packages, and become a top-level songwriter. Read more.. ______________ Melodic range refers to the distance between the lowest […]

The One Crucial Feature of “Earworm” Melodies

A melody that stick in the mind and ear of the listener is the holy grail of songwriting. _____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and solve your songwriting problems TODAY. _____________ We all know what an earworm is. It’s that bit of melody that gets stuck in our mind to the point where we sing […]