Health24 team decided that the most popular earworms for them was the hit song
from Frozen – “Let It Go” – that
probably drove many mothers (and fathers) crazy. Rick
Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” followed as a close second. We found out exactly what an earworm is and
give you five of the more common ones.
Believe it or not there
is an actual formula that exists to determine what songs are likely to become
earworms. According to researcher Bede Williams an earworm needs just five key
components: surprise, predictability, rhythmic repetition, melodic potency and
receptiveness. And from those key components a formula was devised by the
University of St Andrews to determine a song’s “earworm-liness”: receptiveness +
(predictability-surprise) + (melodic potency) + (rhythmic repetition x 1.5) =
factors include popularity of the song: “We found out
that songs that had more recently been in the UK music charts and had reached
higher chart positions and had been in the charts for longer – all of those
things predicted how often a song was named as an earworm,” said Kelly
Jakubowski, music psychologist at Durham
University in the UK.
Read: How to eradicate 'earworms'
1. Let it go
2. Never gonna let you go by
3. Poker Face by Lady Gaga
4. Jingle Bells
5. We Are The Champions by Queen
Read: Youth risk hearing loss due to loud music
So, how do you let it go?
"A lot of the time, people get the song
stuck because they don't remember how it ends," says Jakubowski. If you find
yourself with an earworm, try listening to the entire song. You can also listen to a different song to try and distract your mind or just force yourself to
stop thinking about it.
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