The science of music: Why your brain gets hooked on hit songs | Derek Thompson


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  1. "Hit" songs are played 100000 times a day, that is why they are in my head. I refuse to allow others to play radio stations in the office due to the mental abuse being shot out over the airways

  2. I believe you. But I think it's those same formulas that put me off Top 40 radio music. Then again, it could be the lyrics and the musical…I guess, technique…that I don't like rather than how the music is flowing.

  3. Mmm, large vocal melodic intervals and an anacrusis (creates a quick anticipation and reward) would probably be higher on the list. Repetition in the melody and lyric, yes. A groove that makes you want to dance or clap are at the top of this list too.

  4. This was fascinating, I didn't know these patterns had names. But I'm pretty sure this go far deeper based on my musical choices vs the people around me.

    p.s. – you tend to stay away from tacks with a cheesy bridge & generic tone.

  5. At 3:26, after having talked about music for a while, he says that this is [interesting not only for entertainment ]. It is very sad for me to see that most young intellectuals as well as people with the power to influence public opinion consider Art, which is what allows all of us to relate with our deepest and most subjective emotions in such a profound way since the time we became humans, is being equated with entertainment. This entertainment thing is just an industry that doesn’t even have 200 years of existence and has had the same influence on the Arts that the Fast Food industry had on our health and the Oil industry on our planet, etc, etc, etc.
    Truly heartbreaking.

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