Uncommon Knowledge: Can a song be too catchy?

Pick Punch | UncommonGoodsYou know those commercial jingles that get stuck in your head for what feels like an eternity? Or one line from a pop song you don’t even really know the lyrics to? That’s more than a minor annoyance; it’s an actual affliction called earworm, a name that sounds a lot more alarming than just a harmless bit of music overstaying its welcome. Studies have shown that 99% of us have suffered from it, but musicians, women, and people under stress are the most prone. Some tried and true methods to kick it? Keep yourself busy with a mental task like Soduku, listen to the song all the way through, or “pass it on” and sing it to a friend–just don’t be surprised it they become your ex-friend after one too many stanzas from the commercial for your local furniture store.

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Written by Nathan

Nathan is a copywriter, who helps create our product descriptions as well as our weekly emails. He is also a nationally award-winning musical theater writer, whose work includes an adaptation of Lois Lowry’s novel The Giver. Nathan has also been a classical violinist, tutored Kazakhstani jewelers in entrepreneurship, created large-scale games played across entire city blocks, served as a missionary in South Korea, conducted experiments in sonoluminescence, co-founded an exotic fruit-growing business, was a theater critic for Tucson Weekly, and as a teenager composed a women’s jazz quartet that is currently performed around the world.

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