posted on Jul, 9 2014 @ 02:20 PM
(Fairly new member here, and the first time I've posted a topic so I hope this is an appropriate place to put it.)
Recently for me it's been One Republic's "counting stars". But why this song in particular? There must be some combination of lyrics and music
that is really effective. Ryan Tedder of One Republic writes songs for a number of other famous artists, including Beyoncé and J-Lo. Some of the
singles that he has written or co-written have been massive hits, so he must really be on to something, although the styles and songs are quite
In 2012 Carly Rae Jepson's "call me maybe" became the second biggest selling single in Britain. It was a really catchy song, and I heard a piece on
the radio that said that part of the appeal psychologically was to do with how the words baby and crazy nearly rhyme but not quite. So your brain
expects a rhyme but it doesn't happen so it sticks in your head more.
Robin Thicke's horrible "blurred lines" song was huuuuuge in 2013, and in spite of the controversy around the lyrics, the video and a lawsuit by
Marvin Gaye's estate, again there's something really catchy about it, but I think this one is more about the tune than the lyrics. I found myself
dancing to it and humming it even when I totally didn't want to! I don't know much about melodies or composition, so maybe someone can tell me a bit
more? Are there pieces of classical music that have this same basic psychological appeal?
Anyway, I'm not presenting this as a massive sinister conspiracy theory or exercise in mind control, but I'm just interested to hear what songs get
stuck in your head and why. Do you think there's a formula for the perfect pop song, putting personalities and the meanings of lyrics aside to a
certain extent? Has the formula changed over time?
Let me know what you think...