Sad songs, explained

It only takes a few notes of Sarah MacLachlan’s “Angel” over images of homeless dogs and cats to trigger our tear ducts. Heartbreaking visuals aside, what makes the song itself so sad? What is it musically about a song that makes it sound sad? Hosts Nahre Sol and LA Buckner hear from experts and break down the components of sad-sounding music, creating their own somber composition. Read on >


Musician-Scientists and Scientist-Musicians: A Profile

The study of music and the brain is one of the most exciting areas in science, involving a growing number of researchers and centers across the world dedicated to understanding how we experience, process, and appreciate music. In the following highlights, we delve into the scientific pursuits of neurologists who are also professionally trained musicians, before shining light on renowned musicians whose eclectic scientific interests have also helped move knowledge forward. Read on >


Why do certain songs get stuck in your head?


You can’t walk into the office without Rihanna’s voice singing “work work work work work work” in your head. And that one line from Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” still makes you want to scream.

These are commonly known as earworm songs—those sticky tunes that continue to play in your head long after you wish you could skip to the next track. Experts call them “involuntary musical imagery.” Read on >

Why You So Like That #1 - Earworms


Why You So Liddat is a show that explores the mind, our behaviour, and why we are the way we are. Have you ever had a song stuck in your head? Just a verse or maybe the chorus that loops over and over and over again in your head. In today's episode, Elizabeth explains why our brains love the repetition of music so much. She is also the author of On Repeat: How Music Plays the Mind. Read on >

Why you can't get a song out of your head and what to do about it


“Earworms” are unwanted catchy tunes that repeat in your head. These relentless tunes play in a loop in up to 98% of people in the western world. For two-thirds of people they are neutral to positive, but the remaining third find it disturbing or annoying when these songs wriggle their way into the brain’s memory centers and set up home, threatening to disrupt their inner peace. Read on >