If you cannot get enough of your favourite songs and can’t resist playing them over and over again for the umpteenth time, a study published in the journal Psychology of Music has something that might interest you. If you wonder why you forget to press the stop button for some particular numbers, this new research offers some answers.
The study involved more than 200 participants who answered an online questionnaire about their experience listening to their favourite song, including how it made them feel and the frequency with which they played the song.
As per the survey, the participants reported to listening to their favourite song hundreds of times. The average among the sample was more than 300 times and this number was even greater for listeners who had a deep connection to the song, something that was particularly likely if they had mixed emotions, such as “bittersweet,” while listening.
Certain features of the song were particularly important reasons why respondents listened many times, said Jason Corey, Associate Professor of Music at the University of Michigan in the US and a co-author of the study.
As per the research, listeners often engage and develop a “deep connection” with some of their favourite songs. The most important attributes were the song’s “melody,” “beat/rhythm” and “lyrics”, the study found. For songs that made listeners happy, beat/rhythm was especially important for re-listening.
The researchers said that the more times people listened to their favourite song, the more the listeners could hear it internally.