Does it ever seem like pop music on the radio is all just the same song repackaged? That's not your imagination: the large majority of radio hits are written and produced by a handful of the same people. When the variety of choices we have as consumers seems to be at an all-time high, why is pop music so monotonous? We hate to break it to you, but it's because your brain loves the familiar — whether you like it or not.
The Old Standbys
How Pop Music Has Become A Science
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Research published in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology suggests chewing gum to get a song out of your head. 02:13
A report showed the diversity of note combination in popular music has consistently diminished in the last 50 years. 03:24
Sounds have also become louder, because we subconsciously associate a track's loudness with quality. 05:28
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