"Earworms" in rock we can't stop loving
In the world of rock (as well as in music in general) any song can become a number one for many, many years, if not for decades - as it happened with the tracks from our article! The secret to long-lasting popularity? It's simple: the song is so catchy that you can't get it out of your head. impossible - you keep humming it today, tomorrow, a week later, and even a month later... From time to time it pops into your memory and literally makes you want to listen to it again or again!
These songs have lingered on the ear far longer than their creators intended: they refuse to "disappear" because of some incredibly trivial line, or simply because of a hitch in the chorus... Researcher Bede Williams, for example, states: "to the earworm." five key components are needed - surprise, predictability, rhythmic repetition, melodic power, and receptivity (how the listener relates to the song). The most addictive earworm was called the song Queen "We Will Rock You," and the oldest "sticky hit" is generally considered a Christmas "Jingle Bells". At the same time, Williams emphasizes:
"If you look at the songs that stood out in the study, they all have a distinctive rhythmic imprint. If we remove the melody, they can still be recognized by the rhythm alone."
That is, the leading role in the viability of the "worm" is played by rhythm (but not the key one, of course). Well - we suggest making sure of that with our selection! Like it or not, there's a good chance that one of the songs mentioned below will stick in your head until the end of today. Or maybe not only today... So - enjoy listening to it!
"We Will Rock You"
This stadium anthem from "Queen" is a truly legendary earworm that seems impossible to get out of your head. If you listen to the song, you can be sure: at least until the end of the day it will be playing in your head!
It is fair to say that this is a long way off. not the only Queen's earworm. We Are The Champions" and "Bohemian Rhapsody" can safely be counted among them. And this is not only our humble opinion, but also the opinion of foreign researchers.
These tracks have a very distinctive catchy chorus - it's uncomplicated, melodic, emotional and unexpected. That's actually the whole formula. Ah, no, not all: the gorgeous voice Mercurythat goes to the very soul...
Not only is this song in itself "nasty." (especially the chorus), and it was also on TV for a long time in the commercials for Sprite, a carbonated drink! How do you get that out of your head?
Written by the group Blur for fun, "Song 2" was a big hit of its era and a long-playing earworm that millions of people have not been able to get rid of to this day. What's more - it's actively spreading to a younger generation of listeners!
"Livin' on a Prayer"
The most memorable song Bon Jovithat has been on our minds for almost 40 years! It's not a record-breaker on today's list, but it has definitely passed the test of time!
Here, of course, Bon Jovi applied almost all the tricks The rhythm, the sound, the performance, the chorus - everything is in such a tone, in such a mood, that the listener has not the slightest chance to oppose this gigantic hit.
"The Final Countdown"
It's hard to imagine a song more sensual, tender and strong at the same time! And to get it in your head! for many years. Europe managed to accomplish a seemingly impossible task. I'd like to commend them for that (apart from the fact that the band itself is a fire).
Now get ready - the next a few hours "The Final Countdown" will play in your head on repeat. It's more of a bonus than torture, though, if you compare it to the modern pop worms that are on the radio 24 hours a day.
"Holding Out for a Hero"
Of course, it's not pure rock, but pop-rockBut the hit Bonnie Tyler about the hero couldn't help but make our list!
The chorus is just explosive! Even if you don't listen to it for a long time, periodically this song will remind you of itself and sound in my head. A classic of its time that has not faded to this day.
Lastly, we were eager to mention another worm that turns 10 years old this year! Yes: gangnam style is in no way related to rock, but it is so ingrained in our minds that, willy-nilly, we periodically listen to it in our heads! What a tricky one. PSY - I had originally hoped for a similar result.
To date, the comic video for "Gangnam Style" has scored 4.5 billion views! The performer himself became a legend of his time, who managed to make his humorous attitude a hit for years to come.