Ep 339: What Makes a Song Appealing?

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What Makes a Song Appealing?

Music researchers analyzed over 700 top Billboard songs (which included examining over 80,000 chords) and they determined that the “Ob-La-Di-Ob-La-Da” is the most appealing song ever written. How in the world, you might ask, did they choose that (some would say annoying) song?! Let’s find out how two key ingredients – surprise and uncertainty – combine to create songs that you really like to hear over and over.

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One Comment on “Ep 339: What Makes a Song Appealing?”

  1. Thanks for this episode! I found myself disagreeing with almost everything you said, so I think it did an excellent job of explaining why I haven’t voluntarily listened to a billboard 100 song in… ever? I’m a classically trained musician, and I listen to music like Thank You Scientist. It’s simultaneously abrasive and melodic, powerful and thoughtful. It’s clever and unexpected and technically impressive. It will never be broadly popular, because most people don’t understand it, but it is musically superior in every way I can identify to modern pop.

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