There’s an Evolutionary Reason Why You Listen to Some Songs on Repeat

The first time you heard Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off,” you barely noticed. Then the song made its undercover assault, seeming to play in every grocery store, on every radio, and in every TV commercial you saw — and before you realized it, you were bobbing your head to the music. Soon, you were seeking it out, playing it over and over when no one else was around. Years later, you still can’t get enough of that Taylor Swift goodness. Never mind your questions about whether this story is autobiographical; the real question is this: What makes you want to repeat some songs over and over again while other songs go stale? The answer may lie in evolution.

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Here’s Why Music Played Backward Makes You Hear Hidden Messages

In 1969, some Beatles fans began to suspect that Paul McCartney had died, and his death was being covered up. Their evidence? Eerie “messages” like “turn me on, dead man” encoded in the new song “Revolution 9” that could only be heard if you played the audio in reverse. Although those claims have been debunked, you can still find plenty of YouTube videos of Beatles music played backward — and if you listen, you can hear the messages, plain as day. How can that possibly be a hoax? It comes down to your brain’s intense love of language.

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