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    13 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Listening To Music

    There's a reason you can't get that one song out of your head.

    1. Listening to sad music provokes more nostalgia than sadness.

    2. Repetitive choruses are the key to a hit song.

    3. The "mere exposure effect" makes us like certain music just because we hear it a lot.

    4. The mere exposure effect might also explain why Christmas music is so divisive.

    5. We mishear lyrics because of the powerful role expectations play in our hearing.

    6. You might be more likely to keep mishearing a lyric if you find the incorrect version amusing.

    7. "Wannabe" by the Spice Girls is officially the UK's catchiest song.

    8. Album sales in a particular genre of music go up as the music gets simpler.

    9. People get chills listening to all different sorts of music.

    10. Music that gives you chills might make you more generous too.

    11. Songs that get stuck in your head are called "earworms".

    12. The best way to get rid of an earworm might be to get a different song stuck in there.

    13. Cows produce more milk when listening to relaxing music.