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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Catchiness is a term used in music to describe how easy it is for an audience to remember the song, or alternatively how hard it is for them to forget it. Songs that embody high levels of catchiness are known as "catchy songs". While it is hard to scientifically explain what makes a song catchy, there are many documented techniques that recur throughout catchy music, such as repetition and hooks. Catchy songs can become earworms.

An article by ZME Science identified the following as catchiness factors:

  1. Longer and detailed musical phrases.
  2. Higher number of pitches in the chorus hook.
  3. Male vocalists
  4. Higher male voices with noticeable vocal effort

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