The Science of Hit Songs

By | June 28, 2008

A new study reveals that we make our music purchases based partly on our perceived preferences of others. – livesci

This makes sense to me. If you show someone a web site with various song choices, all of which they have never heard, but some of which have been downloaded many more times than others, they will choose–and actually end up liking more–the songs that are seemingly the most popular.

In other words, sheep go to heaven, goats go to hell.

When I was a kid I used to love listening to the “B sides”, the songs like George Harrison’s “Apple Scruffs” and and Elton John’s “Grey Seal” were never their most popular, but these were the ones I liked the best.

How about you?

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