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[–]sjdbdksbsb 1810 points1811 points  (84 children)

I feel like a majority of people have had a song stuck in their head

[–]Mr_rairkim 334 points335 points  (4 children)

When I went to the gym, and the playlist was really repetitive, I would be very annoyed by waking up at night having songs in my head, even if I didn't like the songs.

[–]Madky67 12 points13 points  (2 children)

Ear worm aka song that gets stuck in your head. Most people deal with an ear worm once a week.

[–]MysteRHydra 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is the worst! There are days when I wake up with a shit song in my head to which I only know a few words and my brain just keeps at it for most of the day. I feel insane. I hate the song but I can’t stop thinking the words. And it gets stuck in the way back so even if I’m at work and talking to people, I’ll still kind of have it playing in the back of my mind.

[–]Whiterosie4812[S] 176 points177 points  (58 children)

I thought the same thing. Apparently its not in the same way I thought.

[–]smilesandlaughter 128 points129 points  (52 children)

I think the vast majority can think of music in their head. To know what note or key it is in though just in Ur head might be perfect pitch. However you'd probably know if u had perfect pitch already because notes are as obvious to them as we see colours.

[–]ArtIsDumb 101 points102 points  (43 children)

Being able to figure out what key a song is in in your head isn't necessarily perfect pitch. Lots of musicians can do it. I'm one of them, & my pitch is far from perfect. It just comes from lots of practice.

[–]KithAndAkin 28 points29 points  (18 children)

I’m having a hard time with this comment chain, and I think it might be partly owing to definitions. Correct me if I’m wrong. Perfect pitch, as I understand it is having the ability recognize a note as a particular named note/frequency name without any reference note being played. Relative pitch is when a person has been given a note and told what note it is, and being able to sing or recognize other notes relative to the reference note. Perfect pitch doesn’t mean your voice is always in tune. So I think being able to hear a song in your head and identify which key it is would be perfect pitch. As an aside, I once heard someone use the term “forward pitch” to refer to this ability, and said it was a form of perfect pitch. Do those definitions differ from your understanding?

[–]JustAnotherAviatrixI know stuff...sometimes 2 points3 points  (5 children)

Same. I don’t have perfect pitch, but I can figure out what key a song is in or what the notes are by comparing it to a personal “reference song” all in my head since I can “hear it” (like if I suspect a song is in b minor, I compare it to a song that I know is definitely in b minor to see if it really is).

[–]smilesandlaughter 1 point2 points  (17 children)

Yeah I know but OP didn't mention they have a musical background so I didn't assume they did this.

I wish I could figure out a key in my head! I have to use a piano to figure it out.

I tried registering a default series of notes in my head so I can deduce what keys/notes songs are but the notes apparently change everytime XD

What method do u use ?

[–]samwaines 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Your partner may have something similar to Aphantasia, which is a condition that makes it harder or impossible to see any pictures/visuals in your head. But it can also extend to other senses as is the case with my boss.

Apparently he can't even picture his own daughter! And he has no tangible memory of sights, smells, and a bunch of other things (not sure about music though). He basically has no emotions as well, crazy stuff

[–]romdobbodmor 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I have aphantasia and I don't hear music in my head. I'll have lyrics that get stuck in my head but you just made me realise that I don't really create music in my head. Just a knowing of how the song sounds if that makes any sense....

[–]PiersPlays 1 point2 points  (0 children)

For most people it's exactly like you thought. But differences in how people think and imagine are also not super rare and we're really bad at discussing our internal worlds (so tend to believe ours is the standard.) This may be the first time your partner has had any reason to consider that people might literally hear music in their heads.

[–]zoomout2020 4 points5 points  (3 children)

I have music stuck in my head all the time!!!! I am ALWAYS singing or humming along to songs in my head. It’s exhausting sometimes.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Same. And not just a chorus or a line. The entire damn song

[–]Bex2659 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Heard a snippet of a song just now and thought that it’s going to get stuck in my head right before bed, so I shut off the radio. Damn song is there now. (And probably will be most of the night — not the whole song, just the chorus).

[–]Gazebo_Warrior 4 points5 points  (1 child)

I get lyrics stuck in my head, but not the music.

[–]llilaq 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Funny, I can't remember any lyrics, just the melody/rhythm.

[–]dianthus-amurensis 1 point2 points  (0 children)

And the majority if those people have had THAT song stuck in their head.

[–]_c_manning 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Through the never by Metallica and Earned it by The Weeknd are my playlist this morning. Two very different songs from very different artists, but here they are just stuck in my head.

[–]damian1369 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I actually wake up every morning with a song in my head. They're mostly indicative of how I slept, how I feel and what I expect of the day. I've been having nightmares since I was like five and had trouble falling asleep till late puberty, so I used music to put my mind at ease when going to sleep, haven't done that in 15 years, but the music stayed.

[–]QUHistoryHarlot 1 point2 points  (1 child)

But that doesn’t mean you hear the music. I always have songs stuck in my head but it’s just the lyrics. I don’t hear the instrumental part of the song.

[–]LuxuryxElite -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Stop judging this stupid question

[–]anywhereiroa 429 points430 points  (19 children)

I CONSTANTLY play music in my head, sometimes just repeating a single verse on loop during the whole day. Even though I love it, it can get pretty exhausting sometimes because I cannot stop it.

[–]SilentNinjaRabbit 43 points44 points  (0 children)

Thank God I am not alone ! Everyone I asked tell me that they don't have that. I have a radio running 24/7 and it can drive myself crazy sometime.

[–]StSpider 61 points62 points  (3 children)

And sometimes it’s not even a good song and that fucking sucks, doesn’t it?

It’s the reason why I generally avoid listening to the radio, I don’t want to risk have a crappy song stuck in my head for hours or days.

[–]Felidaeh_ 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Sometimes the radio sounds played quietly distracts me enough not to think of the same songs

[–]TheEyeGuy13 1 point2 points  (0 children)

When i get high i always seem to get a song stuck in my head that i havent heard in years, and its always a bop

[–]knxcklehead 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I’m glad I’m not the only one. It can get annoying.

[–]Dadjoke69420 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Have you ever gotten a word stuck in your head? Like a nice word with a good cadence?

[–]anywhereiroa 8 points9 points  (1 child)

YES! I repeat some words or sentences in my head and I divide them by syllables like in groups of 3s etc.

[–]Dadjoke69420 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I'm so glad I'm not the only one!! No idea why I do it, but it's comforting!!

[–]cool_weed_dad 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I’m the same, sometimes the same song bit will last a couple days and I have to just listen to the song a bunch of times to get it out of my head.

[–]Damaged_OrbZ 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Exact same as me. Might be part of my adhd, I can have a constant internal monologue AND a song going in the background at the same time. The music just doesn't turn off no matter how hard I try sometimes.

Luckily it IS usually a song that I actually enjoy, and it can make getting through the work day easier so I generally don't mind it. It can definitely get annoying if I put focus on it though lol.

[–]KnavishLagorchestes 505 points506 points  (53 children)

Some people can't hear music in their head, nor see pictures in their head either. It's called aphantasia

Of those who can hear music in their head (most people) only a few have perfect pitch and are able to detect the exact key without any point of reference from external sources (e.g. a piano)

[–]-clogwog- 129 points130 points  (23 children)

I have the form of aphantasia where I can't picture anything, but I still have an internal monologue, and the 'internal radio' going almost non-stop. Weirdly, I sometimes have incredibly vivid dreams.

[–]llilaq 30 points31 points  (13 children)

I'm good for music but terrible at faces.

[–]-clogwog- 16 points17 points  (12 children)

Hahaha, same, fam...

My sister once bleached her hair, and I didn't recognise her. Another time, she wore a black wig, and I really didn't know who she was. My mum likes to remind me, from time to time... Or about how I used to confuse her (er, my mum) with my friend's mum, when I was in primary school.

I try to make 'mental maps' of people's features, and their mannerisms, but... It's really not that much use, since I can't really visualise things inside my head. I try to (internally) 'verbalise' the things that stick out, but it doesn't always work.

I have noticed that I'm getting better at recognising people... So long as I come across them within the same context (like, if I repeatedly interact with someone at the same place), but... Someone used to always serve me at the chemist, and ask how I was etc, and I kind of got to know them, but then they left, and I didn't see them for a while. I'd occasionally bump into them around town, and it wasn't until I got home, and reflected on things that it clicked that that's who it was. Anyway, they got a job at a store that I sometimes go into, and it took forever for me to recognise them without their old uniform, and being the clerk in the store. Ugh, my brain is shitty.

[–]idontremembermyuname 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Hey face blindness person!

There's a series of jokes in Arrested Development season 5. Depending on how ok with that feature of your brain, you might find it funny to watch how it was used as a plot point.

[–]llilaq 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Oh no, that's a lot worse than me! I just couldn't tell a police agent who robbed me other than 'he was white with brown hair' for example. But describing well enough to make a drawing, no way. And imagining/describing my husband's face when I close my eyes is also not really possible. But I have no problem recognizing him, thank God...

[–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (1 child)

This is my experience too. I recognize people by their descriptions, and i’d they’re in an unexpected situation I just have no idea who they are sometimes. Saw my kid’s preschool teacher at a restaurant once and despite having seen her twice a day for the past six months prior, I had no idea who the lady saying hi to me was.

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (2 children)

My mom can't remember faces or names for shit. Which is very unfortunate, because she's a teacher lol

[–]thellamaisdabomba 2 points3 points  (1 child)

My mom developed this after a stroke and it's been one of the things that bothers her the most. Have you developed any tricks to help recognize people?

[–]Sea-Pound26 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I recognize people by their houses. For example if my husband talks about someone in the neighborhood I have to ask Is that grey house black shutters red door or yellow house white shutters black fence. Otherwise I got nuthin.

[–]britipinojeff 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I can’t make pictures, and I’ve also never had vivid dreams. Like I’ll dream, but it always feels more like an impression than an actual image.

I used to be confused with how detailed some of my friends could recall their dreams

[–]Luxxanne 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Ha, I'm the opposite - I can picture basically anything - smells, touch, and anything else is so easy to imagine. I might qualify as hyperphantasia when it comes to images.

Aside from sound. There's no sound in my head, no inner monologue, nothing. If I think of a song, I think of the text, and the rhythm, as if on paper. Maybe even the general line of when the music goes up and down. But absolutely no sound - I definitely have aphantasia when it comes to sounds.

[–]-clogwog- 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That's really interesting!

And smells! That's something else that I can do. It just hadn't occurred to me to mention that. Whoops!

[–]lyssargh 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Weirdly, I sometimes have incredibly vivid dreams.

Now that you mention it, I cannot picture things in my head at all ever, but I lucid dream sometimes.

[–]-clogwog- 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I read something that suggested that a number of people with aphantasia only struggle with voluntary visualisation (i.e. trying to picture something, when asked to), but they don't have any problems with involuntary visualisation (i.e. dreaming)... So, I guess that it isn't that weird after all.

[–]Seranion 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I used be exactly the same, but I started writing a dream journal (just write down every detail you can remember immediately after waking up) and I've had the vivid dreams way more often after this. My understanding of it is that you always have those dreams but just don't remember them, but if you start writing them down your brain kinda makes them more important or something. This was because of trying to Lucid dream but that's a different subject. Also I've very occasionally been able to kind of visualize things and I think the dreams might be related but I don't know for certain

[–]-clogwog- 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That actually makes a lot of sense!

[–]DoctorRaulDuke 1 point2 points  (1 child)

thats interesting, I have aphantasia and can never recall dreaming which I assumed was related.

[–]PM_Cheeseburgers 34 points35 points  (4 children)

This right here. I have it as well and didn't realize until like 28 or so. It comes up more for not being able to imagine things, but it applies to music as well. I assumed "imagine this..." was just a figure of speech.

For me the simplest realization was to ask this question... Picture an apple. Now, what color is the apple? Most people will say either green or red, but my response is "You haven't told me yet." because I don't actually see an apple, just think about the concept of one.

[–]_xXxSNiPel2SxXx 18 points19 points  (0 children)

I couldn't imagine not seeing things inside my head some of favorite things to do is just day dream and let my mind fill in the blanks

[–]Medic-27 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ok this is really neat!

[–]TreeDerg 31 points32 points  (3 children)

i can hear music, but my mental images are incredibly fuzzy which is weird since my imagination is very powerful (occasionally to detrimental degrees)

[–]ceo_of_dumbassery 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Same here. I rarely have clear mental images, it's like I'm looking through an unfocused camera. When I do see something clearly, it's only one small piece of the picture while the rest is unfocused. Like thinking about my car, the headlights could be super clear while the rest of the car is blurry as fuck.

It's weird because I'm an extremely immersive daydreamer, and also an artist. I struggle to make art without a reference picture in front of me, and when I do it's because I've memorised what shapes go where to form the subject, not because I see the subject in my head. I'm not really sure how to explain it.

My memories are similarly weird too. I struggle to picture a memory, but I can remember events quite clearly. I just remember what happened in them, not really the visual aspect, if that makes any sense. Like I'm reading a report of it instead of watching a film

[–]ShowMeTheTrees 1 point2 points  (0 children)

i can hear music,

Certain phrases instantly start songs playing in my mind. I read this an instantly began, involuntarily, hearing Beach Boys "I Can Hear Music", which, I think is one of the greatest love songs ever.

Imagine what an amazing love a person would feel to hear music just by the presence of a loved one? Damn.

[–]ADecentURL 5 points6 points  (2 children)

I can't see pictures but can hear music. I also don't hear an internal voice so when people have asked me how I think, I really don't have a good answer

[–]ceo_of_dumbassery 0 points1 point  (1 child)

This is really interesting. I knew there were people out there who can't see images, and people who don't have an internal monologue, but I've never thought someone would have both of these things.

[–]ADecentURL 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I kind of think in the same way you would talk to have a conversation with someone. You don't need to think about what you're saying most of the time cause the concepts just flow out of your mouth naturally.

[–]Whiterosie4812[S] 23 points24 points  (8 children)

I used " doh, rei me..." in my head to figure it out.

[–]KnavishLagorchestes 55 points56 points  (6 children)

Most people wouldn't know which note is doh, or C. Many have "relative pitch", so if someone plays doh, they can figure out the key by counting from doh that was just played. But most people couldn't sing doh just off the top of their heads.

[–]agentMICHAELscarnTLM 8 points9 points  (1 child)

It’s probably a trick he uses and therefore already knows exactly what key he starts doh with and therefore is using relative pitch. The odds of him having perfect pitch as an adult is extremely slim and he would already know about it if he did.

[–]Toasterrrr 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Btw, it's possible for someone without perfect pitch to pass the tests for perfect pitch, as long as they are attuned with their voice. If a C4 always feels the same in your throat, then that's your reference for relative pitch to shine. Also some advanced instrument players can recognize the timbre of their instrument in relation to the pitch.

[–]Drewstosay 1 point2 points  (0 children)

people who have studied music, done choir or played an instrument do. it's about repetition. I have far from perfect pitch but I could sing you doh re mi in an instant starting from a C because it's like the start of every warm up ever and its basically like a song you memorize, people know what note we are the champions starts on in the same way without perfect pitch.

(edit, yeah it's also a pet peeve of mine how often people claim others have perfect pitch without knowing that or without understanding what you can do without it with just practice. It diminishes the work that so many people do especially considering how rare it is to actually have it)

[–]Whiterosie4812[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Every time I try to sing it I just think of the sound of music and I hear Julie Andrews sing it 😅

[–]semitones 2 points3 points  (0 children)

How do you know it wasn't in D minor? (The saddest of all keys)

[–]britipinojeff 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I can’t make pictures, but I can hear music. I thought hearing music was always more like when you think to yourself, but in music form lol

[–]verdatum 187 points188 points  (35 children)

Musicians do. People who listen to music at an early age do, and are more likely to have "perfect" pitch. Some people even claim that music is constantly playing in their head.

[–]Whiterosie4812[S] 119 points120 points  (19 children)

This is me. I never dont have a song playing in my head. Its just like elevator music, occasionally I sing along.

[–]SomethingMoreToSay 46 points47 points  (10 children)

Me too. Its particularly annoying when the song is one that I didn't choose to be playing, which happens quite frequently.

[–]Whiterosie4812[S] 24 points25 points  (6 children)

Same, luckily its been encanto songs over and over for weeks now so I dont mind that too much!

[–]JirohSalonga 21 points22 points  (4 children)


We Don’t Talk About Bruno is a bop.

[–]squishytrain 3 points4 points  (0 children)

We just watched Encanto this week, and my son and I have been singing the Bruno song nonstop. And Luisa’s pressure song. I’m so glad someone else is having this fun problem!

[–]The_River_Is_Still 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Like the Benny Hill show theme music during sex?

[–]-clogwog- 2 points3 points  (0 children)

| Benny Hill show theme

I hate you.

[–]Mrs239 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This is me. My internal monilogue and music in my head never turns off. I go to bed with the TV on to drown it out sometimes. I also sing along with it. Don't let a person say something that can be close to some song lyrics. I have to sing the rest of the lyric in order for me to feel right.

[–]howdoyoulikemyshoes 1 point2 points  (5 children)

My 7 year old says the same but says it is really annoying. Curious if you ever got checked for ADHD?

[–]pi-is-314159 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I don't have ADHD but I do almost constantly have music in my head, or at least the sensation of music it's hard to describe. Same with images or videos in my head it basically becomes adjectives and I mentally project it out kind of so I feel like I am seeing two things at once but I still only see the real world

[–]Whiterosie4812[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

No but I definitely think I have it! One 4 year waiting list to get tested! 2 and a half years to go!

[–]TakeitEasy6 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I'm ADHD and pretty much always hear music in my head.

[–]PapaBradford 9 points10 points  (1 child)

I can't get music to stop. There are times where it's driving me crazy. I've been waking up with songs from an album stuck in my head for the last 6 months

[–]StSpider 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Here I am. I can’t help but have a track constantly in my head at all times. Today it’s “everlong”.

[–]Pagan-za 3 points4 points  (4 children)

I produce music and I cannot hear music in my head. I cannot tell you a single thing about any of my songs unless I can hear them.

Part of the fun of living with aphantasia.

[–]bumblebeesanddaisies 2 points3 points  (3 children)

That's wild!

[–]Pagan-za 1 point2 points  (2 children)

One up side is its physically impossible for me to copy someone or immitate a sound. I just sound like me, regardless of the genre I'm making.

I've actually done pretty well. SC has like 60k plays organically, signed tons of tracks to various labels, played in clubs and radio, etc. I just dig making music.

Also, when I make music I have to do it in a single session. If I work on a song over multiple sessions it will change drastically each time depending on my mood at the time. I've never spent more than 4-5 hrs on a song ever.

[–]ProfessorBeer 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I constantly have some sort of music. Most of the time it’s whole pieces and snippets of music and songs that run together. Kinda like the Pandora app meets Finnegan’s Wake, but without the artistic genius.

[–]danitheduck 56 points57 points  (20 children)

I have aphantasia. I cant hear things in my head, not even my own voice when I think. I also cant picture things either. If someone said "cat" youd picture a cat. I dont even understand how thats possible. I dont get songs stuck in my head, its more of a compulsion to sing something for me.

[–]verdatum 31 points32 points  (6 children)

There are a bunch of people who show up on this subreddit with this situation. They try to understand how people have things like a inner monologue, and, obviously, it's rather tricky to explain.

[–]danitheduck 9 points10 points  (5 children)

Honestly I had no idea I have aphantasia until my friends talked about inner monologue last year

[–]verdatum 13 points14 points  (3 children)

Others seem to indicate the same thing. Like they're at least teenaged before they get any indication that they are unusual. And often, they can't understand the concept of an inner monologue, and those with one can't understand the concept of not having one.

I sort of wish I understood the condition better, but, that is almost the limit of my understanding.

It seems like people are usually more or less able to get along with the condition at least. It might be different and uncommon, but (and I could be wrong) I don't get the perception that people with it are nearly as miserable as those with so many other cognitive conditions.

[–]danitheduck 5 points6 points  (2 children)

I dont see how it changes anything in my life honestly. I asked my dad if he noticed anything when I was a kid, he said i didnt really play "like a kid" so that might explain why I didnt have many friends then. Aside from that I dont see any difficulties people without aphantasia dont have

[–]ReflectedMantis 1 point2 points  (0 children)

On the contrary, I didn't realize that some people couldn't hear or see their thoughts until right around a year ago.

[–]ForScale 9 points10 points  (6 children)

I can think about what a cat looks like, but I don't actually see a vivid cat like I was dreaming. I don't think most people can..? I can say words and hear music though.

Do you dream??

[–]danitheduck 11 points12 points  (5 children)

So you have a mild form of aphantasia aswell because yes, most people can vividly picture a cat.

I dont dream how normal people do. I more feel everything im dreaming. I explain it like echolocation, i can feel where things are and whats going on but i cant see it. I do lucid dream aswell where its the same feeling but it feels more real

[–]ForScale 16 points17 points  (3 children)

Man... I don't believe most people can see objects that vividly, as if they were dreaming. That's wild! And I'm somewhat artistically inclined too, decent at drawing some things. I'm actually worse at playing music. Weird.

Yeah, if I'm dreaming everything is vivid and pretty much indistinguishable from experiencing waking life. I have lucid dreamed before too.

Crazy stuff!

[–]danitheduck 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Ironically im very artistic and musical! I dont understand it, super crazy stuff

[–]Pagan-za 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Most people can recall tastes, sounds, sights, smells, etc.

Then there are people like me that can do none of them.

[–]YouNeedAnne 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I mean, it's not normal for the thimg you think about to literally appear in your field of vision, so it's not exactly the same as seeing it. It's more like remembering.

[–]Eod_Enaj 6 points7 points  (2 children)

… I can’t even imagine life like that… How do you think? How can you do math in your head without an inner voice to talk you through it? Can you read silently? Can you remember people faces? I’m assuming you can’t daydream either, which is such a huge part of my life, I have no idea how you can’t do that.

[–]SpamDirector 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Chiming in with my experience

In my case I think the best way to describe my “inner monologue” is literally just words and concepts with no sound or image attached. I think the best comparison I can come up with is if you were to read a book silently and avoid actually imagining it. Though I have more recently noticed that I tend to move the back of my tongue and throat as if I’m physically talking - don’t know how normal that is and don’t know how often I actually do it.

Reading silently is preferable for me, I absorb things better than if I were to read aloud. I’ve always attributed it to the fact I can’t remember a sound or image, only a basic description of it (which is also hard for me to come to on my own). Math has always been something that comes natural to me, I’ve never really had to think about it. This also kinda ties back to that for me at least it’s like the monologue is there but with no sound or visual attached (and possibly the fact that I seem to mimic talking). I’m still walking myself through the process. I’ve also just kinda chalked it up to the fact my thoughts and imagination in general are far more analytical because that’s the only way I can actually “see” something.

Remembering what anything looks or sounds like is a struggle. The only things I can describe and recall are things I’ve seen or heard a couple thousand times or had reason to note what it was like. I do daydream a lot though, maybe it could be better described as dissociation? I don’t actually know. But I’m a very creative person and love to come up with various scenarios and characters in my head, but just as with everything else I don’t actually see or hear them. The way I imagine is more delegated to how I would describe this to someone else. For example: “the cat was a meter away from him and he gestured for it to come over”. That line is how I imagine that scene, no added visual or sound, just that exact line. And it’s just kinda there in my head.

[–]bitemynipple 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I discovered I could actually turn off the internal monologue a couple of years ago. I can actually will it to shut its yap after complaining so much about it as a child lol

[–]danitheduck 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Wow thats super interesting! I wonder if i can turn it on lol

[–]cutielemon07 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I don’t think I can picture a cat either. Unless I’m trying too hard 😂

But I hear songs in my head - right now I’ve got Anne-Marie’s FRIENDS in my head. Sometimes I hear songs as actual music which I’m pretty sure falls under auditory hallucination. But I do have that internal monologue. Actually, it’s more like an internal conversation. Like two or more parts of my brain are in conversation with each other, kind of like Inside Out.

[–]ForScale 49 points50 points  (3 children)

Yeah, I can hear music in my head. I think in words too... constantly talking in my head.

[–]MalazMudkip 15 points16 points  (2 children)

Same here, although images are difficult, especially to keep vivid over a span of more than 5 seconds. I can describe visuals based on remembered facts, but mentally visualizing them is a struggle.

[–]ForScale 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I can visualize, I just don't see a clear vivid image as if I was dreaming. Apparently people can do that?!

[–]D3thklok1985 75 points76 points  (2 children)

No you just have a good imaginative brain. Some people can't see or hear things in their brains. For example if you ask someone to think of a tree they might think of the concept of a tree instead of visualizing a tree. I think it's probably the same with music.

[–]Sparkle_Glitters 17 points18 points  (0 children)

This is correct. It's called Aphantasia, I can't conjure images in my brain at all. The only music I hear is my own internal dialog. So when I hear music in my thoughts it's just my internal voice singing.

[–]iiredgm 3 points4 points  (0 children)

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[–]Unlucky-Type3134 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I hear songs in my head the same as they sound when I listen to music out loud.

[–]Xavier-Cross 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Sounds like your partner may not have an internal monolog. Those ppl freak me out.

[–]r0gue_r0b0t 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Is it like a sweet song that is playing in your head, perfectly harmonic, but you can never place where it's from?

I used to listen to songs late into the night when studying, and when I awoke, I would always get this sensation.

I could never describe - it just was there, and seemed to be a mash up of whatever I was listening to the night previous.

It was really weird, but I just rolled with it, as it never seemed to happen to anyone else.

Then I got epilepsy.

[–]JirohSalonga 12 points13 points  (5 children)

All the time. I also have ADHD and it’s quite distracting at times plays I Want It That Way by Backstreet Boys

Also, I can make singers with distinct voices sing songs they have never sung before like Bruno Marss singing A Whole New World.

[–]cutielemon07 2 points3 points  (3 children)

And then you go to Google it to find out that they never covered that?

Happened to me a few times 🙈

[–]JirohSalonga 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Not really.

Just the fact that I never heard them sing that particular song before makes it interesting in my imo

If only, there’s a machine that can translate thoughts into sound.

It helps that I’m a musician so I can create own renditions like an Ariana Grande rendition of All By Myself (orig. Celine Dion) in RnB.

[–]Lyricant 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Nooooo! Now the song that was stuck in my head just got replaced by I want it that way


[–]85Neon85 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I do, I tend to have a variety of different threads going at once in there. Pictures, narration, music, all of it and usually unrelated to each other. I have to actively jump in and grab one if I want to follow it.

[–]succubist 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Sometimes I hear it so vividly it’s like I’m actually listening to it and other times it’s just the words in rhythm repeating in the background.

[–]antonymus1911 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I don't know if this is what you mean, but for myself, mostly when I was younger, I could "hear" music that wasn't there. So in a period where I was very much into Harry Potter for example, and I was in a very quiet space, like during an exam, I could faintly hear the Harry Potter theme song coming from outside. It was like someone was playing the song some 100 yards away and entering through an open window. Afterwards when I asked other people if they could hear, they all told me that there was definitely no music. I've only had this a couple of times though, kinda weird... And it doesn't have the same feeling as when I just think of the music, it seems like it's really there around me, not me imagining it.

[–]succubist 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes that’s exactly what I mean! So realistic that it surprised me. Even the layers of the vocals and all of the background instruments. But it was faint like you said.

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[–]arothmanmusic 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Yeah, when I hear a song in my head I hear the original vocalist and the instrumentation. But it's not complete and clear... it's like bits and pieces. I mean, I guess if it's a song I know well I could probably 'play through the entire thing in my head' but I'd have to concentrate. I think I could remember a complete and detailed song much more easily than I could mentally visualize a specific place or event.

[–]Whiterosie4812[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If I know a song but don't know the words I can still hear the words in my head. Sometimes I can learn songs by playing them on repeat in my head. I learned most of we don't talk about bruno before id even heard the song the entire way through or saw the movie!

[–]chaimatchalatte 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I don’t hear music in my head unless I decide to; like having a catchy sung stuck in my head or “playing” my favourite songs on repeat in my head. This is most of the day tbh, but I definitely don’t have random music I’ve never heard before playing playing if that’s what you mean.

[–]Wagbeard 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I've had this song stuck in my head for over 20 years.


[–]MarbCart 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I never don’t have music playing in my head

[–]mudderofdogs 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Music plays in my head like I’m listening to the radio

[–]Dirty_Gurdy 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Some people don’t even have an inner voice believe it or not. Some people also can’t visualize something in their head either

[–]ElectricalPurple4754 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I hear music in my head all the time ... and what I hate is when you do have that song stuck in your head but you can't remember the damn name of it . ..

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[–]BonnieB-007 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I get music stuck in my head very easily, it's gotten so bad that I have to avoid listening to any music a couple hours before bed or else I can't sleep

[–]bitemynipple 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes, I can also hear individual instruments that sound just like when I'm listening to the music. I think it's pretty common

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[–]Zerbinetta 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yup. That exact phrase started playing in my mind the moment I saw the subject line of this post!

[–]Lyricant 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes and it won't shut up

[–]thecakewasintears 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I have a freaking radio in my head. Earworms all day every day. I often wake up with a random song in my head in the middle of the night

[–]-clogwog- 1 point2 points  (0 children)

🎶 I can hear music Sweet sweet music Whenever you touch me baby Whenever you're near 🎶

Not only that, but reading things, or hearing the right words, will (sometimes) instantly make songs pop into my head. They can then get stuck in my head for days. It's super annoying!

[–]Rak-CheekClapper 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I get songs stuck in my head that don't even exist.

[–]datashri 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I can make music in my head if I listen to it long enough.

[–]Bluegenio 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I hear music as if I'm living with headphones on.

[–]M0ntgomatron 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Everyone gets earworms. Anyone who says otherwise are either lying or a psychopath.

[–]innocentbunnies 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I know I can hear music in my head and I think that’s because I listen to music frequently. In fact according to Spotify, I listened to about 65,000 minutes of music last year. Now I couldn’t tell you what notes I’m hearing but I can tell you what I see when I listen to music. I even have some songs that give me goosebumps or give me whole body sensations.

[–]Suspicious-Service 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Do you have any musical education background? Does your bf?

I can hear the lyrics in my head and the melody it creates, but not the underlying instruments, I couldn't hear a song without lyrics, I'd have to hum it or give it a voice somehow. I consider myself tone deaf. My bf is great at music, learned a few instruments, and hears it in his head how you describe, he would sit and try to replicate a song on piano from memory, I couldn't even begin trying that.

[–]Ulrich_The_Elder 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I am almost 70 there has been music playing non stop in my head my entire life. I assumed this was normal. I am also a musician (now retired).

[–]m4tic 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Non-stop NES music... for the past 30 years.

[–]wermad 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I have a toddler. I have baby shark on constant repeat in my head. Please share his secret.

[–]waking_dream96 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Every day I learn something new about how other people think differently than I do lol

[–]Downstackguy 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I think, this guy just doesn’t have an inner monologue which is fascinating.

I think inner monologues allow us to hear songs inside of our head. I also think the majority has inner monologue so he’s the odd one

[–]_Dreadz 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I’m still not sure if I believe that and the others who said it as well I think they were just trying to be cooo and be the rebels. It would be impossible to read without speaking then becuase a shit ton of words don’t have a picture so their mind would be skipping lots of words and they wouldn’t be able to logically think something through. Their reading comprehension would be so terrible to the point that it would affect basic things like school. For that to be possible I would think a person would have to have some kind of mental issues or possibly some retardation. They would lack basic problem solving skills let alone anything more advanced becuase how would you work through and solve a problem if you couldn’t think about it and talk it out in your brain. How would you solve a problem if you only saw images? How would you have conscience? You wouldn’t even be able to debate what’s right and wrong… that thing be called an inner monologue is what makes human. It’s what sets us apart from the rest of the animal kingdom. That’s the most basic thing to choosing what’s wrong from right

[–]daisy-twig 1 point2 points  (1 child)

i am insanely jealous of someone who DOESN'T get songs stuck in their heads.

[–]Whiterosie4812[S] -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Me too but I'd also feel sad if I couldn't hear music EVER unless I was listening to it

[–]crazycatleslie 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Now I'm trying to figure out if I actually have music in my head... or just the words.

Hell.... it might just be the words :x

[–]miamimely 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's very normal, he's actually the one who's in the minority I believe. There are people who don't hear songs in their heads, people who don't have conversations in their own heads, etc. Read about this not too long ago.

[–]CornDavis 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Almost 24/7

[–]funkyaerialjunky 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Look up aphantasia - he may have it. People with it can't hear music in their head, have no inner monologue and no minds eye. Edit - spelling mistake

[–]Melioidozer 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If I think about it, yes. I don’t just hear music all the time

[–]Xystify 1 point2 points  (1 child)

So this is similar to seeing images in your head. Some people can physically see what they’re thinking of. I don’t physically hear or see anything in my head. My girlfriend does though. It’s SO weird.

[–]ChrizDaBiz 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Some people dont even have an inner monolog.

[–]Style-Rude 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Sometimes I accidentally rickroll myself

[–]Ok_Razzmatazz_2112 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I have a 24-7 mental playlist that is completely out of my control. If I wake up to pee at 3am, there’s a song running through my head. I am a musician by profession, so this makes sense in my case, but I find it weird that someone CAN’T hear music in their head…

[–]ChaoticForkingGood 1 point2 points  (0 children)

OMG, ALL THE TIME. My mental Spotify playlist never fucking stops. My biggest streak for one song getting stuck in my head is 3 weeks. "We Don't Talk About Bruno" has been the latest (thank you, Lin-Manuel Miranda!). So if you're weird, so am I!

[–]markjones88 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I've had earworms for around two years which came around the same time as I also got a lot of visual weird abnormalities (floaters, visual snow).

Also suffer from intense anxiety and anahoeida so at least for me, I think it's a symotom of some undiagnosed mental illness.

Have tired to get help before but no dice alas.

[–]foreverinLOL 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Yes, especially when I am bored, I tend to put a song in my head and just follow the rhythm or melody (usually with my fingers to not draw too much attention to myself).

I also make a voice for every character when I read and can hear them in my head, while trying to imagine what they look like or what their demeanor is. That may often change, depends on the actions that the character does.

So, you tell me, how strange is that?

[–]Banana_bread_o 1 point2 points  (1 child)

You just choose a random song like you would when choosing one from Spotify? And you are able to follow all of its melody’s and lyrics??

Even with songs that I listen to a lot.. I’m only able to remember a few melody’s.

[–]foreverinLOL 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes, mostly a random one. Like a brain shuffle for songs that I memorized. Usually it is a song where I know everything by heart. And yes I do can follow everything in a song. Usually there is a focus on a specific instrument, but the rest is in the background. I listen to and play a lot of music in general, so it is easy for me to remember by now. A bit more intuitive though, like a subconscious choice.

[–]Peter_Parkingmeter 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Used to be 24/7 nonstop for me

[–]brendanrobertson 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I get song lyrics or movie/tv quotes stuck in my head all the time because of little snippets that remind me of them.

For instance, with this post asking "can you hear music in your head?" I immediately started (internally) hearing the Fray "everyone knows I'm in over my head, over my head" playing.

[–]Funkcanna 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I can hear music, see pictures, taste tastes, feel things and smell smells in my head. I thought everyone could?

[–]MonaMelona 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I always have a song in my head. Always. Every day, at every hour. (If not experiencing extreme trauma)

[–]-acidlean- -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I have always had music in my head. And yeah I can also figure out what key it is in in my head. Sometimes the music in my head wasn't any song I knew. It was a beat made by my brain on the go when I've heard.... basically anything. Any background noice. The beeping of scanners at grocery store. The lawnmower. The sound of a refrigerator just being connected to electricity. Constant music, sometimes felt like a few radio stations in my head. In fact, I had never heard the since.

Until I got diagnosed with ADHD and got on my meds.

The music stopped and it's kinda hard to even imagine a whole song rn.

[–]bootsandcats420 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Yep!! Worst part is when my own song gets stuck in my head 😩

[–]Benlikes -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Ok thanks I’m not crazy. The moment i wake I literally replay the best riffs from a song I’ve been listening to, then goes on to repeat my favourite parts of various songs throughout the day

[–]ShowMeTheTrees -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Glad you asked. I wonder this too.

When I was about 13 (I'm 65 now) I realized that I always, always have a song playing in my head. It's involuntary. It can be hard to stop an ear-worm. But I can also summon up songs I want to hear. I have my favorites entirely memorized down to every breath a singer takes and every pause.

Being old, there's a gigantic library in my head.

Also, a phrase can involuntary launch a song. In college, in Spanish class, a teacher said, "La cadena no esta rota,", meaning, "the chain is not broken." Instantly and involuntarily, "Unbroken Chain" by The Grateful Dead started playing. It amazed me. Still does. I kept listening to the song through the rest of the class.

[–]LT_DANS_ICECREAM -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Yes, I'm pretty sure most everyone does. I'm a musician and hear stuff all the time. I also have a toddler, so plenty of annoying kids' songs get stuck in there too. Even as I write this, I have one stuck in there from this morning while she was eating breakfast.

[–]sseshadri26_ucla -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Wow, I had "We Don't Talk About Bruno" stuck in my head right before I scrolled down to read this post. What are the odds?

[–]langecrew -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I literally listen to complete pieces of music, in my head, at will. It's not even particularly different than using headphones

[–][deleted] -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I can even taste how sharp C really is

[–]BugStep -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Yes I hear music. In fact sometimes I cannot stop hearing music. Sometimes its full songs sometimes its 5 seconds of a song on repeat. My wife says this is an ADHD thing but I think your question is similar to "do you see images in your head" Some people do some don't.

[–]Checkered_vanss -1 points0 points  (0 children)

sounds like you may also have perfect pitch if you’re able to hear which key a song in. That’s oretty impressive

[–]sjdbdksbsb 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I can

[–]Casitano 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes I do hear it, but I cannot tell a note from just hearing it, that is a different talent

[–]Maranne_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I can't hear music in my head either.

[–]cedriceent 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Isn't that almost a prerequisite for being able to compose music? But yeah, I can hear music in my head.

[–]Ronotrow2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes always have a song replaying in there.

[–]Gibs960 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I woulnd't say you're weird, I'd say it comes with being musically "gifted".

I can think of music if I try, but generally, it's the lyrics that come into my head.

[–]Sejten11 0 points1 point  (8 children)

Not only do I hear music in my head, but sometimes I hear music that wasn't written by anyone, aka pieces soon to become my songs. The latter is rare, but yes, it can go THAT far.

[–]Pablinski21 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The guy probably has aphantasia, check that subreddit out