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What tools can a pop song use to affect us psychologically to make us like the songs more? We'll take a look at everything from music theory, to linguistics, to rhetoric, to applied psychology.

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What tools can a pop song use to affect us psychologically to make us like the songs more? We'll take a look at everything from music theory, to linguistics, to rhetoric, to applied psychology.

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    "We Will Rock You" by Queen - Season 3, Episode 07

    "We Will Rock You" by Queen - Season 3, Episode 07

    How powerful is a really good rhythm? In this episode, Isaac Wu helps us learn how the Testing Effect made "We Will Rock You" more memorable.
    You can find this episode at SongAppealOfficial.com/WeWillRockYou or by searching for Song Appeal on your favorite podcasting app.
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    • 10 min
    "Style" by Taylor Swift - Season 3, Episode 06

    "Style" by Taylor Swift - Season 3, Episode 06

    What happens when we don't get what we want?
    Why do we like surprises?
    In this episode, Claire Arthur helps us see how "Style" by Taylor Swift plays with our expectations to musically surprise us, and how that makes the song more enjoyable.
    You can find this episode at SongAppealOfficial.com/Style or by searching for Song Appeal on your favorite podcasting app.
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    • 13 min
    "Unwell" by Matchbox Twenty - Season 3, Episode 05

    "Unwell" by Matchbox Twenty - Season 3, Episode 05

    How much does it really matter which notes a song uses?
    And how can predictability be a good thing?
    In this episode, Claire Arthur helps us learn how "Unwell" by Matchbox Twenty sets up expectations through its notes and its intervals, and how it fulfills those expectations.
    You can find the full transcript for this episode, references, and a link to hear the song at SongAppealOfficial.com/Unwell.
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    Some music provided by Motivational Soft Rock and produced by OrangeHead: https://youtu.be/Q9GyxsMx38. http://www.orangehead.net.


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    • 10 min
    Themes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe - Season 3, Episode 04

    Themes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe - Season 3, Episode 04

    How can music change what we think of an experience?
    In this episode, superhero expert Peter Coogan helps us learn how the MCU themes can be more powerful by being more forgettable.
    You can find this episode's transcript, references, and links to hear the themes at SongAppealOfficial.com/MCU.
    You can help support this show on Patreon at Patreon.com/SongAppeal, where you'll find great perks including the full version of the interview with Peter Coogan.


    Selected music provided by RFM: https://youtu.be/VvQ8aM3MVR0


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    • 18 min
    "Lost Woods" from Ocarina of Time - Season 3, Episode 03

    "Lost Woods" from Ocarina of Time - Season 3, Episode 03

    How much does it really matter which key a song uses? In this episode, 8-bit Music Theory, Ongaku Concept, and Ian Straehley help us learn how the "Lost Woods" theme uses the sound of Lydian to give us a feeling of optimistic anxiety.
    You can find the full transcript for this episode, the shownotes, and a link to hear the song at SongAppealOfficial.com/LostWoods.
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    • 15 min

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