The benefits of listening on repeat

At various times throughout this year I’ve become obsessed with a particular song or artist or album and listened to it on repeat. My Spotify 2020 stats reflect this, with my number one most listened to song for 2020 being Song of the Volga Boatmen. I think there were only a few days earlier this year when I listened to this song on repeat, but that was enough for it to beat all the other songs I listened to.

As an indication of how much repeat listening I did this year, two versions of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G Major (Allegro) (I have a whole playlist of nothing but this piece of music) were at 2 and 3. “Down in the Seine” by the Style Council (a song I loved as a teenager and only remembered recently and – guess what – spent a few hours listening to on repeat) made number 4. Coming in at number 5 was one track from my workout playlist – Devo’s “Whip it“, reflecting how much I actually used my workout playlist this year.

Apparently listening to songs on repeat is a productivity hack according this article by Anthony J. Yeung I read last week. Nice to know I was ahead of the curve on this.

“Rather than constantly hearing different songs, which encourages you to listen to the words, by listening to the same one, you melt into the song, stop focusing on the words, and just feed off the energy.

It’s actually far less distracting and gives you more fire when you work.”

Now that I remember how much I like Song of the Volga Boatmen, and because it’s such a dark grey day today, I might put it on repeat again for a bit, and maybe lift my spirits with some Bach on repeat in the afternoon.

Does anyone else ever get obsessed with a particular piece of music and listen to it continuously on a loop? Which song(s) are your repeat favourites?

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