Class Year


Access Type

Open Access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department or Program

Media Studies Program

First Advisor

Thomas Porcello

Second Advisor

Justin Patch


We use the word catchy to describe a song that gets stuck in our heads, but how do these songs get stuck in our heads in the first place? What actually makes music catchy? Hooked is a podcast that deconstructs recorded music into physical, social, and cultural hooks in an effort to uncover what makes music catchy. It activates physics, neuroscience, psychology, musicology, music theory, culture theory, and media studies through sound, laying the foundation for a framework and methodology for understanding catchiness that can be applied to any and all types of music, from that which has already been created to that which is yet to come.