Sorry - You need JavaScript to play this game

Game Update In Progress

We have removed the option of choosing your favourite genre, because we want the game to work out which music you will recognise.

You might not know as many tunes at first, while the game gets to know your own personal musical memory.

With practise, the game will start to give you tunes it thinks you can recognise quickly – and every now and then an extra challenge just for fun.

Game News

Your scores

Current rank:

Bronze

Longest run:

Fastest recognition:

0

Share your progress

Main Screen Abilities

Your Abilities

General Music Knowledge

Sensitivity to Melodies

Sensitivity to Bass Lines

Sensitivity to Rhythm

Scores Achievements

Achievements

25 songs correctly recognised

Good

50 songs correctly recognised

Very Good

100 songs correctly recognised

Great

200 songs correctly recognised

Excellent

Abilities

What's the hook - How to play

  1. Play each clip by clicking the A or B button
  2. The dial will indicate which track is playing
  3. Listen to both the clips from different parts of the same song (around 15 seconds each)
  4. Decide which is catchier and listen again if you need to
  5. Press submit when you have decided

Help science

logo- MOSI

By playing the #HookedOnMusic game you are helping scientists investigate musical memory. The results have the potential to provide insights into long term musical memory, and may provide therapeutic benefits to Alzheimer's and dementia patients.

Which type of music do you listen to regularly?
Do you play any instruments?
Main Screen

Recognise that tune - How to play

  1. Listen to the clip and press yes the moment that you recognise the track
  2. Hum or sing along (in your head if you wish) from the moment you click yes. The track will mute for 4 seconds
  3. Were you in sync when the track came back in? You have to be accurate to the second
  4. Sometimes it will come back in at the wrong place
  5. Keep playing as long as you can – the more you play the more points you gain

Time trial - How to play

  1. You have 3 minutes
  2. Try and recognise as many songs as possible (music will play from each decade)
  3. When you hum or sing along you have to be accurate to the second
  4. It's all about speed so click yes as soon as you recognise a track

In a row - How to play

  1. Try to recognise as many songs in a row as you can (music will play from each decade)
  2. When you hum or sing along you have to be accurate to the second
  3. As soon as you miss a track, your game will end
?

Recognise That Tune

Get Ready

Fast data connection required

Time: 03:00

0pt

?

Paused

?

What's the hook

Get Ready

0pt

?

Get ready
 

3

Time: 03:00

0pt

?

Try to sing along
if you can

Do you know this song?

15

Time: 03:00

0pt

?

Do you really know
this song?

Carry on singing

4

Time: 03:00

0pt

?

Did it restart
in the right place?

Correct

Time: 03:00

0pt

?

Which is more catchy?

Listen to the other clip

Now choose the catchiest

A

B

Select a
clip

Submit

0pt

Results

Thanks for checking out the hook for us,

your opinion will help scientists better understand what makes music catchy

pt

Your score for this round

0

Overall points: 0

Play again

Share

Main Menu

Challenge your friends

140

The Science of Songs

Everyone knows a hook when they hear one, but scientists don't know why.

By playing the #HookedOnMusic game you are exploring the science of songs and helping scientists unlock what makes music catchy.

#HookedonMusic is a citizen science experiment involving Manchester Science Festival, proudly produced by the Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester, in association with the University of Amsterdam, Utrecht University and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision. In devising an online game for all to enjoy scientists are harnessing the wisdom of the crowd to understand and quantify the effect of catchiness on musical memory and then predict the catchiest fragments of music. Armed with this knowledge, scientists can devise 'smarter musical thumbnails' to help people remember the content of a song, triggering past memories for those who remember it and helping to form new memories for those listening to the song for the first time.

Our scientists, Dr John Ashley Burgoyne and Professor Henkjan Honing from the University of Amsterdam, will analyse the data to unlock the secret of hooks. The results of the game have the potential to inform and provide insights into what makes music memorable, in particular, what makes music memorable over the long-term and follow up studies could explore whether there are stronger therapeutic effects from choosing catchy music.

FAQs

I keep hearing repeats – why is that?

You will not hear the same clip right after the first. If it sounds similar it would be because it is from another part of the same song. However due to the random selection process you might hear the clip again later in the game.

Is the game listening to my singing?

The game only uses timing, it doesn't listen to your singing or record it.

Why do I have to press the button immediately on recognising the tune?

We are testing the speed of memory recall and so it is vital that you press the button at the moment the whole track is called to mind.

What is the point of the game?

This a citizen science experiment designed to harness the wisdom of the crowd to better understand musical memory and may be used for further research into dementia and Alzheimer's.

Credits

The #HookedOnMusic project would like to thank the following partners for their help and support in making this game happen:

Manchester Science Festival Logo

Museum of Science and Industry Logo

Wellcome Trust Logo

University of Amsterdam Logo

University of Manchester Logo

Manchester City Council Logo

ReadingRoom Logo

With thanks to Fabrice Bourgelle.

Terms

#HookedOnMusic is copyright the Museum of Science & Industry and is powered by the science from the University of Amsterdam, Utrecht University and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision. The data from this experiment will be shared publicly with an open access license. No personally identifying information is recorded or stored.

Help Science

Which gender are you?

Did you know...

Select a playlist

All

Top Picks

40s/50s

60s

70s

80s

90s

Current

Sorry there seems to be an issue with the game
Please try again.

Hooked on Music

Thanks for visiting our game.

We have noticed that you are currently running an unsupported browser which does not work with our game.

Please upgrade your browser or visit us again on your desktop, tablet, or another mobile device.

Hope to see you again soon.

Hooked on Music

Thanks for visiting our game.

We have noticed that you are currently running an unsupported browser which does not work with our game.

Please upgrade your browser or visit us again on your desktop, tablet, or another mobile device.

Hope to see you again soon.

Please rotate to portait