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Earworm

Estelle Caswell takes you on a musical journey to discover the stories and sounds behind your favorite songs. Watch Earworm on Vox's YouTube channel and subscribe for updates.

Alisa Weilerstein plays the cello
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That famous cello prelude, deconstructed

Astroworld album cover
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Where Sicko Mode’s weirdest moments came from

Marvin Gaye belts a high note
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We measured pop music’s falsetto obsession

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How Chicago built house music from the ashes of disco

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Stevie Wonder’s irresistible ode to jazz, explained

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The devilish history of the explicit lyrics sticker

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Why disco made pop songs longer

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How smooth jazz took over ’90s radio

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How one designer created the “look” of jazz

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The most feared song in jazz, explained

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Does the USA need a new national anthem?

Here’s how you can trace an ’80s hip-hop beat back to 1910

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The sound that connects Stravinsky to Bruno Mars

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How this legendary hip-hop producer humanized a machine

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Why this awful-sounding album is a masterpiece

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Why we really, really, really like repetition in music

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How the triplet flow took over rap

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Why more pop songs should end with a fade out

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How a recording studio mishap shaped ’80s music

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The secret rhythm in Radiohead’s “Videotape”