Why do some songs seem to come into our minds spontaneously?

Do they come from the unconscious?

Do they have meaning?

What is their relationship to dreams?

Songdreams.org is dedicated to exploring this topic.

Some songs appear to be on our minds simply because we heard them recently. They may stick in our minds for a while because of a musical “hook.” But other songs seem to come to mind from out of nowhere. The songs that have us saying, “Where did that one come from?!” may carry messages from the unconscious. Songs heard recently that stick in our minds may also have meaning. Why does a particular song stick with us and other songs fade from memory? Is it simply “catchy” or is it trying to tell us something?