That Song Stuck in My Head

There's always that one song (and that one memory) that stays with you forever.

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How My Song Became an Unlikely Protest Anthem—in Hong Kong

I'd given up on a music career when a song I posted online took on a strange new life. Suddenly I had a #1 hit, and an entire new life on the other side of the world.

When We Were Radio Bandits

Making mix tapes and lip-synching hits together on lazy afternoons made my big brother my own teen idol—until one uncomfortable bedroom moment brought everything crashing down.

Sounds Like Teen Spirit

A young woman with a weakened sense of smell, and a heightened love of music, explores the science behind why songs can have such a powerful pull on memory and emotions—especially...

One for My Baby (and One More for My Dad)

The silky sounds of Sinatra and weighty wordlessness of male bonding echo among three generations of my Italian-American family.

Take a Sad Song and Make It Better

For years, I couldn’t listen to the Beatles ballad that’s indelibly linked to my mother’s death. Then my one-year-old daughter helped me start to make it better.