I often go through phases where I would just play the one song over and over again when I'm working out, when I'm getting ready for bed, for long walks, and even when I'm sleeping! However, I am currently played out with most of the songs I've done this with, and I really hate it because I feel like I'm running out of songs that are repeatable 100, 1000, 10000 times or so, lol.
Luckily, there have been several songs that I have learned to play repeatedly as ever again after not listening to them for a long time. It usually takes quite a looong while though until I can do this. Unfortunately, for a few others, I've been thoroughly sick of them for longer and don't know when I'll go back back to playing them a lot if ever.
Do you find ways to prevent yourself from getting sick of songs you love?
I worked at a cupcake shop my freshman year of college and the owner had All That You Are by the Goo Goo Dolls on repeat. I used to love that song but 16 hours a week I just couldn't do. Anytime the owner wasn't there I would breathe a sigh of relief that I could change the song!
I go through phases like that as well, where I would happily listen to a single song on repeat for hours on end whenever it came up on my mp3 player. It would go on for weeks, maybe months, and then... I wouldn't say that I 'get sick' of the song, but I think my brain relocates them to 'mental muscle memory'.
To elaborate: If the song in question ever comes up again, I will sing along to it just fine, maybe repeat it once or twice depending on my mood, but move on and consider it part of my musical environment. A good staple in a stash that constantly changes, if you will. But, here's the strange thing, if you asked me to write the lyrics down - the lyrics that I could belt out without a hitch when the music plays - my brain crosses its arms and gives me a 'wtf' eyebrow raise because the song isn't in my active memory any more. I don't concentrate on it, rather just enjoy it on a reflexive level.
At work the same 40 songs play every day all day long. It may sound like a lot, but I can't stand to listen to 90% of them outside of work anymore. I used to love Shake it out and Dog Days by Florence before they started playing them at work. Now if I even hear the first few notes of the songs I rush to turn the channel.