We’ve all heard of music being used as an interrogation tactic. As Sgt. Mark Hadsell, a member of the U.S. Psychological Operations team, put it, “If you play it [music] for 24 hours, your brain and body functions start to slide, your train of thought slows down and your will is broken. That’s when we come in and talk to them.”

Like the musical procedures used by black ops, a 7-Eleven in Modesto, California has found a similar and so far very effective way to keep people from panhandling and loitering outside their store – They put the Bach on blast.


Sukhi Sandhu, who owns the convenience store franchise in Modesto, CA., said his customers tell him they feel safer since he started blasting classical music over a gang of outdoor speakers.

“Once the music started, the riffraff left,” said Manuel Souza, who’s homeless and jokingly referred to himself as part of the riffraff. The loud music makes it hard “to hang out and gossip and joke around” near the store, Souza told the Modesto Bee last week from under a tree down the block. source

The classical music is part of a 7-Eleven program that encourages non-confrontational methods to reduce loitering, Sandhu said. It eliminates any risks faced by clerks when asking panhandlers to leave, he said.

Any torture method is of debatable merit — music torture was, in part, popular because it seemed more palatable to the public. But to hear about the experience of people who’ve been subjected to these songs is to see just how terrible it is to have a beloved song turned against you.. That said, here’s a list of songs on the top 5 most played songs used by the CIA as a tool in the war on terror:

#5 “Babylon” by David Gray
#4 “Zikrayati (My Memories)” by Mohamed el-Qasabgi
#3 “Dirrty” by Christina Aguilera
#2 “Take Your Best Shot” by Dope

And the number one song used by special ops to drive terrorists batty… …

#1 “The Real Slim Shady” by Eminem