- "The faucets are dripping in old New York cityThe faucets are dripping and oh, what a pity,The reservoir's drying because it's supplyingThe faucets that drip in New York"-- Malvina Edwards, "The Faucets Are Dripping"
ExamplesAnime and Manga
- At the beginning of the Bount arc in Bleach Orihime has this before an impostor disguised as her brother shows up and kidnaps her (the rest of the cast also notice it when they search her empty house).
- In the film musical Chicago, a dripping tap is one of the noises Roxie hears as she tries to get to sleep on her first night in prison. It turns into part of the rhythmic accompaniment to "Cell Block Tango".
- A few Garfield strips had Garfield face this dilemma. First he turns the shower head upside down to stop the dripping, only for it to keep dripping even upside-down, he notices it as one of the sounds commonly heard at night and he stops the faucet from dripping by using Jon's toe.
- Showed up in Exile's Valor. Selenay is already having trouble sleeping due to grief over her father's death, and the drip in the royal suite's bathing room isn't helping matters.
- This is one of the ordinary noises played with in The Twilight Zone episode "Sounds and Silences".
- An episode of House, M.D. has a patient who has been incapable of falling asleep for several days. When we first see her she is in bed, eyes wide open, as the sound of the faucet seems thundering to her.
- The novelty song "Bloop, Bleep," written by Frank Loesser.
- The Tex Avery short "Doggone Tired" had this done deliberately by the rabbit, as one of the tactics to keep the hunting dog awake at night.
- Also denoting the Garfield example above, the Garfield and Friends episode, "Peace And Quiet" also had Garfield annoyed by a dripping faucet while trying to get some rest.
- One Donald Duck cartoon took this trope Beyond the Impossible.
- The animated short based on "The Tell-Tale Heart" uses a dripping tap as the sound the murderer thinks is his victim's accusing heartbeat.
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