Songs that cross from the TV...
- The Addams Family opening theme song. Bet you started thinking of it before you clicked on the link right?
- Chuck: A shortened instrumental of Cake's "Short Skirt, Long Jacket" and no less addictive.
- Americas Got Talent: The main theme itself. Go ahead: listen to the theme without humming it for a bit afterward.
- The theme music from Criminal Minds. No lyrics, but the ominous music will never leave your head.
- Storage Wars. MONEY OWNS THIS TOWN!
- For anyone who watches Glee to the end credits, the end theme is catchy and infectious.
- Mighty Machines: "MIGHTY MASHEYNES!!!!! FRIGGEN MIGHTAI MASHEYNES!! WORKIN FOR YOUUU DOIN MIGHTY THINGS THEY'RE... boom boom MIGHTY MASHEYNES!!!!!!!!!!!!"
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- "A long time ago we used to be friends, but I haven't thought of you lately at all..." - Veronica Mars theme tune. Dandy Warhols.
- Degrassi The Next Generation: "WHATEVER IT TAKES!!!! I KNOW I CAN MAKE IT THROUGH!!"
- Harry Hill's TV Burp Harry Hill's song about Camilla Parker Bowles is bloody catchy. "SHE MUST NEVER BE QUEEEEEEEEN!"
- Children of Dune: Brian Tyler's "Inama Nushif" from the "Children of Dune" miniseries.
- Blue's Clues
- "Who's Clues? Blue's Clues!"
"Here's the mail, It never fails, It makes me want to wag my tail. When it comes I want to wail, 'MAAAAAAAIL!' "
"We just got a letter, We just Got a letter, We just got a letter, Wonder who it's from?"
- The Boston Legal theme!
- "It's Guy Love, that's all it is! Guy Love, he's mine, I'm his! There's nothing gay about it, in our eeeeeeyyyyyyeeeessss..."
- On a similar tack, an early first season episode has the entire hospital develop "A Little Respect" by Erasure as an ear worm.
- And the second season premiere had 'Overkill' by Colin Hays as an Ear Worm.
- "But I can't do this allllll on myyyyyy owwwwwn, no I know, I'm no....Superman."
- ''Do ya know how much you annoy me? The answer is a lot.''
- Everything comes down to poo . . .
- Franklyn singing "Hey Good Lookin'" in Japanese. Even better (or worse, your choice), it's such a simple song that even a rudimentary grasp of the language makes it understandable.
- The Muppet Show: "It's time to play the music! It's time to light the lights!"
- Mah na Mah na. Doo doooo doo do do.
- DAMN YOU!
- Marketing department at BN Biscuits played with this. "B-N B-N, doo doooo doo do do..."
- The little ditty that the Swedish Chef sings.
- Bork, bork, bork!
- Both an Ear Worm and a crowner, Harry Belafonte's "Turn The World Around", which first premiered on the Muppet Show. Belafonte had just written the song before his appearance, and when he pitched the song to Jim Henson, Henson agreed to let him perform it on the show. The result is one of the most sublime musical moments in TV history.
- Also Belafonte performed it at Henson's funeral, it was a Heartwarming Moment and Tear Jerker rolled into one.
- Two and a Half Men:
- "Men, men, men, men, manly men, men, men... men, men, men, men, manly men, men, men..."
- Oh-oh-oh, Oshikuru! Oh-oh-oh, Oshikuru! My oh my, he's the demon samurai!
"If your home is bug infested, filled with spiders, flies, or gnats
All our sprays are safety tested, we kill vermin not your cat"
- Star Trek:
- The original theme from Star Trek.
- Star Trek: The Next Generation's themenote is just as memorable as TOS's.
- The Star Trek: Voyager theme was kind of epic.
- The Kirk vs Spock fight theme. Seriously, take a listen to it folks... this was the best thing about the entire series.
- The spinny cube music from "The Corbomite Manuver".
- Star Trek: Enterprise: "I've got FAAAIITH of the HEARRRT! Goin' where mah heart will take meh! I've got FAAAIITH to BELIIEEEVE....I can do ANYTHINGGGGG!" Mock the song all you want. But it was MAXIMUM WIN! (But of course it was win, it was written by Diane Warren.)
- The opening credits of Lexx. Here's that damn chant. ''Vyo way yo, home va a rei..."
- The Benny Hill Show theme tune, "Yakety Sax".
- Supernatural loves its arena rock.
- Also counts as a Crowning Music of Awesome:
"Oh mama, I'm in fear for my life from the long end of the law
Lawman has put an end to my running and I'm so far from my hooooome".
"Carry on my Wayward Soooon!
There'll be peace when you are doooone.
Lay your weary head to reeeest.
Don't you cry no more!"
- "HEAT OF THE MOMENT!"
- The Ghost Facers Theme was also quite boppy.
- The depressing Angel theme song.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- "I'm under your spell..."
- "We will walk through the fire, the point of no return. We will walk through the fire and let it BUUUURN!! Let it BUUUUUURN!!! LET IT BURN!!!!"
- "Let me rest in peace! Let me get some sleep! Let me take my love and bury it in a hole six-foot deep!"
- "She's not even half the girl she... OOWWWW!"]
- "I'm the how to swing. I'm the twist and shout. When you gotta sing, when you gotta let it out. You call me and I come a-runnin. I turn the music on, I bring the fun in."
- "I've got a theory..." that it's an earworm...
- "Wish I could laaaaay your arms down, and let you rest at last."
- "Bunnies, bunnies, bunnies IT MUST BE BUNNNNNIIIEEEHHHHEESSSS."
- All the songs from Once More with Feeling could be classified as this. Especially because they loop with relatively little effort when you don't know all the lyrics.
"Am I crazy
Am I dreamin'
Am I marrying a demon
We could really raise the beam on
Making marriage a hell
I lied, I said it's easy...."
- "Can't even shout, can't even cry, the Gentlemen are coming by. Looking in windows, knocking on doors, they need to take seven and they might take yours."
- "Can't call to Mom, can't say a word. You're gonna die screaming, but you won't be heard."
- "I know I can love you much better than this... It's better this way."
- "They goooooot...the mustard....ooooooouuuuuut!"
Oh, don't deceive me
Oh, never leave me
How could you use a poor maiden so?
- "Xander, help Willow and try not to bleed on my couch I just got it steaaaaaaam cleeaaaned."
- In-universe example: In the episode where Buffy could hear people's thoughts, she mentioned Principal Snyder had "Walk Like an Egyptian" stuck in his head.
- The never-gets-old BTVS theme song.
- The songs from LazyTown have a nasty, nasty way of doing this.
- "Sister! '''Sister!''' Never knew how much I missed ya!" The Sister Sister Theme.
- "I used to own this town! Now it's all turned upside down." The Big Wolf on Campus theme.
- Mystery Science Theater 3000:
"These two girls they make quite the pair
They both come from your worst nightmare
They will haunt your soul forever
And so, when you see pink, you're gonna think
- "Kim Catrall, Kim Catrall, Kim-Kim-Kim-Kim, Kim Catrall!"
- "Sing the praises of pants!"
- The Littlest Hobo: "Maybe tomorrow/I'll want to settle down/Until tomorrow/I'll just keep moving on."
- The Eureka Theme: "Da da da, dan da da da da da da dan da dan..."
- The ER Theme!
- Summer Heights High: She's a Naughty Girl with a bad habit, bad habit for drugs
- One Tree Hill: "I don't wanna be anything other than what I've been trying to be lately, all I have to do is think of me and I've peace of mind..."
- The Love Boat:
"Love, exciting and new/Come aboard, we're expecting you..."
- Erm, what about the Beverly Hills 90210 Theme? Tananana, tananana, cha! Cha!
- The Discovery Channel Theme: Boom De Yada Boom De Yada Boom De Yada Boom... Bonus points if you sing the XKCD lyrics instead of anything the Discovery Channel itself has produced. Even if that is Misaimed Fandom at work.
- Memetic Mutation and Saturday Night Live have bestowed this status upon Haddaway's "What Is Love".
"Baby, don't hurt me/ don't hurt me/ no more..."
- "Lazy Sunday! Wake up in the late afternoon..."
- "Welcome to the SPACE OLYMPICS..."
- "Mm, whatcha sa-a-ay, ooh, that you only meant well? Well of course you did."
- "I Jizzed... in mah pants...
- "LIKE A BOSS!"
- "THROW IT TO THE GROUNNNNNNNNND!"
- "I JUST HAD SEX AND IT FELT SO GOOD!!!!!!!"
- "THIS IS THE TALE OF CAPTAIN JACK SPARROW!!!!!!"
- A classic from Bill Murray: "Star Wars/Give me those Star Wars/Nothing but Star Wars/Don't let them end ... "
- A PBS parody segment from the 1970s had this: "We're not stuffy anymore!"
- From Lamb Chop's Play-Along:
- The Spitting Image Chicken Song.
- The Adam West version of Batman. "Nananananananananananana BATMAN! Nananananananananananana BATMAN!"
- Malcolm in the Middle: "Yes, no, maybe... I don't know... can you repeat the question?" It IS They Might Be Giants.
- "Ashes" by Embrace, a song which at one point seemed to feature in the incidental music for just about everything on British TV.
- Telefrancais, Telefrancais...
- From ''Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers:
- "Ugly ugly birdies in the sky/Rangers gonna get you/Watch the Tenga/Watch the Tenga/Watch the Tenga/Tenga Bye Bye!"
- The main theme as well, due to Theme Music Power-Up and simple lyrics ("Go go Power Rangers! (3x) Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers!")
- Masaaki Endoh turns it EPIC.
- UH OH, WE'RE IN TROUBLE, SOMEONE'S COME ALONG AND BURST OUR BUBBLE!
- The Song of Confusion deserves special mention. It's quite possibly the only Ear Worm used as an attack.
- The Mystic Force main theme.
- Power Rangers RPM, We Stand Together! Power Rangers RPM, Get in Gear! Don't tell me that doesn't catch on.
- Related to MMPR, this awful but terribly catchy Brazilian song about them.
- The Zeo, In Space, Time Force and Dino Thunder themes in particular.
- Wild Force, a season that needs a little more love had a theme song that some felt was on par with Ron Wasserman.
- MMPR wouldn't have been half as fun if it weren't for the in-show earworms.
- There's battle music like Wasserman's "Fight", "We Need A Hero", ((BROKEN))"5-4-1", and "Go Fly Win".
- The character themes have and always will be iconic and stuck in your head for days. "Go Green Ranger Go", "Lord Zedd", "Bulk & Skull Theme", and Jeremy Sweet's "Go Gold Ranger"
- Not as well known, but still, Fly High, Silver Ranger!
- Even the little things can invade your mind. We need Dragonzord power now!
- Beetleborgs: Three typical average kids inside a haunted mansion, just by chance freed a ghost who made them Beetleborgs. (Beetleborgs!)
- Super Sentai
- Disney Channel also has good earworms, too. Almost all shows have at least one.
You gotta live to party, bust your move
Everybody's in the groove
Tell the DJ to play my song
Are you ready to rock and roll
- "(Doo-doo-doo-DOO, doo, doo-doo, DOO, doo, doo-doo!) Come on everbody and Mousercise! Let the music move you 'till you're carried away..."
- Kids Incorporated: "KIDS IN-COR-POR-ATED! K! I! D! S, yes!!..."note
- Even Stevens: "We went to the moon, in 1969 . . ."
- Shake It Up:
- "I twist my hips (Watch me)! I pump my fist (Watch me)! I move like this (Watch me)!"
- "Calling All The Monsters" has been on Shake It Up Twice (once as an instrumental only though).
- A.N.T. Farm:
- "Cause I am you are we are... Exceptional... Exceptional"
- Cameron Parks' "Space Cadet" from "ClarivoyANT".
- China Anne McClain released a very catchy halloween-themed song called "Calling All The Monsters". It appeared in the A.N.T. Farm Halloween Episode. note
- Almost anything sung by China. It doesn't take a hard look to see why Executive Producer Dan Signer came up with the show by literally writing it around her.
- "Tonight I'm a Soccer Ball".
- The songs when they are "The Happy Fuzzy Friends".
- Fletcher's "I Propose" in "SignificANT Other".
- Pair Of Kings: "We're at the top of the world!"
- Jessie: It feels like a party every day, Hey Jessie! Hey Jessie!
- The song Jessie did in the episode "One Day Wonders": "I've had it up to hear from these Texas Guys!"
- Austin & Ally: "There's no way I can make it without you..."
- "Doing Things the Ally Way" in "Viral Videos & Very Bad Dancing".
- The Chaser's War on Everything has a number of catchy songs, most of which are parodies of existing ones.
- The title theme itself is earwormy enough...
- The "Gas Guzzling" song is very catchy.
- Doctor Who:
- "OOOOO WAAAAA OOOOOOO OOOO-OOOO..."
- And nearly [EVERY. SINGLE. DAMN. VERSION. SEEMS. TO APPLY TO THIS!!!!
- The Master's tapping at random times. Makes you wonder if he's really around, doesn't it? The Master seems to like Ear Worms.
- In "The Sound of Drums", he plays "Voodoo Child" by Rogue Traders. "So here it comes/The sound of drums/Here come the drums, here come the drums..."
- In "Last of the Time Lords", he plays "I Can't Decide" by Scissor Sisters, which is even more of an Ear Worm.
- "And I started to walk, pretty soon I will run, then I'll be running back to you..."
- "Four Days ride from the Station/And you're leaving at noon/Then your one consolation/Is the Last Chance Saloon."
- "So, reel me in/Mah precious girl/Come on take me home/Cause mah body's tired of travellin'/And my heart don't wish to roam..."
- 'He said "Borrow or steal, I'll find a way to be with my lover upon Christmas Day. And I'll run and I'll roam. I'll cover the ground. This Christmas I'll see you. I'll be around."
- "Now welcome folks/I'm sure you'd like to know/We're at the start of a great big circus show..."
- I cross the void beyond the mind/The Empty Space that Circles time...
- Not actually from the show, but related: comedians come up with a way to remember all the names of the Classic Doctors in song.
Hartnell Troughton Pertwee...Hartnell Troughton Pertwee...Baker Baker McGann...Baker Baker McGann...Hartnell Troughton Pertwee...Hartnell Troughton Pertwee...Baker Baker McGann...MCCOOOOYYYYY... DAVISON DAVISON DAVISON DAVISON...
- In the Torchwood episode "Kiss Kiss, Bang, Bang," there an incredibly catchy electric guitar theme that starts playing whenever Captain John Hart enters a scene and starts being a Magnificent Bastard.
- The Colbert Report:
- Monty Python's Flying Circus:
- CURSE YOU, Gilligan's Island!
- Joe Pasquale's "I know a song that'll get on your* nerves" is pretty much the epitome of this trope.
- CSI: Miami: (Puts on sunglasses) YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!
- Sesame Street has many catchy songs.
- The opening theme song. "Sunny day, sweeping the clouds away..."
- Do the rubber duck!
- In the same vein, Put down the ducky!
- "Rubber duckie, you're the one/ You make bathtime lots of fun..."
- Somebody come and play
- "Don't throw that traaash on the groooound! Nonononono!"
- "I wish I had a friend to play with me."
- "C is for Cookie, that's good enough for me..."
- "This is the song, la la la la, Elmo's song..."
- "One two three four! Five! Six seven eight nine! Ten! Eleven twelve!"
- "And I tip my hat. Imagine that!"
- "We're gonna play the junkiest tune you can stand, come on and hear Oscar's junk band"
- "There are bones, bones, bones, bones, bones inside of you."
- "Please keep the park clean for the pigeons, that is the right thing to do..."
- "I have a little plant, I always give her water..."
- "It is I, Captain Vegetable..."
- "I don't wanna live on the moon."
- "Danger! It's no stranger..."
- He's the elephant elevator operator!
- "Me lost me cookie at the disco."
- Doin' the pigeon...
- "Oh, I love trash"...
- What a place, what a world, what a gift
- Wubba wubba wubba wubba woo woo woo
- Doing the Batty Bat!
- Cookie Monster's "Healthy Food" song.
- "The moon shines, high above the rooftops..."
- "There's a tiger in my book, and a lion in my book..."
- "Sing what I sing, sing after me..."
- "Which comes first, the chicken or the eeeeeggg?"
- "Ladybugs came, to the ladybug picnic...
- "Sing, sing a song; sing out loud, sing out strong..."
- "Song of the Count"
- "Here in the middle of imagination..."
- "So many things your hands can do!"
- Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?: "DO IT, ROCKAPELLA! (Yeah!)"
Well she sneaks around the world from Kiev to Carolina
she's a sticky-fingered filcher from Berlin down to Belize
she'll take you for a ride on a slow boat to China
tell me where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?
- The Wire:
- A whistled rendition of "The Cheese Stands Alone".
- Also, "Way Down in the Hole" is sung by different artists in each season (including the original version by Tom Waits in the second season opening).
- The Mighty Boosh. Particularly the first season, where nearly every single episode would leave you with a bizarre yet insanely catchy refrain stuck in your head. All together now...
We are the mutant race
Don't look at my eyes don't look at my face
We are the mutant people
Don't look at my eyes don't look at my face
We are the mutant race
You don't look alike me, I don't look a like you
We are the mutant people
We're gonna march ourselves right out of this zoo
- "Ice! Flow! Nowhere to go! Ice! Flow! Nowhere to go!"
- "Crimpety crimpety now now! Crimpety crimpety ask me how!" Please make it stop...
- "Bouncy bouncy, ooh such a good time! Bouncy bouncy, shoes all in a line!"
- "Jean-Claude Jaquettie, with his jacket on. Jean-Claude Jaquettie, with his jacket off."
- "Jacket on, jacket off."
- "Trapped in a box by a cockney nut job, 'ave a cuppa tea! 'Ave a cuppa tea!"
- "Don't be cynical! It's a follicle miracle!"
- "Dun Dun Dun... PEACOCK DREAMS."
- Surely the theme tune itself constitutes as this?
- "The Mighty Booo-ooosh (Come with us to the mighty boooosh.)"
- Beakmans World: "BEAKMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!!!"
- Bill Nye the Science Guy!:
- BILL! BILL! BILL! BILL! BILL! BILL! BILL! BILL!
- "Inertia is a property of matter."
- It really, REALLY sucks to be taking an eighth grade science test and all you can remember about inertia is that it's a property of matter. Also, science rules.
- He had a lot of great songs, but for some odd reason "I'm a sole man, I'm a bass man, I'm a trout man, I'm a fish fan" just refuses to leave.
- "The water cycle makes it RAIN! RAIN! Evaporation makes it RAIN! RAIN! Condensation makes it RAIN! RAIN!"
- The Law & Order theme. Not just the doink-doink. The actual song.
- The Law & Order: UK theme is just as good.
- "BAD BOYS, BAD BOYS, WHATCHA GONNA DO WHEN THEY COME FOR YOU?"
- Cops is filmed on location with the men and women of law enforcement. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
- Red Dwarf:
- Disgustingly catchy. And yet brilliant. The closing theme mainly, the ridiculously happy one.
- Tongue Tied
- The Rimmer Munchkin song.
- "So no one told you life was gonna be this waaay... clap-clap-clap-clap"
- "Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat. What are they feeding you?"
- "I found you in my bed. How'd you wind up there? You are a mystery, little black curly hair. Little black, little black, little black curly haiiiiir."
- Also, the Freud! song.
- Saved by the Bell: "When I wake up in the mornin', an alarm gives out a warnin', I don't think I'll ever make it on time..."
- The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air:
Now this is a story all about how
My life got flipped-turned upside down
And I liked to take a minute, just sit down right there
I'll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Bel Air..."
- That '70s Show:
- "Hanging out, down the street..."
- "WE'RE ALL ALL RIGHT! WE'RE ALL ALL RIGHT!"
- The Banana Splits
- The theme. (Tra la la, la la la la)
- "We're doin' it, doin' it, doin' it! Doin' the Banana Split, y'all...
- "Our little show, whoa-whoa, you know it must go on..."
- "People everywhere are talkin' about soul, it makes you never ever wanna grow old..."
- "Wait 'til tomorrow, we'll find each other then..."
- "That's the pretty part of youuuuuuu..."
- (Really, just pick one.)
- Pippi Longstocking's theme is absolutely one of the most ear-wormy things ever created. Heck, most of Astrid Lindgren's TV-shows have those kinds of songs. Like This One or This One
- Sing-dudel-dej, sing-dudel-dej, sing-dudel-dudel-dej. Sing-dudel-dej, sing-dudel-dej, sing-dudel-dudel-dej, hujeda-jeda-mig.
- Bom Sicka Bom is by far the worst earworm of them all.
- Listen to "the Robber Dance" at your own risk.
- Fraggle Rock: Dance your cares away...worry's for another day...
- The X-Files'' theme song, dangit.
- Millennium uses that trop in-universe in one episode where a serial killer forces her victims to listen to the same song, 'Love Is Blue' over and over and over... so that they won't forget it even if they escape. Problem, it also works in Real Life, and some viewers remained with said song stuck in their head for more than a decade...
- The Daily Show has a ridiculously catchy theme song. Called Dog On Fire, no less!
- Sharon Lois And Brams Elephant Show:
- Family Matters: "It's a rare condition, this day and age, to read any good news on the newspaper page..."
- Full House: "Whatever happened to predictability? The newsman, the paper boy, the evening TV...?"
- Growing Pains: Show me that smile again, don't waste another minute on your crying...
- Charmed: "I am the SOOOOON, and the HEEEEIIIRRR..."
- Smallville: "Somebody saaaaaaaaave meeeeeee, somebody save me And two warm hands break right through me Somebody saaaaaaaaave meeeeee I don't care how you do it." You're welcome!
- How I Met Your Mother:
- "Come on Jessica! Come on Tori! Let's go to the mall, you won't be sore-y"
- And that darn theme tune, however short it may be, sticks like glue.
- Not to mention Barney's background song on his video resume.
- You just got slapped.
- Sandcastles in the Saaaaaaannnnnndddddd
- "It's a truth you can't refute, nothing suits me like a suit!" (Excuse the French subtitles, it was that or what looks to be Korean.)
- I said a-bang,bang, bangity bang I said a-bang-bang bangity bang (bang bang bang)
- "Are you free, are you free, are you free, are you free, are you free next Saturday?"
- "Moist. (Beat) Moist. (Beat) Moist. (Beat) Moist." (Beat) And so on...
- Swedish public service television SVT airs a show called Allsång på Skansen ("Sing-Along at Skansen") whose entire premise is well, people singing along. It's insanely popular on summers, and most of the songs are a particular kind of songs everyone is likely to know, from 80-year olds and downwards. Not a single one is NOT an Ear Worm. ''Han tog av sig sin kavaj, sparka' av sig båda skorna, och så spotta' han ut snusen, sa: "Min sköna, får jag lov?"...''
- The Big Bang Theory: Our whole universe was in a hot dense state but nearly 14 billion years ago expansion started... nuhnuhnuhnuhnuh WE BUILT THE PYRAMIDS!
- Spitting Image attempted a direct parody of these sorts of tunes, in the form of the Chicken Song. They were so successful, that at least one of the creators has fled to Australia to escape this particular Ear Worm.
- "Have you ever, ever felt like this? How strange things happen, are you going Round the Twist?" Thousands of Aussie kids grew up with this song in their heads.
- The Greatest American Hero: "Believe it or not/IIII'm walking on ~~air~~/ I never thought I could feel so free-hee-heeee..."
- Seinfeld parody: Believe it or not, George isn't at home, Please leave a messaaaage at the beep, I must be out, or I'd pick up the phone, where could I be, Believe it or not, I'm not home.
- Jack-of-All-Trades: Iiiin eighteen hundred one, the revolution had been won, and Uncle Sam's fav'rite son had a job he needed done...
- The Dukes of Hazzard': "Just two good 'ol boys"
- J.J.Abrams is good at solely instrumental ones.
- Alias has its spy-fi techno riff
- Fringe has its truly bizarre Dark Christmas jingle
- There's the 80's retro version, which is just plain awesome.
- Hell, the LOST theme noise doesn't even have a tune, but you just try getting that "BWOOOOOOOORRRRRRNG" out of your head.
- The end credits song is a straighter example, specially with that "BAD ROBOT!" that follows.
- That final beat at the end of every episode. Usually accompanied by a Big "NO!" from this editor.
- BUT YOU'VE GOTTA MAAAAAAAAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC SING YOUR OWN SPECIAL SOOOOOOOONG MAAAAAAAAAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC EVEN IF NOBODY ELSE SINGS ALOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG
- YOU ALL EVERYBOOOOODY!
- The full theme to Americas Funniest Home Videos during the Saget era.
We've got laughs from coast to coast(Pause)to make you smile.
We might look at each of you to capture all that style
For the red white and blue and those funny things you do!
America, America, and this is you.
Stories from the friends next door (pause)they never told
you might be a star tonight so let that camera roll
For the red white and blue, and those funny things you do
America, America, and this is you.
- The Australian version is about the same, only replacing "red white and blue" with "dinky di true blue." And America with Australia.
- Laverne and Shirley: "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8! Schlemiel, Schlemazel, Hassenpfeffer Incorporated!"
- Barney & Friends:
- The theme tune to Charlie Brooker's Screen Wipe.
- The Eighties had sitcoms that had theme songs you'll have trouble escaping. Examples:
- Family Ties: "What will we do, baby?/Without us? What will we do, baby?/Without us?"
- Married... with Children: "Love and marriage, love and marriage/Go together like a horse and carriage/This, I tell you, brother/You can't have one without the other!"
- Step by Step:
- All in the Family:
- The Jeffersons:
- "We're movin' on up! To the east side! To that deluxe apartment in the skyyyyyy!"
- HMMMMMM HMMMMMM HMMMMMM HMMM, Hm-yeah! HMMMMMHMMMMMM, HMMM, HMM HMMMMMMMMMMMMM...
- Happy Days:
- Seinfeld: Who says ear worms have to have lyrics?
- "It's a jungle out there, disorder and confusion everywhere..."
- And the instrumental theme from the first season.
- Look Around You:
- The Brady Bunch: Here's the story, of a lovely lady...
- Hands up, who else sings along to the theme for Gordon Ramsay's F-Word? "The F-Word's here but the F-Word's bad, cuss my mother and cuss my dad, but I love my mother and I love my dad, wanna have all that they never had..."
- Skins has some particularly tricky ones. Try going around with Then came the day Osama blew us away stuck in your head.
- Dawson's Creek: "I don't wanna wait for our lives to be over..."
- The Odd Couple: "On November 13th, Felix Unger was asked to remove himself from his place of residence. That request came from his wife. Deep down, he knew she was right, but he also knew that someday he would return to her. With nowhere else to go, he appeared at the home of his friend Oscar Madison. Several years earlier, Madison's wife had thrown him out, requesting that he never return. Can two divorced men share an apartment without driving each other crazy?"
- The theme of MacGyver.
- Wonderfalls: I wonder, wonder why the wonder falls~~
- The O.C.: "California, here we come, right back where we started from...Caaaaaaliforniaaa..."
- It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: "Day Man! Fighter of the Night Man! Champion of the sun! You're a master of karate and friendship for everyone! Day Man! Uhhh ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!"
- Another one without lyrics. The I Dream of Jeannie theme will take over your mind.
- The Band of Brothers episode "Why We Fight". Specifically, the scene where the troops sing "Blood on the Risers." It's incredibly catchy, particularly the chorus.
- The World News Polka:
It's no viral video that people play and play
It's more like an infection that you can't make go away!
Listen once to this refrain
And it's burned into your brain!
That's the World News Polka!
- The Jeeves and Wooster theme.
- Battlestar Galactica:
- What about this frakking song? Da da daa, ba da da da da daa, ba da da da da There must be some way out of here...
- Also, Bear McCreary's taiko drums of doom.
- There's too much confyuuu-zhun...
- "Gaeta's Lament" deserves a mention.
But wish no more, my life you can take
To have her please just one day wake
- Heal me/Wake me from this daaaaaaaaaaaaay! Damn you, Tru Calling!
- The Airwolf theme
- The theme from I, Claudius (warning: snake)
- Highlander: "Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere we are, born to be kiiiiiiiings, we're the princes of the uuuuniveeeeeeerrrrsseee!!"
- * Horrible Histories:
- The CBBC live-action "adaptation:
Gory stories we do that
And your host a talking rat!
The past is no longer a mystery
Welcome to Horrible Histories!"
- "I'm a Knight
I'm a Knight
I'm a Knight
And I'm a Knight
And our only aim in life is to fight]]"
- "Stupid Deaths
They're funny 'cause they're true
Hope next time it's not you!"
- "I'm Knox, a famous surgeon ..."
- "Do the Pachacuti"
- Good Times: "Good tiiiimes! Anytime you make a payment! Good tiiiimes! Anytime you need a friend! Good tiiiimes! Any time you're out from under! Not getting hassled, not getting hustled!"
- Cleopatra 2525! Three women with the will to survive!!
- Boy Meets World: "When this boy meets wooooooooorrrrrrrrld, boy meets world! Wandering down this rooooad that we call liiiiiiiiiiiiffffe..."
- The original theme for Hockey Night in Canada. It's not referred to as Canada's unofficial national anthem for nothing.
- Most of the musical numbers from Sifl And Olly qualify, and there were a lot of them, but...
- Play School: "There's a bear in there... and a chair as well... There's some people with games! And stories to tell!"
- And then there's the one that you torture your friends with by whistling: ''The Andy Griffith Show theme
- The theme to M*A*S*H.
- The Catherine Tate Show series 1 theme by Kirsty MacColl.
- Kids in the Hall: These are the Daves I know, I know, these are the Daves I know..."
- Reading Rainbow: Sing it with me now...
Take a look
It's in a book
A reading rainbow (reading rainbow)
A reading rainbow (reading rainbow)
- The Addams Family: They're creepy and they're kooky/ Mysterious and spooky
- Whose Line Is It Anyway?: Wayne Brady sometimes makes up refrains that stay long after the show's over.
- The UK theme tune to Whose Line Is It Anyway? is very, very catchy. That saxophone...
- Try listening to "Tingaling", the pause number from the 2009 finally of the Swedish trials for the Eurovision Song Contest. Tingaling, Tingaling, come on baby shake that thing...
- The Prisoner: Good luck getting this theme out of your head, Number Six...
- Salute Your Shorts:
"We run and jump, we swim and play
We row, we go on trips (rolls eyes)
But the things that last forever, are our dear friendships
Oh, Camp Anawana, we hold you in our hearts
And when we think about you...
IT MAKES ME WANNA FART!!
- "It's "I hope we never part!" Now get it right or pay the price!"
- The Desperate Housewives theme song is eerily catchy. Then again, it was composed by Danny Elfman...
- The Office: "Bum-BAAAAAAAM... ba-na-na-na-num... dan dan da-na-na-na-num..."
- All That One of the greatest Theme Songs of the 90s. Fresh out the box...Stop, Look and Watch! Ready yet? Get set...It's ALL THAT!!!
- Kenan & Kel: And on that note: Aw, here it goes...
- 3-2-1 Contact
- "Contact is the secret, is the moment, when everything happens. Contact is the answer, is the reason, why everything happens. Contact. Let's make contact. 3, 2, 1 - Contact"
- "Whenever there's trouble, we're there on the double, we're the Bloodhound Gang."
- Land of the Lost:
- H.R. Pufnstuf: "Who's your friend when things get rough? H.R. Pufnstuf. Can't do a little, 'cause he can't do enough."
- Lidsville: "In the middle of the summer, in the middle of a park, there began a great adventure for a boy whose name was Mark..."
- Sigmund And The Sea Monsters:
- "There's nothing like a day out on the beach, when all it does is rain/You need somebody else to make the sun come out again..."
- Also the second OP ("Now Sigmund the Sea Monster and Johnny and Scott are friends/The finest friends that ever could be on the land or on the sea")
- "You better run, you better hide/We gotta keep you out of sight/Be careful, Sigmund..."
- "Step right up, take a look at the stars/You're leaving the world behind/Oh, step right up, you won't believe your eyes/At what those Far Out Space Nuts find...at what those Far Out Space Nuts find"
- The Bugaloos. The Bugaloos. They're in the air and everywhere, flying high, flying loose, flying free as a summer breeze. Happy as a summer breeze..." And the songs they do in the show as well.
- From Square One TV - "That's infinity. You can count forever. They'll always be one more. That's infinity. Count from dusk till dawn. You'll never reach infinity; you just go on and on and on and on...'
- Blackadder has about half a dozen variations of the theme song over the course of the show, with and without lyrics, so at least one of them is bound to get stuck in your head at some point.
- Courtesy of American Idol — on the ground! Pants on the ground! You lookin' like a fool w/ yo pants on the ground!
- How To Make It In America: "I Need A Dollar, Dollar, Dollar..."
- The Big C: "It's so hard, to turn your life over, step out of your comfort zone..."
- True Blood: "I wanna do bad things with you."
- The Edison Twins: No two days are quite the same, life is just a learning game...
- The Beverly Hillbillies: Come and listen to my story about a man named Jed...
- The Late Late Show:
- Sabrina the Teenage Witch "Shake your whammy fanny funky song, funky song"
- You Cant Do That On Television: Duh, duh duh duh, duh-duh duh duh, duh duh duh HEY! Duh, duh duh duh duh duh DUH duhduhduh duh!
- Kamen Rider:
- "Kagayaki," the opening theme of Kamen Rider Hibiki. It goes through different variations over the series, but the original strings version is probably the most epic.
- Speaking of Hibiki, "Final Attack Ride Hibiki" from Kamen Rider Decade is absolutely awesome. The trumpet is what does it.
- This little piece of awesome from ** On that note, ALL of the Double Action songs! Or one of them that you hear more frequently than others. Such as Gun Form. (Get up get up, to get down!)
- And now Kamen Rider OOO brings us:
- Kamen Rider: Rider (Jump!) Rider (Kick!) KAMEN RIDER KAMEN RIDER RIDER RIDER!!!!]]
- Kamen Rider, Takeshi Hongo, is a modified human. He was altered by Shocker, an evil secret society with aspirations for world domination. Kamen Rider fights against Shocker for the sake of human freedom!
- Kamen Rider Kabuto: "FULL FORCE Dare yori mo hayaku..."
- Kamen Rider Wizard: "MAGIC KA MAJI DE MAJI DA SHOOOOOWTIIIIME"
- Kamen Rider Dragon Knight! Together, we can fight the fight! SO LET'S RIDE!''.
- Kamen Rider Gaim: "DON'T SAY NO, JUST LIVE MORE"
- Clarissa Explains It All: "Na na na na, na na na na na (way cool!), na na nanana, na na na na (all right! all right!)."
- The Adventures of Pete & Pete: "Does your dog biiiite? HEY SANDY!"
- The Wimzys House theme is really catchy.
- ''Yo Gabba Gabba and the banana song
- Roundhouse: Reprise the theme song and roll the credits
- Only Fools and Horses: "No income tax, no V.A.T.,No money back, no guarantee, Black or white, rich or poor, We'll cut prices at a stroke......God bless Hooky Street, Viva Hooky Street, Long live Hooky Street, C'est magnifique, Hooky Street."
- Xena: Warrior Princess:
- The Ellen Degeneres Show theme song. "Let's have a little fun...today!"
- Heroes: "Where does it come from? This quest...this...need to solve life's mysteries..."
- Barney Miller: "Dum... da-da-dum... Da-da-dummm... Da-de-da-de-da-de-da-de-da-de..."
- What Would You Do?: W-w-what what what what would you...wh-wh-what would you do?
- Flight of the Conchords:
- Everything Flight of the Conchords sang on their show. But this takes the gâteau. It will crawl in your ear and lay eggs.
- The Final Jeopardy jingle. It's called think music.
- The original Unsolved Mysteries theme music. It's damn catchy, but scary as all hell. And accompanied by Robert Stack's voice...
- Have Gun — Will Travel: "Have Gun, Will Travel reads the card of a man. A knight without armor in a savage land..." "The Ballad of Paladin", from the series "Have Gun, Will Travel".
- ESPN liked reminding folks in ads that "3 is a Magic Number".
- The theme song of The Mickey Mouse Club. It's still used as Mickey's theme to this day.
- Britain's Got Talent:
- The Chopping Wood song from season 4. Annoyed the judges, but you just have to admit it's really catchy. listen to it here.
- DJ Talent, who was let through for the sole reason that his original call-and-response song had this quality.
- Although finding it online can be difficult, the theme song for Australian children's TV show In The Box will never leave your head. You see it briefly one morning and you remember it ten years later.
- Dallas. 'Nuff said.
- Davy Crockett King Of The Wild Frontier: "Davy, Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier!"
- Hey Dude - Probably the most infectious theme song of any Nickelodeon show ever past present or future.
- People in Asia who watch CNN International are subjected to a song called simply "Cat" from a Shanghai band called Muscle Snog. It's the theme song of CNNGo, and can be found here
- Tim And Erics Awesome Show, :Great Job!" This is what I do, I sit on you, sit on you, sit on you...
- iCarly: The title song "Leave It All To Me", definitely..
- The theme song to Big Time Rush, definitely.
- Take a minute to look up the Crowning Music of Awesome opening theme to The A-Team. Now count how many times you catch yourself singing that tune at random intervals over the next few hours. And if you speak French, there's a version with lyrics.
- Arrested Development: FOR BRITISH EYES ONLY!
- The theme to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy television show will work it's way into your brain and never, EVER leave.
- The theme song to The Good Guys makes everything you do more awesome.
- Absolutely Fabulous - "Roooollllinnnnn' down the rooooaaaaad."
- Welcome to Wild And Crazy Kids the game show that goes anywhere and does anything to find kids having fun!
- Are You Being Served?: "Chanson D'Amour/Rat-a-tat-tat/Play encore/Here in my heart/Rat-a-tat-tat/Chanson, Chanson D'Amour" Not original to the show, but very ear wormy.
- The Sopranos: "Woke up this morning, got yourself a gun..."
- The IT Crowd's new emergency services number. 0-1-1-8-9-9-9-8-8-1-9-9-9-1-1-9-7-2-5... 3!
- Speaking of Graham Linehan sitcoms...My lovely horse, running through the fields...Where are you going with your fetlocks blowing in the wind? Curse you, Father Ted!
- The theme song to the original NCIS. It gets into your head. And then the external flash-bulb sound at the end… So catchy!
- The "Range Finder" music from The Price Is Right.
- Many of the songs-of-the-week of Mongrels:
- Gullah Gullah Island: Gullah-Gullah Island! Gullah-Gullah Island! A lot of the songs featured in the episodes count too...
- The Stargate SG-1 theme song.
- A somewhat dark example: The German television series Blut und Ehre os a really creepy story about the indoctrination of children in Nazi Germany. A lot of it consisted of uniformed Hitler Youth marching around and singing...very catchy songs. "Es zittern die morschen Knochen" and "Vorwartz! Vorwartz!"
- Out Of The Box: "So long, farewell, to you, my friends..."
- Blossom: "In my opinionation, the sun is gonna surely shiiiiiine!"
- Student Bodies had its theme "Hey! Jump! Outta Bed..." (about 34 seconds in)
- The Lost Islands: There once was a wealthy man who had a wonderful idea...
- Wishbone: What's the story, Wishbone? What's this you're dreaming up?
- Maude: And then there's Maude...
- In Modern Family Dylan's song for Hayley is definatly an ear worm...even her grandfather sang it! In the Moonlight...
- The theme tune for Blake's 7 contains more major chords than you could imagine packed into one minute of music. DUUUUM... da da DUM da da DUM da da DUM dum, dum dum DUM da DUUUM, dum dum DUM da DUUUUM... it's fine for the first couple of days, but after the second month you start wishing for a new brain.
- The theme for Hawaii Five-O. Try to get it out of your head, I dare you. If you ever want a definite proof of its earwormy-ness, just look at this.
- Freak the Freak Out. It doesn't help that Nickelodeon plays it 100 times a day...
- "You don't have to be afraid to put your dream in action, you're never gonna fade, you'll be the main attraction..."
- "Take a hint, take a hint."
- "Tell me that you love me"
- "Beggin' on Your Knees"
- "Finally Falling"
- The songs of the show can be instant ear worms.
- Hee Haw:
- "Gloom, despair and agony on me!/Deep dark depression, excessive misery!/If it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all!/Gloom, despair and agony on me!"
- "Where, oh where, are you tonight?/Why did you leave me here all alone?/I searched the world over and I thought I'd found true love/You met another, and PTHHHT you was gone!"
- Talkin' 'bout Your Generation:
- Host Shaun's theme tune for the game, "What's a Doodle Do?"
"What's a, what's a doodle do? What's a, what's a doodle do?"
"Rubix Cube, 80s Pop / Platform Shoes, 50s Frock,
Harry Potter, Fluffy Toys / Paris Hilton Kissing Boys!"
- The 30 Rock theme.
- Glee. Don't get started or you'll be here all night.
- Well, it's easy to just point in the direction of their covers, but their original songs should be mentioned. Of special mention is the theme from Fondue for Two.
- The original song 'Loser Like Me' warrants this. "You wanna be, you wanna be a loser like meeeeeeeeeeee!"
- Also the original song 'Light Up The World'.
- All their original songs are really catchy, including 'Trouty Mouth', 'Big Ass Heart' and 'Hell to the No'.