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Ear Worm: Music ABC
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  • The B-52s:
    • Love Shack. That is all.
    • Roaaaam If you want toooooo~
    • It was a rock lobsteeeeer
    • YOU'RE LIVING IN YOUR OWN PRIVATE IDAHO!
    • SHE CAME FROM PLANET CLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIRE!
    • We're in the baseeeeeeemennnntttt!
    • WIG! WIG! WIG! WIG! WIG! WIG! WIG! WIG!
    • We're the deadbeat club~
    • TOOOOOOPAAAAAAAAZ
    • Mesopotamia!
    • Cause tonight's the night/we make love under a strobe liiiiight/UN-DER-NEATH THE STROBE liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight
    • Ain't It A Shame, full stop.
    • Funplex
  • Suga Suga by Baby Bash
    • Also, there's Cyclone
  • Gimme Chocolate! by Babymetal
    • Most of their songs, with Doki Doki☆Morning and Headbanger!! being the most catchy.
  • The opening bars for many of JohannSebastianBach's pieces can easily get stuck in one's head. For aficionados of Bach's music, this sometimes leads them to try to play the entire song in their heads.
  • Backstreet Boys:
    • "Tell my whyyyyyyyy (ain't nothin' but a heartache), Tell me whyyyyyyy (ain't nothing but a mistake), Tell me whyyyy (I never wanna hear you say)... I want it that way!"
    • "'Cos without you all I'm going to be is...INCOMPLEEEETE!" Made all the worse because I mentally associated it with a girl I liked.
    • "Everybody... YEEEEEEEAHHHHHH! Rock your body... YEEEEEEEAHHHHHH!"
    • "AND THAT MAKES YOU LARGER THAN LIFE!!"
    • "Quit playing games with my heart"
  • Bad Religion's Big Bang
    • If you share these beliefs you know I wish you well, but there's no room left in heaven and there's sure no room in hell.
    • "Tiny Voices" might be an earworm, if you remember the original version of the Punk-O-Matic game.
  • The recorder melody in George Baker's Paloma Blanca tends to get stuck on a repeating loop in one's head.
  • A certain song by Dan Balan: "They call me crazy looooooooop..."
  • Baltimora's "Tarzan Boy", also seen in the credits of the movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III of 1993: Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh... Jungle Life...
  • Looking for the Perfect Beat by Afrika Bambaataa and the Soulsonic Force. Beat-beat-beat-beat... DO DO DO DO DO! SLAM* DO DO DO DO...'
  • Bambee: Sweet little bumblebee/I know what you want from me
  • The Bangles:
  • Buju Banton: DRIVER DON'T STOP AT ALL DROP DIS ARIZONA ROUND A ALBA MALL
  • Baracuda: "Ass Up". "Put your ass in the air, put your ass up in the air. Put your ass in the air, put your ass up in the air. Put your ass in the air, put your ass up in the air. Put your ass in the air, move around like you don't care." Repeat for three minutes, set to a catchy techno beat, and you get this. It's easily Mondegreened as "Put giraffes in the air," which means you can also have a visual that won't leave your head.
  • Sara Bareilles:
    • I'm not going to write you a love song ... 'cuz you ask for it ... 'cuz you need one ...
    • "Love you're all I ever could need, only one good thing worth trying to be..."
    • "Who died? Who made you king of anything?"
    • "Honestly...I wanna see you be brave!"
  • Then there's any song that fades out with multiple repetitions of a line that is already slightly or very catchy, as Barenaked Ladies' Who Needs Sleep (also see Hey Jude, above).
  • Barnes and Barnes: Fish heads, fish heads, roly-poly fish heads, fish heads, fish heads, eat them up, yum!"
  • Toni Basil: "Oh Mickey you're so fine, you're so fine you blow my mind, Hey Mickey! Hey Mickey!"
    • For the record, Mickey is my most favoritest song ever.
  • Basshunter has a way of driving you crazy via catchy technobeats.
    • And then there's his song about DotA, which can be understood and sung along to whether or not you know any Swedish.
    • "Boten Anna". "Jag känner en bot. Hon heter Anna. Anna heter hon..."
  • Bastille: But if you close your eyes, does it almost feel like nothing changed at all? (EY EY OH EY OH EY EY OH EY OH EY EY OH EY OH EY EY OH EY OH)
  • Battles: 'Atlas' "People won't be people when they hear this sound..."
    • I see your Atlas and raise you 'Tonto'
  • The Beach Boys had too many of these to count:
  • Beastie Boys:
    • "So whatcha whatcha whatcha want?"
    • Great, thanks for mentioning the Beasties. Now I've got "Sabotage" stuck in my head.
    • You got to fight! For your right! TO PAAAAAAAAARTY!
    • No! Sleep! TILL BROOKLYN!!
    • INTERGALACTIC PLANETARY. PLANETARY INTERGALACTIC....
    • CHECK-CH-CHECK-CHECK-CHECK-CH-CHECK IT OUT!
    • MAKE SOME NOISE IF YOU'RE WITH ME!
    • GIRLS!
    • BRASS MONKEY, THAT FUNKY MONKEY
  • The Beatles:
    • We all live in a yellow submarine, yellow submarine, yellow submarine...
    • I hear a different version which her boyfriend wrote: "We all live in a yellow submarine, we hate the stupid thing, we wanna paint it green..."
      • By extension, any of a bazillion songs that use the same highly versatile tune with different lyrics. Football (soccer) fans are fond of this - the official anthem of the Polish club Lech Poznan is one such example of many.
      • "We're all stuck in a Russian submarine, Russian submarine, Russian submarine..." (In reference to the Kursk disaster.)
    • "All you need is love (dunhdadadada)/All you need is love (dunhdadadada)/All you need is love, love/Love is all you need."
    • "Na, na na nanana na, nanana na, Hey Jude..." (repeat indefinitely)
      • I hum that in the hallways at school every single day.
      • What's even worse is when it starts switching between that and Komm, süßer Tod.
    • For Te Chameleon, The Beatles' Lady Madonna to be the worst ear worm he has ever encountered. Ever.
      • Any song by The Beatles is likely to get stuck in your head, when you really think about it. Here's another one. And another one. And. . . another. . one.
      • The opening from that sounded to my ears remarkably similar to the Dr. Mario theme, and I now wonder if that's where Nintendo got it from. Of course, upon realizing this I had to go listen to it again - or more specifically this terribly sad version - and almost cried upon doing so.
    • "Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on..." It would be bad enough if it was just that, but I get stuck with those words set to the tune of The Offspring's "Why Don't You Get A Job?" Doubly catchy!
      • This is the only thing keeping Ob-la-di Ob-la-da from getting stuck in my head - it morphs into "Why Don't You Get A Job".
    • "Bang-bang, Maxwell's silver hammer came down upon her head/Bang-bang, Maxwell's silver hammer made sure that she was dead..."
    • I am the egg man... they are the egg man... Compounded by this being by far their weirdest song, and being covered by at least four other bands. I'm just waiting for Dream Theater to cover it.
    • C'MONC'MONC'MONC'MON BABY NOW (come on baby) TWIST AND SHO-UT! (twist and shout) oooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    • HEY LA! HEY BA HELLO AH! WOO HOO! HEY LA HEY BA HELLO AH! HEY LA!
    • LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS! LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS! LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS! AHH!
    • I'd like to be/Under the sea/In an octopus's garden in the shade...
    • "When I find myself in times of trouble/Mother Mary comes to me/Speaking words of wisdom/Let it be"
    • Michelle and Paperback Writer
    • "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, All good children go to heaven!"
    • "Boy, you're gonna carry that weight/Carry that weight a long time"
    • When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me.
    • Let's face it; you could probably count the number of Beatles songs which aren't Ear Worms on one hand, and still have a few fingers and a thumb left over.
  • Natasha Bedingfield:
    • "I got a pocket, got a pocketful of sunshine, I got a love that I love and it's all mine"...
    • "Feel the rain on your skin, no one else can do it for you..."
    • "I'll be your A-N-G-E-L!"
  • BECK: E-Pro, Loser, Where It's At, Threshold, We Are Sex Bob-Omb, Girl, Devil's Haircut, Sexx Laws, Nicotine & Gravy, The New Pollution, Sissyneck... let's just say there's a lot.
  • From The Bee Gees:
  • Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.
    • Don't forget Eroica or the Pastoral Symphony either. Or how about BOBBA-BA-BAAAAHM?
    • "Für Elise", "Turkish March", "Moonlight Sonata" and the second movement of his Seventh Symphony are also quite catchy.
  • Lou Bega: "A little bit of Monica in my life... "
  • Harry Belafonte "DAAAAAAAAAAAY-OH! DAAAAAAAY AY AY OH! A daylight come, and Me wan' go home..."
  • Bell Biv Devoe: That girl is POOOOOOISOOOOOOON!
  • Benny Benassi's "Satisfaction"
  • Dierks Bentley: "5-1-5-0, somebody call the po-po…"
  • "Insomnia" by the lesser-known band Lou and Peter Berryman is both about these and one of these (if only because of repetition). Although the full effect can't be experienced without hearing the song at least once, go ahead and look at the lyrics (under "Content")
  • Berryz Koubou's "1-Oku 3-Senman Sou Diet Oukoku" is probably the most insidious earworm about dieting ever conceived. Nippon kokumin itsudemo dokodemo itsudemo dokodemo itsudemo dokodemo itsudemo dokodemo itsudemo dokodemo...
  • Beyoncé:
    • "Baby I could see your halo, you know you're my saving grace..."
    • "ALL MY SINGLE LADIES! (All my single ladies!)/ALL MY SINGLE LADIES! (All my single ladies!)"
    • "Ohh Boy you looking like you like what you see/ Won't you come over check up on it..."
    • "You must not know 'bout me, you must not know 'bout me!"
      • "To the left, to the left..."
    • "A sweet dream or beautiful nightmare?"
  • "If I scratch your back, you need to scratch mine, you need to get yours, I need to get mine...
  • Justin Bieber:
    • And I was like baby, baby, baby oh...
    • I will never say never! I will fight till forever!
    • And when you're mine in the world, there's gonna be one less lonely girl!
    • Me+you... I'm a tell you one time...
    • His song with Sean Kingston: "Shawty is a eenie meenie miney mo lover, Shawty is a eenie meenie miney mo lover, Shawty is a eenie meenie miney mo lover!" And on and on and on...
    • I need somebody to LOOOOVEE!!
  • Big & Rich's "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)." Actually, the whole first album is Crowning Music of Awesome meets Ear Worm, but "Save a Horse" in particular.
  • Anything by BigBang, but especially Fantastic Baby. Dance! Whoo-oo~ I wanna dan-dan-dan-da-dance~ FANTASTIC BABY!
  • For Russian and Non-Russian Tropers alike: I dare you to get "Bird of Happiness" ("Птица Счастья") out of your head. I DARE you.
  • The Birthday Massacre- I had the chorus to Happy Birthday stuck in my head for a few days, and the opening to To Die For as well.
    • Red Stars, Good Night and Kill The Lights are also particularly bad offenders in the Ear Worm department.
    • 1, 2, 3, 4, underneath the cellar floor, 5, 6, 7, 8, lover will, suffocate. 1, 2, 3, 4, underneath the cellar floor. 5, 6, 7, 8, lover will, suffocate.
    • "You cut so deep, my belief is gooooonnnneeeeee! My belief is goooooonnnnnneeeee, my belief is!"
    • Romance is breaking every heart in two, casting shadows in a pale shade of blue.
  • Bizet's Carmen, particularly the Overture.
  • The first lines of the song Mary by the french band Black Bomb A. Oh Mary, Sweet Mary!
  • "Strike It Up" by Black Box. "bum bum bum bumbum bum bum bum badabum yeah DANCE DANCE DANCE DANCE!"
    • I had it stuck in my head most of high school, but especially 9th grade (1991-1992) and 11th grade (1993-1994). I played it so many times that I wore the tape out — and certain members of my family still want to kill me for that, too.
  • The only band as bad as the Pussycat Dolls in Ear Worming are The Black Eyed Peas.
    • I got a feeling, that tonight's gonna be a good night. That tonight's gonna be a good, good night for feeling...
      • "Let's do it, let's do it, let's do it.."
    • "Boom Boom Pow"
    • "Meet me halfway / right on the border..."
    • PUMP IT/LOUDER!
    • "Let's get retarded it started, ha! Let's get retarded it started in here!"
    • "Imma be, imma be, imma imma imma be..."
    • No no no noooo, don't phunk with my heaaaart / I wonder if I take you home, will you still be in love, baby? In love, baby?"
    • My hump, my hump my hump, my hump my hump my hump, my lovely lady lump!
    • "I've, had, the time of my life..."
    • "I'm addicted and I just can't get enough..."
    • "People killin', People dyin', children hurt and hear them cryin'."
  • "Tighten Up" by The Black Keys
    • "Baddest Man Alive" and "Lonely Boy"
    • "Gold on the Ceiling"
  • Black Lace:
  • "Rebel+ Motorcycle+ Club/_/Berlin Berlin" by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: "I'm fightin' just to breathe as I get back on my knees/And say 'Help me somebody! Help me somebody!'"
  • Black Sabbath:
  • Rebecca Black: FRIDAY FRIDAY GETTIN' DOWN ON FRIDAY
    • "Partying, partying. Yeah! Fun, fun, fun, fun." Repeat until craziness sets in.
    • Some of the parodies can be worse. Gang Fight might be the worst of them.
    • Her new song, My Moment, is an obvious take that to all her haters, but it's not an earworm to the extent that "Friday" is.
  • From Newgrounds: blarsa's "Garden Party".
  • Blind Guardian's "The Soulforged": 'AND FROM THE FLAMES, AS CHANCE WOULD HAVE IT! THE SOULFORGED WILL COME INTO LIIIIIIGHT! AND FROM THE FLAMES, AS CHANCE WOULD HAVE IT! THE SOULFORGED, THE STAINLESS, WILL RIIIIIIIIISE!"
  • blink-182:
    • "I took her out/It was a Friday night/I wore cologne/To get the feeling right/We started making out/And she took off my pants/But then I turned on the TV..."
    • Forever and ever, let's make this last forever!
    • "Say it ain't so, I will not go, turn the lights off, carry me home!"
      • "Na-Na, Na-Na, Na-Na, Na-Na-Na-Na, Na-Na, Na-Na, Na-Na, Na-Na-Na-Na..."
    • "I fell in love with the girl at the rock show..."
  • Bloc Party.
  • Blondie:
  • Bloodhound Gang:
    • "You and me babe ain't nothing but mammals so let's do it like they do on the Discovery Channel (get horny now!) DA DA DA DA DADADADA..."
    • "Foxtrot... Uniform... Charlie... Kilo!"
    • The really NSFW "The Ballad of Chasey Lain".
    • "The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire"
    • "The lap dance is so much better when the stripper is crying..."
  • Bloody Beetroots & Steve Aoki's WARP 1.9: "One! Two! WHOOP! WHOOP!"
  • Bloody Red Shoes' "It's Getting Boring By The Sea".
    • "Let's consider/a change of scenery/it's getting boring/by the sea/pictures/pictures/pictures!"
    • "I was some one better I wish/I was someone better I wish"

  • The Blue Hearts: LINDA LINDAAAAAAAAAAAA LINDA LINDA LINDAAAA
  • Pick a song by Blue Oyster Cult. ANY song.
    • With a purposeful grimace and a terrible sound he pulls the spitting high tension wires down!
    • I'm burnin' I'm burning' I'm burning for you!
    • Seasons don't fear the reaper. Nor do the wind, the sun, or the rain...
    • Four doors at the Four Winds Bar... two doors locked, and windows barred...
    • And the joke's on youuuuuuuuuu, and the joke's on youuuuuuuuuuuu, and the joke's on youuuuuuuuuu, and the joke-
    • Oh noooooo! They say he's got to go! GO GO GODZILLA!
    • ASTRONOMYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY! A STAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAR...
    • But yoooooouuuuuu, why you wanna give me a run-around..."
    • Lucifer the light (or [[Mondegreen "it's a burning light"]]). repeat thirty-two times for best earworm effect.
  • blur:
  • Boa: "I'll eat you up! Your love, your loooove..."
  • B.o.B:
    • "Can we pretend that airplanes in the night sky are like shooting stars?"
    • "Beautiful girls/All over the world/I could be chasing/But my time would be wasting/They got nothin' on yooouuu, baby..."
    • "I'VE GOT THE MAGIC IN ME/EVERYTIME I TOUCH THAT TRACK, IT TURNS IN TO GOLD"
    • Most of the choruses in B.o.B's songs are just perfectly crafted to stay in your mind, but this troper personally loves "Don't Let Me Fall." "Well it was just a dream, just a moment ago..."
    • "Play the Guitar"
    • "Both of Us" featuring Taylor Swift
    • "So Good"
  • Say what you will about Ice T's metal band Body Count's notorious song Cop Killer, but once you've heard it...."COP KILLAH! Bettah you than MEEE! COP KILLAH! FUCK POLICE BRUTALITY!" It just won't freakin' leave!
  • "Rah, rah, Rasputin, Russia's greatest love machine!" (Boney M)
  • Boston:
    • More Than A Feeling. You'll definitely remember that guitar riff.
    • Also, there's "Amanda."
    • "People living in competition; all I want is to have my peace of mind"
  • David Bowie:
    • This is Ground Control to Major Tom.
    • "Rebel rebel, you've torn your dress, rebel rebel, your face is a mess..."
      • "What kind of magic spell to use? Slime, snails, or puppy dog tails?"
    • It's a god-awful small affair...
      • "Sailors fighting in the dance hall! Oh man, look at those cavemen go! It's the freakiest show!
    • "Ashes to Ashes, Funk to Funky, we know Major Tom's a junkie!"
    • Cat People (Putting Out Fire), It'll stick in your head for a thousand years...
      • ...Nothin's gonna touch you in these golden years...
      • And I've been putting out fire... with gasoLIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINE
    • So don't lean on me man, cause you can't afford the ticket... Down in Suffragette City!
      • Ohhhh WHAM BAM THANK YOU MAAM!
    • Cha-cha-cha changes! Turn and face the strange. Cha-cha-changes!
    • There's a Starman waiting in the sky...
    • Ooooh-bop dodododododo fa fa fa fashion - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPVTbDA8dSM
    • His songs from Labyrinth are probably his biggest earworms, especially Magic Dance.
    • How are we all forgetting one of his most insidious ones ever? Doo-doot-doo-doo-doo-doo...don't you wonder sometiiiiii-iiiii-iiiimes 'bout sound and vision?
    • And finally, what's possibly Bowie's catchiest earworm: Lucy Can't Dance...to the noise but she knows what the noise can do...Dadada-da, da da da DADADA!
  • Bowling for Soup. "Val Kilmer". 'Cause the big screen's calling, final casting call! It's your big shot baby, you're the next big star of another stupid movie 'bout a guy with a broken heart...
  • Bran Van 3000: "What the hell am I doing Drinking in LA at twenty-six...?"
  • Breaking Benjamin:
    • 'Breath'. There's a reason it was at #1 on the rock charts for seven weeks in a row.
    • 'Blow Me Away', particularly for anyone who ever played Halo 2.
    • "Something's getting in the way, something's just about to break!"
      • I'm still trying to find my place IN THE DIARY OF JANE!
    • "I will not bow, I will not break, I will shut the world away!"
    • "I can feel you falling awayyyy..."
    • "After the lights go out on you!"
    • "Show me how it ends, it's alright! Show me how defenseless you really are!"
  • Anything, anything by Japanese duo Brief & Trunks. Just search up 'ブリーフ&トランクス' on Youtube and say goodbye to mental silence.
  • Brown-Eyed Girls had a really big hit in their native South Korea a few years ago with the techno thumping, beat-driving earworm Abracadabra that I wish was much much longer. It's becoming known all over again because Psy paid to use the same iconic dance moves for his post-Gangnam Style music video.
  • On Our Own, Bobby Brown's song written for Ghostbusters II. "Well I guess we're gonna have to take control (All on our own)..."
  • V V Brown: "Baby, there's a shark in the water, there's something underneath my bed, oh please believe I said..."
  • Pretty much all of Luke Bryan's "Country Girl (Shake It for Me)", but especially the "Country girl, shake it for me, girl, shake it for me, girl, shake it for me..." It almost sounds like a disco song.
  • My Boyfriend by Bubbles is the most annoying song known to humanity.
  • Jeff Buckley's ''Hallelujah''
  • It's peanut-butter jelly time!
  • The Buggles - Video Killed the Radio Star. Gosh dang that is a catchy song.
  • Bullet for My Valentine
    • When I see your face my HEARTS BURST INTO FIRE
    • You/were told/to run away.../Soak/the place/and light the flaaame.../Pay/the price/for Your Betrayal...
    • YOUR TEARS DON'T FALL THEY CRASH AROUND ME
  • If you've ever heard the beginning of the song Pirates by Bullets and Octane, it won't leave your head.
  • Laura Bell Bundy's "Giddy On Up" has a ridiculously catchy chorus: "Love, love, you let me down / Makin' this too easy / Love, love, you let mm down / Think you should be leavin' / Love, love, you let me down, let me down / Mm-hmm,but you won't string me along / You better be movin' on / Giddy on up, giddy on out..."
  • Alexandra Burke's "What Happens On the Dancefloor," helped by the Title Only Chorus, and featuring Cobra Starship, who are notorious for their earworm-ridden songs.
  • There's a good chance you've never heard of Robert Burns before this, but you're almost certainly familiar with his most famous song, "Auld Lang Syne." There's a reason it's still well known over 200 years after it was published.
  • Remember Steve Burns? That guy from Blues Clues? He's put out an indie rock album now. His song "Mighty Little Man" is extremely potent. "Nobody else is stronger than I am / Yesterday I moved a mountain / I'd like to be your hero..."
  • Bush - Machinehead. "Breath in, breath out, breath in, breath out..."
  • How about Kate Bush? "Heath-CLIFF! It's meeeeee, your Cathyyyyyyy, come home now!" It's ten times worse if you're reading the book, by the way.
    • I see your Wuthering Heights and raise you a Babooshka. "AAAAAAA YAAHHHH, babooshka, babooshka, babooshka, ya ya..."
    • And also Running Up That Hill.
  • I have had The Butthole Surfer's Pepper stuck in my head for, uh... 13 years.

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