AC/DC's songs are easy to earworm, thanks to their repeating choruses. In their own words, they've been doing the same song for the whole of their career. So the earworms can build up on each other. (Of course, due to the performers' bizarre Australian/British/American accents, it can be hard to make out many of the words unless you're a committed fan.)
"I'm on the HIGHWAY TO HELL! On the HIGHWAY TO HELL!"
"It's a LONG WAY to the TOP if you wanna ROCK AND ROLL..."
But WE'VE got the BIGGEST... BALLS OF THEM ALL!
Try getting the riff from "Back in Black" out of your head. You can't, can you?
My heart beats like a drum, dam dam dam... It's a shame that ATC never managed to get that popular (well, Around the World is known by many,, but most of them don't know who actually sing it), as practically all of their songs are either Ear Worms or beautifully vocalized.
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.
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).
One Week by Barenaked Ladies. It took weeks of this song getting overplayed on the radio before everyone actually figured out the lyrics, but they can all still sing the song word for word when it gets stuck in their head again even though it's pretty old. College humor even did a parody song about it just to get it stuck in everyones heads again.
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."
"Your Mother Should Know"? It's definitely catchy.
"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.
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 sadversion - 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.
"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")
"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.
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!"
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!
'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.
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..."
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 Blue's 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..."
Carolina Liar. "Show Me What I'm Looking For". This has been stuck in my head for the better part of a week now. I can't make it stop. It's slowly driving me nuts. I have to mute that stupid Overstock dot com commercial every time it comes on for fear of the earworm resurfacing.
"Prison Bitch" by Rodney Carrington. Just try to listen to it without it getting stuck in your head.
that's enough of an earworm on it's own, but The Spinto Band's cover turns it into three earworms at once by combining it with "Sweet Escape" by Gwen Stefani and "The Boys Are Back In Town" by Thin Lizzy, both of which share the same chords.
Gene Chandler: "Duke, duke, duke, duke of Earl, duke, duke, duke of Earl..."
Harry Chapin: "Oh, the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon, little boy blue and the man in the moon. When you coming home, dad? ''I don't know when, but we'll get together then...
There's a cat in the kettle at the Peking Moon, The place that I eat everyday at noon, They can feed you cat and you'll never know, Once they wrap it up in dough, boys, They fry it real crisp in dough.
Eric Church's "Creepin'" aptly describes what it'll be doing in your head. Maybe it's that snakelike rattle in the intro, the funky banjo, the faster chorus, or the "bom bom bom ba-dow" at the beginning and end.
Any sort of classic western ditty. Clementine ("Oh my darlin, oh my darlin, oh my darlin Clementine! You are lost and gone forever, dreadful sorry, Clementine!") and "I've Been Workin' On the Railroad" are particularly catchy.
Two Sisters (at least the Clannad version) also counts. It doesn't help that it's so morbid...
Biffy Clyro's ''Mountains'' is one. Toss up between the chorus of "I AM A MOUNTAIN, I AM THE SEA, YOU CAN'T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME!!!" or the bit after the second chorus with the cool piano in the background; "Cos you tear us apart / With all the things you don't like / You can't understand / That I won't leave / 'Til we're finished here / And then you'll find out / Where it all went wrong."I can't stop hearing it several times a day, starting from waking up in the morning. Even after hearing it on loop hundreds of times and learning how to play the guitar parts and sing the lead vocals at the same time, also on loop. It would be Nightmare Fuel if it weren't for the fact that I still love the song and thinks it is one of the best rock tracks ever made.
She's all I need, all my life/I feel so good if I just say the woooooord! Sus-sus-sudio!
The Commodores / Faith No More: "I'm easy, I'm easy like sunday morning..."
"She's a brick house..."
Conjure One - "Centre of the Sun" Young girl in the market/Music to the men/When the men leave/Her eyes are red/When her eyes are closed again she sees the dark market of above.../ And she sings/'They say the most horrible things/But I hear violins,/ when I close my eyes/I am at the center of the sun/And I cannot be hurt/By anything this wicked world has done' I will begin randomly singing it. It's just... damn beautiful.
"Sailing" swiftly becomes an Ear Worm even before the lyrics start. It was also a Stealth Parody of what was becoming the "yacht rock" genre, which in 1979 was still something of an informal term.
Well it's not far down to paradise, at least it's not for me And if the wind is right you can sail away and fight tranquility Oh, the canvas can do miracles, just you wait and see Believe me It's not far to never never land, no reason to pretend And if the wind is right you can find the joy of innocence again Oh, the canvas can do miracles, just you wait and see Believe me Sailing takes me away to where I always heard it could be Just a dream and the wind to carry me, and soon I will be free
"Hey now, hey now, don't dream it's over..."
"Somewhere deep inside, something's got a hold of you..."
"Tell me all the things you would change, I don't pretend to know what you want..."
"No time, no place to talk about the weather..."
"Break Your Heart". The remix with Ludacris. "I'm only gonna break-break your break-break your heart..."
One word: Dynamite.
One word might trigger it, but nine words will: "I throw my hands up in the air sometimes..."