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  • Radiohead:
  • Ring ring ring ring ring ring ring, Banana Phone! It will drive you bananas.
  • These from Rage Against the Machine:
  • Rah Rah: "Just another chip, chip, chip off the heart!"
  • If you're okay with music from Brazil, "Eu Quero Ver o Oco" by hardcore band Raimundos manages to be heavy and catchy.
  • J Ralph - "It's a blindfold kick back type of game called a KANSAS CITY SHUFFLE, where you look left..." and Bruce Willis snaps your neck
  • Rania's Dr. Feelgood - "Doctor, doctor, feeeeel good! Come make me feel reaaaal good!" Caution: May cause you to start dancing sexily.
  • Rancid gives us Time Bomb...
    • "Black coat white shoes black hat cadillac, the boy's a time bo-o-omb!"
      • "Destination unknown, Ruby Ruby Ruby Ruby Soho..."
      • "Give 'em the boot, the roots, the radicals..."
  • By Ram Jam: Who-oa, Black Betty, bambalam, who-oa, Black Betty, bambalam~
  • Rammstein have a few, but Pussy definitely qualifies.
    "You got a pussy! I have a dick-ah!
    So what's the problem? Let's do it quick!
    Take me now before it's too late...life's too short, so I can't wait!
    Take me now, oh don't you see, I can't get laid in Germany!"
    • DU! DU HAST!
    • BANG! BANG! FEUER FREI!
    • "We're all living in America!"
    • Then there's "Kokain". "Ooo, du bist das schönste Kind... von allen!"
    • LINKS ZWO LINKS ZWO LINKS ZWO DREI VIER!
  • From The Ramones:
    • "Twenty, twenty, twenty-four hours to go... I wanna be sedated."
    • "HEY! HO! Let's go! HEY! HO! Let's go! HEY! HO! Let's go! HEY! HO! Let's go!
    • "I don't wanna be buried, in a pet sematery! I don't want to live my life again!"
    • " Hey daddy-O, I don't wanna go DOOOOOOWN TO THIS PLACE!!! ( Dananana dan dan dananana)"
    • Beat on the brat, beat on the brat, beat on the brat with a BASEBALL BAT! Oh yah, Oh yah ohohoh!
    • Rock, rock, rockaway beach, rock, rock, rockaway beach...
    • Bonzo goes to Bitburg and goes out for a cup of tea, as I watched on TV somehow it really bothered me, drank in all the bars in town for an extended foreign policy...
  • If you ever wanted to know who actually did "Yakety Sax," or The Benny Hill Show theme, meet Boots Randolph. You have been warned.
  • Rascal Flatts' "Bob That Head." It's a stupid song, but This Troper would easily file it under Guilty Pleasures for its ear-worm status alone.
    • [[Covered Up "What hurts the most, is being so close..."]
  • Ratatat: Loud Pipe, Lex, and Seventeen Years.
  • Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats' "SOB." Catchy as hell humming and vocalizing throughout the verses and then...SON OF A BITCH! GIMME A DRINK! ONE MORE NIGHT! THIS CAN'T BE ME!
  • Ravel's Bolero is maddening in this way: on one hand it's essentially the same bit being done over and over again for about 15 minutes, but after about 8-10 minutes it's built to an epic and inspiring state of pure aural awesome.
  • The Swedish group The Real Group has their song I Sing, You Sing. This one is also an example of a song about an earworm as the following verse shows:
    I met a melody today
    It didn't ask if it could stay
    Now it even wants share my bed
    You know at first it was OK
    But as it never goes away
    It drives me insane I almost wish I were dead
    I can't get the melody out of my head
  • The Ready Set: Woah-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh...
    • She's bringing me in, and she's kickin' me out again....
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers:
    • "Can't Stop". Especially the Guitar Riff and the Bassline.
    • "Dream of californication..."
    • "I like pleasure spiked with pain, and music is my aeroplane, is my aeroplane..."
    • "California rest in peace, simultaneous release..."
    • "If you see me getting high, knock me down, I'm not larger than life..."
    • "Fight like a brave (LIKE A BRAVE)! Don't be a slave (NO SLAVE)!"
    • "Hey oh, listen what I say-oh..."
      • That riff is hypnotic.
    • "Under the bridge downtown, is where I drew some blood..."
    • "Give it away, give it away, give it away now!"
    • "With birds I share this lonely view!"
    • "By the way, I tried to say, I'd be there..."
    • "Tell me baby, what's the story..."
    • "How long, how loooooong, will I slide..." Especially the guitar riff in the chorus sticks.
    • "Never in the wrong time or wrong place/Desecration is the smile on my face..."
    • "Heeeey now, we've got to make it rain somehow"
  • Redlight's appropriately named Get Out My Head. It won't.
  • Reel Big Fish:
  • An amazingly infectious pop punk song, Face Down, by the The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus: "Do you feel like a man / When you push her around / Do you feel better now? / As she falls to the ground". It's known to leach into your head.
  • Rednex, "Cotton-Eyed Joe." "'Fit hadn't been for Cotton-Eyed Joe / I'd been married a long time 'go / Where didja come from, where didja go / Where didja come from, Cotton-Eyed Joe..."
    • Motherdouchebags! I just got that out of my head.
      • Ha. I got a singing birthday card from my uncle, and guess which song played when I opened it? Needless to say, I didn't open that card very often!
    • "Bottleneck Bob is riding fast / Wanted by the law for the freight train blast / The sheriff and his men is a big bad mob / But they're chasing poor old Bottleneck Bob"
    • If Cotton Eyed Joe makes you barf, I challenge you to listen to Old Pop in an Oak. Once.
  • R.E.M.:
  • Similar to TMBG's Fingertips songs, the songs on The Residents' Commercial Album are pretty catchy, even though they're all one minute long.
  • Reunion has an excellent one: "Life is a rock, but the radio rolled me..."
  • Revocation:
    • "YOU LOOK INTO MY EYES! MALICE IS ALL YOU'LL FIND! DEVOID OF SYMPATHY! EXHUMED IDENTITY!"
    • "MOOOOOTHERRRRR! DON'T YOU CRY TO ME! THE CHILD IS MINE, DON'T TRY TO BEG OR PLEAD! MOOOOOTHERRRRR! YOUR SORROW IS SO SWEEEE-EEET! THIS IS IS YOUR DESTINY!"
    • "RIPPING RIGHT INTO YOOOOU! RAAAACING THROUGH TO INFIIIINIIIITY! DISASSEMBLE THE AAAAABSOLUUUTE! INTEGRATE WITH VACUITY!"
    • "THE GRIP TIGHTENS AROUND OUR THROATS! GASPING FOR AIR, AS WE CHOKE! A BARREN FUTURE, WE'VE LOST ALL HOPE! SLOWLY THE GRIP TIGHTENS, AROUND OUR THROOOOATS!"
    • "THIS IS WHAT I'VE BECOME, WHAT YOU HAVE MADE! I WILL CURSE YOUR NAME TILL MY FINAL DAY! BURYING LOVE IN A FROSTBITTEN GRAVE! UNDYING HATRED, THE GIFT YOU GAVE!"
    • "BESIEGED BY THE MEDIA BLITZKRIEG, UNDER ATTACK BY HYPERBOLE! WHAT WE'VE SEEN CANNOT BE UNSEEN, DEMORALIZING OUR SOCIETY!"
    • "A SYSTEM DESIGNED WITH CONTROLLING INTENT CANNOT BE CHANGED FROM WITHIN! THE ILLUSION OF CHOICE, A COIN WITH ONE SIDE! THE FIX IS IN!"
    • "Monolithic ignorance! Devoid of intelligence! Devolved comprehension! Reversed progression!"
    • "Aaaadversaries of Jotunheiiiim! Strike their spears into hearts of iiiice!"
  • Busta Rhymes: Three words: Pass the Courvoisier. "Don't this shit make a n***a wanna (JUMP JUMP!!!!)" The Gorgeous Period Dress and sweet hats in the music video are just gravy at this point.
  • Lionel Richie: "I'm trulyyyyyyyyyyyyyy..."
    • "Hello! Is it me your lookin' fooor?"
  • Dui mian de nu hai kan guo lai, KAN GUO LAAAIIII by Richie Jen/Ren
  • Rihanna:
    • "Umbrella". "Under my umbrella, ella, ella..."
      • As if it wasn't bad enough, how about when you live with young girls who only sing the same four lines from the chorus, a dozen times in a row?
    • I see your ella, ella, ella, eh, and raise you a BUM BUM BEE DUM BUM BUM BEE DUM BUM.
    • And I see your Bum bum bee dum bum bum bee dum bum, and raise you a Song Pon De Replay.
    • And before all that, there was S. O. S. Please. Some. One. Help. Me.
      • It's not healthy, for me to hear this song, one more time...
      • Uh, didn't Pon De Replay come before SOS? As in, the one that started it all?
    • For goodness' sake, guys, stop it. Just shut up and drive, drive, drive, drive...
    • You can't go wrong with a Tainted Love sample.
    • "Your mind is in Disturbia!"
    • "Please don't stop the music!"
    • Rihanna has the infectious hooks down to a science. Listen to a song by Rihanna, and that song will be with you for a while.
    • Add "Rude Boy" onto the list.
    • Te amo, te amo...
    • And with here newest album Loud, she gives us Only Girl and What's My Name.
    • Take a breath, take it deep...
    • The entirety of S&M. NANANA COME ON COME ON COME ON NANANANA COME ON.
    • We found love in a hopeless place.....We found love in a hopeless place....
    • He want that cake cake cake cake cake cake...................
    • "WHERE HAVE TO BEEN ALL MY LI-I-I-I-IFE, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LI-I-I-I-IFE." Repeat till your brain melts
  • "Dejalo" from Rilo Kiley's fourth album Under the Blacklight has a noted tendency to get into one's head, despite near-universal agreement that it is by far the worst song on the album.
    • "I Never" has to count.
  • Time. Time, Time... TIME! TIME TO UNDER-STAND THE HORROR!!
  • Rivers of Nihil:
    • "BURY ME! SO THAT I MIGHT GROW! FEED ME RAIN! AND LEAVE ME ALONE! BURY ME! AND LEAVE ME ALONE! FEED ME RAIN! SO THAT I MIGHT GROW!"
    • "YOUNIVERSE! WITHIN ME! SOIL! AND SEED! RADIATE! ENERGY! GIVEN FORM TO INFINITE DIVINITY!"
    • "DRAG ME BE-LOW THE LIINE OF LIIGHT! TRILLIONS OF POINTS CON-NECT IN-SIIDE!"
    • "I AM THE SUN! AND I AM THE MOON ONCE TOLD OF! EMPTY MY SKIN, I AM READY! I AM THE SUN! I AM THE MOON! EMPTY YOUR SKIN! I AM READY!"
  • Robert Miles: Children: An electronic song of the trance genre which has a short, sweet piano riff - a one-second run that rises in pitch - that might ring familiar as soon as you hear it.
  • Robert Randolph and the Family Band: "Disco calypso, it don't matter ... do the jerk until it hurts I'm telling you AIN'T NOTHING WROOOOONG WITH THAT!"
  • Stan Rogers: "God damn them all! I was told we'd cruise the seas for American gold..."
    • "Rise again, RIIIISE AGAAAAIIIN..."
  • Rogue Traders: "Voodoo Child". HERE COME THE DRUMS, HERE COME THE DRUMS, BABY BABY BABAYYYYY...
    • You forgot "In Love Again"
  • The Rolling Stones:
    • They have at least three: "Satisfaction" ("I can't get no! I can't get no! No, no, no"), "Start Me Up" and "She's So Cold".
    • "Hey! You! Get off of my cloud!"
    • "...and I want to paint it black..."
    • "Please allow me to introduce myself, I'm a man of wealth and taste..."
    • "Well, his coat is torn and frayed, it's seen much better days..."
    • "I'll never be your beast of burden..."
    • "Jumpin' Jack Flash, it's a gas, gas, gas!"
    • "Shadooby! Shattered! Shattered!!"
    • "You can't always get what you want.."
    • "War, children-It's just a shot away! It's just a shot away!"
    • "Brown sugar-how come you dance so good now..."
    • "Can't you hear me knocking on your window..."
    • "Let's spend the night together, now I need you more than ever..."
    • "Wild horses couldn't drag my away..."
    • "I know it's only rock n' roll, but I like it, yes I do!"
    • "All I hear is doom and gloom..."
    • "The sunshine bores the daylights out of me! Chasing shadows, moonlight mystery!"
  • Jenny Rom: So lovely lovely lovely and YOU'RE. MY. MAN. HEY YOU! NOT YOU! YOU WANNA BE MY LOVER? OH BABY DON'T BE GLOWER! Or y'know...ANY song by Jenny Rom...
    • Waka Laka's a game to play forever, just to be together! (JUST TO BE TOGETHER!)
    • Ika Uka oka oka ay! Together jambo Kalambo locked in in my head, SING!
  • Rondo Veneziano: La Serenissima (Venice in Peril). A memorable example of the then niche genre of Classical music and rock/disco blend. Best known outside of Italy due to the sporadic broadcast of a vaguely remembered but trippy obscure animated music video which was most often, if at all, seen at strange late night hours, as a minor feature on some other show, or as an interstitial on U.K. and even North America television. This song also appears prominently in the soundtrack to the 1985 British film Not Quite Paradise (AKA Not Quite Jerusalem) and many outside Italy heard it there for the first time.
  • Roxette
  • Roxy Music.
  • Everyday I'm hustlin'
  • Billy Joe Royal: "Down In The Boondocks"
    • "Hush"
  • Almost anything by Röyksopp. Their latest track, "Happy Up Here", is especially addictive (and the music video rocks too).
  • Mekon/Röyksopp's Please Stay remix/Don't Go, sometimes played at TV sporting event football venues.
    • or mostly anything by Röyksopp for that matter: Eple (which was used as an Apple start up) and Happy Up There
    • How about "Remind Me" (curse you Geico!)
  • The weird thing about getting a Rush song earwormed in your cranium, it's usually not the lyrics that keep repeating, but rather Alex Lifeson's guitar solos or Neal Peart's entire drumline. Heck, right now, I'm tapping out the bass line to Presto.
  • Kevin Rudolf:
  • From Poland: Piotr Rubik, "Niech mowia ze to nie jest milosc". My ex was obsessed with this song to the point of playing it pretty much on a loop during a 5-hour car journey. It's still lodged in my head over a year later, but it is a good song.
    • There exists a Harry Potter Shipping fan-vid (to which I have, perhaps mercifully, mislaid the link) that uses this song as an accompaniment to the Hermione/Draco ship, perhaps because of the They All Said We Never Could Be Happy theme of the (Polish) lyrics. ("Let Them Say This Isn't Love", an English translation of the song's title, was the original working title of that page for a reason.) It managed to achieve the impossible by making this godawful ship somewhat bearable, then (inevitably) got stuck in my head. And now won't go away.
      • Would this be the video in question?
  • The Runaways: HELLO DADDY! HELLO MOM I'M YOUR CH-CH-CH-CH CHERRY BOMB!.
  • Heck, basically every single Relient K song is like this, especially "Be My Escape" and "Must Have Done Something Right"!
  • Relatively unknown New Zealander singer Bic Runga managed to Ear Worm her way to recognition thanks to her ballad "Sway", which was featured in the American Pie soundtrack.
  • Todd Rundgren: "I don't wanna work! I wanna bang on the drum all day! I don't wanna play! I just wanna bang on the drum all day!"
  • The Rutles: La-Dee-Doo-Dah, La-De-Da, Let's all go to Shangri-La!
  • Ruslana: HEY HEY WE KEEP DANCING
  • Endless repeats + multiple modulations + strings + drum break = Tommy Roe's "Dizzy"
  • Fairytale by Alexander Rybak


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