It might not seem like an Ear Worm at first, but once you hear Royal March of the Lion from Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals, you will be humming that tune all day. "Da na na na NA na nana, da nananana na naaa...."
"I Can't Decide". Made even worse by the fact that it's about a mob boss considering a hit, discusses the various ways the person could be whacked, it's incredibly catchy, and it's NSFW.
A lot of people have likely been exposed to it through its use in the 2007 Doctor Who episode "Last of the Time Lords". The song fits The Master just perfectly. Russell T Davies clearly knew exactly what he was doing when he picked the song.
By temporary J-pop duo Shuji to Akira (Yamashita Tomohisa and Kamenashi Kazuya) is their song known as Seishun Amigo. I have had it stuck on repeat in my head for 3 years now, to the point where it has become a mental screensaver.
Simon and Garfunkel - The Sound of Silence and Homeward Bound. Also The Boxer, Bridge Over Troubled Water, I Am a Rock, The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy), The Only Living Boy in New York, Cecilia, Baby Driver, Richard Cory, Scarborough Fair/Canticle, Bleecker Street, and Mrs. Robinson.
For Paul Simon alone, there's "Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover", which has a marching band drumming rhythm for much of the song
Sly And The Family Stone: "Dance To The Music", "Life", "Fun", "I Want To Take You Higher", "Everyday People", "Stand!", "You Can Make It If You Try", "Sing A Simple Song", "Hot Fun In The Summertime", "Everybody Is A Star", "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)", "Family Affair", "Spaced Cowboy".
Sonia Dada's "You Don't Treat Me No Good," or for you country music fans, "Lover, Lover" by Jerrod Niemann (his cover has a different title). "Lover, lover, lover, you don't treat me no good no more..."
The Song of the Volga Boatmen is a Russian folk song that's become synonymous for laborous toiling and the Red Scare alike, though cases of the latter have nosedived since the end of the cold war.
Sparks: "Fletcher Honorama". "Just be sure, just be sure that the boy don't die before the mooooooooornnnn"
"Battery Life" by Siamey. You can find it on the Protagonist Record's page for the album "Going Away"(which, if you haven't guessed, is what this song is from). The melody is by far the catchiest thing I've ever heard.
Jim Stafford had a few. Starting, of course, with: "I don't like Spiders and Snakes..."
Does anyone know the way? There's got to be a way... to BLOCKBUSTER! note link plz?
Made worse by the fact that it has the same riff as "Jean Genie" by David Bowie, so you get two EarWorms for the price of one.
"Am I The Same Girl" by Swing Out Sister. Despite rather liking the rest of Swing Out Sister's music, I very much wanted to put an icepick through my ear after getting that abomination stuck in my head for a 48-hour stretch.
Don't stoooop to asssssk...you got to find a way to make it last...
Drop It Like It's Hot by Snoop Dogg. Don't click that link, unless you want this song stuck in your head all week. Even the tongue-clicking is a huge ear worm.
The one, the only, the classic: "Birdhouse In Your Soul." I heard this song without even knowing who They Might Be Giantswere, and STILL found myself humming this infuriatingly catchy melody for weeks afterwards.
"Don't don't don't let's start, I've got a weak heart, and I don't get around how you get around..."
Many of the songlets in the "Fingertips" ensemble have the potential to run on infinite loop in your head—even worse since they're so short. "Please pass the milk, please!" "Mysteeeerious whisper!"
The worst one, the one that you'll want to sing but the one that will get the weirdest looks: "I'm having a heart attack..."
Particle Man...doing the things a particle can...When he goes into the water, does he get wet or does the water get him instead?
Its best and most persistent Ear Worm, however, is Istanbul [not Constantinople]: "...was once Constantinople, it's been a long time gone, Constantinople...old New York was once New Amsterdam. Why they changed it, I can't say: I guess people just liked it better that way...why did Constantinople get the works? That's nobody's business but the Turks'!
The sun is a mass of incandescent gas, a gigantic nuclear furnace...
A bit personal, but I I typically get the opening riff to "Ana Ng" stuck in my head. There's one other that gets caught in my head frequently... if you can't guess it by looking, you wouldn't know it.
You know how children's songs are often insanely catchy? TMBG wrote "Never Go to Work", buried innocuously in a kid's video podcast: "On Monday, I never go to work/On Tuesday,I stay at home...". Just try to avoid humming it when you get up at the start of the week.
And I am a snake head eating the head on the opposite siiiiiide/ I palindrome I. (Man-o-nam)I palindrome I.
"It's for this experimental film, that nobody knows about but which..."
"The Sun is a Mass of Incandescent Gas." Ugh. For cruel, complicated reasons I once had that song blasted at me over and over again for almost an hour, and to this day it remains pleasurable and painful at the same time.
Call me Dr Ear Worm...good morning, how are you, I'm Dr Worm.
"I'm having a wonderful time, but I'd rather be whistling in the dark."
This troper's son is a big fan of the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse which features this theme and "Hot Dog". "M I C K E Y M O U S E" is still in my head at work later in the day.
I will take the dare. "Like I Love You", "Cry Me a River", "I'm Lovin' It", "Senorita", "Rock Your Body", "LoveStoned", "My Love", "What Goes Around...Comes Around", "SexyBack", "4 Minutes", "Love Sex Magic", "Mirrors", "Suit & Tie", "Pusher Love Girl" and "Strawberry Bubblegum".
it's by The Tokens, and the title is The Lion Sleeps Tonight or if you're listening to the older version by Solomon Linda, it's called Mbube. I put it here because The Tokens' Version is the most famous one in the West.
"Drops of Jupiter": Now that she's back in the atmosphere/with drops of Jupiter in her hair/She acts like summer and walks like rain/reminds me that there's a time to change yeah/Since her return from her stay on the moon/she listens like Spring and she talks like June yeah....
Turisas, a folk-metal band, did a cover of the Disco song Rasputin by Boney M... It is one of the oddest mashups of genres ever (metal, folk AND disco? You'd never think it could possibly work) but it is just so damn catchy, especially the chorus RA-RA-RASPUTIN, Lover of the Russian queen....
Turisas are very good at these in their own songs too...
A large number of Shania Twain songs: "Any Man of Mine," "Honey, I'm Home," "I'm Gonna Getcha Good!" and "Up!" in particular are some of the biggest for this troper.
"Man! I Feel Like a Woman," "(If You're Not In It For Love) I'm Outta Here," "That Don't Impress Me Much," and especially "You're Still The One" are just some of the reasons she was as big as she was in the '90s.
The Tweets: It's cruel to even mention it but... The Birdie Song (or Chicken Dance, if you prefer).
I can attest to this with gusto. This song has been in my head since I were four years old. Anytime there's a lull in conversation I can be heard humming it. I'm considering suicide, if my friends don't kill me first.
I third this, especially since it was pretty much the only song played at the Wurstfest she attended last year.