Ear Worm: Music XYZ
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- Daite Senorita, Yamashita Tomohisa. I have lost count of how many times its played in my head. Damn good song, though.
- Nikki Yanofsky's I Believe, the anthem of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Canada's Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium managed to get this song stuck in the head of nearly every Canadian during the Games by creating an instrumental version to play at the end of each commercial break. The conclusion of each break was announced with: DUHDUHDA DA DUHDUH DA / DUHDUHDA DUH DA DAAAAAA! / DUHDUHDA DA DUHDUH DA / BUH DUHDUH DUHDUHDUHDUHDUHDUH DADADA!! However, the song seemed to simply disappear from the heads of everyone, along with the rest of the Olympic spirit, following the closing of the Games at the beginning of March.
- "You've never seen the likes of me, baby / when I walk in a room / Nothing you've read in magazines, darling / so let me tell you the news!" Homegirl has now and officially done it all.
- "Je Veux te Voir" by YELLE (NSFW, especially for the bilingual).
- I'll be the roundabout/The words will maaaake you out n' out...
- HEAD IIIIIIINNNNNTO THE HEADLIGHT! DON'T TUUUUUUUURN FROM THE RAIN!
- Owner of a lonely heart... owner of a lonely heart...
- Oh yeah...
- Yellow Magic Orchestra's Rydeen. Heck, anything by YMO.
- You Me At Six's Bite My Tongue. YOU KEEP ME ON THE EDGE OF MY SEAT.
- Hell, most of the songs on their Sinners Never Sleep album fit this trope.
- Neil Young:
- I want to live with a cinnamon girl; I could be happy the rest of my life with a cinnamon girl.
- Southern man better keep your head; don't forget what your Good Book said
- Tin soldiers and Nixon's coming, we're finally on our own (technically a Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young song, but Young wrote it)
- Frank Zappa:
- "Catholic Girls". The perfect combination of repetitive lyrics and a catchy tune ensures that it gets stuck in my head whenever I so much as think about it.
- Oh man, you think Catholic Girls is an earworm? Well, let me tell you something. Don't know much about dancin', that's why I got this song. One of my legs is shorter than the other and both of my feets too long...
- "Jewish Princess", "Bobby Brown Goes Down", and "Ms. Pinky" may be offensive to some people's tastes, but they are not offensive to anybody's ears. (The bass/synth riff in "Ms. Pinky" is particularly infectious.)
- The instrumentals are often as infectious: here are "Eat That Question" and "Peaches en Regalia".
- Also "Son Of Mr. Green Jeans" and "Cletus Awreetus-Awrightus".
- "Dog Breath" from Uncle Meat. "Fuzzy dice, bongos in the back..."
- "Stick It Out".
- In the Year 2525 by duo Zager and Evans. The cadence of the lyrics combined with dark imagery of the future is unusual, particularly for a pop song of the 1960s.
- I feel it work, you know, I feel it in bed. Can't get The Zutons' "Pressure Point" outta my head...
- Norwegian singer Bertine Zetlitz:
- Some of her songs are kinda catchy, for example her single "Girl like you". (Magical, mystical, life's a ball, never had a girl like you...)
- Another of my favourites is another one of her singles, "Twisted little star". (Will you still remember, twisted little star, darker shining, silently surrender, twisted little smile, twisted's gonna last a while...)
- Zapp & Roger: "MORE BOUNCE... TO THE OUNCE"
- "Je veux" by Zaz
- "Dragula" by Rob Zombie. You've probably memorized this song if you were a boy born in the late 80's/early 90's and fondly remember any of the following:
The MatrixAnime Music VideosAny soundtrack/compilation CD remotely related to horror movies, action movies, sports video games, racing video games, and/or professional wrestling
- Well, it doesn't hurt that they also played it on radio stations.
- 17 Year Locusts
- Foxy, Foxy what's it gonna be?
- Who is this irresistible creature who has an insatiable love for the dead?
- I feel so good I feel so numb yeah!
- MARS NEEDS WOMEN! ANGRY RED WOMEN!
- ZZ Top: "Slip inside my sleeping bag..."
- That stupid barking-dog Jingle Bells that every half-assed radio station feels they have to whip out every Christmas.
- If you live in Recife, then this song will never leave your head.
- Vem minha gatinha, venha meu amor, venha minha amaaaaada! Vamos fazer amor em cima da caasa!!
- I have no idea where this goes, but it's the Ear Worm that has lead a REIGN OF TERROR on my school, and it must be brought to public attention: "Frére Jacques, frére Jacques, Dormez-vous? Dormez-vous? Sonnez les matines! Sonnez les matines! Ding, dang, dong. Ding, dang, dong." Especially as I suck at French and don't know the words, I'm just making sounds. I copied that from The Other Wiki.
- Anything from the "Wall of Sound" of The Fifties and The Sixties. Phil Spector knew what he was doing
beforeeven while he wentwas going insane. On reading Volume 4 of Monster, where a villain took his nickname from "Be My Baby", that song refused to leave my head. That was just from a mention of the damn thing!
- Pick a song from the 80s. ANY song. Doubly so if IT'S a one hit wonder.
- "I always flirt with death..." Its been in my head for MONTHS. Yes, all of it. Even the guitar solo? ESPECIALLY the guitar solo.
- When Radioactive Zombie was in Sea Cadet boot camp, this was the battalion-wide earworm. ''Put that rifle in my hand...'
- Japanese music as a whole for me. Really. She doesn't care that she can't understand most of it, it just won't leave her freakin' head.
- O bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao ciao ciao!
- "Heads, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes..."
- An absolutely nonsensical little work-song-turned-campfire-ditty that I have heard spelled at least two different ways. Here is a high-school choir singing it.
- L'Arlesienne: Prelude (sorry, the sound quality isn't the best)
- Cadence calls. Those lovely little ditties that people in the armed forces run (sorry, double-time) to. Simple, repetitive, with motivating and/or amusing lyrics - in other words, the perfect earworms.
- "Everywhere We Go" (most of you know it as the stadium song from Remember The Titans)
- "My Grandmama Was 91"
- "Ain't No Use In Looking Down"
- "William Howard Taft". Luckily it can be cured by being infected by a different song.
- The Deep Dance 50 - 55 minutes of 90s dance megamix (incorporating many of the earworms mentioned above). Add to that a similarly awesome AMV and you get Animix.
- Windmills Of Your Mind lampshades itself.
- The Popcorn Song found here. I find this ear worm useful to blocking out other ear worms.
- Demoscene music tends to have its share of Ear Worms, too.
- I have loads of these:
- THIS!!! "Caipirinha, caipirinha..."
- Daisy Bell. Why, oh why is this song so catchy?! I've had it running in my head for a long while now. If it keeps up... I'm going to go insane... My mind is going... I can feel it...
- ...come with me...
- The band The Illuminoids has the tendency to mashup earworms TOGETHER, which tends to make them even catchier. Which is somewhat amusing when they mix the rolling stones, nirvana, and some recent hip-hop song together.
- Any project involving Mike Patton that isn't Faith No More (or maybe Peeping Tom) doesn't seem like a likely source for earworms, but then somehow there's the Madness Mantra style chorus of Tomahawk's "Laredo": "The cat's in the bag and the bag's in the river! The cat's in the bag and the bag's in the river!"
- Any of the songs from the musical adaption of Reefer Madness. Oh, good lord. That movie is One Ear Worm after another.
- Star Trekkin'
- Pretty much any song that repeats the same words over and over again. Bonus points if the repeated words are NOT the song title. Example,
- Songs from childhood like:
- John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt
- I'm bringing home my baby bumble bee
- Found a Peanut
- THE ANTS GO MARCHING ONE BY ONE HURRAH, HURRAH!!!!! FFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!
- Even Native American music can fit this trope. Sure, most people won't understand what they're saying, but it's going to be hard to get the hypnotic chants and pounding drums out of your head.