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Ear Worm: Music XYZ
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  • XTC: Just to name a few, there's "Meccanik Dancing (Oh We Go!)", "Senses Working Overtime", "Dear God" and "King for a Day".
  • The XX - Intro
  • Xzibit: "Alcoholic."

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  • 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" and "Bobby Brown Goes Down" may be offensive to some people's tastes, but they are not offensive to anybody's ears.
    • 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
  • ZZ Top: "Slip inside my sleeping bag..."
    • The reason "Dipping Low (In the Lap of Luxury)", from the same album, is such an earworm? It's a blatant rewrite of the previous album's "Gimme All Your Lovin'".
    • "They come runnin' just as fast as they can, coz' every girl's crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man!"

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  • 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 before even while he went was 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.
  • I find that songs with "na na na" hooks get stuck in his head a lot, such as Hey Jude, Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye, Land of a Thousand Dances, Centerfold, Katamari on the Rocks, E-Pro, Hush...
  • 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.
  • I am a Gummy Bear! In multiple languages, too!
  • A disturbing number of chiptunes are highly ear wormy. Examples of ear worms are:
  • Demoscene music tends to have its share of Ear Worms, too.
  • I have loads of these:
  • Fantastic Cat. The sheer weirdness, and pidgin English lyrics make it even more so.
  • Feeeeeeed my fiii-iiiire, let me put some dust on your fa-ace. Even non-German speakers are affected by Eisbrecher.
  • "Living in the limelight, the universal dream, for those who wish to see..."
  • Several of Dong Bang Shin Ki's songs (both the Korean and Japanese ones) are pretty persistant Ear Worms. Some of the best examples are Mirotic (Woah~oh~oh!), Rising Sun (RISING SUUUUUUUUUUUN!), Wrong Number, Triangle, Hug, Hey!(Don't bring me down), and Survivor (oh gods, I can't stop singing "Ima daremo ga Sur~vi~v~o~r!")
  • I don't want to talk to you, I just want bang bang bang! I don't want to know your name, I just want bang bang bang! I don't want to meet your mom, I just want bang bang bang!
  • "I know it's up for me, if you steal my sunshine!" For me, it's largely just the chorus, the looped sample of "More More More", and, for some reason, the line "L-A-T-E-R that week", but that arguably makes it worse.
  • THIS!!! "Caipirinha, caipirinha..."
  • "It's no surprise to me, I am my own worst enemy. 'Cause every now and then I kick the livin' shit outta me."
  • Faggoty Attention by Adam Joseph. It repeats in your head over and over and over and over again.
  • I'm your Tamagotchi, so happy that you love me, and we should be together, forever and forever!
  • They call us problem child, We spent our lives on trials, WE ARE THE YOUTH GONE WILD
  • I can't say no to you/Shouldn't let you torture me so sweetly...
  • Wanna Bop With You Baby/Wanna Be-Bop with you till the break of day
  • Gonna take a lot of river to keep this broken heart afloat/Gonna take a lot of river all the live long day/ Gonna take the Mississippi, the Monongahela and the Ohio/Gonna take a lot of river to wash these blues away
  • But you don't want me any more, how can it be? Look what you've done to me! Oh, oh!
  • Jozin! Z bazin!
  • Why! Do! You! Build me up (build me up), buttercup, baby, just to let me down (let me down) and jerk me around?
    • While we're on the Motown kick, how about "Heat Wave"?
  • Push it to the limit!
  • Marlene watches from the wall, her mocking smile says it all, she records the rise and fall of every soldier passing. But the only soldier now is me, I'm fighting things I cannot see, I think it's called my destiny but I am changing. Marlene on the wall.
  • Dragostea Din Tei, better known as Numa Numa. Full feckin' stop.
  • Fight the Power! Fight the power, fight the power! Fight the power, fight the power! Fight the power! We got to fight the powers that be!
  • 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...
  • The guitar riff underlying Creme's "Politician".
    • Speaking of Ear Worm-y riffs, how about the diabolical guitar in "Plug in Baby"?
  • 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.
  • ...everyday i'm hustlin...
  • La noche me sirve de savana
  • Nadie como tu
  • Entra al cuarto....Suvele el volumen al radio.
  • ...Hungeeeer...
  • ...come with me...
  • Cool for Cats. DAMN YOU, SQUEEZE!
  • Those who have heard the Ievan Polka know what I am talking about when I say "HELP!!!"
  • Mistabishi - "Printer Jam". Built around the screeching sound of a dot-matrix printer.
  • Musician El Guincho is very fond of these, exhibits A and B: Guincho/_/Antillas here and Guincho/_/Kalise here
  • 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.
  • I don't know about y'all, but I'm beginning to regret him ever getting a brand new pigbag
  • For Flemish tropers: Samson en Gert songs. Especially their earlier ones. "Dit is de Samsonrock/De Samsonrock/die dansen alle honden in hun hondenhok!"
  • Sweet little bumblebee, I know what you want from me (doot doo doo doo doo da da)
  • "I always turn the car around..."
  • The abominable "Scotty Doesn't Know" has haunted me. I do not like heavily sexual music in most cases, especially when it's that descriptive and it's about cheating. This led to some uncomfortable moments.
    • I understand that opinion, but after seeing this Star Trek vid, can find nothing but lols anymore.
  • "This flea is you and I, it's a bad thing, but a little thing, but a little thing..."
  • 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!"
  • YOU'RE A SHARK
  • Cause I'm Real! (The way you walk, the way you move the way you talk)
  • Any of the songs from the musical adaption of Reefer Madness. Oh, good lord. That movie is One Ear Worm after another.
  • I'd like to nominate EXEC_PAJA/.#Misya extracting. I think it's a great song, but do you know how annoying it is to have a song stuck in your head when you can't even understand the language it's sung in? For over a month? With no sign of it leaving any time soon?
  • Stamp On the Ground is certainly ear-worm worthy. Listen to it all the way through twice, and try to deny it.
  • Dui mian de nu hai kan guo lai, KAN GUO LAAAIIII
  • Breaker one-nine, this here's Rubber Duck...
  • Star Trekkin'
  • Sway, sway baby, you're so audio! Kill your boyfriend, we could be together! Damn you Short Stack, damn you...
  • I have recently discovered the Ear Worm A Glorious Dawn
  • Pretty much any song that repeats the same words over and over again. Example, "The Space Between" by Dave Matthews. Bonus points if the repeated words are NOT the song title. Example, "Some People" "If I Ain't Got You" by Alicia Keys.
  • What's that coming over the hill? Is it a monster? Is it a monsteeeeeeeer?
  • 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!!!!
  • Katyusha. What? There's a reason it's one of the two (or three, if you want to count Korobeiniki) most-recognisably Russian songs that exist.
  • White Army, Black Baron 'nuff said.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • For Russian and Non-Russian Tropers alike: I dare you to get "Bird of Happiness" ("Птица Счастья") out of your head. I DARE you.
    • Also "Vologda" (Вологда) has this effect as well. (Skip to about 0:55 for the actual song)

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