Ear Worm / Music XYZ

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  • Xeno & Oaklander - "Palms":
    Symphony, by the sea. Tympanies and mythology. (repeated many times)
  • Xia: "Tarantallegra"
  • 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."


  • 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
  • Zedd:
  • "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 Matrix
    Anime Music Videos
    Any soundtrack/compilation CD remotely related to horror movies, action movies, sports video games, racing video games, and/or professional wrestling
  • 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!"
    • "She's Got Legs..."
    • "I said lord take me downtown, I'm just lookin' for some tush..."

  • 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 '50s and The '60s. 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.
  • 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...
  • ...Hungeeeer...
  • ...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, "Some People"
  • Songs from childhood like:
    • John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt
    • I'm bringing home my baby bumble bee
    • Found a Peanut
  • 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.
  • Zum Gali Gali, an Israeli children's song. If it sounds familiar, it's because it was used as the tune for Alice in Wonderland's Cut Song "Dream Caravan".
  • Oh, when the saaaaiiiiints go marchin' iiiiiiin....
  • Any popular song that is repurposed as a commercial jingle or a show's opening/closing theme automatically turns into an earworm. Need proof? I DON'T WANNA WAIT, FOR OUR LIVES TO BE OVER~
  • How about Marble Machine by Swedish group Wintergatan? Combining the fascinating titular music box in all it's plywood gear-driven glory with the sounds it makes can be almost hypnotic. And because it's a looping tune, it works it's way into your head and hangs out there for days.
  • Power Metal is a very ear-worm-prone genre. Especially Power Metal from Europe.
  • One-Hit Wonders are often ear worms.
  • Pick a drinking song, any drinking song.