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Ear Worm: Theater
"After I saw Annie I had to hit myself on the head with a small hammer to get that stupid 'Tomorrow' song out of my head."
Ian Shoales


  • Next To Normal:
    • My psychopharmacologist and I.... It's like an odd romance...
    • Mozart was crazy... Flat fucking crazy...
    • I give a flying fuck what's normal! We haven't had a normal day in years!
    • I'm alive! I'm alive, I am so alive! Only he's not...
  • Mamma Mia!:
    • If you change your mind, I'm the first in line, baby I'm still free, Take a Chance on Me...
    • I've been cheated by you, since I don't know when...
    • Voulez vous!
    • What's the name of the game?
    • Money, Money, Money must be funny in a rich man's world...
    • Honey, honey, how he thrills me.
    • Gimme! Gimme! Gimme a man after midnight! Won't somebody help me chase the shadows away?
  • Chess. All of it.
    • One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble...
    • My lands only borders lie around (Dramatic Pause) MY HEART
    • It's the red flag up against stars and stripes, but we're peace loving types.
    • Yes I'm the Arbiter, I know the score, From square one I'll be watching all sixty-four!
    • Bit by bit the pieces fit, the Soviet machine advances...
  • Les Misérables:
    • Master of the house, quick to catch your eye...
    • A worm can roll a stone! A bee can sting a bear!
    • Do you hear the people sing, singing the song of angry men?
    • One day more. Another day another destiny. This never-ending road to Calvary. These men who seem to know my crime will surely come a second time. One day more.
      • "One more day all on my own..." "Will we ever meet again?"
    • At the end of the day you're another day older! And that's all you can say for the life of the poor!
    • Lovely ladies, waiting for a bite! Waiting for the customers who only come at night!
      • Rich men, poor men, leaders of the land; see them with their trousers off, they're never quite as grand!
    • A little fall of rain can hardly hurt me now.
    • Red; the blood of angry men. Black; The dark of ages past...
    • I dreamed a dream in time gone by...
    • Who am I? 24601!
    • And so it must be, for so it is written on the doorway to paradise that those who falter and those who fall, must pay the price!
    • And must I now begin to doubt? Who never doubted all these years? My heart is stone and still it trembles! The world I have known is lost in shadow! Is he from heaven or from hell? And does he know? By granting me my life today...this man has killed me, even so.
  • Avenue Q:
    • The Internet is really, really great...
    • If you were gay, that'd be okay....
    • It sucks to be me!
    • S-C-H-A-D-E-N-F-R-E-U-D-E!
    • I'm not wearing underwear today!
    • The more you ruv someone, the more you want to kill him...
    • You can be as loud as the hell you want, when you're makin' loooove! (When you're makin' love!)
    • When you help others, you can't help helping yourself!
    • Everyone's a little bit racist today!
    • I don't know how I know, but I'm gonna FIND MY PURPOSE!!!
    • Oh, oh, IIIIIIIIIIII Wish you could meet my GIRLFRIEND, My GIRLFRIEND who lives in CANADA...
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street:
    • These are probably the worst pies in London...
    • It's priest, have a little priest...
    • And though I'll think of you, I guess, until the day I die...
    • T'was Pirelli's Miracle Elixir...
    • Swing your razor wiiiiide, Sweeney! Hold it to the skiiiiiiiiiiies!
    • Incidentally, dearie. You know Mrs. Mooney? Sales have been so dreary, poor thing is penniless. What about that loony...
    • WEEEEEE AAAAALL DESERVE TO DIE!!!!
    • Pretty women! Pretty women!
    • "Ladies and gentlemn, may I have your attention pleeeease!"
    • Said she took the poison, she did! Never said that she died, poor fool, poor thing!
    • I'LL STEAAAAAAL YOU, JOHAAAAAAAANNA
    • There's a hole in the earth like a great black pit...
      • And it's filled with people who are filled with SHIT...
  • The Anvil Chorus from Il Trovatore.
  • Rent
    • To days of inspiration, playing hooky, making something out of nothing, the need to ex-PRESS, to communicate, to going against the grain, going in-SANE, going ma-a-a-a-a-d...
    • Christmas Bells
    • HOW DO YOU DOCUMENT REAL LIFE WHEN REAL LIFE'S GETTING MORE LIKE FICTION EACH DAY...
    • Leap of faith...
    • I think they meant it, when they said you can't buy love...
    • Today 4 U
    • Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred MIN-utes!
    • And you should hear her beat!" "You earned this on the street?" "It was my lucky day today, in A-ve-nue A...
    • Do you know the waaaay...to Santa Fe?
    • Cause we're LIVING IN AMERICA, AT THE END OF THE MILLENIUM!
    • You're sweet, wanna hit the street, wanna wail at the moon like a cat in heat, just take meeee...OOOOOUUT, TONIGHT!
    • Isn't it enough that I scratch your ever itch?" "Bitch!
    • "Take me baby, or leave me"
    • Why did Mimi knock on Roger's door and Collins choose that phone booth back where Angel set up his drums...
    • this troper's surprised that this was never mentioned "NO DAY BUT TOOOOODAYYYYY"
  • The Barber of Seville:
    • Nothing comes close to "Una voce poco fa."
    • Forget that - nothing, but nothing holds a candle to "Largo al factotum." "Laaa, la la la la la la la la la LA laaa... Figaro la, Figaro qua, Figaro su, Figaro giu..."
    • Then, of course, there are Rossini's overtures. "William Tell" and "Barber of Seville" are particularly difficult to remove from your brain once they get a foothold.
  • La Donna e' Mobile from Verdi's Rigoletto.
  • Spamalot: Any song is guaranteed to be stuck in the listener's head for a week.
    • "His Name Is Lancelot" is an especially persistent ear worm.
    • ... why did you have to go and say that?
    • And "Always Look On the Bright Side of Life" (part of the chorus actually involves whistling)...and "Run Away"...and "He Is Not Dead Yet"...
    • Once in every show, there comes a song like this...
    • They won't care if it's witty, or everything looks pretty, they'll simply say it's shitty and refuse... Gaaah, I can barely keep up with that song but it gets stuck in my head for days at a time!
    • "I am coming too, my name will be Sir Fred! I'll be your musician 'cause I'm not yet dead!" And then they eat the minstrels.
  • Bye Bye Birdie.
    • "WE LOVE YOU CONRAD, OH YES WE DO, WE LOVE YOU CONRAD, AND WE'LL BE TRUE"... boom, oh sorry, I just tried to shoot myself.
    • Of all the musicals ever made, this one has probably got to have the catchiest songs ever composed. Seriously, there's no beating "Grey skies are gonna clear up..."
    • KIDS!
    • GOIN' STEADY! GOIN' STEADY! GOIN' STEADY, STEADY FOR GOOD!
  • 1776:
  • Anything and everything from Wicked.
    • Especially "Popular"
    • And "No Good Deed": ** NO GOOD DEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED GOES UNPUNIIIIISHED!!
    • "I'm flying high, defying gravity!"
    • Who cares about earworms, "when you're dancing through liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiife!"
    • LOATHING. UNADULTERATED LOATHING.
    • "Eleka nahmen nahmen\Ah tum ah tum eleka nahmen\Eleka nahmen nahmen\Ah tum ah tum eleka nahmen" On endless repeat!
    • Wonderful, they called me wonderful!
    • One short day, in the Emerald Cityyyyyyyy...!
    • AND JUST FOR THIS MOMENT, AS LONG AS YOU'RE MINE...
    • Not to forget "For Good," which is sung by at least one middle school choir a year.
  • The Producers, Springtime For Hitler:
    • "Keep it Light, Keep it Bright, Keep it GAY!" was a meme among me and my friends after watching the newer film.
    • "Haben sie gehort das deutsche baaand!"
    • UNHAPPY. UNHAPPY. SO VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY UNHAPPY!!
  • Candide
  • In the Heights:
    • Lights up in Washington Heights! Up at the break of day, I wake up and I've got this little punk I've got to chase away... The video is In the Heights original cast's Tony performance, so it's a combo of In the Heights and 96,000. Still, the whole show gets stuck in your head.
    • Anything that Lin-Manuel Miranda raps.
    • "I'll be downtowwwwwn!"
    • "When I was a child I stayed wide awake, climbed to the highest place on every fire escape!"
    • "Alza la bandera, la bandera Dominicana! Alza la bandera, la bandera Puertoriquena! Alza la bandera, la bandera Mejicana! Alza la bandera, la bandera Cubana!"
    • "Parriba esa bandera! HEY! Alzala donde quiera! HEY! Recuerdo de mi tierra! HEY!"
    • "Honk your horn if ya want it!"
    • "Anything at all can happen just before the sunrise..."
    • Not to mention the irresistible urge to click along with "As The Sun Goes Down", which many a rude audience member did when the show was playing.
    • "No pare, SIGUE SIGUE!"
    • "The hydrants are open, cool breezes blow."
    • 96,000! 96,000! We'll get the dough and once we get going we're never gonna stop!
    • Piragua, piragua, new block of ice, piragua...damn, now I've got that song stuck in my head AND I want a snowcone!
  • The Phantom of the Opera. And "Angel of Music". And "Prima Donna". And "Masquerade"...
    • Dare you trust the music of the niiiiiiiight? Actually, any song from Phantom sticks in this troper's head with some regularity. Masquerade! Paper faces on parade!
    • The Phantom of the Opera is here... Inside my mind.
    • Far too many notes for my taste...
    • The trumpets of Carthage resound, hear Romans now and tremble...
    • Let your mind start a journey to a strange new world, leave all thoughts of the life you used to know! Let your soul take you where you long to BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE...
    • Paaaaaast the point of nooooo return! No backward glances!
  • Phantom's sequel Love Never Dies also has its fair share.
  • Reefer Madness The Musical has a couple, notable Listen to Jesus Jimmy.
  • Hatred of Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals in general owes a lot to his penchant for Ear Worm songs; the fact that musical themes are frequently reprised in his shows doesn't help. A common joke is that his songs are ear worms because they get drummed into your head all night long.
    • Phantom
    • "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina" (Evita)
    • "Memory" (Cats).
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Earworm the Musical (TM)! And the worst part is that there's no book to speak of, so all you remember is... those songs. Listen to:
  • Jesus Christ Superstar:
    • "Hosanna Heysanna Sanna Sanna Ho"
    • "I don't Know How To Love Him"
    • "Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ, Who are you? What have you sacrificed?"
    • The bass riff in "Heaven on Their Minds" ("Dun dun-dun DUN dun-da-dum, dun dun-dun DUN dun-da-dum") will never leave your head once it's made itself cozy.
    • "Christ, you know I love you, did you see I waved? I believe in you and God, so tell me that I'm saved."
    • "What's the buzz? Tell me, what's a-happening?"
  • Cats:
  • Repo! The Genetic Opera
    • "Zydrate Anatomy"
    • "Infected"
    • "Mark It Up"station.
    • "Tonight it's curtains/You're the night surgeon!"
  • Tanz der Vampire is full of these to a positively unholy level, and rendered worse for most English speakers based on the fact that it's impossible to get a good version in English.
  • Elisabeth
  • Gerard Presgurvic's Roméo et Juliette gives the world "Verone", which has the unusual property of possessing its wormiest properties in the little string flourishes in the chorus, not the main tune.
  • The Cannon Song from Brecht/Weill's The Threepenny Opera has maybe the stickiest horn riff in musical history.
  • Young Frankenstein on Broadway.
    • It's time to join the family business...
    • Together again for the first time... It will never leave!
    • "Transylvania Mania".
Also, "He VAS my BOOOOOOOYFRIIIIEND!"
  • Altar Boyz! viewers beware. "Rhythm In Me" will be running through your head for up to two weeks after you've seen the show.
  • Every single song from Grease:
    • Especially "Summer Nights"
    • "Greased Lightnin'"
    • "Sandra Dee": "Look at me, I'm Saaandra Deee!"
    • "We go together like ramma lamma lamma ka dinga da dinga dong!"
  • Hello, Dolly!: Put on your Sunday clothes when you feel down and ooooout..." Made infinitely more earwormy by its use in WALL•E.
  • The Sound of Music: Almost every song will get stuck in your head
    • The hills are alive...
    • Do, a deer, a female deer...
    • "So long, Farewell, Aufwiedersehn, Adeiu."
    • You are sixteen going on seventeen, baby it's time to think...
    • Edelweiss . . . edelweiss . . .
    • .....TIIIIILL YOOOUUU FIIIIND.........YOOOOOOOOUUUUUR DREEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAM!!!!!!!!!!
    • High on a hill was a lonely goatherd, lady-odelay-ee-odelay-hee-hoo...
  • West Side Story:
    • When you're a Jet, you're a Jet all the way...]]
    • I feel pretty! Oh, so pretty! I feel pretty and witty and BRIIIIGHT!
    • Mariiiaaaaaaa, I've just met a girl named Mariiaaaaaaaaaaaaa...
    • Boy, boy, crazy boy, stay cool boy! Got a rocket in your pocket? Keep coolly-cool boy...
    • I want to be in Amer-i-ca!
    • Everything's right in Amer-i-ca! (If you are white in Amer-i-ca!)
    • Dear kindly Sergeant Krupke, ya gotta understand!
  • Just about any song from My Fair Lady.
  • Into the Woods:
    • Into the woods, it's time to go, it may be all in vain I know. Into the woods but even so, I have to start my journey!" The worst part about this musical? You will have it stuck in your head, but the lyrics are so complex that you'll mostly be muttering through the words in a vast mist. So get the soundtrack. And memorize.
    • "I SORT OF HATE DO ASK IT, BUT DO YOU HAVE A BASKET?" Just that part. Sticks around for months.
    • "Hello, little girl...what's your rush? You're missing all the floweeerrrsss...the sun won't set for hours...take your time..."
    • "Greens, greens, nothing but greens! Parsley, peppers, cabbages, and celery, asparagus and watercress and fiddleferns and lettuce..."
    • "And I know things now, many valuable things, that I hadn't thought to explore..."
    • "See, it's YOUR fault!" "No!" "So it's your fault!" "No!" "Yes it is!" "It's not!" "It's true!" "Wait a minute—but I only stole the gold to get my cow back from YOU!"
    • "Am I not sensitive, clever, well-mannered, considerate, passionate, charming, as kind as I'm handsome, and heir to a throne?" "You are everything maidens could wish for!" "Then why no—" "Would I know?" "The girl must be mad!" "You know nothing of madness—till you're climbing her hair and you see her up there as you're nearing her, all the while hearing her—"
    • Ahhhhhh, ah, ahhhhhh, ah-ah, ah-ahhhh...
    • "THERE ARE GIANTS IN THE SKY! BUUUUUM... There are big tall terrible giants in the skyyy... buuummm..."
    • "I'm the hitch! I'm what no one believes, I'm the witch!"
    • "Anything can happen in the woods—may I kiss you? Any moment we could be crushed—don't feel rushed."
    • "He's a very smart prince. He's a prince who prepares. Knowing this time I'd run from him, he's spread pitch on the stairs..."
    • "High in a tower she sits by the hour..."
    • "Careful the things you say, children will listen~"
    • "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGONY!"
    • "Not a sigh and not a sorrow, tenderness and laughter! Joy today and bliss tomorrow and forever after!"
    • "No more curses you can't undo, left by fathers you never knew! No more quests... No more feelings... Time to shut the door. Just—no more..."
  • Urinetown:
    • Run freedom run! Freedom run away! My friends, you have to run run-a run-a run, freedom run away!
    • "Better hope your pennies / add up to the fee / We can't have you peeing for free..."
    • Weeeellll, it's a hard, cold, tumble-of-a-tourney/ Worthy of a gurney/ A bum-ble-down...
  • Shrek:
    • "Story of my life! Booted from the hall! Told to go away! Tumbled off the wall! That's the story of my life!"
    • "Sing a song, yes a travel song, when you gotta go somewhere..."
    • "THINGS ARE LOOKING UUUUUUUUP HERE IN DULOOOOOOOOC!!!!"
    • "Never take it down, never take it down! Raise it way up hiiiiiigh...."
  • Legally Blonde
  • A musical based on H.P. Lovecraft's Mythos: TENTACLES! TENTACLES!, CTHULHU! CTHULHU!
  • The majority of the songs from Just So, a little-known musical based off of Rudyard Kipling's stories.
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum:
    • "Comedy Tonight"
    • "My Bride"
    • "Everybody Ought to Have a Maid"
  • Assassins
    • The Ballads of Booth, Guiteau, and Czolgosz
    • "Czolgosz, working man, born in the middle of Michigan...."
    • And it's another national anthem playing, not the one you cheer at the ballpark...
    • It's wintertime in Washington/Too cold for the stomach in Washington/I go down to Miami, kill Roosevelt!
    • Everybody's got the right to some suunshiiine...
    • I am going to the lordy, I am so glad/I am going to the lordy, I am so glad/ I am going to the lordy, glory hallelujah...
  • Fame!: I'm gonna live foreveeeer!
  • Spring Awakening:
    • "The Guilty Ones"
    • "Mama Who Bore Me"
    • "The Bitch of Living," "Totally F*** ed"
    • "The Word of Your Body"
    • "Awful sweet to be a little butterfly..."
    • "Where I go, when I go there..."
  • Evil Dead The Musical.
  • "Quando m'en vo'" from Puccini's La Bohème. Jonathan Larson would agree.
  • Cole Porter:
    • "Where is the life that late I led? Where is it now? Totally dead."
    • "IT'S FRIENDSHIP! FRIENDSHIP! JUST A PERFECT BLENDSHIP"
    • "I want to row on the crew, Mama! That's the thing I want to do, Mama!"
    • "Anything goes!" two years later and everyone involved in the production we did of Anything goes is still capable of singing the entire show. This song in particular gets sung REALLY loud.
  • Cabaret:
    • Beedle dee, dee dee dee, TWO LADIES!
    • "Wilkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome..."
  • Carousel. Especially the Carousel Waltz and the enormously anthemic You'll Never Walk Alone.
  • Cinderella, stage musical:
    • "Why would a fellow want a girl like her, so obviously unusual? Why can't a fellow ever once prefer a usual girl like me?"
    • "Ten minutes ago I saw you, I looked up when you came through the door. My head started reeling, you gave me the feeling, the room had no ceiling or floor!"
    • "In my own little corner in my own little chair I can be whatever I want to be..."
  • A Very Potter Musical:
    • "This could mean, DANGER. I'm falling in love, falling in love, falling in love... with Hermione Granger."
    • "Back to witches and wizards and magical beasts, to goblins and ghosts and to magical feasts!"
    • "It's all that I want and it's all that I need, at Hogwarts, Hogwarts!"
    • "Baby, you're not alone, 'cause you're here with me, and nothing's ever gonna bring us down, 'cause nothing can keep me from loving you, and you know it's true..."
    • "You're tall and fun and pretty, you're really really skinny... CHO CHANG!" (or Ginny, whichever you prefer)
    • "You're cuter than a guinea pig, wanna take you up to Winnepeg THAT'S IN CANADA!!!"
    • 'Cause IIIIIII ammmmm the coolest girl in the whole wide world...
    • I'm HARRY FREAKIN' POTTER and I'm the maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan!
    • The coolest girl on the face of the planet/THE COOLEST BITCH ON EARTH, GODDAMMIT!
    • There's no way we're gonna settle with sorrow Leave right now if you think this ain't real...
    • "Well, don't you tell me to go, say I'm the one/D-d-d-do ya think I'm dumb?/Sorry, did I just stutter?"
    • Hermione can't draw, Hermione can't draw, Hermione cannot draaaaaaaaaaaaaw...
    • "There will always be guys like Potter/Who quench the flame like its a game with drops of water..."
  • Many, many songs from Chicago are these.
    • Especially "Cell Block Tango". "He had it comin', he only had himself to blame. If you'd have been there, if you'd have seen it, I bet you would've done the same!"
    • "Mister Cellophane shoulda been my name, Mister Cellophane, 'cause you can look right through me, walk right by me, and never know I'm theeere..."
    • "Come on babe, why don't we paint the town...and all that jazz..."
    • "Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes they both/Oh yes they both, oh yes they both/Reached for the gun, the gun, the gun, the gun/Yes, they both reached for the gun - FOR THE GUN!"
    • The name on everybody's lips is gonna be...ROXIE!
  • The unproduced Batman musical has one of these that's 13 MINUTES LONG. "And I see it all! I see it all, the devils are rising! As all of the angels are starting to fall!
  • The Music Man:
    • "He's a MU-sic man!" "He's a what?" "He's a WHAT?" "He's a MU-sic man!" And it only gets worse from there.
    • Oooh, ya got earworms my friends, earworms with a capital "E" and that rhymes with "P" and that stands for POOL!
    • Shipoopi is so earwormy even Family Guy got in on it.
    • Ohhh there's nothing halfway about the Iowa way to treat you...
    • Pick a little, talk a little, pick a little, talk a little, cheepcheepcheep, talk a lot, pick a little more...
    • "Rock Island"
  • Several from The Drowsy Chaperone:
    Janet: Why are we dancing? Our dreams are in tatters!
    Robert: Yes, yes... but the tune is so infectious!
    • MONKEY MONKEY MONKEY
    • Then you got a tole-then you got a tole-then you got a tole-SURPRISE!
  • Little Shop of Horrors:
    • Little shop... Little shop... Little shop of horrors...
    • "Take a glance and look around/A lotta folks deserve to diiiiiie! (A lootta folks deserve to die!)"
    • Feed me! (does it have to be human?) Feed me! (does it have to be MINE?)
    • Don't it go to show you never know
    • We're closed for renovations today!
    • Seymour, look: it's six-o-CLOOOOOOOOCK
    • I'm just a mean, green motha', from outta space!
    • I am your dentist, and I enjoy the career that I picked!
    • Don't be fooled if I should chuckle like a sappy, happy dope, it's just the gas....
    • Suddenly Seymoooooooooour!!!
  • Most of Homemade Fusion, particularly this opening number
  • Miss Saigon
    • The heat is on in Saigon. The girls are hotter 'n' hell... It's been stuck in my head for over a week now.
    • For still, I still believe...
    • So stay with me and hold me tight, and dance like it's the last night... of the WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORLD.
    • Not to mention how annoyingly catchy "What a Waste" is. GAAH it gets stuck in your head.
    • "Acid marijuana and hash / will you high in a flash / let's go and see what he means!"
  • Despite the un-hum-ability of Frank's songs, the main recurring tune of Merrily We Roll Along is rather catchy, at any tempo. This is especially notable since said plot point was Stephen Sondheim commenting on how his own work was criticized as being "unhummable".
  • "God Said" from Leonard Bernstein's Mass may be the catchiest song written in 7/8 time.
  • Hairspray.
    • Need more "Hairspray"?
    • Let's start with "Good Morning Baaaaaaltimore/Every day's like an oooo-pen door!/Every night is a faaaaan-ta-syyyyyy, every sound's like a syyyyym-pho-nyyyy...", and go from there.
    • "I Can Hear The Bells,"
    • "The New Girl In Town"
    • And the (admittedly awesome) "You Can't Stop The Beat." Listen at your peril: these will never. Leave. Your head.
  • Thoroughly Modern Millie:
    • E-very-thing to-day is thoroughly mo-dern! (Check your personality!)
    • ..."When the floor wax that we bought from you arrived here Monday morning we discovered upon usage that the fumes should have a warning"...
    • FORGET ABOUT THE BOY!
  • South Pacific
    • "THERE IS NOTHING LIKE A DAAAAAME, NOTHING IN THE WOOOOORLD"
    • I'm as corny as Kansas in August, I am as normal as blueberry pie~
  • Hair. At least the original Broadway and the re-make.
    • The title song
    • "Let the Sunshine In"
    • "Aquarius" is probably the worst offender for the general population. "This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius. The age of Aquarius. Aquariuuuuus..."
  • Sweet Charity:
    • "There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This".
    • "Hey, big spender! (BUM BUM BA-DAH!) Spend a little time with me . . ."
    • The Rhythm Of Life. Full stop.
  • "Don't Tamper With My Sister" from On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show: It was a stage musical before it was a movie. And these songs are awkward to get stuck in your head.
    • "The Time Warp," "It's just a jump to the left..."
    • "Eddy's Teddy,"
    • "Touch-a Touch-a Touch Me"
    • Try having Sweet Transvestite stuck in your head.
    • "Dammit, Janet!" may appear at exceedingly inappropriate times.
  • Another Richard O'Brien musical The Stripper has its share. Fallin', fallin', fallin', this drop's impossible!"
  • Ragtime appears to have lodged itself in some people's brains forever.
    • "Giving the nation a/New syncopation/The people called it ragtime!"
    • "Now it's the CRIME OF THE CENTURY, CRIME OF THE CENTURY, giving the world a thrill!"
    • "See my people/Well here's my theory/Of what this country/Is moving toward/Every worker/A cog in motion/Well that's the notion of Henry Ford!"
    • "Hallelujah, praise the maker...of the Model T!" "Speed up the belt, speed up the belt, Sam!"
    • "Where have I been/How did we change/Caught in this strange/New music?"
    • "Ain't this the kind o' weather for smackin' leather, for PLAYIN' BASEBALL!"
    • "I—was—a/maker of the silhouettes who made a small improvement/A little book of silhouettes that simulated movement/Well, people seemed to like it, soon the money's going clink/And I'm Buffalo Nickel Photoplay Inc.!"
    • "We can never go back to befoooooore"
  • 1776: "Vote YES! Vote YES! Vote for independency!/Someone oughta open up a window!"
  • Verdi: "Diiiiiiio, che nell'alma infodere armor"
  • The Secret Garden: The stage musical version.
    • It's a maze this garden, it's a maze of ways, mean't to lead a soul astray! Take a left and then take a left again, How a soul can find the way!
    • High on a hill sits a big old house with something wrong inside it...
  • Fiddler on the Roof IS this trope. "Matchmaker, Matchmaker, make me a match, find me a find, catch me a catch!"
  • The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee:
  • Pagliacci: "Vesti la giubba/E la faccia infarina/La gente paga, e rider vuole qua/E se Arlecchin t'invola Colombina/Ridi, Pagliaccio, e ognun applaudirà]]..."
  • Me and My Dick:
  • Starship:
    • I WANNA BE A STARSHIP RANGER! I'M GONNA DO EVERYTHING I CAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN! TO ALWAYS BE A STARSHIP RAAAAAANGEEEEEEEEEEEEEER!
    • You gotta kiiiick it up a notch... Best. Villain Song. EVER. Both of versions of them.
    • So I say "Nooooooooo, to status quoooooooooo."
    • So you gotta get up, gotta get back, get back up!
    • Oh, you don't know you, the way I do...
    • And it miiiight be something different from the things that you may know/You can't denyyyyyyy there's something special when you see the night sky glow!
    • What are these hideous creatues?/Disgusting, so gross!
  • 13!
    • "Thirteen! Everything switches 13! everything turns around"
    • "Here comes the Tooooooooooooooongue!"
    • "I'm a GOOD girl, I don't DO that."
    • "Everything Charlotte says is a lie..."
  • The (somewhat forgotten) Ira Gershwin/Kurt Weill play Lady in the Dark features a few earworms during the circus dream:
    • "The greatest show on earth/It's full of thrills and mirth/You'll get your money's worth/Come one, come all"
    • "There's Malichevsky, Rubinstein, Arensky and Tchaikovsky/Sapelnikoff, Dmitriev, Tscherepin, Kryjanowsky..." Incidentally, this completely irrelevant ditty about Russian composers is actually what prompted Tom Lehrer to write "The Elements"
    • "Poor Jenny, bright as a penny/Her equal would be hard to find"
    • In fact, one of the principal plot devices of the play is Liza's inability to identify a specific ear worm from her childhood ("My Ship"). Her rediscovery of certain memories associated with this song are central to her psychoanalysis.
  • "We Dance" from Once On This Island. Asaka, grow me a garden...
  • Newsies in general.
    • Especially Santa Fe
    • "Look at me! I'm the King of New York! Suddenly, I'm respectable starin' right at yer lousy with stature!"
    • "Now is the time to sieze the day! They're gonna see there's hell to pay! Nothing can break us, no one can make us quit before we're done! One for all and all for one!"
    • "There's change coming once and for all!"
    • "And the World will know! And the Journal too! Mr. Hearst and Pulitzer, have we got news for you!"
  • The Easter Chorus of Cavalleria Rusticana.
  • Blondel: "Come back with us, to the Middle Ages, And hear the story we've rehearsed. A heartwarming story of a Medieval Minstrel by the name of Blondel, and the Monarch he served so faithfully, King Richard The First."
  • Don Giovanni:
    • Là ci darem la mano, Là mi dirai di si, Vedi, non è lontano; Partiam, ben mio, da qui... ...OH GOD GET IT OUT
    • Don GioVAAAAAAAAAAAAni!!
    • Batti batti. AAAGH.
  • The Magic Flute:
    • Anyone else have the Queen of the Night's aria refuse to leave their brainwaves?
    • Pretty much anything written by Mozart, but a special mention goes to Papageno.
  • Company is a horrible offender of this trope.
    • "Bobby come on over for dinner! We'll be so glad to see you!"
    • "You could drive a person crazy, you could drive a person mad!"
    • "Have I got a girl for you! Wait till you meet her!"
  • The Book of Mormon:
    • Two by two, we're marching door to door, 'cause God loves Mormons and he wants some more
    • Orlaaaandooooo, I love you, Orlandooooooo...
    • Hello, my name is Elder Price, and I would like to share with you the most amazing book. And the reprise at the end: Hello, my name is Elder Matumbo...
    • Raise your middle finger to the sky and curse his rotten name! Hasa Diga Eebowai!
    • It's something I've foreseen, now that I'm 19. I'll do something incredible that blows God's freakin' MIIIIIIIINNND!
    • I BELIEVEEEE that God lives on a planet called Kolob.
    • Turn it off! Like a light switch, just go flick. It's a cool little Mormon trick. We do it all the time...
  • Porgy and Bess: Summer...tiiiiiime when the livin' is ea-syyy. Fish are jumpin'... and the cotton is high...
  • Black Butler the Musical: Either of them!
    • "Shinigami Haken Kyoukai Desu!" It will never leave!
    • "Keiyaku wa musubare anata wa MY LORD"
    • "Black and White" also counts. As well as "Checkmate"
  • Bat Boy The Musical:
    • "And we'll get a post office box, and we'll get a front gate that locks, and we're gonna stay with my cousins awhile..."
    • "I'll show 'em a thing or two! I was dirty and rowdy (ROWDY)! Even dressed a bit dowdy (DOWDY!) But now say HOWDY to a summa cum laude!"
    • "She will see what you are, I will win back my bride! She herself will decide to get rid of the boy! She'll admit she was wrong, she'll return before long, she'll be singin' a song full of comfort and joy, comfort and joy, comfort and joy!"
    • "Children, children, don't be scared. The moon is up and we're all prepared. Children, take a look around. We're on sacred ground. And what we thought was lost at last is found."
    • "Dance with me darling, we haven't danced since I don't know when."
  • Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson:
    • "Populism, yeah, yeah!"
    • "Do-do-do-do di-do-dah-do de do-da do..."
  • Bare: A Pop Opera:
    • Dig down deep and save your soul! Grave mistakes will take their toll! Every sin is entered in, heaven comes with discipline!
    • Off to Wonderland, where never never finds you! Ten thousand friends to make an ecstasy of motion!
    • Do you remember, the day that you met me, I swear it was yesterday, I knew with a glance...
    • Plain Jane fatass, guilty of swallowing Jenny Craig whole...
    • Happy Birthday, Ivy, you are the special birthday bitch!
    • You and I, you take my hand, leaving me breathless, feel the beat of my racing heart so you'll understand.
  • Show Boat: OLD MAN RIVER...DAT OLD MAN RIVER...
  • Annie: "The sun'll come out tomorrow/Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow there'll be sun..." If that isn't an Award Bait Song, no telling what is.
    • "Maybe far awaaaaaay, or maybe real nearbyyyy..."
  • Matilda:
    • Sometimes you have to be a little bit naughty!
    • When I Grow up, I will be brave enough to fight the creatures ...
    • We are revolting children
  • Seussical: Every bloody song!
  • Holy Musical B@man!: ONE SHOT! Two shots in the night and they're gone.

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