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The sims 3 theme and the pets remix as well as the late night one
Civilization IV: Baba yetu,yetu uliye, Mbinguni yetu, yetu amina! Baba yetu yetu uliye, Jina lako lituku... Amen. You're welcome.
This song won a Grammy. It's that good.
From the sequel we have the war theme of Hawaii/Polynesia under the Last King, Hole Waimea Whenever this song starts, I can see the water mixing with the blood of the punctured by Kamehameha's harpoon. And the magnificent horror just carries on throughout the rest of the song that reminds you of the washing waves against Hawaii's sands...which reminds you what is going to happen to you if you face off against him early on in the Archipelago map style.
Also Saladin's theme music from the same game qualifies, and The People Are The Heroes Now from the Modern Era soundtrack.
Zoo Tycoon. The song that plays on the menu screen...
Even if it's not ingame music, the Commander Shepard fan video. "You can fight like a krogan, run like a leopard, but you'll never be better than Commander Shepard!". You'll be humming it in the shower in no time.
The music that plays when you're walking around the Normandy in Mass Effect 1 is repetitive and simplistically catchy. See?
Or the closing credits for Mass Effect for that matter. Sure, it's 8 minutes long, and most of the text is repetetive. But the song (Faunt - M4 Part 2) will probably give you second thoughts about skipping it.
The core "dun-dun-dun da-DUN DUN" riff has been earworming gamers since the original BF1942 in 2002. It's more catchy in its raw form. Although, since BF2 was made of loading screens, the MEC theme oft appearing there is a pretty wormy version too. Recurring Riff much?
How about Psyche Lock? Such a simple melody, but haunting and mysterious all the same. It doesn't help that you'll hear it a million times because you keep failing to break the psyche lock over and over again.
Hotel Dusk, having a heavy emphasis on dialogue to move the story along, has a mountain of ear-worms to help keep you interested: Namely Hangover Blues, Rainy Night and Monochrome; the latter of which will get stuck in your head.
Harmony of Dissonance features a remake of "Vampire Killer" if you input the code that allows you to play Boss Rush mode as Simon Belmont.
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow has quite a few worm-worthy songs. "Pitch Black Intrusion", "Into the Dark Night" and "Dracula's Tears", as well as awesome reworkings of "Vampire Killer" and "Bloody Tears".
If "Vampire Killer" won't get stuck in your head, chances are that "Bloody Tears", "Heart of Fire", and/or "Opposing Bloodlines" will be the tunes bouncing about in your bonebox.
Don't forget "underground": it's the very first song you hear when running around the map, on top of which IT REPEATS EVERY MINUTE. Good luck with that. Or "emptyness and": no one knows what the lyrics are, but anyone who's played The World Ends with You knows that song.
Dancer in the Street, while not significantly more catchy than the rest of the game's music, has the added trait of being a loop just under 4 seconds long, so you'll have literally every beat and tone memorized, leaving you with no way to stop hearing it.
Wait, we've mentioned almost every song from the game and the original Calling isn't here yet?
If you plan on doing La-Mulana 's Bonus Level Of Hell, be sure to turn the in-game music all the way down if you don't want Hell Temple's insanity-inducing background music to ring in your ears for all eternity.
The Hunter's March (originally the theme to Super Metroid, which has since been co-opted as Samus' theme) will get stuck in your head like nobody's business. The ''Super Smash Bros. Brawl'' version is particularly infectious.
The escape theme from the original Metroid. Time Bomb Set! Get out fast!
Ridley's battle theme from Super Metroid onwards.
Most of the songs from Metroid Fusion were catchy, particularly boss themes. To name a few, Sector 1, Vs. Arachnus and the SA-X's theme.
Anything in Elite Beat Agents. Nintendo Power said it best; "In EBA, even songs we don't like get our blood pumping." - and the set list includes "Sk8er B01", "Material Girl", "Walkie Talkie Man", "La La", and Cher's "Believe". Made worse by the fact that in order to win you have to pound the beat of each song into your head until you memorize it. "Jumpin' Jack Flash" would be one of the worst if it weren't so awesome.
"Walkie Talkie Man". "He's fat and he don't run too fast/But he's faster than me..."
Everything in the Grand Theft Auto series: Good Thing, Change, See Through You, Bump to The Music, Feels Like I Just Can't Take No More, Joyride [the theme song,] I've been Waiting [for A Girl Like You,] especially Tempted,Keep on Loving You, ''[I Just] Died in Your Arms Tonight, Sister Christian, All Night Long, Owner of A Lonely Heart, Video Killed The Radio Star, One Thing Leads to Another, Dance Hall Days, Billie Jean, You've Got Another Thing Coming, Fist Fury, Yankee Rose, I Wanna Rock, Cum on Feel The Noise, Two Minutes to Midnight, Working for The Weekend, Cars, Fascination, Obsession, I Ran [so far Away]" and many more.
It's quite fun to gun down criminals in an Apache while blasting Running Down a Dream or White Wedding, part 2.
Greenkeepers' "Vagabond": "I'm gonna shoot you down now for the things you've done..."
The worst part? Almost every song on the album is built upon that same four-measure theme.
Korobeiniki, AKA "The TetrisTheme," is Ear Worm incarnate. So much so that the Tetris Project guidelines for officially licensed Tetris games stipulate that all Tetris games must have this song as an option.
Nightfall: "A voice from the north whispers to me, all that I am is what you can be, I forsake the light, I forsake the cold, with unholy steel, I'll serve his throne. Within Ebon Hold, I am born again— my deeds will bring the fall of Man!"
Lament Of The Highborne is a song you get to hear as a reward for completing a certain quest. Is it worth it? Hell, yeah!
While many were divided on whether Mists Of Pandaria was a good addition to World of Warcraft or not, most people couldn't deny the soundtrack, and how the majority of AN EIGHT MINUTE TRACK for the main theme could be earworm-y. Especially the parts around 5:40 and 7:25. The track has parts that definitely belong to Horde, Alliance, and the neutral Pandaren.
"Yell 'Dead Cell'" was MGS2's boss theme. It became so popular that it now a rule that when old MGS music is used in a game, Yell "Dead Cell" must be included or remixed. And its percussion makes it insanely catchy, too.
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn Has the 'Galdrar Of Rebirth", vocoded in the Simlish-esque language of the herons. Rafiel sings it: once to free Maurim from being turned to a feral,And Reyson uses it after that to restore Renning A.K.A Bertram.
Any of the background scores for Kingdom Hearts could get stuck in your head if you play in a certain world/area for long enough. As mentioned above, This is Halloween could drive everyone crazy. It's worse if you know the lyrics to the Disney BGM. You will be singing the Mickey Mouse Club theme for DAYS. Not to mention 'Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo' while you're playing BBS.
What's the worst is the songs from Atlantica in KH2. It's a bit better in Japanese, where you can't understand them if you don't know Japanese. Fortunately, the visual cues are obvious enough that you can still beat the required Rhythm Game with your television muted.
At least they have decent renditions of songs from the actual movie, but God help you if you manage to get "Swim This Way" stuck in your head. Swim this way, we'll dance and we'll play...! ... Oh goddammit.
Also, within a year of the game's release, its theme song Simple and Clean became pretty well known.
The Japanese version, 'Hikari', is just as awesome. Listen enough times and you will start picking up on the words.
Devil May Cry: "The flinch in your eye calls your bluff/Feel free to die when you've had enough/Useless cause is breaking your back/Your life will end when you attack"
Steal a soul for a second chance/But you will never become a man/My chosen torture makes me stronger/In a life that craves the hunger/A Freedom and a quest for life/Until the end of the judgment night!
Bless me/With the/Leaf off of the tree/On it/I see/The freedom reign~
Praise to my father/blessed by the water/black night, dark skies/the devils crrrrrrrrrryyyy!
Now you've really crossed the line/Your hate for me is divine/My love yearns for your suffer/On your grave lurks my prosper
The time has come and so have I/I'll laugh last 'cause you came to die/The damage done, the pain subsides/And I can see the fear clear when I look in your eye
Hail to a father of divine/To the son the light will shine/From the angst of lost memories/A just revenge to cure misery
In Persona 3Portable, brand new music is added to the female protagonist's route, and it's just as ear-infesting. For example, the regular battle musicis possibly catchier than the original.
You cannot run away! /(Hell naw no man can run away)/For me I stay in your head as one big threat!
Write me an endresssong! It may not be Burn My Dread but it sure is catchy!
Persona 4 continues the ear-worming with: "EVERY DAY'S GREAT AT YOUR JUN-ES!"
We are living our lives...(dunit doo do doo dunit doo do doo)...Abound with so much information...
How about with every battle, having this wriggle in your brain: "I FACE OUT, I HOLD OUT, I REACH OUT to the truth of my life seeking to seize on the whole moment to now. Break. AWAAAAY! Will you LET ME OUT? Can you LET ME OUT? Can you set me free..."
How about the fact that the absolutely gorgeous orchestral mix used for part of the Izanami boss battle is not on the included soundtrack?
Although this was mentioned on the main page, the Satomi Tadashi Pharmacy song from Persona is such a mighty earworm, it is actually referred to as such in-game. And it gets remixed a fair few times in Persona 2, guaranteeing that it won't leave your brain without a fight.
Haa~, peru peru Persona! It's on par with the Satomi Tadashi Pharmacy song in terms of sheer Ear Worm and plain old WTF-ness. It doesn't help that the song is an Ondo, making the beat very easy to remember.
Persona 2: Innocent Sin's remake opening has a really crazy beat and a classic Lotus Juice rap— oh, and the female singer's lyrics are actually understandable! Have fun!
Gungrave has its theme, Gunlock Overdrive. "Ba-bum da-bum bum bum doo liddle doo doo doo doo dododo...dum, dum duum dum...dooom dumm dumm, one moment please..." (It's the trumpets man...the trumpets...)
Demon's Souls would under normal circumstances only have a couple of ear worms, such as Flamelurker's theme and Maiden Astrea's theme. However, seeing as every boss is difficult, and the very nature of the game will have you dying constantly, any of the songs in this game can become ear worm material due to sheer repetition.
Daigasso Band Brothers. Just everything in the entire game. One thing that helps is that Nintendo deliberately placed several earworms on the game (from this list alone, there's a medley from WarioWare, the Super Mario Bros. theme, the Zelda theme, "Dragostei din Tei", "Japan Break Industries", and "Ready Steady Go!"). In fact, the songs that might not otherwise be earworms end up becoming them due to proximity.
Most if not all of the music from Lemmings, both the original tracks and the remixes of public domain music.
This game and Loom have both worked to solidify the insurance that "Dance of the Little Swans" from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake will never, ever leave you.
Sensei's theme from Advance Wars: Black Hole Rising and Advance Wars: Dual Strike. Combined with the Goddamned Bats effect of his Mech- and Infantry-spawning CO Powers, this makes Sensei doubly annoying to play against, and doubly hilarious to play as.
The Mad Hatter track AFS, based on the music from Bubble Bobble, actually references "this is the song that never ends". The lyrics added only serve to increase the Ear Worm properties of an already Annoying F*** in' Song. It may be found here
It doesn't help that half of the theme songs in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom consist of the Tatsunoko guys' ear-wormy Anime Theme Songs. If the fact that we already listed the Gatchaman theme lines and lines above doesn't tell you anything...
The Space Quest theme. It's very catchy and Sierra have scattered at least a dozen versions of it throughout the Space Quest installments that have music. Probably the best version is the one heard in the opening credits of Space Quest 1 VGA.
Also of note from the Space Quest series, the Monolith Burger music from the third and fourth games is irritatingly catchy.
Another catchy tune is from Space Quest V. It's played when Roger's pet face-hugger is around. It sounds really goofy, but it's certainly catchy. You're likely to wind up humming it after listening to it a couple of times.
Killer7: "Next, please. Where to? To the Vinculum Gate? Yes, all received. Proceed."
Bayonetta has a J-Pop cover of Fly Me to the Moon as a significant portion of its background music. All together now: In other words, please be truuuueeeeee. In other words, I love you! Repeat ad nauseaum.
Some of the songs found in the Gallery in the PC game Simtunes.
In Patapon, you order your minions around beating your talking drums in certain patterns. The repetitive nature of the game tends to mean that long after you've finished playing it the beats that you play tend to stick in your head.
Rhythm Heaven. With 50 minigames, there's 50 songs to get stuck in your head. By the time you get a Perfect (play without any mistakes) on every single game, you'll never get them out. Nintendo Power puts it best, saying that "you can play some of these games without even watching, just by hearing the music". Overlaps with Crowning Music of Awesome, though it's up to personal preference as to which tunes are the coolest stuff you're ever heard. (requires link to playlist on youtube)
Playing BlazBlue? Try not to pay too much attention while Thin RED Line is in the background. Once you notice how many simultaneous layers there are to the song, it will graft itself directly to the nerves in your brain. At least it's a hella badass song— just like every one of the themes in BlazBlue.
Two words when it comes to rhythm games: July-Euromix from Stepmania. The music is ALL TECHNO, and the first strings of beats repeat constantly for two full runs then it goes into a piano solo which also repeats twice then back to the beginning.
While Mother 3's soundtrack alone is filled to the brim with these, Mother3i really tops them all by being offical remixes OF the ear worms, usually at least three mixed together into one song. Examples:
Oh, Buta Mask is a mix of Unfounded Revenge, Piggy Guys and various bits from other songs.
Theme Of Bad Boy is a mix of a whopping 9 songs - first Porkies Pokies, then Master Porkys theme, then Mischievous Blues, after that comes More Audacious March, quickly followed by Etude For Ghosts, then comes Battle with Mecha Drago, followed by (would someone help me here), predictably, Piggy Guys comes afterwards, and Intense Guys tops the whole song off.
Twist And Battle makes the Batman-esque Mister Batty's Theme and Rock And Roll (Spicy) into one song.
If you want a really nasty one, try 'kill or be killed', a kicking disco theme of all things combined with some killer backup music.
The sequel is just as bad. Infamously, we have Margaret's battle theme, but many of the remixes from the Dark Side album that have been used in the game are just as earworm-y as the original tracks.
Let's not forget Nathan Copeland's rap theme, and a boss theme so fan-frigging-tastic they used it for multiple boss fights! Good luck getting those guitar licks, or that Japanese rapping, out of your head any time soon.
Take you to my magic tower/In my land of make believe./All sweet lovin' in my power/You won't ever want to leave./Take you to my magic tower/In my land of blue and red./All sweet lovin' in my power/You're the prisoner of my bed.
And the Overworld theme. It's like something out of an animated Disney movie, almost.
Anyone who's ever played one of the games in the Professor Layton series knows exactly which theme is the ear-wormiest. The best part is that on more difficult puzzles, you get to listen to it for a good solid twenty minutes and it starts to get slightly grating.
Harvest Moon has a lot, with Back To Nature as the biggest offender. The title screen alone, to say nothing of the various seasonal and character themes, and the song you sing with your friend in the prologue....
Thing on a Spring is another great Hubbard tune. Do note that Youtube quality doesn't really do the SID sound justice, but you can use a SID player and the appropriate SID file (many SID's are lying around on the Internet; grabbing a copy of the HVSC is the de-facto way to get your SIDucation these days) to listen to something much closer (it's emulated and doesn't sound exactly the same as the real thing, but is still much better than hearing it with audio compression artifacts).
Everything Akiko Shikata has contributed to the Ar tonelico series. EXEC_PAJA/.# Misya extracting and EXEC_EP=NOVA/. are especially bad offenders.
Transport Tycoon. Every single song. Jazz with some gospel touch to it, and it feels so appropriate when you're just watching all those trains and cars going around. It's better with a good MIDI sound sample set, but it's still remarkably catchy using even the default Windows/QuickTime sounds (sample here).
The Tristram town theme from Diablo (or Diablo II, in this case, as it was exactly the same as the version from the first game but with an extra 3 minutes or so of new music added to the end).
This theme is so memorable that at the end of Diablo II, after killing Diablo himself, the game plays this theme for five seconds. Every single person who has ever played the first game hears this and shivers at the very sound.
Don't Cry, Jennifer from the SNES Clock Tower. A hell of a thing to have stuck in one's head, given the connotations of "OH SHIT SCISSORMAN RUN HIDE AAAAAHHHHHH!!!"
.hack: Mecha Mecha Mecha MECHA GRUNTYYYY! (do doo doooooo!)
From Spyro the Dragon: Lofty Castle, Glimmer, Sunrise Spring/Evening Lake, Midday Garden, Midnight Mountain, Sunny Villa, Cloud Spires/Haunted Tomb, Molten Crater/Dino Mines, Seashell Shore/Crystal Islands, Sheila's Alp, Buzz's Dungeon, Icy Peak, Enchanted Towers/Sgt. Byrd's Base— hell, let's just say all of 3's soundtrack bar the speedways and the Sparx worlds.
The main theme from the original Spyro is just absurdly catchy.
As actually acknowledging this trope, in Saints Row 2 there is at least two songs that comes on the in-game radios - A-ha's "Take On Me" and Europe's "The Final Countdown" - that if you simply drive around for a while without engaging police or the like, your character will actually sing along to the song. As there are six difference voices you can pick for the character, someone created a chorus version...
There was a Nintendo game made for the G.I. Joe franchise (the first one of two), and while it was relatively novel for its time with a mix of stage types, the real reason to be there was for the music. While the stage music was interesting, the really catchy songs were the bossbattlethemes. The tune that stuck around with burr-like tenacity, though, was the vehicle theme, which triggered whenever your Joe climbed into a captured Cobra war machine.
The machine shop music from Samorost, on an endless loop, burns its few seconds into your brain for a long time.
Manly games above? Pfft. Namco is a producer of such earworms too. And unless this page is dedicated to English-only earworms of videogames like NFS or such then it is a crime not to include The idolM@ster series.
A fixed shooter game called Balloon Bomber (available on Taito Legends 2 for the Playstation 2 and PC) was one of, if not the first arcade game to have an actual soudtrack (i.e., outside the standard computer beeping, etc), even if it is just one track. It's still catchy all the same: DA, DA-DA, DA-DA, DA-DA, DA-DA, DA, DA! DA, DA-DA, DA-DA, DA-DA, DA-DA, DA, DA!
The entirety of the "soundtrack" (such as it is) to an obscure arcade game called Warp & Warp can be considered this.
The most prominent from Tony Hawk's Pro Skater would probably be "Superman" by Goldfinger from the original game. It was included in the most recent installment (THPS HD, which is built around nostalgia) as a result.
"All I Want" by The Offspring ("YAH YAH YAH YAH YAH YAAAH!!") is this for Crazy Taxi. "Walla Walla" from the same band is probably the sequel's.
Lollipop Chainsaw includes lots of licensed music in its soundtrack, but the one that's guaranteed to get stuck in your head the most is "Lollipop" by The Chordettes, which plays every single flippin' time you go to a store. Sing it with us:
Can my baby lollipop,/Tell you why,/His kiss is sweeter than an apple pie.../And when he does his shaky rockin' dance,/Man I haven't got a chance.../I call him.../Lollipop, lollipop, oh lolli-lolli-lolli.../Lollipop, lollipop, oh lolli-lolli-lolli.../Lollipop! *pop*/Bum-bum-bum-bum...
NieR has music with a pretty distinct sound to begin with, with an abundance of vocal tracks sung in languages that are supposed to be futuristic versions of various real languages (such as Portuguese, English, Gaelic, French, etc). The game's songwriting is very melancholy in tone, but that doesn't stop a lot of the tracks from being Ear Worms, like "Shadowlord's Castle (Memory)" and "Hills of Radiant Winds" (the latter being one of the game's few upbeat tracks).