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->''Even if the world tells us it's wrong\\
You're in my head like a catchy song.''
-->-- '''Pear Butter''', ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E13ThePerfectPear The Perfect Pear]]"

[[Series/LambChopsPlayAlong This is the song that doesn't end...]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNTxr2NJHa0 Yes, it goes on and on, my friend...]] in your head.

"Ear Worms" (from the German phrase ''Ohrwurm'') are those songs that weasel their way into your head like uninvited guests and then proceed to stink up the inside of your cranium by playing themselves there over. And over. And over. ''[[OverlyLongGag And over]]''. They're those songs that just ''get stuck in your head'', and no amount of screaming, pounding, protesting, and banging your head into your desk will get them out. [[Music/{{Eagles}} They will check out any time you like, but they will never leave.]] Someone infected with an Ear Worm may find themselves prone to bursting out into the song in inappropriate places, tugging at their ears in fury, and can end up [[CloudCuckoolander distracted in the middle of conversation (or other important activities)]] by the continuous snatches of song wavering between their ears. And it's only a matter of time before, like [[Film/{{Scanners}} Darryl Revok]], they drill a hole in their forehead [[BrainBleach to let the voices out]].

You may find relief by hunting down the lyrics and learning the words, but this is more effort than most people are willing to expend on a briefly-heard ditty. Worse, if the song is in a language you don't speak, this becomes pretty much impossible. And when the song is an {{instrumental|ThemeTune}}... Some people also claim that just listening to the song in question from beginning to end could help, because as their theory goes, an Ear Worm really is a ''fragment'' of the song stuck in your head, while your mind attempts to resolve how it continues -- in vain. Actual success of this method varies (from person to person and from song to song) though, so it might only serve as a ''temporary'' release or none at all. And even worse is the fact that some Ear Worms are songs that were made cyclic to begin with (say, video game soundtracks). Therefore, listening the song through will just complete the loop, rendering the Worm NighInvulnerable. Naturally, you can always distract yourself with another Ear Worm, but you might find it just as annoying as the first, and some people even develop a "playlist of Ear Worms" this way, being able to switch from one song to the other, but unable to silence them. As a general rule of thumb one could say: The more you care, the worse it gets.

The Internet is a particularly notorious supplier of Ear Worms; lots of [[Memes/{{Music}} music memes]] tend to be irrationally catchy. (This is probably how they got to be memetic in the first place.) Other prime offenders include commercial jingles, Broadway musicals, whatever Top 40 hit is being overplayed right now, video game music (including [[SongAssociation licensed music]]), [[OneHitWonder one-hit wonders]], and songs with chipmunk voice. Let's not go into show theme music, especially when they repeat and shout [[TitleThemeTune the name of the series]] over and over and over again.

{{Rhythm Game}}s deserve a special mention, since these sorts of games are chock full of catchy tracks by design, and some of the tracks available are ThatOneBoss. Expect to have a given "boss" song echo in your head for weeks if you're struggling to beat it!

Just because a song is listed here as a particularly bad Ear Worm [[TropesAreNotBad doesn't mean it's not]] SugarWiki/{{awesome|Music}}. In fact, an awesome song can be just as catchy as [[BuffySpeak a... uuhm...]] [[Horrible/{{Music}} not as awesome one.]] In fact, a song may even be awesome ''because'' it's an Ear Worm, and a song may be an Ear Worm in part because it's awesome.

In fiction, Ear Worms are frequently the tool used to produce PsychicStatic. Especially powerful ones can also serve as a BrownNote.

Not to be confused with the [[PuppeteerParasite mind-warping parasites]] from ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'' or [[PuppeteerParasite mind-controlling parasites]] from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' or Earwig in RealLife.

Compare TheTetrisEffect, the video game equivalent, or its visual cousin (BrainBleach). Also compare CantUnhearIt, which applies to specific voices.

TV Tropes would like to apologize to any readers susceptible to these things who, getting reminded of a song on this page, feel compelled to hear it again. For your convenience and further suffering, links will be provided whenever possible. (And sometimes this ''isn't'' possible, for [[OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope various]] [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil reasons]]; if you find a broken link, please remove it or fix it. Thanks!)

'''Note:''' When posting links to Website/YouTube here, make sure to strip their [=URLs=] of all unnecessary fragments, such as "feature=..." -- the "[[RickRoll ?v=[=oHg5SJYRHA0=]]] or whatever"; parameter is the only one needed, really.

Also, unless it seems to have been posted with the copyright holder's blessing (look for one of those little marks like "director video" or "contains content from") or songs released under free license (e.g. Creative Commons), it probably shouldn't be linked here -- it's very likely to be taken down. And also, for US users, [[NoExportForYou the rest of the world may not see what you do]]. Links to video game soundtracks and demoscene productions are OK most of the time, though.

Please mention the work the example comes from. Simply typing out "Lalalalala (link to Youtube video)" will not be a good idea, because a) the link might get deleted, b) not everyone can play videos, and c) "Lalalalala" looks like gibberish to the average viewer.

'''Important Note:''' Examples of Ear Worms go into one of the sub-pages below. Do not put them on the main page, unless the Ear Worm trope is referenced within the story or lyrics.



%% This is a list of media. Individual works go on the media page.
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* EarWorm/{{Advertising}}
* EarWorm/{{Anime}}
* EarWorm/StandUpComedy
* EarWorm/{{Film}}
* EarWorm/LiveActionTV
* EarWorm/{{Music}}
** EarWorm/Music0To9
** EarWorm/MusicABC
** EarWorm/MusicDEF
** EarWorm/MusicGHI
** EarWorm/MusicJKL
** EarWorm/MusicMNO
** EarWorm/MusicPQR
** EarWorm/MusicST
** EarWorm/MusicUVW
** EarWorm/MusicXYZ (Also contains the unsorted examples.)
** EarWorm/NationalAnthems
* EarWorm/ProfessionalWrestling
* EarWorm/{{Theater}}
* EarWorm/VideoGames
* EarWorm/{{Web}}
* EarWorm/WesternAnimation
* EarWorm/{{Other}}

!!References to, and stories involving, Ear Worms:


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/TwentiethCenturyBoys'': Kyoko [[PsychicStatic keeps her favorite rock song in mind to protect herself]] during a brain washing session.
* In ''Manga/CromartieHighSchool'', the characters desperately try to remember the name of a song that is completely stuck in their heads, after one of them hears Mechazawa hum it in the bathroom. In the anime, they hum it in unison by the end of the episode and still can't name it. The song was [[spoiler:"Ningen Nante", by the guy who does the main theme of the series.]] Notably, it seems that it wasn't Mechazawa who started this. At the beginning of the episode, we see him at a concert with Freddie [[TakeOurWordForIt singing]] to a guitar instrumental played by Gorilla. When you put two and two together, [[spoiler:the guitar part serves as a basis for "Ningen Nante".]] So he wound up with the song in his head, felt like going around humming it, and it spread through the school like an infection.
* In a ''literal'' example of Ear Worm, in an early episode of ''Manga/{{Needless}}'', there is a brief scene where a strange cat/worm creature comes out of Eve's ear as she is sleeping. [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment Its purpose is never explained, and it is never seen again for the rest of the series]].
* Taken to a ''very'' dark extreme in the ''Creator/JunjiIto'' short "Songs in the Dark". A woman hears a busker playing a song that is so catchy it literally alters her brainwaves and repeatedly plays over and over in her head, driving her insane in the process. Many others who heard the song ended up committing suicide.
* The song "Aa, Nagarekawa" is referred to as such in the ''Manga/{{Locodol}}'' anime.
* Sato in ''LightNovel/WelcomeToTheNHK'' is consistently tormented by the theme song to the ShowWithinAShow ''Magical Girl Pururin'' played by his neighbor Yamazaki. Once he befriends Yamazaki and he is introduced to the show, he often finds himself humming the tune, and even adopts it as his ringtone!
* In ''Manga/MyMonsterSecret'', Akane takes [[ChristmasCake Akari's]] appearance to make a short movie parodying your typical MagicalGirl ShowWithinAShow, called ''Magical Akalyn''. If Asahi's reaction in the volume 10 omake is anything to go by, the show's theme song is an Ear Worm (though the fact it was played in a loop for maybe more than an hour on the radio didn't help).
-->''She's never ever popular! (si~ngle~) Alcohol's her only partner! (si~ngle~)...''

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Adam "''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}''" Warren did a short arc for ''ComicBook/Gen13'' which featured Caitlin as the [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Woman]] in the face of an ''[[EvilDiva unnaturally]]'' [[EvilDiva infectious]] and insane pop song.
* In ''[[ComicBook/TheSandman Sandman: At Death's Door]]'' by Jill Thompson, Delirium deals with the demons that crash Death's party by infecting them with Ear Worms.
* In a ''ComicBook/JusticeLeague'' story, the League encounters a created being that sucks up memories. Once they manage to reverse the effects, the Atom leaves it one memory: the Ear Worm that's been stuck in his head the whole issue. "Ziggy Stardust". The kicker: he couldn't remember the whole song.
* In ComicBook/HarleyQuinn's own comic, an Ear Worm is an actual worm that hibernates for 363 days a year; the two days it is awake -- Christmas Eve and Christmas Day -- it curls up in a human's ear and sings very, very annoying Christmas songs like "Jingle Bells" and "The Twelve Days of Christmas". Harley is its latest victim, but she is cured by -- who else? -- [[BadassSanta Santa Claus.]]

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Rat does this to mess with Pig in a ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' strip by singing John Denver's "Country Roads, Take Me Home" near him. Rat even admits that he's doing it to plant an Ear Worm in his friend's head.
* Tom Tommorrow's ''ComicStrip/ThisModernWorld'' once introduces a superhero named Anagram Man, but for the purposes of this entry we must take note of his sidekick, [[http://archive.salon.com/comics/tomo/1998/07/17tomo.html/ Song-In-Your-Head Boy.]]
* One ''ComicStrip/{{Nemi}}'' strip features an Ear Worm taking over a bus. Much to the annoyance of the main character.
-->'''Cyan:''' ''[humming away]'' Hey, do you hear it too?\\
'''Nemi:''' ''[visibly straining]'' No! I'm hearing "'''Raining Blood'''" by Music/{{Slayer}}! Louder, and louder and '''louder'''!
* Norm from ''ComicStrip/MyCage'' once got a song stuck in his head; when pressured to tell what song it was he finally admitted it was the [=FreeCreditReport=].com jingle.
-->'''Norm:''' Advertising has salted my soul. Nothing good can grow there again.
* A Sunday strip of ''ComicStrip/{{Zits}}'' has Hector confessing to Jeremy that he has a show tune stuck in his head. After much pestering from Jeremy, it is revealed to be "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria" from ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'', at which point Jeremy gets it stuck in his head as well.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* [[http://rufftoon.deviantart.com/art/Catchy-43953181 "Catchy"]], a little ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' comic by Rufftoon on Website/DeviantArt, has Uncle Iroh tricking Zuko to sing [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheCaveOfTwoLovers "Secret Tunnel"]].
* In the "Strangers" plot of ''[[http://community.livejournal.com/jla_watchtower/tag/strangers JLA Watchtower]]'', several Titans and Titan allies were "swapped out" with EvilCounterpart members of the RoguesGallery, while the Titans themselves were "stuck in the heads" of their evil counterparts. One of the most effective ways the captive Titans fought back was by singing annoying songs to the supervillains, driving them to distraction.
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/4238196/23/Harry-Potter-and-the-Marauders-of-the-Mind Harry Potter and the Marauders of the Mind]]'':
-->'''James:''' ...Lily is brilliant at runes and so is Moony. Pads and I never took it at school, but we both had to learn them alongside our alphabet as children. Remember, Sirius? A-B-C and ''ansuz-berkana-kensaz''. There was a little song that went with it--\\
'''Sirius:''' Don't you dare sing it! It went round in my head solidly for five and a half years. I reckon there's some sort of charm on it to force you to remember it for all time. It haunts my nightmares.
* ''WebVideo/FalloutNukaBreak'': The advertising jingle "By Mennen!" is the only thing that the centuries-old ghoul Ben can remember from before the war, though he can't remember what it was used for. The group comes to the conclusion that it was a religious hymn, and start saying "by Mennen" the way one would say "by God".
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6238824/16/The-Sorting-Hat-s-Stand The Sorting Hat's Stand]]'' a miscalculation in a prank spell which was supposed to affect only Slytherins eventually results in the ''entire school'' singing "I'm Henry the Eighth, I Am'' for the eight hundred and sixty-fourth time.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7274734/6/Saying-No Saying No]]'' Kreacher and Dobby take turns "teaching" the [[ItMakesSenseInContext Dark Torso]] a few of these songs. Eventually it spreads to Hogwarts, driving Hermione nuts.
* Weaponized in ''Fanfic/IAmNOTGoingThroughPubertyAgain'' when Naruto gets a song stuck in Shukaku's head so the heart-to-heart he had with Gaara has time to sink in.
* In ''Fanfic/OriginStory'', Alex Harris is trying to concentrate during a strategy meeting with ComicBook/TheAvengers and she finds herself half-humming, half-singing a MajorGeneralSong (that started with the line , [[ItMakesSenseInContext "I am the very model of a busty superheroine..."]]) she'd seen on Website/YouTube that just happened to have been about Alex herself. When the Black Widow asks her if something's wrong, Alex tries to explain, badly. She specifically calls it an Ear Worm, and can't figure out whether she is more annoyed by the fact that she can't get it out of her head, or that the damned thing exists in the first place.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' invokes both this and Disney movies {{Award Bait Song}}s when Dory starts singing an obvious parody of such a song. "Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming swimming swimming...".
-->'''Marlin:''' No singing. '''No Singing!''' Great, now I'm going to have that song stuck in my head.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' [[TheMovie movie]], we see Drakken pass by a glass-roomed torture chamber where a man is assailed by an Ear Worm. We can't hear it, but there's some [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks very familiar puppets involved...]]
* A running gag in ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' involves two "mind workers" pranking Riley's emotions by sending a memory of an obnoxious chewing gum jingle up to headquarters, causing Riley to hum it to herself unconsciously and making Anger even angrier.
%%Zero-context example, and don't pothole work titles.
%%* Two words: [[Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians Kanine Krunchies]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In the movie ''Film/{{Thoughtcrimes}}'', Brendan doesn't believe in Freya's telepathic abilities until she mentions that he'd had the ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' theme song stuck in his head all day.
* In ''Film/WaynesWorld'', Wayne has the song "Hey Mickey" stuck in his head. He and his girlfriend sing it to expel it.
* In the movie ''Film/{{Pontypool}}'', the Ear Worm comes in the form of infected phrases in the English language that spread through understanding.
* In ''Film/TheNightTheySavedChristmas'', "Jingle Bells" is such an annoying one that even SantaClaus himself is sick of it. ("Sing any other Christmas song you want," he yells to his elves. "Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, White Christmas, any of those! But '''NO MORE JINGLE BELLS!'''"
* In ''Film/{{Eurotrip}}'', Scotty's ex-girlfriend Fiona's new boyfriend's song, "Scotty Doesn't Know" (about Fiona cheating on Scotty) becomes something of an Ear Worm for the entire cast -- starting with Scotty's best friend. Not only that, but it becomes a major hit all over Europe.
* "Pocket Full of Sunshine" becomes an Ear Worm for the main character, Olive, of ''Film/EasyA''.
* The catchy song from ''Three Magic Words'', a short riffed on by Podcast/RiffTrax, is declared an ear worm by a despondent Bill Corbett after it continues on past the short itself.
* In ''Film/DeepRising'', Joey starts singing the [[TheElevatorFromIpanema elevator's music]] under his breath while the group is sneaking along a corridor. Everyone stops and points flashlights and/or guns at him, so he sheepishly explains that it's stuck in his head. Amusingly, even the hardened mercenaries don't push the issue and simply resume walking.

* You can find a few. For example:
-->'''Patient:''' Doctor, doctor! I keep getting these two songs stuck in my head: "The Green, Green Grass of Home" and "Delilah"!\\
'''Doctor:''' Oh, you've got Music/TomJones syndrome.\\
'''Patient:''' Is that rare?\\
'''Doctor:''' ''It's Not Unusual.''
* A joke about pest control by an individual [[ObfuscatingStupidity pretending to]] [[LiteralMinded take a popular phrase literally]] suggests a remedy: since many people use poisons of various forms to eradicate household and farmyard pests, songs with the word "poison" in the title or lyrics (or anything by a musician who has recorded such a song) might be used to control earworms, depending on individual tastes in music. An example for one who favors classic rock:
-->'''Bartender:''' Name your poison.\\
'''Patron:''' Well, the poison would depend on just what kind of pests I'm trying to get rid of. So let me see, I think I'd use d-Con for rodents, RoundUp for weeds, Raid for insects...Music/AliceCooper for earworms...

* OlderThanRadio: In 1876, Creator/MarkTwain wrote [[https://web.archive.org/web/20050311013236/http://www.readbookonline.net/readOnLine/559/ "A Literary Nightmare"]] (also published as "Punch, Brothers, Punch") about a jingle on punching train tickets getting stuck in his head.
* This was the plot of a short story by Creator/ArthurCClarke, "The Ultimate Melody" in the collection ''Tales from the White Hart''. A scientist noted the effect of Ear Worms in popular music, and determined to find the underlying rhythm that made them all so addictive through process of comparison and elimination. He apparently succeeded in touching on that "universal melody" for a moment, as the end of the story finds him [[BrownNote completely vegetative]], the song having matched so neatly with his brainwaves that it effectively locked them in stasis forever. As a note (no pun intended) of irony to the whole story, the machine that has been compiling and analysing these songs was turned off, still playing the ultimate melody, by a man who was completely unaffected by it. Why? He was [[DisabilityImmunity completely, utterly tone-deaf]].
* The short story "Nothing But Gingerbread Left" by Henry Kuttner (which may have been the inspiration for the "funniest joke in the world" Monty Python joke) which was actually written during WWII was about a marching stanza in German that the allies covertly inserted into the ranks of the German soldiers which translates to "LEFT! LEFT! LEFT a wife and [=SEVenteen=] children in [=STARVing=] condition with NOTHing but gingerbread LEFT LEFT! LEFT a wife and [=SEVenteen=] childrenó...." and this mentally sabotaged the Germans; they couldn't get it out of their heads, and it won the day for the allies. Be warned though, if you actually read this story, even reading it in English a few times as it occurs in the story, it will play a number on your head (just how bad must it be in German)!
* The SufficientlyAdvancedAliens of ''Literature/ChildhoodsEnd'' by the same author use this as an example of precisely directed power. Yes, they ''could'' take out a dictator through armed combat, but it'd be much more effective and less destructive if they made it so there was a distracting little voice talking in his ear, 24 hours a day, that prevented him from thinking straight or planning his wickedness.
* Alfred Bester's ''Literature/TheDemolishedMan'' features a man who wants to commit a murder in a world populated by telepaths. So he deliberately "infects" himself with an extremely catching earworm so that any telepaths won't be able to hear anything else that he's thinking. In-universe, earworms are referred to as "pepsis", although no-one remembers why.
* In the ''[=SERRATed=] Edge'' novel ''Chrome Circle'' by Creator/MercedesLackey, the protagonist Tannim manages to ''take down an entire group of psychics'' with the sheer Ear Worm potential of Music/TheyMightBeGiants. Apparently, the fact that the band's songs are both A) incredibly catchy, and B) so nonsensical that you actually have to focus on the lyrics to keep up makes them a [[PsychicStatic perfect block]] for any [[MindRape Mind Rapage]]. It definitely didn't help that Unseleighe psychics have absolutely NoSenseOfHumor, little comprehension of allegory, and the imaginations of lead bricks. They went positively ''insane'' trying to figure out what the hell Tannim was thinking about.
-->"I know what the White Eagle is, but what in the name of creation is the ''Blue Canary?!''"
* The Creator/TerryPratchett book ''Literature/{{Nation}}'' has an Ear Worm in the form of the Beer Song, described as a cheery little tune that bounces along and can't be removed from the brain with a chisel. It's important that the inhabitants remember it, though, as skipping a verse or two could result in fatal poisoning.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': The Hedgehog Song. It's an ear worm even though the words are never mentioned.
* In Robert [=McCloskey=]'s ''Centerburg Tales'' a record dropped off at Uncle Ulysses' lunchroom by a mysterious stranger contains a song so catchy that most of the town ends up singing it uncontrollably. The only remedy is to get a ''different'' song stuck in their heads: "Punch, Brothers, Punch" from MarkTwain's "A Literary Nightmare", mentioned above.
* The short story "Rump-Titty-Titty-Tum-TAH-Tee" by Creator/FritzLeiber concerns a rhythm and pattern of dots that form an Ear Worm so powerful that it essentially takes over the world, leaving almost everyone unable to do anything but obsess over it. Eventually, the spirit of a long-dead witch doctor gives the main characters an antidote (another Ear Worm which cancels it out), because, as the ghost explains, "it was starting to catch on down here, too."
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' novel ''Dark Mirror'' by Diane Duane, Deanna advises Picard to cultivate an Ear Worm in order to [[PsychicStatic block]] her MirrorUniverse counterpart's telepathy. He chooses George Strong's parody of "The Song of Hiawatha":
-->''He killed the noble Mudjokivis.\\
Of the skin he made him mittens,\\
Made them with the fur side inside,\\
Made them with the skin side outside.\\
He, to get the warm side inside,\\
Put the inside skin side outside;\\
He to get the cold side outside\\
Put the warm side fur side inside.\\
That's why he put the fur side inside,\\
Why he put the skin side outside,\\
Why he turned them inside outside.''
* In the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Literature/ForgottenRealms'' novel ''Finder's Bane'', by Jeff Grubb and Kate Novak, the party is captured by the mind flayer god Ilsensine. To buy their release, they have to give it a song that it has never heard before. The minor deity Finder, in the party, gives it a recursive song -- the last verse feeds into the first. The resulting Ear Worm gives Ilsensine big problems -- so the mind flayer god ends up begging Finder to take the song away in return for three answers to questions.
* Creator/ChinaMieville's short story "Wormword" features a ''deadly'' Ear Worm that can be spoken as well as sung. If you hear it intoned correctly, it causes a feedback loop in the brain that not only makes you recite the wormword over and over, potentially infecting other listeners, but also causes your brain proteins to distort, as if you've contracted a prionic brain disease.
* Prose variant: in ''Dark Cities Underground'', the protagonist once starred in a series of children's books his mother wrote when he was a boy. Even forty years later, he can't stop himself from mentally narrating his own actions in the catchy rhyming couplets his Mom's books used ("Jeremy Jerome Gerontius Jones, went to get an auto loan").
* In ''The Name of the Wind'' the first book of ''Literature/TheKingkillerChronicle'', the protagonist Kvothe writes the song "Jackass, Jackass" to mock his school rival Ambrose. Since personally performing the song too often will get Kvothe in serious trouble with the University authorities, he writes the song as a deliberate Ear Worm. By the time he gets reported, it's all over town. Reader beware: the selections of the song included in the text are Ear Worms in their own right.
* Creator/PoulAnderson's ''After Doomsday'' features a song, "The Battle of Brandobar", written to be a peculiar form of Ear Worm. The rhythm and rhyme of the song are carefully put together so it suffers little if any distortion when passed from singer to singer: "A space-hand who had never heard of Kandemir or Earth would still get their names correct when he sang what to him was just a lively drinking song. Only those precise vocables would sound right." This is essential, because the song is intended to let scattered Earthpeople know, "Hey, there's a bunch of Earthmen ''here''."
* H. H. Munro, a.k.a. Creator/{{Saki}}'s [[http://www.readbookonline.net/readOnLine/381/ "Cousin Teresa"]], in which a song containing the jaunty refrain "Cousin Teresa takes out Caesar, Fido, Jock, and the big borzoi." becomes an immense popular hit ("big-drum business on the two syllables of bor-zoi. It's immense."). The ensuing popularity of this absurd Ear Worm serves as a satire on the public obsession with trivia.
* ''The Do-Da-De-Da-Da Code'' by Robert Rankin has a throw-away line in chapter 37 in a passage where everyone's fingers are poised for the last big number of a gig, "''Fingers, Fingers, fingers. Fingers of Jonny's left hand on the neck of the wondrous guitar. Fingers of Andi Evans on the big buttons of the big recording equipment. Fingers of tom Gripping his drumsticks. Fingers of Gaz on the mic. A finger on the trigger. Two fingers of redeye from the optic. A finger of fudge is just enough.''" That last part is from the Cadbury's jingle that goes:
-->''A finger of fudge is just enough to give your kids a treat.\\
A finger of fudge is just enough, until it's time to eat.\\
It's full of ''Cadbury's'' goodness, but very small and neat.\\
A finger of fudge is just enough to give your kids a treat.''
* In ''The Shattered Alliance'' book from the ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' novels, Jodah the Archmage deters eavesdroppers at his study door with "a catchy little tune from my childhood that loops back on itself repeatedly." Since the spell makes people hear ''him'' singing it, another mage called it "cruel and unusual punishment."
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'': The Yeerks are literal ear worms, except they crawl into your ear and take over your brain instead of being catchy. A more accurate version is how one Yeerk's host constantly recites [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Henry V]] in the back of his mind. It enrages the Yeerk so much that when it uncovers time travel, the first thing it does is try to go kill Henry V at Agincourt.
* ''Literature/AudreyWait'' is a book about an BreakupSong that also turns into an infamous Ear Worm worldwide, shaming all parties involved.
* The concept is referenced in one of the ''Literature/StarfleetCorpsOfEngineers'' stories, when Sonya Gomez tries to make her personal access code easier to remember by using lyrics from a catchy alien folk song.
* ''[[Literature/TakeshiKovacs Broken Angels]]'' mentions a propaganda song written by Kempist revolutionaries which was so catchy that even the most patriotic soldier could find himself absent-mindedly humming lyrics from it. It became a bit of a problem, with overzealous [[ThePoliticalOfficer political officers]] turning in otherwise-loyal citizen who happened to get it stuck in their heads. The government eventually dealt with it by releasing a rip-off version featuring pro-government lyrics set to the same catchy tune.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The concept is used in an episode of French TV series ''Series/{{Kaamelott}}'': Myth/KingArthur can't get out of his head a song he heard from a minstrel ("À la volette", a traditional children's song). He spends most of the episode getting distracted and trying to get the melody out of his head (even interrupting a council to sing it out loud). Ironically, the series was so popular that the song itself became once more well-known and remains a prime example of the Ear Worm in France.
* The "You Are the Best" TrainingMontage song from ''[[Series/TheColbertReport Tek Jansen]]''.
-->'''Creator/StephenColbert:''' That song just digs into your brain like an alien parasite.
* The series ''Series/{{Medium}}'' has this in the episode "The Song Remains the Same", with Alison having "I Will Survive" blaring in her head making her shout and barely hear what people are saying. At one point the "record" skips, only continuing when she got closer to the broken iPod of the missing girl.
* The ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "The Survivors" features an Ear Worm in the form of an OminousMusicBoxTune that produces enough PsychicStatic to [[TerribleTicking freak out Troi to the point of madness]].
* ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger VS [[Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger Abaranger]]'':
-->'''Jasmine:''' Please excuse me. ''[place hand on Ryouga's hand]''\\
'''Narrator:''' ''[while clipshow of ''Abaranger'' goes on]'' Jasmine is an [=ESPer=]. Whoever she touches, Jasmine recaps his memories.\\
'''Jasmine:''' Seems true for now. I have my doubts for them though -- ''[walks to the camera]'' -- ''[[DancingTheme Aba-Aba-Aba-Aba-Abaranger!]]''\\
'''Umeko:''' What the heck was that?\\
'''Jasmine:''' Don't know either. It was on loop in his brain.
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'':
** The episode "The Jacket" has George dealing with the fact that "Master of the House" from ''Theatre/LesMiserables'' is stuck in his head. He accidentally starts singing it a few times during a visit from Elaine's father, Alton Benes. The last scene shows Alton driving down the highway and singing "Master Of The House" to himself. Apparently this earworm is not only annoying, it's also contagious.
** George also thinks that the "By Mennen!" advertising jingle is an ear worm, and incorporates it into his strategy for getting women. "Co-stanza!"
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'':
** The episode "My Musical" ends with the current Sacred Heart patient humming the song she heard the staff sing when she first entered the hospital [[spoiler: which is ironic, since her eardrums about to explode is what threatened her life in the first place.]]
** Also the third episode of the series, "My Best Friend's Mistake", where they can't get the Erasure song "Give a little respect" out of their heads, which leads to various members of the cast up and [[RunningGag singing it out of the blue]].
* "Goodies Rule OK", a ''Series/TheGoodies''' special, has them (among other things) writing a motivational song called "Bounce!", which causes everybody who hears it to perform the accompanying dance. Britain goes bankrupt because everybody is bouncing instead of working.
* An episode of the ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' [[ContinuityReboot reboot]] has a song suddenly and mysteriously force its way into the heads of four characters. They aren't even sure what it is or where it came from, but for several days, they hear it everywhere, driving them slowly insane. Apparently, if your brain gets infected by a driving cover of "All Along the Watchtower", you [[spoiler:just might be a Cylon]]. (Said cover is also a powerful Ear Worm in real life.)
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** A Creator/JonPertwee-era episode has Jo Grant resist the Master's hypnosis by reciting "The Walrus and the Carpenter" by Creator/LewisCarroll.
** Speaking of the Master, he's apparently had the same Ear Worm continuously since he was eight, [[spoiler:when the last Time Lord president implanted it in his head]]. He once spread it to the entire human race in order to take over the world.
* British comic duo Hale and Pace did an episode with this as a running gag. [[spoiler:At the end, he does fire lead in his head. They sing the song at his funeral. He sits up out of his coffin ''screaming''.]]
-->''You're never going to get this song\\
Out of your head, out of your head,\\
You're never going to get this song\\
Out of your head, out of your head\\
[then later, after it's [[OverlyLongGag gone on a bit...]]]\\
The only way to get this song\\
Out of your head\\
Fire some lead\\
Into your head''
* ''Series/TheATeam'' references this trope in Season 4:
-->'''Murdock:''' I've had "Three Blind Mice" by the Lennon Sisters goin' in my head for the past three days.
* ''Series/GilmoreGirls'', (paraphrasing):
-->'''Loreli:''' I finally found out how to get "Lazy Hazy Crazy Days" out of our heads. Just sing "It's a Small World" over and over.
* In ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie'', Bob describes a jingle as the basic concept of an Ear Worm: "A catchy little tune that sticks in your head and drives you a little bit crazy."
* ''Naor's Friends'' (basically the Israeli version of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'') has an episode in which a woman gets the song "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jAEQyy3iOA Shuvi laYam]]" stuck in Naor, Dedi, and Weizmann's heads out of spite, because they were frustrated with how long it took her to finish her business on the ATM machine they were waiting to use. It got so bad they called a specialist, who played the Ketchup Song ("a lesser catchy song") in their heads on repeat for long enough to get it out, but warned them not to hear the original song for 24 hours. As luck would have it, the café they went to got robbed while they were there, and "Shuvi laYam" started playing on the radio... Which made them [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome angrily take down the robbers, who were armed with machine guns, pepper the radio into smitherenes, and save everyone in the café]]. At least the song got out of their heads...
* In the ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' episode "Oldies but Young'uns", Al goes nuts over an old song he has stuck in his head that goes, "Hm-hmm, him..."
* On ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' Ted and Marshall are on a long road trip in a car with a cassette tape of "500 Miles (I'm Gonna Be)" stuck on an endless loop.
-->'''Ted:''' I am. So. Sick. Of this song.\\
'''Marshall:''' Don't worry, it comes around again.\\
'''Ted:''' What do you mean?\\
''[cue GilliganCut to Marshall ''and'' Ted enthusiastically singing along]''
* An episode of ''Series/DropTheDeadDonkey'' has a [[TheSwearJar Nessun Dorma box]] for people caught humming the theme of the Italia 90 world cup.
* In the ''Series/WhiteCollar'' episode "Most Wanted", Peter keeps singing a catchy little song set to "London Bridge". [[ConspiracyTheorist Mozzie speculates]] that this is a weapon developed by the federal government for psychological torture by Ear Worm. It's actually an FBI mnemonic song listing the names of the mistresses of a high-profile fugitive who happens to be the Criminal of the Week.
* In-universe example in ''Series/{{Charmed}}'': Prue gets the jingle for an ice cream truck stuck in her head. It turns out this was the demon's chord, which attracts demon children so that the ice cream man [[SealedEvilInACan can seal them away]]. Prue remembers it because she was mistakenly trapped by the ice cream man when she was younger.
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'': When a death-metal artist moves in upstairs and plays his music full-volume around the clock, both Daphne and Martin get "Na-na-na-na-na-na, flesh is burning..." stuck in their heads.
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "[[Recap/SupernaturalS02E05SimonSaid Simon Said]]", there is an InUniverse example when Dean gets "Can't Fight This Feeling" stuck in his head.

* Music/TheArrogantWorms, appropriately enough, have "Song Inside My Head" which is both an Ear Worm and about an Ear Worm. They even include the basic melody recorded in several different musical styles.
* Similarly, the song "Ohrwurm" by the German a capella band Wise Guys is an Ear Worm sung ''by'' an Ear Worm.
* Cephalic Carnage, [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs pot-smoking]] and [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic incredibly talented]] inventors of [[{{Grindcore}} Rocky Mountain Hydro-Grind]], paint the fourth wall red with their rather catchy song "[[http://www.metalinjection.net/tv/view/5824/cephalic-carnage-ohrwurm-video-nsfw Ohrwurm]]", though [[SchmuckBait don't visit]] that [[SurrealMusicVideo music video]] unless you're prepared for {{Squick}}. (And have some amount of BrainBleach on hand.)
* Yet again, the song "Tosi Tarttuva Täytebiisi" ("Really Catchy Filler Song") by finnish group Allekirjoittanut (later CoveredUp by Raptori, which shares two members of Allekirjoittanut) is a tongue-in-cheek dance track about the song itself being an AlbumFiller Ear Worm, while the Raptori version lampshades the CoveredUp aspect.
* Music/JonathanCoulton:
-->''If you can find, some way to be,\\
a little bit less, afraid of me\\
You'd see the voices that control me,\\
from inside my head say I shouldn't kill yoooouuu... yeeet....''
* Referenced by Music/{{Eminem}} during "White America", with him noting (and maybe mocking) his influence on society.
-->''Straight through your radio waves\\
It plays and plays\\
Till it stays stuck in your head\\
For days and days''
* Referenced in the song "Replay" by Iyaz (the song itself is also a major ear worm):
-->"''Shawty's like a melody in my head That I can't keep out Got me singin' like Na na na na everyday It's like my iPod stuck on replay, replay''"
* "That Song in My Head" is another meta-example, as the hook is "I've had that song in my head all day."
* "This is the Chorus", by Morris Minor and the Majors, (a parody of all the late 1980s Stock Aitken Waterman hits), has the line: "This is the Chorus, This is the Chorus, It goes round and around and gets into your brain".
* "Come On Eileen" by Music/DexysMidnightRunners includes the lyric "...and you'll hum this tune forever".
* "Love You Like a Love Song" by Music/SelenaGomez + The Scene and [[Creator/ZendayaColeman Zendaya's]] "Replay" (not the Iyaz song) are two Creator/DisneyChannel related examples, comparing a love interest to an EarWorm. Of course, both are relentlessly catchy in their own right.
* In "Reflections" by Music/MindInABox, after shadowing a target into a nightclub, Black cannot get the music out of head, which then degrades into a lyrical MadnessMantra of sorts. Amusingly, ten years later in "Travel Guide", the music is [[MetafictionalTitle stated to be by mind.in.a.box]].
* The Devo Spice song [[http://thefump.com/fump.php?id=1403 "Earworm"]] is about this.

* The Billy Collins poem "More than a Woman" features a narrator describing how a song has been playing uncontrollably in his head all day. Although he says, "It is a song so cloying and vapid I won't even bother mentioning the title," the poem's title clearly tells us that it's Music/TheBeeGees song from the ''Film/SaturdayNightFever'' soundtrack.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* "The Chicken Song" from ''Series/SpittingImage''. This was a parody of "Agadoo" by Black Lace. Characters in the show were heard singing snatches of it throughout the episode before it was performed by the ensemble at the end. And then it was released for real as a single.
-->''Now that you've heard it once\\
Your brain will spring a leak,\\
And though you hate this song\\
You'll be humming it for weeks!''
* ''Lamb Chop's Play-along'' with Shari Lewis, Lamb Chop and Hush Puppy used [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNTxr2NJHa0 "This Is the Song That Never Ends"]] (a.k.a. "This Is The Song That Doesn't End") as the closing theme. It's a recursive Earworm, so you can't even get rid of it by singing it all the way through... Any kid who grew up in the '90s has been annoyed by some kid on their camp bus starting a sing-a-long with this song, as well as "I know a song that gets on everybody's nerves". Worse, if you were a camp counselor in the '90s and they started a sing-a-long and you had to try to get them to shut up. You can not call yourself an American if you don't know this song. Lampshaded on the show itself, in which Shari Lewis cries out in horror when people begin to sing it, and then sends them away so she doesn't have to hear it anymore.
-->''This is the song that never ends\\
It just goes on and on, my friends\\
Some people started singing it not knowing what it was\\
And they'll continue singing it forever just because\\
This is the song that never ends...''
** And it gets worse, because now it has a [[Fanfic/PokemonOpalAndGarnet [=PokeLatin=]]] dub. Good luck getting this out of your head:
-->''Zjït sois au canc zjü neü finamt\\
Ro tü au ou et ou, mok amt\\
Au païkan hajït cancüt ro, et deüt reüzjon\\
Et ka weüt joj cancüt ro kotangard kibuston...''


[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* An end to a rather strangely named ARG has this happen to a former shadow government official/cultist turned power-hungry God. Thanks to the players, another, more powerful and more moral God throws him into a dark cellar, and blasts "Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper and the covered versions over and over. He really, ''really'' hates it.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'', sufficiently powerful message-carrying psi-bombs can lodge a short sentence or rhyme in a person's mind for several minutes. For obvious reasons, this can be a more terrifying prospect than similar tech that can rip out someone's soul and store it in a jar.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** 3rd Edition has a bard spell called "Insidious Rhythm" that consists of a catchy, silly tune that stay stuck in the mind of the target. This imposes a penalty on all activities involving reflection and concentration, and can even make a spellcaster flub his incantations.
** One 2nd edition ''Forgotten Realms'' priest spell, known only to the clergy of Milil, would cause a similar effect by getting ''part'' of an Ear Worm stuck in a target's head, leaving them unable to concentrate as they struggle to either get it out of their head or come up with the missing next line.
* ''TabletopGame/SufficientlyAdvanced'' has a program called the Mental Repetition Override Lens, which can be installed in a properly-wired brain specifically to suppress the memory of a song that you can't get out of your head.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'':
** In ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'', a character tells the story of how almost all of his pirate crew killed themselves, when stricken with the game's theme song.
** Later, in ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland Chapter II: Siege of Spinner Cay'', Guybrush wonders why a certain tune is stuck in his head. The tune is Largo [=LaGrande=]'s theme from ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge''.
* In ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'', one of the thought fragments that can be read, features someone trying to get a "Dempa"(?) tune out of their head.
* Lampshaded in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor''. When Peach takes a shower, she hums both the overworld '''and''' underwater themes from the original ''Super Mario Bros.''
* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona'':
** If you talk to Kei Nanjo in the pharmacy in ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'', you catch him singing along with the pharmacy song (a potent Ear Worm). He then realizes you're listening to him and demands you join in.
** In ''VideoGame/Persona3'', [=NPCs=] are overheard talking about how insanely catchy the "Tanaka's Amazing Commodities" TV show theme is.
** In ''VideoGame/Persona4'', Teddie complains that the music playing in the old-school video game-inspired "Void Quest" dungeon has gotten stuck in his head.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'', in the last boss battle of the Accordion Thief's Nemesis quest, the BigBad has the ability to not only get a demonic song stuck in your head, but ''physical ear '''worms''''' as well! The only way to get rid of them is to [[spoiler:sing a different Ear Worm in response]], which enrages the worms and sends them back to attack the BigBad. The kicker? The cure is [[spoiler:a mashup of "Feliz Navidad" and "The Fish Heads Song".]]
* And now on ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds''. At the end of the recent Mythsong Valley saga, [[spoiler:the sixth Chaos Lord turns out not to be Discordia, but the special guest of the big Friday event, Kimberly of One Eyed Doll, whose music Discordia had been entranced by. Drakath turned her into a Chaos Lord by sticking a mind-controlling Ear Worm into her head. Only by defeating her does Kimberly manage to get the Chaos tune out of her head and return to normal]].
* ''VideoGame/GuitarHero: Warriors of Rock'' has the "Player of the Ear Worm" trophy for playing the same song 10 or more times.
* ''VideoGame/FortuneStreet'' has a level based on the original ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'', complete with requisite remix of the overworld music. When selected as opponents, Mario says how much he loves the song, while Bowser roars that he'll never get the song out of his head.
* ''VideoGame/FallenLondon'' has "Plagued by a Popular Song", a "menace" quality that characters gain from failures. The song in question is "Pop Goes the Weasel" and [[StuffBlowingUp bad]] things will happen to your pet weasels if it gets too high.
* In ''VideoGame/LollipopChainsaw'', a zombie bemoans:
-->'''Zombie:''' I can't get this Music/KatyPerry song out of my head! [[CruelAndUnusualDeath What a terrible way to die]]!
* In the Claptastic Voyage DLC of ''Videogame/BorderlandsThePreSequel'', one of the sidequests has you trying to kill a literal Earworm crawling within Claptrap's mind, which takes the form of a [[SandWorm Thresher]] with subwoofers on its head that's constantly blaring [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHnJ9NmK3Pc said song]]. The song is so infectious that there's even [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEiTB8VXuuw cut dialog]] of the player characters humming along.
* In ''VideoGame/FallenLondon'', failing challenges in Mahogany Hall may cause you to gain the "Plagued by a Popular Song" quality, the popular song in question being "Pop Goes the Weasel". Letting this quality rise too high causes one of your weasels to ''literally'' pop.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Jonti Picking (a.k.a. Weebl, creator of ''WebAnimation/WeeblAndBob''), big provider of Ear Worms, eventually {{lampshade|Hanging}}d this with [[http://www.weebls-stuff.com/toons/annoying/ "Annoying"]], which has an annoyingly catchy tune ''about'' an annoyingly catchy tune:
-->''Oh my word, this tune is annoying,\\
Yes I know, it's really annoying\\
I can't get this song out of my head!\\
Make it stop, this tune is annoying\\
I gotta go to work in the morning\\
Now I'm gonna be humming it in my bed!''

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'':
** [[http://xkcd.com/161/ One strip]] shows the bad consequences of an Ear Worm (''VideoGame/{{Katamari|Damacy}}'' while driving can be as dangerous as ''VideoGame/{{Burnout}}'' music).
** ''xkcd'' does it again while also riffing on Creator/EdgarAllanPoe: Presenting [[http://xkcd.com/740/ The Tell-Tale Beat]].
* [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=435 A strip]] of ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' features Marten singing the ''VideoGame/KatamariDamacy'' theme after a TooMuchInformation moment from his mother, and:
-->'''Faye:''' Dammit Marten, now the ''Katamari Damacy'' theme will be stuck in my head all day.
* Shinga, author of ''Webcomic/HeadTrip'', apparently believes that some Ear Worms are [[http://headtripcomics.comicgenesis.com/d/20070323.html worse than others.]]
* In the world of ''Webcomic/YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic'', a certain [[http://yafgc.net/comic/1089-that-damned-song/ song about the lady and the sausage maker]] is considered such.
-->'''Lucas:''' It took six months to get that tune out of my head. Two years to purge the imagery!
* The strip [[http://oglaf.com/lute/ "Lute"]] of ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'', pictured above. (warning, {{NSFW}} website).
* ''The Book of Biff'' shows us how to take care of an [[http://www.thebookofbiff.com/2006/11/15/138-song/ Ear Worm.]]
* Helix from ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' can't decide whether an Ear Worm is [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00240.htm just a catchy tune or a computer virus]].
* ''Webcomic/TheDawnChapel'' shows us [[http://dawnchapel.com/2010/06/the-early-bird-gets-the-earworm/ even birds are not safe from Ear Worms.]]
* [[http://follyandinnovation.com/2010/08/youre-welcome-for-the-funk-guitar-you-are-about-to-sing-in-your-head/ A strip]] of ''Webcomic/FollyAndInnovation'' shows us "the way an average city street looks with the theme song from ''Series/SanfordAndSon'' stuck in your head."
* A ''Webcomic/WorldOfFizz'' storyline involves Alex and Carlos (and later Dawn) repeatedly singing "[[Series/AmericanIdol Pants on the Ground]]", much to Kelli's annoyance, until she finds herself [[http://fergoandenrique.comicgenesis.com/d/20100122.html humming and singing the song]].
* ''Webcomic/GeneralProtectionFault'': Fooker has a [[http://www.gpf-comics.com/archive.php?d=19981124 very geeky version]] of an Earworm.
* In ''Webcomic/TheBedfellows'' strip "Jacked Ass", Sheen gets sick of Fatigue playing the "[[Franchise/MyLittlePony My Little Donkey]]" theme song loudly, so he yells at him to turn it down. Then he gets the song stuck in his head when he starts [[ADateWithRosiePalms playing with his penis]], causing him to sing it. He angrily struggles to get it out of his head, but he couldn't stop singing it, resulting in an AtomicFBomb he screams out in rage.
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2009-10-14 Ennesby gets a chewing out]] for resurrecting a certain tune... or he would get a chewing out if anyone dares to get close enough to talk to him.
-->'''Reverend Theo:''' No, I'm ''not'' going to come down there to tell you this to your face! That music is a proven memetic infector, and your re-translation is not going to prevent it from infecting me!\\
''[to Kevyn]'' Please, Commander, I beg of you... MAKE ENNESBY STOP.\\
'''Burnabots:''' ''[offscreen]'' '''OY VEY, MACARONI!'''\\
'''Ennesby:''' [[LampshadeHanging This one's kind of catchy.]] Especially if you have arms to do the moves with.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* It's now so bad that [[http://unhearit.com/# websites have been set up]] to get rid of Ear Worms. Success is varied.
* When WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd reviewed the UsefulNotes/AtariJaguar system, the green face from ''Cybermorph'' came out to haunt him with "Where did ''you'' learn to fly? Where did ''you'' learn to fly? Where did ''you'' learn to fly?..."
* Some [=PVs=] for [[Music/{{Vocaloid}} "Alice Human Sacrifice"]] (as well as the music itself) imply that Kaito's songs of madness were Ear Worms with lyrics that stray away from the melody and emotions put in the song.
* Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses:
** ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick'':
*** During the review on GuiltyPleasure songs, "Tik Tok" by Music/{{Kesha}} and "You Belong With Me" by Music/TaylorSwift have a bad effect on the Nostalgia Chick.
*** And, although she absolutely despises ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', she (and every other woman associated with the site) [[http://youtu.be/HVrW7f27Sno?t=4m20s WILL sing "Part of Your World" once the ball gets rolling]].
** ''WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows'':
*** Todd discusses this trope [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/teamt/tis/tpsr/28794-ep-14-qdeucesq reviewing]] Music/ChrisBrown's "Deuces". However, he calls the song an "Ear Snail" because it's slow, gross, and completely forgettable.
*** He also says that Music/KatyPerry's "E.T." fails to be catchy, particularly regarding the anemic beat. But Todd ends up with [=FloRida=]'s "Whistle" stuck in his head, [[https://vimeo.com/148557437 leading to self-immolation trying to stop it.]] And in return plants "Music/{{Friday}}" on [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara's]] head.
*** A {{One Hit Wonder}}land episode has Webvideo/ThatDudeInTheSuede saying how unfortunate that since 1998, the common New Zealand phrase "How Bizarre" can't be heard in those islands without [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2cMG33mWVY a Spanish guitar playing in everyone's heads afterwards]].
** ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'':
*** The Critic's [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/nostalgia-critic/253-top-11-catchiest-theme-songs "Top 11 Catchiest Theme Songs"]] video is entirely about this trope. At the end, he gets extremely agitated while urging the viewers to warn people about these songs and not let them hear any (especially ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' -- woo-hoo!).
---->'''Nostalgia Critic:''' It will never leave, it will never leave! It's like an addiction...
*** He complains about catchy song for shows he doesn't like every now and then (''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'') and even sings "[[WithLyrics Good luck getting this theme song out of your head...]]" over the ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' theme.
*** In the "Film/{{Willy Wonka|AndTheChocolateFactory}} vs. Film/{{Charlie|AndTheChocolateFactory}}" video, the Critic also mentions that the "Willy Wonka" song from the most recent movie kept torturing people for months after seeing it.
*** In [[ItMakesSenseInContext his review of one of his own movies]], ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee'', he warns, "Good luck getting this fucking song out of your head for the next two weeks," before playing a clip of the movie in which [[WeNeedADistraction the distraction song]] is sung. After the clip, the Critic adds, "Actually, if you look at the back of your DVD case, you will find there's an extra recording of ''[=DuckTales=]'' just to help you out with that."
*** The trope is directly mentioned in a sketch parodying the Witches' song from ''Film/HocusPocus''.
---->'''Nostalgia Witch:''' ''This earworm will stay with you until blood squirt out your nose\\
This whole thing's as impromptu as "Go Ninja Go"''
** WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob has a hard time stopping his leg from moving with the music of ''Film/NudistColonyOfTheDead'' (which, as its name certainly ''doesn't'' hint, is a freaking musical).
--->'''Cinema Snob:''' Now shall we all collectively go find power drills in order to get this fucking song out of our heads? ''[short song extract]'' Yeah, I think that will be a pretty fucking good idea!
* [[http://NationalLampoon.com The National Lampoon website]] created a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFiuIJVUsAs parody]] of TimeLife Classics CD music collections: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Songs That Get Stuck in Your Head]] -- "Each song has been improved to include ''only'' the parts sure to imbed in your brain! With TimeLife "Songs That Get Stuck in Your Head", you now can choose the songs you ''want'' to get stuck in your head!" The most prominent example of the Earworm trope in this parody: Daniel Powter's "Had a Bad Day".\\\
[[ButWaitTheresMore "And if you act now, you'll get a bonus disc: Songs That Bleed Into Each Other!"]] Only one song combination is demonstrated: Queen's "Under Pressure" and Vanilla Ice's "Ice Ice Baby".\\\
[[ButWaitTheresMore "If you act now, you'll even get those songs stuck in your head that you have no idea who they're by or what they are!"]] Among the earworms in this fictional bonus disc: the original Meow Mix commercial jingle, a dial-up modem from the 1990s, and the majestic THX Surround Sound tune!
* ''Website/CollegeHumor'' lampooned this in a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyEIM2cpkoE "One Week" song parody]]: Streeter plays an amateur band player who gets so obsessed with a catchy song that it drives him insane, leading to sexual dysfunction, hallucinations, threatening his girlfriend's parents with a hammer, threatening his own fans with a handgun, attempting assassination, and eventually ending up in an insane asylum.
* Even [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17105759 The BBC]] have gotten in on the act.
* In ''Website/{{Cracked}}'''s [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19590_the-6-weirdest-cities-people-actually-live-in.html The 6 Weirdest Cities People Actually Live In]], after a bit about a city whose residents live off the capital's garbage: "Great, now we have the ''Series/SanfordAndSon'' theme stuck in our heads."
* Podcast/{{Rifftrax}} parodied this in ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'', when Khan implants some [[PuppeteerParasite Cetan eels]] in a pair of officers.
-->'''Mike:''' Honest-to-god ear worms. They'll have "Party in the USA" playing in their heads for days, poor bastards.
* ''WebVideo/JoueurDuGrenier'':
** Some of the music tracks in the games he reviews, most particularly the theme of ''Dragon Ball'' for the NES (its European version, to be precise) are those. He even shows how this theme will never leave your brain.
** When reviewing ''The Addams Family'' (NES), he notices that the only music track of the game is a 8-bit fex seconds loop of the series' theme. To show how it is annoying, he uses a short loop of the ''Joueur du Grenier'' opening theme during the following minute.
* ''[[WebVideo/{{React}} Kids React]]'' to ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}'' (the first cartoon series):
-->'''Krischelle:''' I'm gonna have this song stuck in my head. [[SarcasmMode Thanks.]]
* ''WebVideo/HonestTrailers'':
** The one for ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' has a change of lyrics for every song of the movie; when it comes to "Let It Go"...
--->''Get it out\\
Get it out\\
Get this song out of my head!\\
Get it out\\
Get it out\\
I'll sing anything else instead!''
** Rinse and repeat with the "Happy" song from the ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe 1 and 2'' trailer:
--->''(Because it's catchy)\\
Clap along if you can't\\
Get this song out of your head\\
(Because it's catchy)\\
Clap along if you wish\\
It was something else instead\\
(It's too damn catchy)\\
Clap along if you sing\\
This song under your breath\\
(Insanely catchy)\\
Clap along if you beg\\
For the sweet release of death''
* On Website/YouTube, Nerdy Shenanigans asks the question [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Web70y5yV6E "Why is the Spider-Man 1967 Theme Song Still Here?"]] The answer is a serious analysis of the concept of ear worm.
* ''WebVideo/BroniesReact'': In the video for the episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E13ThePerfectPear The Perfect Pear]]", upon hearing the quite aptly titled "You're in My Head Like a Catchy Song", WebAnimation/SilverQuill just quips "Hello, earworm."

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'':
** The three-part story "Brainwashed" deals with an Ear Worm that's spread to the whole world and is dumbing it down (it's strikingly similar to the "Macarena", which can't be coincidental). In a rare occasion of not trying to take over the world, Pinky and the Brain have to save the world.
** One episode of ''WesternAnimation/PinkyElmyraAndTheBrain'' involves The Brain trying to use an Ear Worm to (what else?) TakeOverTheWorld. Specifically, he's going to modify the song in the "It's A Small World" ride at Disneyland to include lyrics telling people to make The Brain ruler of the world.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has: "''Duff beer for me, Duff beer for you, I'll have a Duff, You'll have one too...''" (repeat ad nauseam). For Massive Damage, it's set to a tune very similar to "It's a Small World". What's worse, it's the "jackpot" music on multiple versions of the ''Simpsons''-licenced Fruit Machines. Winning £5 has never been this annoying...
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyB'', Bessie uses an Ear Worm product jingle in order to get people to stop saying her middle name... [[TheScottishTrope which is cursed,]] and the effects of which are putting all of San Francisco at risk.
* Brad opens the "I Was a Preschool Dropout" episode of ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'' by singing an entire verse of a [[ShoutOut song called]] "[=MinkyMomo=]". Immediately upon finishing the song, he grimaces and announces, "I ''hate'' that song."
-->'''Brad:''' A-minky-minky-minky-minky-minky-minky-minky-minky-MOMO!\\
The Minky Momo is an attitude\\
The Minky Momo is a mellow mood\\
You're Momo when you're drinkin' lemonade\\
You're Momo soakin' in a marinade\\
I know you're Minky, 'cause I'm Momo, too\\
And so I know what you're goin' through\\
But there's no mo' Momo whenever I... get... close... to... you!\\
''[stops singing]''\\
Man, I hate that song!
* Carl of ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' talking about MC Pee Pants's song "I want Candy":
-->'''Carl:''' It keeps running inside my head and it won't leave unless I blow it out. '''With a bullet!'''
* The ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode "Team Impossible" has said team show up with a theme song, which Ron groans afterward that he cannot get out of his head.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': This is not exactly an Ear Worm, but once you read the following... well, just read it:
-->'''Professor Farnsworth:''' Good news everybody! I've created an invention that forces you to read everything in my voice!
** Reminiscent of [[http://xkcd.com/462/ Freemanic Paracusia]].
** You think that's bad? ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' gave one of their bosses his voice and catchphrase, and he does voiceovers for two other bosses as well. After listening to "Good news, everyone! I've fixed the poison slime pipes!" while wiping for two hours straight, you will NEVER get it out of your head.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' [[ItsBeenDone Did It]] too:
--->'''Troy [=McClure=]:''' I'm Troy [=McClure=], you might remember me, because you're reading this in my voice.
** You're now reading everything as if Troy [=McClure=], Morgan Freeman, and Professor Farnsworth are reading it to you at the same time. Worst voices to have stuck in your head EVER!
* The episode "Head Band" of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' features a "boyband virus" quite literally infecting the ears of Dexter and his family, and it does not only make them hear a song but also sing and talk to the tune of it. [[spoiler:Luckily the virus eventually cures itself, as members of the boyband leaves to pursue solo-careers...]]
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' that does their spin on ''The Odyssey'' has Uncle Scrooge nearly be lured away by the Sirens. After he was rescued, he commented "Ever had a song that just wouldn't get out of your head?"
* Whenever Cartman from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' hears the first line of "Come Sail Away", he ''has'' to sing it all the way through.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Robotboy}}'' episode "Traffic Slam", Tommy and his friends sing a song to the tune of "Battle Hymn of the Republic" called "I Know a Song That Gets on Everybody's Nerves", over and over, while they're stuck in traffic. You get the impression that they're doing it just to annoy Tommy's dad (it works).
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
** The Musical cliptastic countdown special, which shows the top 10 favorite songs, voted by the viewers. In it, the villain Doofenshmirtz tries to hypnotize the "Live Studio Audience" with one of these. ("My name is doof and you'll do what I say... Woop Woop!") They get un-hypnotized when Agent P plays the number 1 requested song, which is "Gitchie Gitchie Goo" (and, as commented by Doof, "the never-before seen extended version!")
** In the episode "Does This Duckbill Make Me Look Fat?", Dr. Doofenschmirtz is stealing all the clown statues from a burger chain because the song played from the clown is an Ear Worm he can't stop singing. Perry's boss is singing it too. Then in the end credits, he gets the "Perry the Teenage Girl" song stuck in his head.
* Two examples from ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' and ''Unlimited'':
** Batman has "Frère Jacques" on loop in his head [[spoiler:to keep Dr. Destiny out]].
** The Question has a generic pop star song on loop in his head, [[spoiler:but not on purpose -- after being on stakeout with the car radio on, it's been stuck in his brain]].
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' and the entirety of its MusicalEpisode, "Mayhem of the Music Meister": The heroes sing throughout it due to a music-based villain who controls them through his music.
* An ''[[WesternAnimation/KaBlam OffBeats]]'' short concerns Tommy's inability to get a song out of his head.
* Poor WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}} was constantly tormented by the theme song to D.W.'s favorite inane kid's show, "''[[WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus CRAZY BUS, CRAZY BUS, RIDING ON A CRAZY BUS]].''"
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'', the title character is haunted for a short while by a song belonging to one of the many of the show's antagonists. "Where did he go, that Invisibo..." indeed!
* ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'': In the episode "The Case of the Cola Cult", the Rangers discover a cult of mice who worship a defunct brand of soda after they discover a video tape of the company's most popular ad, complete with jingle... oh God, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ptsGMyEwiQ/ the jingle!]]
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' features Peter hearing the song "Surfin' Bird" for the first time in years. Upon hearing that the restaurant management is going to throw away the record, he takes it and soon becomes obsessed with the song. He blares it for days upon end, he constantly brings it up in conversation so he can play it, he withdraws a large sum of money just to promote the song on TV, and he even uses the record as a sex toy. Eventually, Stewie and Brian steal the record and destroy it -- and to make sure he doesn't ever play it again, they destroy every copy in town. [[spoiler:Thanks to Jesus, Peter gets another copy at the end anyway.]]
* A ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode (aptly titled [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Ear Worm"]]) has [=SpongeBob=] listening to a new song called "Musical Doodle", and [[GRatedDrug gaining a dangerous addiction to it.]] [[spoiler:Which turns out to be caused by an actual worm living in his ear listening to the song over and over again on a phonograph.]]
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', a brief scene shows Megavolt pacing in his lighthouse tower, singing [[ThemeTuneCameo a version of the title theme]], with no lyrics. He soon breaks off and complains, "Agh, I can't get that song out of my head!" His irritation is understandable, since the song is all about his nemesis.
* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', episode "This Is My Jam", has "Summertime Lovin', Loving in the Summer (time)" which becomes so relentless catchy that it eventually takes on physical form. The guys end up countering it by creating their own Ear Worm and blasting the Summertime Song, resulting in [[ThePowerOfRock the two songs manifesting as giant glowing men who duel with guitars]]. Yeah, it's [[WidgetSeries that kind of show]].
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' has XANA trying to kill people with an earworm... which also happens to send them into comas.
* ''WesternAnimation/RandyCunninghamNinthGradeNinja'' has the song from a theme park named "Whoopie World".
-->'''Howard:''' You know that stupid Whoopie World commercial? I keep getting it stuck in my head! Whenever I hear it, I can't think of anything else!\\
'''Randy:''' Hmmm?\\
'''Howard:''' ...Don't you do it.\\
'''Randy:''' Whoop whoop whoop whoop whoop whoopie, Whoop whoop whoop whoop whoop whoopie, Whoop whoop whoop whoop whoop whoopie, Whoop whoop whoop whoop whoop whoopie!\\
'''Howard:''' AHH! AAH! AAAH!
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Two episodes from the fourth season have characters referencing "Winter Wrap Up" from the [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E11WinterWrapUp eponymous episode]], though the only two characters to do so are known to [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall lean on the fourth wall]].
** Invoked in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E13ThePerfectPear The Perfect Pear]]" by Pear Butter singing a love song titled "You're in My Head Like a Catchy Song".
* In the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "Society of the Blind Eye", Soos becomes obsessed with the rap song "Straight Blanchin'" and Wendy gets it stuck in her head. She's tempted to use the eponymous Society's memory-erasing gun just to get it out of her head.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' "My Favorite Duck", camper WesternAnimation/PorkyPig is pestered by WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck, who keeps singing "Blues in the Night", eventually getting Porky singing it, when he's trying to sing "On Moonlight Bay".
* In "Share Air" on ''WesternAnimation/CareBearsAndCousins'', Grumpy Bear doesn't want to listen to Harmony Bear's new song (which Harmony had warned Share not to listen to anyway) because he's worried it might be this. In fact, there's another reason why they shouldn't be listening to the song -- the song is so "light and airy" that it ''literally'' causes you to float in the air.
-->'''Grumpy:''' Look, Share. I know how to fix a lot of things. A broken bike, a busted window, but a song that makes a bear float in the air? ''[chuckles]'' That's a new one. I'm just glad I didn't listen to it myself.
* ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'''s MusicalEpisode "My Fair Hatey" ends when its finale number "You're The Greatest" is interrupted by [[BigBad Lord Dominator]] shooting at the protagonists and yelling at them to stop singing. The cold tag depicts her singing the song intermittently as she goes about her day.
-->'''Lord Dominator:''' Ahhhhh''hh!'' ''Stupid catchy tune!!''
Ha! Now we've got ''you'' singing it!