"Ya know, at this point, it doesn't matter. Because it keeps runnin' inside my head and it won't leave unless I blow it out. With a bullet!"
— Carl, Aqua Teen Hunger Force
After I saw Annie I had to hit myself on the head with a small hammer to get that stupid "Tomorrow" song out of my head.
— Ian Shoales
"Ch-Ch-Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers! Ch-Ch-Chip and Dale When there's danger!
This song will be in your head all day and night because of sing-along with Craig!"
— ScrewAttack, "Top 10 Cartoon Games"
"With great power comes great responsibility,"
That's the Catch Phrase of old Uncle Ben
And if you missed it, don't worry, they'll say the line
Again and again and again.
— "Weird Al" Yankovic, "Ode to a Superhero"
"LEFT/LEFT/LEFT a wife and/SEVenteen children in/STARVing condition with/NOTHing but gingerbread/LEFT/LEFT..."
That song is driving me crazy I got to hear it again,
first time I heard it I was with some friends
— Tom T. Hall, "That song is driving me crazy"
"Ear worm! Ear worm! GET IT OUT!"
— Bill Corbett, RiffTrax
"Dory, I'm gonna get stuck now WITH THAT SONG! Now it's in my head!"
— Marlin, Finding Nemo
"The most horrible part is, now, I can't get those damn songs out of my head."
—Andrew Leman, A Shoggoth on the Roof: A Documentary
"Hello, hello, I am thy ear worm, thy ear worm
"Hello, hello, I am thy ear worm, thy ear worm."
— Wise Guys, "Ear Worm"
Oh, you know of what I speak
Songs within your head and eek
It's a most rebellious song
When the boss has come along
Or perhaps th'annoying tune
Is a Christmas song in June
Or songs politically inclined
But you stand on the other side
They're so annoying, all these ear worms
E'en if you like the song
The timing generally is wrong
There's just one way to lose these ear worms
Plant in someone else's head,
And make it play inside their brain instead.
— Tawaki, "All These Ear Worms"
"Hijacked auditory control
Meme lodging worms infest
A mind virus taking hold
Rife with barbed hooks and trite melodies
Loops on repeat, regurgitated
Dry heaving chunks of aural bile
Can't get this out, of my head
And of course, at the end of every episode, we had to listen to that godawful song that we all hated to listen to, and yet we could never get out of our heads.
It's an ear worm aaaafter all. It's an ear worm aaaafter all! Iiiit's an ear worm aaaafter all! It's an ear, ear, worm!
— A corruption of the song It's a Small World.
Ohhhh Ember, so warm and tender… You will remember my name!
— Lyrics to Remember, from Danny Phantom
"I have had 'Winter Wrap-Up' stuck in my head since I woke up. Someone please, please, PLEASE kill me."
"Why is it that I can remember a cigarette ad jingle from 30 years ago, but I can't remember what I just got up to do?"
— Dad, Calvin and Hobbes
The song that you ran from is back again
You wonder if the madness will ever end
Trying to stop it is futile
So just listen now to my Musical Doodle
— Lyrics to "The Musical Doodle", from SpongeBob SquarePants
This is the part where we na nana
Every hit song needs a na nana
You'll wake up at night screaming na nana
My grandmother's nickname is Nana
"Jeremy, I have had "I Am the Walrus" playing in my head more or less continuously since the day I first heard it. Only in the last few years have I finally gotten it to stop."
If you've never seen the ads for this stuff, count yourself lucky. It's like a gypsy curse that grasps your brain with spindly bony claws and won't shut up.
—Cracked on HeadOn ads
The song "The Final Countdown" is now playing in your head!
"The song has ended, but the melody lingers on."
— Irving Berlin
"Riveting melody, isn't it?"
"Catchy as hell."
—Margaret Moonlight and Travis Touchdown, No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle
"Good luck getting this theme song out of your head.
It will be in your brain for weeks or til you're dead"
"You know what the infuriating thing about pop music is? Even when it's expressing the most repugnant sentiments, you just can't get it out of your head because it's so irritatingly catchy; and despite how much you hate it, or even because of how much you hate it, it just sticks in your head and you find yourself singing it to yourself against your will, and you feel like you wanna take a cheese grater to your brain to scrape it out!"