Quotes: Ear Worm

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    Film — Animated 

Dory, I'm gonna get stuck now WITH THAT SONG! Now it's in my head!
Marlin, Finding Nemo

    Film — Live Action 

Whenever I hear a beautiful song
Why do I feel like singing along?
Whenever I hear a catchy beat
Why do I feel like tapping my feet?
Whenever I hear a melody
What happens to me is a mystery...
Kelly, Wee Sing in the Marvelous Musical Mansion

    Live Action TV 

Dr. Wen: Look, I've been attending here for three years. What makes YOU think you know better?
Dr. Turk: In my gut, I know I'm right!
Wen: We need to make this decision NOW!
Turk: Fine, then, it's on you!
Wen: Yes, it is! Nurse — ERASURE!
Nurse: Yes, doctor. (blasts "A Little Respect")
Patient: I hate this song!
Turk: Me too, man. Me too. (gasses him)
Scrubs, "My Best Friend's Mistake"


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"

"Hello, hello, I am thy ear worm, thy ear worm
"Hello, hello, I am thy ear worm, thy ear worm."
Wise Guys, "Ear Worm"

"Hijacked auditory control
Meme lodging worms infest
A mind virus taking hold
Rife with barbed hooks and trite melodies
Chiclete De Ouvido
Loops on repeat, regurgitated
Dry heaving chunks of aural bile
Can't get this out, of my head
Make it stop!"


Everything they do is accompanied by the same maddening music, which plays over and over again until it drills itself into the tooth of your mind. There are said to be many levels to the video game, but I succeeded in penetrating only to the second before I realized I had to abandon Ninja Turtles that instant, or risk permanent psychic damage.
Roger Ebert, discussing the 1989 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles video game in his review of the first movie.

    Newspaper Comics 
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?

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.
Walt, Zits


Ear worm! Ear worm! GET IT OUT!
Bill Corbett, RiffTrax


The most horrible part is, now, I can't get those damn songs out of my head.

    Video Games 

Margret Moonlight: Riveting melody, isn't it?
Travis Touchdown: Catchy as hell.

    Web Original 

"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"

ATC was a German-based pop group made up of a Kiwi, an Italian, an Australian and a Brit. They were the accidental toilet baby of the Itís A Small World ride and Aqua. They had a couple of semi-hits, but their biggest hit was the 2000 eardrum assault called "Around The World (La La La La La)." "Around The World" was a cover of a Russian pop song and it sounded like something Eiffel 65 barfed up. That song was everywhere. It was even in commercials. You know you danced to it on a box under a strobe light at an 18 and over club. Once it got in your head, it was hard to get out. Whenever I get my usual check-up at the free clinic, the free clinic doctor looks into my ears with that ear dildo thing and asks, "What is that crusty white stuff clinging to the walls of your ears? Jizz?" And I always say, "No doctor, itís pieces from that La La La La song which have been there for years."

In 1992, you couldn't get rid of the song "Achy Breaky Heart." It was the Lyme disease of music. For the entire year, it was how most radio stations told listeners that another 180 seconds had passed. If you lived in the country, this song spent more time in your ear than ear mite eggs and cousin tongues combined.
Rolling around at the speed of (finishes singing) that songs's been stuck in my goddamn head like a week.

    Web Video 

Get it OUT!
Get it OUT!
Get this song out of my head!
Get it OUT!
Get it OUT
I'll sing
Honest Trailers parody on "Let It Go" from Frozen

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

So, there's Billy. And you'll notice first thing, right off: This game, uhh, is funky cool! It's got this soundtrack that gets stuck in your head for fuckin' years. I mean, why else would I buy this game again? It's totally pathetic. [footage of Noah bobbing to the beat] Aw, look at this guy. God.

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.
Todd in the Shadows, during his review of Chris Brown's "Deuces"

You think you're trying to answer the questions on your math tests, but all you're thinking about is ' Ducktales, woo-hoo ', you think you're playing basketball with your teammates, but nope all you're thinking about is ' Ducktales, woo-hoo ', you think you're about to achieve enlightenment, the pearly gates knowledge are opening up and all the secrets of the universe are about to be revealed, BUT NO ALL YOU'RE THINKING ABOUT IS, ' Ducktales, woo-hoo
The Nostalgia Critic, Top 11 Catchiest Theme Songs

Good luck getting this theme song out of your head. It will be stuck in your brain or til you're dead.
The Nostalgia Critic, singing to the tune of "Journey to the Island" from Jurassic Park

    Western Animation 

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

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!

It's so cheesy, and dumb, and catchy...and I know every word.
Sadie, Steven Universe

    Real Life 

The song has ended, but the melody lingers on.

Missed the Saturday dance, heard they crowded the floor, duh duh duh-duh...' I can almost carry a tune but I can't remember the lyrics to any song, including the inspired lyrics to our national anthem. But this song, and those notes, have been sounding in my head for over half a century, after I heard them playing at a dance hall near the army camp where I was stationed.

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

I have had 'Winter Wrap-Up' stuck in my head since I woke up. Someone please, please, PLEASE kill me.
Exalted freelancer Holden Shearer's twitter

(WARNING: If you click that link, the show's theme song will play automatically and get stuck in your head for the rest of your life.)