Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Songs That Get Stuck in Your Head


I haven't slept for two nights. I stay awake singing one particular song inside my head. All day. All night. The same tune keeps playing over and over and ... over.

Did you know that the creepy, crawling thing invading my mind has a name? It's called an earworm. And it's contagious.

This isn't the first time I've been attacked, and it won't be the last. Earworms travel as simply, catchy rhythms and sneak up unexpectedly. Here are a few I've had:

  • YMCA
  • Who Let The Dogs Out
  • Gilligan's Island
  • Sweet Dreams
And the latest....(drum roll).... is Lay All Your Love On Me by Abba. Which I'd like to pass on to you. (Warning: may call sleeplessness)

 
So what songs stick in your head?

25 comments:

tonya kappes said...

OMG DEB!~I also have this. I wake up around 3 am and singing tunes. It drives me crazy! Some people have crickets, sounds of waves...I have songs!

Linda Leszczuk said...

Music gets stuck in my head all the time. Occasionally, it's a tune I don't like and and it makes me crazy that I can't turn it off. The past few days, it's been Past the Point of No Return from the Phantom of the Opera. No idea why, but at least I like the Phantom.

Andrea C. said...

I was once told if you sing Happy Birthday a few times out loud that it will get any song stuck in your mind out of your mind.
Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't! :)

Mason Canyon said...

Well, no songs in my head at night but today I'll have the worm song playing over and over. LOL.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

sosarahsew said...

I friend of mine told me she was excited about winning tickets to a concert by Train. She said that for some reason their song "Hey Soul Sister" has been in her mind all summer. I pointed out it is the background music for several tv commercials running currently. Ahhhh, the media helps with those little ear worms, doesn't it!

Dru said...

"Heatwave" Martha & the Vandellas was in my head last week while I was struggling through the heatwave we were having.

Sheila Connolly said...

For some reason I don't understand, I keep hearing the entire soundtrack to the movie Crazy Heart (I think it's a great movie, BTW). I don't do country, ever, but my daughter bought the CD, and it's been my go-to road music for a few months now. I'm totally hooked on a couple of the songs, and one great line: "funny how falling feels like flying, for a little while."

Jeanne C. said...

This is going to sound weird, but I've had the tune to Green Acres stuck in my head! They play it at the Yankee games at the Stadium (I don't know why)! But every time I hear the tune, I am then singing it for the rest of the night! Wake up to go to the bathroom.... Green Acres! Wake up to take the dog out... Green Acres! I never even LIKED that show! (Darlin' I love you but give me Park Avenue...)!

Aimee said...

Apparently, it happens more often to women and usually under stress conditions.

Once, after my husband got laid off, I spent three weeks hearing the chorus to Yes Siree by Alison Moorer.

I really thought I was going to go crazy.

Deb Baker said...

How about Gilligan's Island or Mr.Ed.

Heather said...

One of the worst to get stuck in your head is "Blister in the Sun" by the Violent Femmes, which had me cursing Burger King when they used it in a commercial. This morning I've had "Home to Madison" by Tracy Silverman playing in my head - at least it's a song I like - but now a couple of above mentioned songs are trying to worm their way in. Hmm...wonder if I can up the volumn on Silverman and drown the others out.

Rural View said...

It happens to me when I hear part of a song but not the end. My mind is determined to finish the song over and over and over. Sports events do me in every time since the music stops abruptly when play begins.

Anonymous said...

When a tune "STICKS" in my head like that, I have only one cure, but it ALWAYS works! I sing the words to Amazing Grace to the tune of Gilligan's Island. Honestly, it works every time. I have used this trick for years.
RosieJo

Ellery Adams said...

I love Abba. Had Dancing Queen as my ring tone for a year.

How about the Meow Mix song or Do You Know the Way to San Jose?

Maggie Sefton said...

I don't even remember that one, Deb. Just listened. How many years ago are we talking here?

Deb Baker said...

Maggie, it was released in 1981. Disco was hot then!

It was also part of the Abba collection of songs in Mamma Mia.

Gayle Carline said...

Every once in awhile, when I'm loping my mare around, the refrain from Queen's "Somebody to Love" starts pounding in my head, to the beat of her hooves. "Find. Me. Somebody to LO-ove. Find. Me. Somebody to LO-ove." Repeat if necessary.

Vickie said...

I now have 'Take a Chance on Me' rolling around in my cranium. I didn't realize how much I liked Abba til seeing if I could stand watching Mama Mia on HBO one afternoon. What a fun movie and remade me back to being a fan and turned my 7 year old into one. DH is still on the fence.

Katie said...

I had "on the way to Cape May" stuck in my head the other week.

Judy Alter said...

My four-year-old grandson loves "Who Let the Dogs Out" and asks to watch it on the computer frequently. Then he sings along. When he first sang it at home, his astounded mother asked "Where did you learn that?" and he said, "Juju!" She called me in hysterics. I'm getting tired of it.

birdie browne said...

aimee, i also read that it happens to women more than men. i think that's just proof that women use their heads more. LOL!

every single stinking time i hear 'single ladies' by beyonce that thing gets stuck in my head. for weeks. it's awful.

'heard it through the grapevine' is another one that kills me.

i found out that if i can listen to the whole song i usually get unstick it.

Harbingerdc said...

Right now...She's a Maniac...from Flash Dance.

Valerie Consoer said...

Oh boy, let me tell you! My mom informed me that these things were called earworms a long time ago. Usually, one or the both of us get the song "Blue Skies" stuck in our heads on beautiful days. Now when it storms, mom usually gets "Stormy Weather" stuck in her head and shares the earworm with me. Every day comes with a new earworm. There are times that I get the entire musical score from "The Wizard of Oz" stuck in my head. You're definitely not alone, Deb.

Author Guy said...

I recently discovered the movie St. Trinian's School for Girls, which has a wonderfully arrogant theme song at the end. I get some of the words stuck in my head (can't imagine why), and at one point I got a blog post out of it. http://authorguy.wordpress.com/2010/07/02/just-a-misunderstanding/

Heather said...

How about.
"I am stuck on band aids and band aids are stuck on me" something like that.
or "I'm gonna wash that man right out of my hair",
On oldie, but a goodie,
"Once In love with Amy,
always in love with Amy..."
Or, The itsy bitsy spider...".