So, I was researching various songs that other people find annoying or that get stuck in their heads but they didn't quite write home to me. Then I began to think about the songs that have tortured me, you know the ones that make you want to scrape out your brain just to stop them from playing over and over, incessantly in your head.
What in blue blazes causes this "phenomenon"? Why do we do this? We're like human jukeboxes with the exception that we have no power cord so we can just 'pull the switch' and shut it off. Not necessarily "Bad" songs, just ones you would rather not have cemented into your skull for days at a time. Well, they're commonly referred to as Earworms (this article tells us why), and they can literally disrupt your daily life and drive you nuts!.
So here are a few of my own personal "Earworms", what are some of yours?? Share the madness.
- I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers
Pretty much the most known song from The Proclaimers, "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" is a song that has traveled many miles indeed. Released in 1988, this song is one you don't need to know the words to, all you need to know is that you would, in fact, walk 500 miles just to get it out of your head. If you remember correctly, you were only willing to walk a mile to smoke a Camel, but after a week of this little ditty echoing through your brain, you're gonna need a whole carton.
- I Wanna Know What Love Is - Foreigner
Growing up, I always wanted to know what love was, and as I've grown up I think I have discovered it on my own, no thanks to Foreigner's possibly most annoying hit song. After having this one drilled into your brain, you want to show Foreigner a few things, none of which have anything to do with love.
- Copacabana - Barry Manilow
This 1978 hit introduced us to Lola (she was a showgirl), Rico (he wore a diamond), and Tony (he always tended bar). A big favorite at Karaoke bars everywhere, Barry Manilow knew how to hammer a Copacabana into our craniums (after all he does write the songs that make the whole world sing, and young girls cry). Nearly thirty years old, we don't hear it quite as often, but if you do, look out; its music and passion is always the fashion. Though not the worst song in the world, having "Copacabana" stuck on repeat is enough to make you 'tear da club up' literally!
- Cocomo - The Beach Boys
Aruba, Jamaica, Oooh I wanna take ya... back behind the woodshed and beat the holy hell out of you for writing this song! You definitely get there fast and then your brain takes it slow. Oh my god! This one I definitely can't stand getting 'attuned to', it digs into your skin deep like a tick and won't let go. That's all I have to say about that.
- Rhythm Is Gonna Get You - Miami Sound Machine
Oweh, oweh, oweh too overplayed, and the staple melody at finer weddings and dance parties everywhere. Almost as much as "The Conga", which is pretty bad too. The Rhythm is DEFINITELY gonna get you, and the Melody is going to eat your brain like a zombie.
- Show Me The Way - Peter Frampton
Don't even get me started here. First off, and worst off, Frampton's own Framptone is enough to drive you out of your gourd. The "Waaahh, wahh wahh wahh wahh wahhh..." and then finally you're sitting there entranced by the end of the song when he 'makes it talk'. Peter, I want YOoooUUU to show me the way to change the station and block your song out of my head permanently! (Wahhh--Oh god there it goes again...)
- Wanted Dead Or Alive - BonJovi
They're not cowboys, they're not going to be cowboys but they insist on singing about them in what seems like way too many tunes. The melody is slow and eerie, and sets in like a load of cement... He's seen a million faces, and he's gotten this song stuck in the heads of them all. Wanted Dead or Alive makes me so insane that one or the other (the DJ or BonJovi) has got to die.