As I sat and watched the first of the two semi-finals for the Eurovision song contest, a song from last year popped into my mind and played there for the rest of the evening. It wasn’t even the 2007 winning song, but the Belarus entry “Work your magic” which I hadn’t heard or thought of since the 2007 contest was broadcast. I suppose it says something about the quality of the night’s songs.
I consider myself to be lucky that I do not have a personal “demon tune” (as one journalist calls earworms) that haunts me, but just like most others (at least according to the research quoted in the above linked article) tunes sometimes do get stuck in my head. This can go on for hours, sometimes days. Fortunately it is usually a new song each time.
What annoys me most about earworms is that I never remember the whole song, only part of it, usually from the refrain, most often a single line.
I recall an earworm infestation from my school days, where my whole class, about 15 people, and the teacher as well, got the same tune so firmly imbedded in our brains that we ended up singing it in harmony. Everyone had been listening to the same radio station (easy back in those days when there were only 2 channels that played popular music) before going to school, when on came Dusty Springfield, singing You don’t have to say you love me.
My 3 most pesky earworms are (in no particular order):
Aserejé – Los Ketchup
Macarena (Bayside Boys remix) – Los del Rio
Livin’ la Vida Loca – Ricky Martin
Otherwise known as an earworm or repetune, according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earworm.
Heartbeat by Buddy Holly. At least it’s a song I like. Funny thing is, I haven’t listened to it for weeks. I just read the title last night and this morning the first line started playing in a loop in my brain as soon as I woke up. The worst part is that I don’t have the line correct, at least not according to the many sites that offer lyrics for the song. My brain insists on inserting skip for miss.