E – Earworm
I did this last year–I know, I know. It’s week ONE, and I’m already pulling out the repeats. Hey, if ABC can do it in June, I can too.
An earworm, sometimes known as a brainworm, is a catchy piece of music that continually repeats through a person’s mind after it is no longer playing.
According to WebMD:
“Songs with lyrics are reported as most frequently stuck (74%), followed by commercial jingles (15%) and instrumental tunes without words (11%),”
Here’s the students’ top-10 earworm list:
- Other. Everyone has his or her own worst earworm.
- Chili’s “Baby Back Ribs” jingle.
- “Who Let the Dogs Out”
- “We Will Rock You”
- Kit-Kat candy-bar jingle (“Gimme a Break …”)
- “Mission Impossible” theme
- “Whoomp, There It Is”
- “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”
- “It’s a Small World After All”
Stuck song syndrome annoyed, frustrated, and irritated women significantly more than it annoyed men. And earworm attacks were more frequent — and lasted longer — for musicians and music lovers. Slightly neurotic people also seemed to suffer more.
Women are more likely to try to get rid of the offending ditties. Men are just as likely to do nothing as to fight their earworms.
What helps? They don’t know. But when people battle their earworms, nearly two-thirds of the time they try to use another tune to dislodge the one that’s stuck. About half the time people simply try to distract themselves from hearing the stuck song. More than a third of the time people with songs stuck in their heads try talking with someone about it. And 14% of the time, people try to complete the song in their heads in an effort to get it to end.”