It's under 24 hours until the Grand Final
of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest
, airing at 2100 CEST (2000 UTC, 3 pm EDT). Are you ready for the most wonderful musical event of the year? [more inside]
What do Singing in the Rain
, Live Is Life
, Don't Worry, Be Happy
, I Will Survive
and Ça fait rire les oiseaux
have in common? In a study, French-speaking Internet users identified these five pop songs out of 100, as the most pernicious earworms
. Here are their top 25 picks
, including audio clips. [more inside]
If it's highly virulent earworms you're looking for, you will probably want to check out "Spanish Flea,"
an irrepressibly cheerful song
written by Julius Wechter and recorded by Herb Alpert
and The Tijuana Brass
. This slight, two-minute instrumental from 1965 (originally with lyrics
by Cissy Wechter) has become so popular as 'waiting room music' and 'hold music' that it's become a cliche of the genre, and it's quite likely that you've heard at least a snippet of it at some point in your life. (Perhaps repeatedly, late at night, at your local supermarket?) It's been used for several film soundtracks (American Pie 2
, Ocean's Eleven
, etc.) and, perhaps most famously, as one of the theme songs for the show "The Dating Game."
Of course, in the most striking gauge of its cultural ubiquity, The Simpsons has referenced it not one but four times (only two
are available on youtube). The song's infectious melody has spawned innumerable homages, ranging from interesting
Add one part Icelandic Aerobics Champion
, one part Child Broadway actress
, add some synthpop music, CGI green screen work, and some latex puppets and prosthetics, and what do you have?
Comes complete with music videos
guaranteed to give you earworms
Those Malignant Musical Tumours Lodging, Growing In Your Brain!
I came across this bulletin board while seeking to update two of my favourite 2001 posts: the May 10
and the October 10
threads about earworms
- those annoying, infectious songs that get stuck in your brain and slowly destroy it. Here's a working link
to the relevant article, since the one on this last post is broken. [My AAARGH!
The Science Behind the Song Stuck in Your Head
Whoa, there is actually a scientific debate about this ("cognitive itch" theory, songs as "recurring dreams", the "cooties" method).
The last song that was in my head was Pete Rock's "What You Waiting For".
[link courtesy Running Red Lights
Sometimes, the very worst songs get stuck in one's head
. I am ashamed to admit that right now it's a bit of europuff from the comely Kylie Minogue, Your Disco Needs You
. But that isn't nearly as bad as an unfortunate friend of mine who couldn't stop whistling the Horst Wessel Lied
after seeing a documentary about Nazi Germany. When does a guilty pleasure become, well, too
Need an earworm?
Don't even consider clicking this link if you don't.