How to get rid of an Earworm

How to shake that Earworm that just won’t leave your head

So are you like me, getting songs stuck in your head ad nauseam? And that stick around forever keeping you up at night? Endlessly repeating the same 4 lines over and over again until you just wish your brain would explode? Welcome to the madhouse if you are.

♪”Hold on to the night, hold on to the memories!”♪

♫”I want your love and I want your revenge, you and me could write a bad romance”♫

♩”The wheels on the bus go ‘round and ‘round”♩

Remember these songs every day and all day long? You have an earworm, which means you have a song running through your head that you can’t forget… ever. Anything can trigger an earworm including reading something in the newspaper. Who is susceptible? Anyone experiencing some downtime, previously listening to the song, hearing the song lyric in a spoken conversation, and hearing a familiar pattern or rhythm and eating a cantaloupe.


Tips to lose that pesky Earworm

To get rid of an earworm American Psychological Association recommends to listen to the song till the end or listen to a different song or try to stop thinking about it. Another way is to solve an anagram, or read a good novel. The final way is to just put up with it until it stops eventually. It will stop eventually – or you will kill yourself to make it stop.


Here is a list of potential earworm songs to avoid:

Waterloo                                 Abba

Hey Jude                                 The Beatles

I Wanna Hold Your Hand   The Beatles

She Loves You                        The Beatles

Single Ladies                          Beyoncé

Call me Maybe                       Carly Rae Jepsen

Changes                                  David Bowie

Don’t Stop Believing             Journey

California Girls                      Kata Perry

Bad Romance                         Lady Gaga

Just Dance                              Lady Gaga

Alejandro                                Lady Gaga/Abba


SOS                                           Rihanna

Shake it Off                             Taylor Swift


I hope some of these tips will help all of you from going crazy in the future. If nothing else I have provided you with a list of songs that will hopefully be a lovely last song for you to hear.


-From the Mind of GiaTomcat

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