How to Get a Song Out of Your Head

Creativity / Featured / Headline / May 23, 2017
Several years ago, I did some extensive field work on how to get a song out of your head. Scientists refer to this phenomena as “earworming” or “stuck song syndrome.” My specific work centered around evicting the song Come Sail Away, by Styx, from my brain.

After performing extensive testing, my research uncovered several highly effective ways to get a song out of your head. Below are those cures:

1. Change your pace

A complete change of pace will help you get that song out of your head. Put in your earbuds and grab a couple hours of sleep while playing a new song during your nap. This change of pace will force your auditory brain cells off repeat. I recommend playing Ozze Osborne’s Crazy Train on repeat.

2. Concentrate on something else

Here’s one way to force your brain to concentrate on something else. Some renowned psychologist recommend a game of sudoku. But I suggest eating an entire tin of Altoids while attempting to whistle the Andy Griffith Theme Song. The dry bitter taste of the Altoids combined with the challenge of whistling this tune will actually scramble your short term auditory memory. Your song will finally be evicted once you’re able to successfully complete Andy Griffith’s little diddy.

3. Engage your inner child

To get that song unstuck, simply sing the song It’s a Small World with your best Elmo voice while skipping. This cure actually accesses the auditory cortex of the brain and engages the unconscious inner child. Your inner child is possibly the brain’s best Repo-Man; reclaiming your brain-space once again.

4. Replace the song

You can have only one song stuck at a time. So, maybe the best way to get the song out is to replace it. So, because I care about my readers, I have created a list of 13 fantastic earworm replacements from my personal iTunes collection. Each sampling has been edited down to it’s most annoyingly sticky parts to serve as an earworm eviction tool. (be sure to bookmark this page)

I’d love to know which song is the stickiest for you from the list below OR if there is a stickier song that I need to include. Let me know in the comment section.

The Ultimate Earworm Playlist – Edited to the best parts

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Dave Milam
Dave Milam is a pastor, communicator and the founder of One Life Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. As a a gifted communicator Dave's right brained style of delivery helps his listener connect and remember God's truth in a uniquely visual way. Connect with Dave on Google+

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on April 18, 2012

Great post Dave! I got a needed chuckle from it.

on May 24, 2014

Awesome list. Unfortunately, the list ended and the last song on the list is now in my head. Guess I’ll have to change my pace or something.

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