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Posted on Apr 18, 2012 | 1 comment

Stuck Song Syndrome

Stuck Song Syndrome

Several years ago, I did some extensive field work, along with my research partner Josh Heady, on the phenomena of “earworming.” (when a song gets stuck in your head, AKA Stuck Song Syndrome) Our specific work centered around evicting the song Come Sail Away, by Styx, from our brains.

After performing extensive testing, our research uncovered several highly effective cures to Stuck Song Syndrome. Below are those cures:

CURE ONE: THE CRAZY TRAIN REBOOT
Though not tested in our research, a brain reboot might be in order. Grab a couple hours of sleep while playing Ozze Osborne’s Crazy Train on repeat. (headphone preferred)

CURE TWO: THE ALTIOD EVICTION
Eat 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.

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

CURE FOUR: THE REPLACEMENT
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)

If you have discovered any other cures, please contribute to our continuing research by submitting your ideas.

AllStar 150x150 Stuck Song Syndrome

ALL STAR – by Smash Mouth

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Andy 150x150 Stuck Song Syndrome

Andy Griffith - Soundtrack & Theme Orchestra

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BrickHouse 150x150 Stuck Song Syndrome

BRICK HOUSE – by The Commodores

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ComeSailAway 150x150 Stuck Song Syndrome

COME SAIL AWAY – by Styx

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eyeofthetiger 150x150 Stuck Song Syndrome

EYE OF THE TIGER – by Survivor

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GenieInaBottle 150x150 Stuck Song Syndrome

GENIE IN A BOTTLE – by Christina

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ItsASmallWorld 150x150 Stuck Song Syndrome

IT’S A SMALL WORLD – by Disney

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MissionImpossible 150x150 Stuck Song Syndrome

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE – by Danny Elfman

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MmmBop 150x150 Stuck Song Syndrome

MMMBOP – by Hanson

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OopsIDidItAgain 150x150 Stuck Song Syndrome

OOPS I DID IT AGAIN – by Britney Spears

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WalkLike 150x150 Stuck Song Syndrome

WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN – by The Bangles

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Wannabe 150x150 Stuck Song Syndrome

Wannabe – by Spice Girls

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WeWillRockYou 150x150 Stuck Song Syndrome

WE WILL ROCK YOU – by Queen

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1 Comment

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