Yeah I know you are probably thinking this:


But that is not the type of earworm I have. I have this type. Yep, that song that sticks in your head continuously that you cannot possibly get rid of. And because I am prone to traits of OCD, I really own a persistent little bastard.

Unlike most people with earworms, they get a song stuck in their head and then its there until replaced by another song. Not me. I get an earworm and it is in there for days. Months. Years.

I went through most of my high school years with my earworm singing John Mellencamp’s “Jack and Diane” (of course, at the time, he was Johnny Cougar. This was before he became John Cougar Mellencamp and his current manifestation of John Mellencamp. See, you all thought P Diddy was original in the name changing silliness). Here is that song, if you don’t recognize it:

In art school, I spent years with this little gem by The Cure, “Friday (I’m in Love)”:

Not a bad song but when you wake yourself up singing it every day—for years—it becomes bothersome. Somewhere in the late 90s, I got Will Smith feeding my earworm:

can it get any more embarrassing? That earworm loves to just burrow down deep inside my brain and make me totally miserable.

Then miraculously, some time last year my earworm finally decided to venture into something current. And behold: Imogen Heap’s “Hide and Seek”:

Not a bad song. Quirky. And at least I was within range for a decent song.

And then this week, a new earworm has taken root. Yes, I am going to admit here what it is. Because I am both in awe and shock that this song is waking me from mid-slumber and it actually has me dancing around my office when I get it in my head.

I—and my earworm—love, love, love Miley Cyrus’ new song, “Party in the USA”. Cannot get enough of it.

How about you? Any earworms that you simply cannot get rid of? What is digging inside your head?