Professor James Kellaris from the University of Cincinnati created the term “earworm” to describe the little lumps of music that get stuck in your head and just won’t go away. They pop up out of nowhere and simply will Not. Get. Out .Of .Your. Head.

He also published his own “Playlist from Hell” (beware…reading further may put worms in your ears):

The “Baby Back Ribs” Chili’s jingle

Baha Men: “Who Let the Dogs Out?”

Queen: “We Will Rock You”

The “Give Me a Break” Kit-Kat jingle

Lalo Schifrin: “Mission: Impossible Theme”

The Village People: “YMCA”

Tag Team: “Whoomp, There It Is”

The Tokens: “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”

Richard Sherman: “It’s a Small World” (probably the greatest “enhanced interrogation” tool EVER)

For those of us of significant wisdom (age), I’d throw in one more that appeared in the mid-1970’s and is forever branded into the brains of those of us who there for the beginning of…the Big Mac.


Sorry…go ahead and hum the first line of “It’s A Small World” and everything will be all right.