You know sometimes somebody puts on a song that you hate? But at the same time, you really can’t help singing along to it? Well, that’s called an earworm. They’re annoying, aren’t they? Here are some of the most recognisable earworms of the past few decades.
Eiffel 65 – Blue
When I was at school there was this urban legend that the lyrics to this earworm were actually “I’m blue, I believe I will die” They weren’t.
Chumbawamba – Tubthumping
Quite why it is called that is beyond me. The politically charged band were a thing before and after this hit. But you probably wouldn’t know much of their stuff. This pop-rock anthem was a belter though and if you are going to have a legacy what a great one to have.
Aqua – Barbie Girl
They are not a one hit wonder! Honest! Their album was chock full of euro-pop bangers. There was the dr jones one, and the one about castles, and, you know what, just go buy it. It’s a quality album.
Hanson – Mmm Bop
I was quite stunned to find that this band consisted of three brothers. Perhaps it was the Mandela effect but I could have sworn they had a girl in their midst.
Iggy Azalea – Fancy
The Australia singer wormed into our ears with this overplayed gem. You could seldom turn on the radio without hearing it. In ten years we may look back on it fondly. But I wouldn’t bet my house on that.
Taylor Swift – Trouble
Talyor Swift and break up songs go together like marmite and toast. If you don’t like marmite that’s fine. I don’t like Taylor Swift. Even with that being taken into consideration this is still a song that can’t help but get you singing along.
Meghan Trainer – All about that base
You know you have a catchy song when about 14 parodies pop up on Youtube. Our personal favourite? The rebel base/star wars parody.
Avril Lavigne – Girlfriend
This album was a massive transformation for Avril. She went from emo/pop-punk to straight up bubblegum-pop and it worked brilliantly. It may not be cool to like this song but we love it anyway!
Psy – Gangnam Style
To have a truly great novelty song you need to have a dance. Gangnam style hits all the right notes in that respect. I say it’s a dance it’s pretty much just a bunch of people doing that horse riding-type thing. Whatever, it’s still a great pop track.
Vengaboys – Boom Boom Boom Boom
You could pick any one of the Vengaboys hits and it would not look out of place on this list. The Dutch quartet was massively popular during the nineties and produced a string of funky pop bangers.
Lou Bega – Mambo #5
Lou Bega has the ignominious accolade of having been covered by Bob the frigging builder! (not many acts can say that!) When it was released in the nineties this tune was everywhere. I still don’t have a clue what it’s about.
Los Del Rio – Macarena
Like most English speaking folk I just make up random sounding words for the verses and then yell “hey macarena”. I tend to take the same approach with Despacito.
Carly Rae Jepsen – Call me maybe
This song is more infectious than measles and unfortunately, it lacks a vaccination, so we are stuck with the earworm. Forever. The Ben Howard cover is terrific.
Will Smith – Men in black
Will Smith is the king of novelty rap. The award-winning actor has produced swathes of timeless pop songs that continue to get our heads bopping and our feet tapping all this while producing movies of the highest quality. What a guy.