September 26, 2023

Got an Earworm? Now You Can Tell Someone About It

We’ve all had earworms, those pesky song fragments that get caught in our brains and just won’t go away.  I had one just the other day involving the Clash’s “Rock the Casbah.”  (Shit!  There it is again!  Aaarggh!)

Scientists are very interested in earworms because they believe these loops can tell us something out how the brain works.  Others are interested in the social triggers for earworms.

If you’re prone to this phenomenon, you can now share your experience (and exasperation) at, a site devoted to collecting earworm stories.  So far, more than 2,500 people have contributed their experiences.

The BBC also has a great story on the subject.  Read it here.  And once your’re done that, check out this article that helps to explain why earworms begin in the first place.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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One thought on “Got an Earworm? Now You Can Tell Someone About It

  • I have had one all day after listening to The Darcys rendition of the Steely Dan song Aja.I still have the song in my head, but at least I know what to call it now!


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