I wake up almost every morning with an earworm. Sometimes they fade quickly, other times they last for days. Sometimes they make me happy, sometimes they make me doubt my own sanity. They come from all genres. I can never figure out what triggered them. The only thing I do know and that they do without fail is reinforce my belief that all music is connected and good music never goes out of style.
Here’s a roundup of my September earworms:
Tighten Up by Archie Bell and the Drells. That riff gets stuck in my head.
You’ve Never Been this Far Before by Conway Twitty. That ‘bumbumbum’ is hard to shake out of my head.
I’m Lost Without You by Memphis Slim. That piano riff is so catchy.
I Want to Break Free by Queen. God knows, god knows I want to break freeee…
That’ll Be The Day by Buddy Holly. That’ll be the dayheyhey…
Fun fact: I sang in a little country band when I was 18, and I covered the song Back in Baby’s Arm’s by Patsy Cline.
I know Otis Redding had many fabulous songs, but it’s only Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay that gets stuck in my head.
Walk this Way by Aerosmith doesn’t seem like a 40 year old earworm.
I know it’s gonna be a long day when Uncle Penn gets stuck in my head. I don’t know who’s version gets stuck there, they are all equally tenacious.
Hit the Road, Jack by Ray Charles. This could be one of the best earworms ever.
I Saw the Light is another earworm that has no specific version. It is super sticky, but gospel tunes are written specifically to stick in your head so no wonder.
Monday, Monday by the Mamas & the Papas. This whole song repeats in my head. Every word.
Band of Gold by Freda Payne is one of those compulsory dance earworms.
I Hate Myself for Lovin You by Joan Jett has been stuck in my head since Jr High School.
Who hasn’t had the violins from Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve stuck in their head at least once?
My mom had Ferry Cross the Mersey by Gerry & the Pacemakers on a K-Tel record, which I played over and over. I have that record now. I blame her for this getting into my head.
The piano riff from Whole Lot of Shakin Goin On by Jerry Lee Lewis is a classic rock earworm.
September’s earworms covered a few genres. Obviously my subconscious mind has lived several lives, musically speaking.