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.
Below is a roundup of my November earworms.
This is my favourite version of my favourite aria. The difficulty of this song and the mastery of this artist never fails to impress me. Others might direct a you to Diana Damerau, (and yes, her version is good) but in my uneducated and humble opinion Lucia Popp owns Die Holle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen – the Queen of the Night’s aria from Mozart’s Magic Flute.
- Lyle Lovett’s That’s Right, You’re Not From Texas is pretty catchy, you must admit.
- Bill Anderson Po’ Folks is unbelievably kitschy.
- I have loved Lulu’s To Sir With Love ever since I first saw the wonderful Sidney Poitier in that fabulous movie with on late night TV as a tween babysitter.
- I have Johnny Rivers singing Memphis Tennessee on an LP. It sounds better for the scratches.
- Patti Page’s Tennessee Waltz is one of my favourite songs for humming to myself.
My favourite Bonnie Raitt song is Love Me Like a man – and I was thrilled when she sang it at the Edmonton Folk Festival, but it’s Something To Talk About that always ends up as an earworm for me.
- Minnie Ripperton Lovin’ You might be the most difficult of all earworms to dislodge.
- Ricki Lee Jones Chuck E’s in Love is super catchy and an earworm I actually enjoy.
- Peter Paul and Mary’s Puff The Magic Dragon is my favourite childhood earworm.
- It’s possible that all of CCR‘s hits have been among earworms at one point, Bad Moon Rising is the most recent.
- LaVern Baker Tweedlee Dee has the catchiest chorus, right?
- Of all the wonderful Neil Young songs Only Love Can Break Your Heart is the only one that gets stuck in my head.
- My mom had Petula Clark’s Downtown on a compilation record of British hits.
As a Canadaian I am obliged to have a Gordon Lightfoot song earworm at least one time per year. Rainy Day People
- Tommy Dorsey’s On The Sunny Side of The Street isn’t a common earworm. I think it was triggered because I heard it in a cafe.
- Joe Walsh’s Rocky Mountain Way reminds me of highschool.
- Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer is a classic earworm. It’s repetition makes it really super sticky too.
- Percy Sledge’s When A Man Loves A Woman is overplayed on oldies radio, and honestly overplayed in my head too.
- Tina Turner’s What’s Love Got To Do With It is so defiant it’s impossible not to love.
- Eddie Rabbit’s I Love A Rainy Night got a lot of air play when I was a kid. Now it get a lot of time as an earworm.
- Admit it, you love The Pointer Sisters I’m So Excited.
- Billy Idol Mony Mony reminds me of time wasted in my youth.