Friday, May 13, 2016

More on Head Songs and Earworms

In a past post, I talked about head songs (songs I wake up with in my head) and earworms. Since I'm listening to music much of the time, it makes sense that I also have some song stuck in my head.

I try to post my head songs on Facebook, though I sometimes forget. But I'd love to examine my past head songs and see if there's any kind of pattern (I'm a researcher, after all, and lover of data). I mean, where do they come from?

Today's head song I can explain. It's a track I listened to just yesterday, and also one of my favorite songs off of Sia's new album:

As is true with most of my head songs, it was the full track, with accompaniment, backup vocals, etc.

On the other hand, as I was walking in to work this morning, I got an inexplicable earworm - Baby Got Back by Sir Mix-a-Lot. And in true earworm style, it was just a snippet of the lyrics repeated: "Oh baby, I wanna get with ya, and take your picture."

Rather than post that song, which I know you've all heard, how about this great version, created from snippets of dialogue from movies:

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