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earworm

a song that gets stuck in your head; also called sticky tune
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ear·worm

 (îr′wûrm′)
n.
2. A melody or a portion of a piece of music that is involuntarily repeated in one's mind.

[Sense 2, translation of German Ohrwurm, earwig, (musical) earworm : Ohr, ear + Wurm, worm.]
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earworm

(ˈɪəˌwɜːm)
n
(Pop Music) informal an irritatingly catchy tune
[C20: from German Ohrwurm earwig]
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