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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.]

earworm

(ˈɪəˌwɜːm)
n
(Pop Music) informal an irritatingly catchy tune
[C20: from German Ohrwurm earwig]
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The duo should clear the mantelpiece for more golden statuettes because their songbook here is a barnstorming selection of earworms.
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Old Magick is proof that Adams' gift for marrying exceptional lyrics with inescapable earworms is very much intact - you can catch these earworms at The Moon Club on March 15.
Old Magick is proof that Adams's gift for marrying exceptional lyrics with inescapable earworms is very much intact - you can catch these earworms at The Moon Club on March 15.
Then there's that mournful ballad, Blue Moon, one of the most infectious earworms ever written.
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