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earworm

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

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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However, tried and trusted earworms such as Tomorrow and It's A Hard Knock Life got the audience in the mood for this large dose of schmaltz and the little ones who managed to stay awake loved it.
Effective ringtones often create "earworms," short musical excerpts that easily stick in your head.
Effective ringtones often create "earworms", short musical excerpts that easily stick in your head.
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But in their showstopper singles such as I Can't Stand It and Stranger Still, lead singer and songwriter Tom Ogden shows true songwriting chops, identifying himself as a master of hooks and earworms with eminently relatable lyrics floating over a series of catchy and sensitive melodies.
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She asked 3,000 people for earworms and compared them to less catchy songs.
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