questionshow do you get rid of a song that's stuck in your…

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Find another one that is just as annoying. How about the Barney Song?

Or last week I had Guns and Roses "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" stuck in my head ALL day long.

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Pass it on to the next person. Telling someone about it usually makes it go away. Here, I give you the song that is stuck in my head...
Frosty The Snowman! He is YOURS!

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@tygerdave: Admittedly, I'd almost rather just leave you to sit in misery, thinking happy, potty thoughts... Then I'd be justified in saying: Git'cho mind outta da toilet, boi!

Just kidding! Really, annoying songs are the pits. I just listen to another song... Get another song stuck in your head. Something with catchy lyrics, like your favourite song from a musical.

Or, if you're more inclined to literature and poetry, I like to quote something that I learned way back in the day. A few favourites are: The Cremation of Sam McGee, by Robert Service; The Raven, by Poe; or anything by Lewis Carrol. Those will usually do the job for me.

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Glad I'm not the only one. My problem is the song have any words and isn't really even a song. It's the intro music to Fox Got Game (a local sports show here in NC). They play the music along with their animation a few dozen times during their broadcast and it's driving me batty.

I think I'll try tygerdave's suggestion and see if I can find it online.

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@hobbit: Replacing it with something worse sounds too risky
@faughty: I guess that's kinda what I'm doing - not working yet
@arosiriak: Not much of one for musicals or poetry, trying to drag up some memorized Hamlet seems to be helping although I've started to mentally try to rewrite it as "To potty or not to potty?" so it may not last...
@1rudeboy: misery loves company!

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@hobbit: "Every Rose Has It's Thorn" is by Poison if I'm not mistaken.

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Pretty sure it is no longer legal to have songs stuck in your head. That drummer from Metallica did a PSA about it.

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@tygerdave: you might could try those horns from South Africa, they seem to drown out stuff.

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Sing it through backwards - it will cancel itself out.

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Listen to FIREFLIES by Owl City - then it will get stuck in your head

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Note to self: Do not revisit thread shortly after the song is finally gone - it comes back :-(

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@niloc225: I've heard that song twice - the first time I thought it was nice - the second time I listened more carefully and thought it was just silliness

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@tygerdave: Most of Owl City's songs are pure silliness, but they do tend to stick in your head (probably due to the silliness).

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Listen to some grand classical music

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Understand before hand, I'm only doing this as a last resort. Think of it like ripping off a Band-aid. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNTxr2NJHa0
It's safe for work. Promise.

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@hobbit: I won't believe that until I hear it. :)

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@lavikinga: Brilliant! :) I hadn't heard that one in so-o-o-o-o very long... I think that ought to do the trick though.

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Here's a story
of a man named Brady...

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@thefenst: It was done in the late 80's I don't even think you were born yet. I also don't think Axel Rose wants people remembering it.

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@hobbit: Bret Michaels. Poison. Axl would never have stooped so low.

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@jumbowoot: no really I had it on CD. I liked the song as sung by Guns and Roses. I think we tried to perform it for a spring air band thing my university did every year, but lost out to my best friend and his room mate performing Lady In Red or was it Piano Man? I just remember a Red Dress and Duct Tape, and threats of waxing legs.

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"The Final Countdown" by Europe will get that song out of your head.

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@lavikinga: I can not tell you how many times this song would rattle through my brain when my kids were little and watched LampChop!

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I'm still trying to get "It's a Small World After All" out of my head from the Disney trip I took back in '77.

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I've heard that the best cure for a song that you can't get out of your head is to actually listen to the song itself play, perhaps a couple of times. I can't remember if there was any reasoning for this. Perhaps your brain is trying to reconstruct the song in your head, and actually hearing the song lets it finally complete the work, so to speak. Regardless, it's worth a shot.

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Could be worse I guess, there are people that suffer from musical hallucinations.

http://www.wnyc.org/shows/radiolab/episodes/2008/03/21/segments/93886

If you haven't listened to Radio Lab before, its great, and you should.

Edit: oops just linked to a segement - full show link is here: http://www.wnyc.org/shows/radiolab/episodes/2008/03/21#segment93886

They talk about songs getting stuck in your head too, I'm going to have to listen to it again.

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There should be a warning on this question!!!

Now I keep switching between Frosty the Snowman, The Brady Bunch Theme song, It's a Small world and - - Every Rose Has Its Thorn!!

It doesn't help that there was some commercial a few months ago about some Rock Ballad CD that played a snippet of the song. So I have a vague picture to go along with that song.

Damn, I didn't have anything stuck in my head. WHY did I read this question??? I don't even have any of these songs on CD, so I guess I am going to try the "find something worse" solution!

Oh man - the scene from The Simpsons where Barney is dressed in a bikini doing the theme music from I Dream of Jeannie... THAT is much worse!!!

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@ravelazquez: you can always go to the hiccups question and look at scary pictures.

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@hobbit: I seem to be having flashbacks of Mr. Axl singing this. Icepicks to my ears, if I remember correctly.

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@timawalker: OR it could be permanently seared into your brain!

Taking the thread just a wee bit off the path...have you guys ever been to http://www.kissthisguy.com/ ? The title comes from someone mis-hearing (and we've all done it) to a song. There person thinks the words to Hendrix's "Kiss The Sky" is instead "kiss this guy."
It's a fun way to waste a few minutes AND get some other songs stuck in your head.

:::shaking my fist::: Dang it! Some how I've got the theme to "I Dream of Jeannie" in my head!

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I believe these are called ear-worms. I can generally eradicate them with another ear-worm. I'll betray my age by saying that my antidote is "The Ballad of Davy Crockett." Works almost every time, then goes away like dissolving sutures. I wonder if there could be a Twitter tag for #ear-worm and we could keep track of their epidemiology.

If you need the Davy Crockett method, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01rNP89pSyk

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@bglassman: Oh please don't use the expression ear-worms. It reminds me of the Night Gallery tv show episode about earwigs. I slept with my hands over my ears for many nights. (You'll have to Google that - too chicken to look it up).

Today's song stuck in my head is the Slap Chop rap song, thanks alot to @placka for posting the deal http://deals.woot.com/deals/details/34b6f45f-fda5-4fa8-af63-af6a6a7d2215/kitchen-magicchopper-plus-multiuse-chopper#0 And the song (caution: will stick in brain for a long time): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWRyj5cHIQA I think this should be the new Rick-roll.

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@mtrlgrl: I must be really strange. I kinda LIKE getting Rick-rolled. It's such a happy little ditty.

Never gonna give you up,
Never gonna let you down,
Never gonna run around and desert you.
Never gonna make you cry,
Never gonna say goodbye,
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you.

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@hobbit, @lavikinga: I was all prepared to jump on the "GNR did so do a version of 'Every Rose Has a Thorn'!" bandwagon...but based on following several search engine trails it looks like we're having a case of 80s power ballad (mass) confusion. As in, there's lots of disagreement about the performing band when the subject comes up.

Take a listen to these 'two' versions (actually identical versions) of the song on YouTube, with one purportedly from GNR, the other as Poison/Bret Michaels:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDRJXBysCdo GNR (Not)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETXNgemwM2I Poison

And of course now the song is in my head...sigh.

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@afurball: I SWEAR some time in the past I have seen a video of a sweaty Axl covering this tune and he was on stage with someone else too.
Of course, it could be the resulted of a wine.woot induced haze.
Can't find a copy on Youtube and God knows they have everything under the sun (except the final episode of "Love Monkey").
@Hobbit: I may be mistaken. Very, very mistaken.

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I still stand by my old recording that my brother stole from me.....that twit. I had it on tape. I did live on the West Coast though so I was closer to the whole bad hair, I mean glam rock, scene.

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sing it out loud, and usually it'll be gone after that. Trying to suppress it just makes it harder to forget.

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Sing Amazing Grace to the tune of the theme to Gilligan's Island. Works every time.