I'm pretty sure I'll be rustling a few feathers, but I'll argue that the following songs are indeed the Top 10 Songs That Get Stuck In Your Head. Will everybody agree with my selection? Probably not. But - and I want to emphasize that BUT - any one of them have the insane ability to instantly get stuck in your head. So perhaps it's fitting to warn you: Read this list at your own risk! Doing so is almost guaranteed to get the melodies stuck in your head for the rest of the day.
And if you stumble on one of those "I LOVE That Song, Where Can I Buy It?" moments, I'll include a links at the bottom for the best CDs and electronic MP3 downloads (such as those for your iPod or other MP3 player).
Also, I tried very hard to put together a diverse list. That means I tried to find songs from a wide variety of genres. Oh, and I made an executive decision that only one song per artist can make my list...
Enough chit-chat, let's get to the list:
10: Take On Me by A-Ha. This is a classic 80's synth tune with a decent beat and verse melody, but when the chorus comes in, you better hope you're not in a room full of people, because the entire group will start singing along... "Take on me, take me on..." then they'll KEEP singing long after the tune is over.
9: New York, New York by Frank Sinatra. This one comes from the golden "Rat Pack" era, and is easily on of "Old Blue Eye's" most infectious songs. Sure Frank had plenty of other huge hits in that era, but none will cement their lyrics and melody into your skull quite like New York, New York.
8: Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond. From the pages of classic folk rock, Sweet Caroline has a pre-chorus (build) and chorus that is guaranteed to stay in your head for a very long time. Even Diamond himself probably couldn't have expected this tune to have such a "sing along" quality, especially given the writing style of most of his other hits (they were great song, but they didn't have the sing-along quality that Sweet Caroline one does).
7: Down With The Sickness by Disturbed. Switching to a much harder metal genre, "Down With The Sickness" first put Disturbed on the musical A-list. It's got a very rhythmical feel, a decent beat and a little vocal lick that sticks like glue into the head of anyone who hears it: Ew-Ah-Ah-Ah-Ah.
6: Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins. It's been a few decades since the movie Top Gun came out, but this soundtrack tune will live forever. Plug in the movie and you'll see what I mean. Before long you'll be on the Highway To The Danger Zone.
5: Somebody Told Me by The Killers. This big hit from the Las Vegas alternative rockers dominated the airwaves the summer it hit the radio, and people would actually quiet everything around them when it came one. Even after the song was over, friends and coworkers could be heard humming "Somebody told me, that you had a boyfriend, who looked like a girlfriend..."
4: Ring Of Fire by Johnny Cash. The "Man In Black" sure knew how to put together a great tune, and while I'd love to go on and on about the awesomeness of his entire catalogue, I think "Ring Of Fire" is easily his most infectious tune. Even though I have no idea what "I feel down into a burning ring of fire, down down down with the flames getting higher" really means (I'm guessing it's a metaphor for his struggles with drug addiction and the love for his wife?).
3: Candle In The Wind by Elton John. Normally a rocker, the now Sir Elton John slowed the pace down for this classic that he wrote about the late Norma Jean (aka Marilyn Monroe). It's definitely a ballad, but it has an uncanny way of working its way into the deepest crevices of your brain. Don't believe me? Try this on for size: "Well it seems to me you lived your life like a candle in the wind, never knowing who to turn to when the rain set in..." I'll bet you a high five that you'll still be humming that when you crawl into bed tonight.
2: The Jeopardy Theme Song. I have no idea who wrote this TV game show theme song, but hopefully whoever did is resting on a mountain of $100 bills, because this little ditty won't come out of your head once it goes in. Subsequently, it's been used as a gimmic device on other shows and events when people need to come up with answers quickly... just like I did when I started putting this list together. I'll take "Get This Song Out Of My Head for 100, Alex."
1. Great Balls Of Fire by Jerry Lee Lewis. Jerry Lee Lewis was the 1950s version of Van Halen, but on piano instead of guitar. It wasn't uncommon to see him playing while holding himself upside down or while sitting backwards on the top of the keyboard. His shows were unlike anyone else's of the time. But let's forget the showmanship for a second, because that doesn't mean diddly squat when it comes to crafting catchy, hooky tunes. And "Great Balls Of Fire" is so infectious, that it's guaranteed to get stuck in your head for hours - maybe even days - after you hear it. As an added bonus, it also had a huge part in the movie Top Gun, which also played a role in number six on this list.
What Do You Think?
Do you agree with this top 10 list? Disagree? Think I should have included something else? Let me know all about it by leaving a comment. I'm sure we'd all love to hear your opinions, and maybe even get a few extra melodies in our heads.
If I had unlimited time (and didn't get bored easily), I'd love to put together a much larger list. Believe me, there are many "runner ups" that didn't make my top 10, but only after meticulous deliberation. I could easily keep going and put together a top 25 or even top 50 without batting an eye.
Where To Buy These Songs
As promised, I've included two links to the place where you can get the best prices on digital and hard copy songs. The truth is, both go to separate departments within Amazon.com, because this mega online retailer almost always offers the lowest prices and highest customer satisfaction rate of any retailer.
- Electronic: Buy and download these singles or even the entire albums at Amazon's Electronic Music Department.
- CD: Shop New and Used (used are often as cheap as a buck or two!) CDs at Amazon's Music Department.
A word of caution, though: If you buy one or all of these songs, you better make sure your friends, family, neighbors and coworkers are prepared for you incessant humming and singing. These tunes didn't make my list of Top 10 Songs That Get Stuck In Your Head for nothing, you know...