It’s without a doubt that every parent has experienced it in the past, but they just don’t know how to get rid of it: earworms. In fact, the latest Baby Shark craze has everyone cringing, crying and laughing (or a combination of all three) as they simply can’t get the catchy tune out of their heads. And with over 2 billion views on YouTube (and counting) we can see why as it’s become the biggest “earworm” tune this year.
With that being said, you might ask yourself: what is an earworm? To put it in simple terms, it’s when a catchy song or tune that runs continually through your head or mind at any given time. And the worst part about it is that you can’t do much to get it out of your head, especially if you are at work, or worse, wanting to fall asleep at night.
Earworms are also sometimes known as brainworm, sticky music, stuck song syndrome, or Involuntary Musical Imagery. The worst part about it is that oftentimes earmworms continually repeat through a person's mind after it is no longer playing. A 2016 study suggests that many earworms are the result of three different factors: up beat tempos, pitch patterns similar to other popular songs or big up and down leaps in notes.
Regardless of what you call it, many people can agree that they are annoying and they can be tiresome, especially if you hear it over and over again. Luckily, there’s a new trick that might help you get rid of your earworm before it drives you crazy.
Researchers suggest that one of the first things you can do is listen to the whole song. This way you can eliminate it from being “stuck on a loop in your head.” That, or you can chew gum or do something engaging, like use your phone, send an email or read an article. More often than not earworms tend to appear in low-attentional state.
Of course, you can also distract yourself by thinking of or listening to a different song. Believe it or not, the top-named “cure song” for displacing earworms is God Save the Queen. Others find that the best way to get rid of an earworm is to just try not to think about it and let it fade away naturally on its own. Fingers crossed it works!