They say the reason songs get stuck in our heads is because we can’t finish them. That the mere fact that we can only remember a few words, or a line, from the song keeps our brains on a permanent loop until we latch on to something else.
As kids, my sisters and I would get songs stuck in each other’s heads while we waited for the bus to take us home from the water park. The enjoyment I got out of being so annoying didn’t evaporate once I reached adulthood. Instead, it’s now inflicted on my husband. Here are my favorites:
- Mister Rogers theme song
- Star Spangled Banner
- Theme Song to Doc McStuffins (really, any cartoon on Disney Jr.)
- “1234” by Feist (“One, two, three, four/ Tell me that you love me more…)
- “Zip-a-dee-doo-dah” from Song of the South
- Sesame Street theme song (thanks to the birth of my toddler, I’ve added children’s songs to my list)
- “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood
- “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond
- “Sisters” from White Christmas
- “It’s a Small World” by Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman
I like to think that getting a song stuck in someone’s head is the gift that keeps on giving.
So, if you’re in the mood to be giving (or annoying) feel free to use this list. You just might thank me even if no one else will.