Earworm mashups: the thread for having multiple songs stuck in your head

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I am sure this happens to other people. Two songs stuck in your head, one interwoven with the other in a natural way. They are never cool songs on my case. Today it was "Wouldn't It Be Loverly?" and "Have a Holly, Jolly Christmas" combined together.

Box of chocolates for me to eat,
Lots of coal making lots of heat
Warm face, warm hands, warm feet,
oh wouldn't it be lovely?
Ho ho, the mistletoe, hung where you can see
Somebody waits for you, kiss her once for me

The tempo of the Ives song was slowed to match the showtune's tempo. This happens to me all the time. Normally they are poppy, commercial song, or even jingles, not ones I really listen to on my own for fun. Once it was two v brief jingles together over and over, for hours – this will get stuck in my head again, but: "Don't you want a, want a Fanta? TV Funhouse! TV Funhouse!

So this is a thread for when this happens to you. Maybe you actually get a less ridiculous selection of tunes!

as you can see, they smell terrific (Abbbottt), Sunday, 27 March 2011 01:27 (ten years ago) link

Yep the Odd Couple theme tune often swiftly sifts into the Imperial March from Star Wars for me, it sounds pretty good to be fair.

jimitheexploder, Sunday, 27 March 2011 01:33 (ten years ago) link

That is awesome!

as you can see, they smell terrific (Abbbottt), Sunday, 27 March 2011 01:34 (ten years ago) link

This happens to me quite a lot, so that I'm babbling nonsense to myself as I cycle into work. I had a very odd one the other day where a Schumann song was mixed up in my head with Laurel and Hardy doing Trail of the Lonesome Pine - I think it was as much to do with how the Kathleen Ferrier recording sounded as the actual song.

GamalielRatsey, Sunday, 27 March 2011 21:02 (ten years ago) link

I thought this was a weird thread but yesterday, I had this weird intertangling of George Harrison's "When We Was Fab" and the 70s-era SNL commercial for "Spud" beer

suxv (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 29 March 2011 14:18 (ten years ago) link

Earlier today I had a combination of The Eagles' Hotel California and Christopher Cross's Arthur's theme with bits of Any Dream Will Do from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat going through my head. It was horrendous.

MarkoP, Tuesday, 29 March 2011 22:13 (ten years ago) link

I've had Miley Cyrus's Party in the U.S.A. stuck in my head, but my brain has interchanged the lyrics on the verses with Lita Ford's Kiss Me Deadly. Not sure how this has happened.

Darin, Tuesday, 29 March 2011 22:53 (ten years ago) link

I often get an interflowing mixture of the instrumental themes from "Entertainment Tonight" and "Regis & Kathie Lee" stuck in my head:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZfBT2PNAFg&feature=related https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57ZODaEtRWw

Publicidad de Sexo (Abbbottt), Wednesday, 30 March 2011 00:06 (ten years ago) link

Van Morrison's "Moondance" and the theme to the old Spiderman TV show....

m0stlyClean, Wednesday, 30 March 2011 03:15 (ten years ago) link

Today it was the verses of "To the Pines, To the Pines" (as performed by Bascom Lamar Lunsford) with the chorus of "Goodnight, Irene" (as performed by leadbelly).

Publicidad de Sexo (Abbbottt), Thursday, 31 March 2011 00:14 (ten years ago) link

I used to have a three-song mashup that I couldn't get out of my head -- "Home on the Range," "White Christmas" and one that I can't remember anymore.

The Louvin Spoonful (WmC), Thursday, 31 March 2011 00:18 (ten years ago) link

I feel bad that I forgot to capitalize Leadbelly's name but Bascom got 3x proper nouns. I have underlined the "l" on my monitor 3x to fix it. Hope that shows up for you guys.

Publicidad de Sexo (Abbbottt), Thursday, 31 March 2011 00:20 (ten years ago) link

Baaand on the run,

Baaand on the run,


Why can't-I-find a wo-man like that

Mark McGraath Generator (2x5), Thursday, 31 March 2011 01:10 (ten years ago) link

Shaggy vs Fleetwood Mac

But she caught me on the counter (It wasn't me)
Saw me bangin' on the sofa (It wasn't me)
I even had her in the shower (It wasn't me)
She even caught me on camera
Aaaaahhhhhh.... I wanna be with you everywhere...

ford lopatin (dog latin), Friday, 1 April 2011 09:45 (ten years ago) link

You know when I said: 'Yep the Odd Couple theme tune often swiftly sifts into the Imperial March from Star Wars for me' I was holding back...

I just realised it sometimes melts into an ambient breakdown consisting of the theme from Jurassic Park.

They're now pretty much the same track in my head, its like Double Dee and Steinski in here.

jimitheexploder, Sunday, 3 April 2011 00:14 (ten years ago) link

I used to get these a lot when they would play those commercials for "Hits of the 80s!!" comps, e.g:

kerr-ack that whip!
don't turn around, ah-oh
hold me now, whoaaa

corey, Sunday, 3 April 2011 00:17 (ten years ago) link

I keep getting the verse lyrics from Common People mashed up with and sung along to the verses from Summer of '69 in my head.

She told me that her dad was loaded / bought it at the five and dime / she said fine, and in thirty seconds' time...

dimension hatris (a passing spacecadet), Sunday, 3 April 2011 00:27 (ten years ago) link

LONG nights! ImPOSSible odds!
And then I wonder why she sleeps with my FRIENDS!
The more you suffer, the more it shows you really CAAARE!

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 6 April 2011 13:14 (ten years ago) link

because I knooow there's somethin' goin' on

corey, Wednesday, 6 April 2011 20:24 (ten years ago) link

ahhahaa that's great!

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 7 April 2011 22:21 (ten years ago) link

one year passes...

The lyrics of "Washington Bullets" and the tune of "Come Dancing" -- get it out of my head!

WilliamC, Monday, 11 February 2013 14:24 (eight years ago) link

five months pass...

i am deeply deeply ambivalent about this business model

sassy, fun, and RELATABLE (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 23 July 2013 20:56 (seven years ago) link

Uh.. What the..

Pingu Unchained (dog latin), Wednesday, 24 July 2013 01:09 (seven years ago) link

lol no WAY that is going to fly

undescended listicle (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 24 July 2013 01:40 (seven years ago) link

Earlier today I had a combination of The Eagles' Hotel California and Christopher Cross's Arthur's theme with bits of Any Dream Will Do from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat going through my head. It was horrendous.

What are the odds? My most frequent earworm mashup is "Paint It Black" mixed with the chorus from "Go Go Go Joseph."

It must be an Andrew Lloyd Webber thing...

Emerson, Hendricks, and Nash (SlimAndSlam), Wednesday, 24 July 2013 01:59 (seven years ago) link

And whenever I think of Bela Fleck's "Flight of the Cosmic Hippo" it inevitably leads into the second eight from "Stolen Moments."

Emerson, Hendricks, and Nash (SlimAndSlam), Wednesday, 24 July 2013 02:02 (seven years ago) link

Ha, I remember telling friends in hs that I experienced this (Slint - "Good Morning Captain" + The Cure - "Pictures of You" iirc) and no one could relate at all.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Wednesday, 24 July 2013 02:37 (seven years ago) link

two months pass...

Is this love, is this love, is this love that I'm feeling?
I'm high on believin'
That you're in love with me

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 8 October 2013 14:06 (seven years ago) link

I keep getting "We Can't Stop" mixed up in my head with Jessie J's "Price Tag".

MarkoP, Tuesday, 8 October 2013 17:00 (seven years ago) link

Look in my eyes
There must be higher love
Down in the heart or hidden in the stars above
Without it, life is wasted time
I'm the cult of personality

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 15 October 2013 15:45 (seven years ago) link

four months pass...

Well, now some will call me Joe (dee diddily)
Some will call me Moe (dee deedily)
But that's the way I like it baby, I don't wanna live forever

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 18 February 2014 14:00 (seven years ago) link

seven months pass...

my brain has spent the last 48 hours bouncing back and forth between "What a Fool Believes" and Migos "Chinatown" and it's getting kind of old tbh

goon kabuki (The Reverend), Friday, 17 October 2014 03:28 (six years ago) link

Yesterday I got the lyrics to "Life During Wartime" jammed up with the melody for "Mr Roboto":

We dress like students!
We dress like housewives!
Or in a suit and a tie....
I've changed my hairstyle!
So many times now!
Don't know what I look like...

hardcore dilettante, Friday, 17 October 2014 05:56 (six years ago) link

Noticed the other day that 'Girlfriend In a Coma' is remarkably similar to KC & the Sunshine Band's 'Give It Up'

Shepard Toney Album (dog latin), Friday, 17 October 2014 09:12 (six years ago) link

Today my brain is tormenting itself with Manfred Mann's "5,4,3,2,1" over the top of Shiba San's - Okay. On loop. All day. Argh.

Willl, Friday, 17 October 2014 14:19 (six years ago) link

somehow i've nonsensically mashed the hooks from I Choose You and Close to You

Steve 'n' Seagulls and Flock of Van Dammes (forksclovetofu), Friday, 17 October 2014 15:18 (six years ago) link

six months pass...

are the crystal gems
we always save the day

and i think my spaceship knows which way to go

carne asana (clouds), Friday, 1 May 2015 12:31 (six years ago) link

I've had a terrible one that pops into my head every morning when I turn on the light in the bathroom to get ready to take a shower. It starts out with (and I have no idea why I still remember this song) the chorus of Trace Adkins' "Every Light in the House", but it morphs into "Drops of Jupiter" somewhere along the way. It's awful.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 1 May 2015 15:33 (six years ago) link

every now and then i get something that swings between songs: ohia's 'just be simple' and kid rock's 'only god knows why'

cis-het shitlord (Merdeyeux), Friday, 1 May 2015 16:58 (six years ago) link

i had the verse melody of kylie minogue's "locomotion" and the theme song to twin peaks in my head for waaaaaaaay too long back in 2011-12ish? i thought i was going insane.

Karl Malone, Thursday, 7 May 2015 15:46 (six years ago) link

Alice Cooper "Levity Ball" and Jesus & Mary Chain "Snakedriver" is a not unpleasant one.

Also Nick Lowe "And So it Goes" into Steely Dan "Reelin' in the Years"

A simple prop
To occupy my time
This one goes out to the one I love
Smoke she is a-rising!
Fiyah, yeah, smoke on the horizon
Smokestack lightning.

hardcore dilettante, Thursday, 7 May 2015 21:57 (six years ago) link

The main riff in REM's "Shiny Happy People" + the end of the first line of Petula Clark's "Downtown".

mike t-diva, Thursday, 7 May 2015 22:58 (six years ago) link

that article about the extreme earworm guy feels awfully familiar.

p:s nerds know (dog latin), Friday, 8 May 2015 14:43 (five years ago) link

The main riff in REM's "Shiny Happy People" + the end of the first line of Petula Clark's "Downtown".

― mike t-diva, Thursday, May 7, 2015 6:58 PM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

this is a great one, in my head anyway

Doctor Casino, Friday, 8 May 2015 14:59 (five years ago) link

I'm not sure how the Young Marble Giants and Frozen got mashed up in my head, but I'm not entirely displeased with the result:

do you wanna build a snowman
look a dealer in the eye
do you wanna build a snowman
won't you try?

(to the tune of 'Credit in the Straight World' and in Alison Statton's voice)

the geographibebebe (unregistered), Friday, 22 May 2015 02:01 (five years ago) link

this is really, really stuck in my head:


frogbs, Saturday, 23 May 2015 13:40 (five years ago) link

i had the verse melody of kylie minogue's "locomotion" and the theme song to twin peaks in my head for waaaaaaaay too long back in 2011-12ish? i thought i was going insane.

― Karl Malone, Thursday, May 7, 2015 3:46 PM (2 weeks ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink


kinder, Saturday, 23 May 2015 13:54 (five years ago) link

multiple xps to clouds: yep. Although the first thing I mashed up with that was sufjan stevens Mistress Witch of McClure

are the crystal gems
we always save the day
When my sister picks a fight
With the Alexander boy

cause baby, now we got dad bod (how's life), Saturday, 23 May 2015 15:18 (five years ago) link

also nomeansno "bodybag"
and helge schneider's "Wurstfachverkäuferin"
somehow kinda apt

massaman gai (front tea for two), Wednesday, 19 August 2020 07:00 (eight months ago) link

Oh dear today I am subject to a persistent mashup earworm i do not enjoy
REM "man on the moon"
dead Kennedys "moral majority"
let's play twister let's play risk
masturbating with a flag and a bible
god must be dead if you're alive

massaman gai (front tea for two), Friday, 21 August 2020 07:37 (eight months ago) link

Gypsies, tramps and thieves
You took a whole lot of loving
For a handful of nothing
Gypsies, tramps and thieves
It's hard to give you something
When you're pushing and a-shoving me around

assert (MatthewK), Monday, 24 August 2020 01:04 (eight months ago) link

two weeks pass...

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Everywhere you go
Take a look at the five and ten, i'll get you alone some night
And baby you'll find you're messing with dynamite
So what do you wanna make those eyes at me for?
If they don't mean what they say

Deflatormouse, Sunday, 13 September 2020 19:47 (seven months ago) link

five dollar
five dollar footlong...
much better than a
owner of a lonely heart
owner of a lonely he-art

andrew m., Monday, 14 September 2020 17:01 (seven months ago) link

TMBG -> The Smiths

I got a crush
Copy shop clerk
No hope, no harm
Just another false alarm

epistantophus, Saturday, 26 September 2020 00:53 (seven months ago) link

and i turn round and there you go
and Michael you would fall
and turn the white snow
red as strawberries
in Margaritaville

budo jeru, Monday, 5 October 2020 22:33 (seven months ago) link

lol i had a good margaritavilla one, strangely can't find it in this thread

wastin.. away again in margaritavilla
don't you know me, i'm your native son

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Monday, 5 October 2020 22:46 (seven months ago) link

Modern love
I say don't watch that
Modern love
Big fish or sprat
Trenchtown rock
Gets me to the church on time
Trenchtown rock
Terrifies me
Trenchtown rock
Makes me party

📺👁️ (peace, man), Tuesday, 6 October 2020 10:36 (seven months ago) link

Neil Young, "Cripple Creek Ferry" and Mew, "The Zookeeper's Boy":

Hey hey, the cripple creek ferry
You have to climb to find its head

― Good morning, how are you, I'm (Doctor Casino), Friday, July 19, 2019 11:36 AM bookmarkflaglink

it is happening again

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 7 October 2020 15:15 (seven months ago) link

Skip skip skip babalu!

She Thinks I Will Dare (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 11 October 2020 19:54 (six months ago) link

I had no idea where to put this, but it is fascinating and at least tangentially related:


Don't read the transcript, just listen, it's kind of amazing.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 11 October 2020 19:58 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

I don't know what it is that makes me love you so
I only know I never want to let you go
And all I ever knew
Only you

anatol_merklich, Friday, 20 November 2020 16:42 (five months ago) link

you’re out
on the street
lookin good
but baby, deep down in your heart you know that it ain’t right
now, me-now, me-now, me-now, me hear me, when i cry — and honey i cry all the time
well each time i tell myself that i
i can’t stand the pain........
but like a knife that cuts, the wound heals
and that scar, that scar will remain 🎶

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Friday, 20 November 2020 20:08 (five months ago) link

Shameika said I had potential
Shameika said I had potential
Shameika said I had potential
Shameika said I had potential
Those who died are justified
For wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites
You justify those that died
By wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites
Those who died are justified
For wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites
You justify those that died
By wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites

assert (MatthewK), Friday, 20 November 2020 21:21 (five months ago) link


Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Friday, 20 November 2020 21:46 (five months ago) link

Huey Lewis’ The Power of Love and Hip to be Square have merged into one song in my mind.

That’s the power of love
here, there, and everywhere
That’s the power of love
hip, hip, so hip to be square
Can’t you feel it?

epistantophus, Saturday, 21 November 2020 03:04 (five months ago) link

two weeks pass...

just now my brain connected Bob Seger's "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" with Swamp Dogg's "Total Destruction To Your Mind" and i'm pretty sure it could be one awesome fuckin song

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 6 December 2020 02:43 (five months ago) link

Goodbye Jimmy Reed
Though I never
Knew you at all

Robert Gotopieces (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 7 December 2020 18:49 (five months ago) link

Every holiday season I'm reminded of how baldly Lou Rawls' "Christmas is the Time" lifts "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," and I hum them simultaneously.

On average, this critic grades 8.3 points lower than other critics (Eric H.), Monday, 7 December 2020 18:53 (five months ago) link

four weeks pass...

Well I know a guy named Ramblin' Bob
He used to steal, gamble and rob
But don't worry
Be happy

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 5 January 2021 12:44 (four months ago) link

two weeks pass...

people fall in love in mysterious ways
maybe just the touch of a hand - you-whooo-oooo
you may say that i'm a dreamer -
but i'm not the only one

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Friday, 22 January 2021 15:31 (three months ago) link

les fleur vs katamari theme lately

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Friday, 22 January 2021 17:19 (three months ago) link

wow, they're the same!

kinder, Friday, 22 January 2021 22:26 (three months ago) link

Earworm mashup from my childhood that came roaring back when my mom introduced my daughter to My Fair Lady last week and she was singing the songs around the house:

All I want is a room somewhere
Far away from the cold night air
And while he was handling that risky chore
Made himself a legend forever more
Davy, Davy Crockett, king of the wild frontier

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Monday, 25 January 2021 14:29 (three months ago) link

totoro theme
sinitta "so macho"

massaman gai (front tea for two), Monday, 25 January 2021 18:31 (three months ago) link

you monster

ledge, Monday, 25 January 2021 19:07 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

'speakin' out' and 'pledging my time'

i've been a searcher, i've been a fool / i've been a long time coming to you / i'm pledging my time / hoping you'll come through, too

maelin, Thursday, 11 February 2021 21:03 (two months ago) link

good one

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Friday, 12 February 2021 01:50 (two months ago) link

i have an awful one right now which is "mellow yellow", that "trying to build a prison" thing by system of a down, and "Black coffee" by black flag
trynabuild a prison trynabuild a prison trynabuild a prison and stare at the walls, that's right

massaman gai (front tea for two), Friday, 12 February 2021 06:43 (two months ago) link

We can dance if we want to
We can leave your friends behind
When a girl walks in with an itty bitty waist
And a round thing in your face
You get sprung

Party With A Jagger Ban (dog latin), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 14:12 (two months ago) link

Clinic "Distortions" and Andy Kim "Baby I Love You" --- no specific moment of connection, just shared vibes and maybe key/chords?

honkin' on bobo, honkin' with my feet ten feet off of beale (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 14:38 (two months ago) link

Do you belive in life after love
I can hear a voice inside me saying
I really don't think you're strong enough, no
Let it go, let it go
Can't hold it back any more
I don't care what they're going to say
Let the storm rage on
The cold never bothered me anyway

4 QAnon Blondes (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 14:40 (two months ago) link

verse lyrics of "Video Killed the Radio Star" to the tune of the verse of "Heat of the Moment" :

And now we meet in an ab-an-doned stu-di-oooo
We hear the playback and it seems so long a-gooo

I heard you on my wireless back in fifty-two
The disco hotspots hold no charm for you

also, one i keep forgetting to post tho it's happened to me dozens of times: the intro to "Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard" flowing into and out of the main riff of "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life"

What becomes of the brokenhearted
Came to shit
But only farted

Red Nerussi (Neanderthal), Thursday, 4 March 2021 16:28 (two months ago) link

^^^ lol this exact sequence comes to my mind basically every time i see bathroom door poetry of any kind

The Ronettes recorded a song called "Here I Sit" where the first line is actually "Here I sit, brokenhearted" making it absoutely impossible not to mentally complete the lyric. But I assume Phil Spector intended that to happen as a little joke. (The song was scotched as a single release in 1965 but has appeared on official releases subsequently).

Josefa, Thursday, 4 March 2021 16:45 (two months ago) link

hmm. a songwriting inside joke just waiting to reach Paul McCartney on "Treat Her Gently - Lonely Old People"

on the other hand, aiui the shirelles demo “here i sit, buns a-flexin” was not actually in fact about squeezin out another texan

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 4 March 2021 16:49 (two months ago) link

Dear god, hope you get the letter and
I pray you can make it better down here
Gobble me, swallow me, drip down the side of me (yeah)
Quick, jump out 'fore you let it get inside of me (yeah)

Red Nerussi (Neanderthal), Friday, 5 March 2021 20:56 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

Apparently this is how my brain thinks Michael Bivins’ breakdown in Motownphilly goes now:

Now check this out, one day back in Philly
Four guys wanted to sing, they came up to me I said
"Well what's your name?" (Boys II Men!)
Hey, ya know what I'm sayin'?
Action took place (hey)
Kinda wet (c’mon)
Don't forget
The J the I the M the M the Y y'all
I need a body bag

epistantophus, Monday, 19 April 2021 15:36 (two weeks ago) link

Oh no!

peace, man, Monday, 19 April 2021 16:06 (two weeks ago) link

this belongs in a misheard lyrics thread instead but just to follow up on your mashup, epistantophus, when I was a kid and that song was everywhere, I thought it was

Now check this out, one day back in Philly
Four guys, one of 'em silly

And henceforth it shall ever be when I listen to the song

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Tuesday, 20 April 2021 17:57 (two weeks ago) link

Currently in my head:

That's when I reach for my revolver /
That's the night that the lights went out in Georgia

Jurassic parkour (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 20 April 2021 18:52 (two weeks ago) link

Daniel Johnston/Camper Van Beethoven

Some things last a long time
So, take the skinheads bowling take them bowling

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Monday, 26 April 2021 16:40 (one week ago) link

We don't need no satisfaction
I can't get no education
We don't need no girl reaction
We don't need no thought control

I said maybe, you're gonna be the one that shaves me (Ye Mad Puffin), Monday, 26 April 2021 21:47 (one week ago) link

In London Town, there's just no
Place for street fighting maaaan

Bobo Honk, real name, no gimmicks (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 27 April 2021 00:43 (one week ago) link

butthole surfers - "movin down to florida"
the countdown music from UK daytime word quiz "countdown"

massaman gai (front tea for two), Sunday, 2 May 2021 14:45 (five days ago) link

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