Every morning your rascally writer rises to greet the day. He stumbles into the bathroom, drops his Justice League jammy bottoms, steps into the shower, and soon finds himself singing Led Zeppelin’s “Dancin’ Days.” It’s not even his favorite Led Zep tune!
Nevertheless, the song remains stuck in his head until he does the only thing he can to clear it out. He sings the entire theme song to either “The Flintstones” or “Gilligan’s Island.” He finds some comfort in the fact that he is not alone. Suffering from earworms (Ohrwurm) is not an uncommon occurrence. This continuing series was born from the concept that misery loves company. Now hear this . . .
Stuck in your Head 63
“The Lion Sleeps Tonight”
DeeAnna Moore had “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” stuck in her head. This song was originally titled “Mbube”, was written in Zulu and recorded by Solomon Linda in 1939. American songwriter George David Weiss wrote the English lyrics. In 1961 it became a number one hit when the American group the Tokens recorded it.
“Oh Sweet Pea”
Jon Pileggi had the song “Oh Sweet Pea” crammed in his cranium. It was originally written and recorded by the American singer and songwriter Tommy Roe. It first appeared on his 1966 platter, Sweet Pea. The song topped the charts in Canada and made it to number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Tom Branson submitted the song “Afternoon Delight.” It was recorded by the American pop group Starland Vocal Band. It was written by band member Bill Danoff and became famous for both its close harmony and sexually suggestive lyrics. Released in 1976, it climbed to the top of the US charts and garnered a gold record.
The “Slinky” Commercial Jingle
Tom Boyle offered up the earworm known as “Slinky.” The jingle for this toy invented by Dick James in Philadelphia in 1943, was co-written in 1962 by South Carolina residents Johnny McCullough and Homer Fesperman (music) and Charles Weagly (lyrics). It went on to become the official “longest-running jingle in advertising history.”
Patrick Tracey says that the soft rock song “Muskrat Love” is “the worst song ever” …especially to have stuck in your head. It was written by American singer-songwriter Willis Alan Ramsey and debuted in 1972 on his album Willis Alan Ramsey. It peaked at 67 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The pop music pair Captain & Tennille covered it in 1976, and it peaked at number four.
This edition, our bonus earworm is the song “My Ding-a-Ling.” Perhaps made famous via Chuck Berry’s 1972 hit cover version, it was written by American musician, songwriter, and record producer Dave Bartholomew. Bartholomew recorded this novelty song in 1952. It was covered by several other artists as well.
Huge hits, clever covers, or commercial jingles. You never know what could get stuck in your head. Do you have any annoying earworms?
Care to share? We’re here for you. Let us know what’s stuck in your head in the comments section and we just might share it right here!