ear candy


Definition of ear candy

: music that is pleasing to listen to but lacks depth

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Ear candy made its debut (in print, at least) as the title of a 1977 album by pop singer Helen Reddy. The album has long since faded from the charts, but the term endures and it is now used widely enough to have gained entry into abridged dictionaries. Although "ear candy" is sometimes used critically to describe tunes that are considered "gooey," "sweet," or "saccharine," the people who make the music and their fans find it tasty. As one 90s band member sagely put it, does it really matter if ear candy "isn't about the secret of life"?

Examples of ear candy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As eye and ear candy, BTS gave the Grammys tons of free promotion, and the Recording Academy was happy to take it. Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, "The Grammys Used BTS As Eye Candy & Everyone Saw Right Through It," 16 Mar. 2021 Addressing issues like self-esteem, good relationships, sh--ty relationships, depression, self-love and other real life material with an accessible vulnerability, to many Scholler's work is less ear candy and more of a rally cry to just keep going. Katie Bain, Billboard, "20 Questions With Alison Wonderland: Australian Producer Talks Advising Fans Through DMs & Meeting Billy Corgan," 1 Oct. 2020 The song is ear candy, and a certain kitsch factor is probably part of its enduring appeal. Paul Grein, Billboard, "Surf Mesa Spreads the Love for 'Can't Take My Eyes Off You,' Bringing the Modern-Day Standard Back to Top 40," 29 Sep. 2020 Built out of urgent piano stabs, laser synths, kick drum and a truly delectable melody -- layered underneath lyrics about meeting the man of your dreams in your actual dreams -- the song was pure ear candy. Katie Bain, Billboard, "On This Day in Billboard Dance History: Real McCoy Spent 'Another Night' on the Dance Club Songs Chart," 29 Sep. 2020 Fortunately, Ripa’s reconstructive surgery allows her to still wear sparkly ear candy. Maria Yagoda, PEOPLE.com, "22 Stars Who've Opened Up About Plastic Surgery," 11 Dec. 2019 Or a shiny gold cuff that'll take anyone's ear candy up a notch? Glamour, "The 62 Best Gift Ideas Under $100 for Everyone on Your List," 31 Oct. 2019 The season’s It piece is meant to hang prettily off of one’s lobes, but Scott’s creations are far more than mere ear candy. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "How These Shapely Statement Earrings Celebrate Coast Salish Culture," 13 Mar. 2019 Earrings Meghan and Kate both kept their jewelry simple, but the Cartier ear candy was a little different for the two brides. Megan Decker, Harper's BAZAAR, "VOTE: Which Royal Wedding Did You Prefer, Kate Middleton's or Meghan Markle's?," 19 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'ear candy.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of ear candy

1977, in the meaning defined above

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“Ear candy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ear%20candy. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ear candy

US, informal : music that is pleasing to listen to but is not serious or interesting

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