earworm

noun
ear·​worm | \ ˈir-ˌwərm How to pronounce earworm (audio) \

Definition of earworm

2 : a song or melody that keeps repeating in one's mind

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John Debney’s music, alongside a soundtrack of upbeat earworms, only adds to the emotional power. Jacob Feldman, SI.com, "'Brian Banks' Is a Sports Film for the Social Justice Era," 7 Aug. 2019 On the collaborative front, this xylophonic Anne-Marie joint (off his upcoming debut studio album) may even outshine his earlier earworms with Julia Michaels and Troye Sivan. Alex Suskind, EW.com, "Friday Pop Shop: The return of Brockhampton, summer Haim, Jack Antonoff, and more songs you’ll Lauv," 2 Aug. 2019 Jepsen sang the global earworm while bathed in pink lights as the crowd yelled the words back to her in what seemed like a valiant attempt to ward off the Sunday Scaries. Teta Alim, Washington Post, "Carly Rae Jepsen shows Fillmore crowd how to live in the moment," 22 July 2019 There’s a reason the Song of the Summer is a thing: This is peak earworm season. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Sound On: The Best Albums of June 2019," 1 July 2019 At the theme parks, a lot of the rides will load the hordes into boats that float through movie scenes or saddle you with an earworm. Jim Webster, Twin Cities, "In Orlando or Anaheim for a Disney vacation? Explore the cities beyond the gates, too," 29 June 2019 The earworm, which rose to popularity in 2018, mixed animation and two human kids dancing out the story of a shark family, K-pop style. Abbi Matheson, BostonGlobe.com, "Doo doo doo doo doo doo: ‘Baby Shark Live!’ is coming to Boston this fall," 10 July 2019 At the theme parks, a lot of the rides will load the hordes into boats that float through movie scenes or saddle you with an earworm. Jim Webster, Twin Cities, "In Orlando or Anaheim for a Disney vacation? Explore the cities beyond the gates, too," 29 June 2019 At the theme parks, a lot of the rides will load the hordes into boats that float through movie scenes or saddle you with an earworm. Noy Thrupkaew And Jim Webster, Houston Chronicle, "In Orlando or Anaheim for a Disney vacation? Explore the cities beyond the gates, too," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of earworm

1802, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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