“Earworm, a loan translation of the German ‘Ohrwurm’, is a term for a song stuck in one’s head, particularly an annoying one. Use of the English translation was popularised by James Kellaris, a professor of marketing at the University of Cincinnati. His studies appeared to demonstrate that different people have varying susceptibilities to earworms, but that almost everybody has been afflicted with one at some time or another.
Some sufferers from earworm prefer the term “repetunitis”, “stuck tune syndrome”, “sound virus” or, if sufficiently acute, “melodymania.”
Earworms may be songs or tunes that become stuck in the phonological loop, the part of the brain that rehearses verbal information in Baddeley’s Model of Working Memory.
Medications that are used to treat Obsessive-compulsive disorder or anxiety can alleviate the symptoms of earworms.”
Can somebody go edit the page and tell Wikipedia that over here we call the phonomenon LSS (Last Song Syndrome)? I agree with the “particularly an annoying one” part though. Think Boom-tarat-tarat, Macarena, Spaghetting pababa, and do you remember Dayang-dayang?