earworm (plural earworms)
- A tune that is stuck in one's head, especially as unwanted or repetitive.
2005, Kim Cooper, David Smay, editor, Lost in the Grooves: Scram's Capricious Guide to the Music You Missed, Routledge, ISBN 9780415969987, Klymaxx - Meeting in the Ladies Room, page 132:
- The chorus spawned an earworm so potent that women still mutter it as they exit for a bathroom break twenty years later.
2009, Steve Goodman, “1971: The Earworm”, in Sonic Warfare: Sound, Affect, and the Ecology of Fear, MIT Press, ISBN 9780262013475, page 147:
- A commonly cited species within memetics, the earworm is the catchy tube that you cannot get out of your head, the vocal refrain, the infectious rhythm or the addictive riff