That Song that WON’T GO AWAY!!

photo credit: Meowza Katz, Aviary Blog

“||: Oh, oh ,oh….  All the single girls say… If you like it then you shoulda put a ring on it, if you like it you shoulda put a ring on it… Oh, oh, oh… : ||”

(anyone familiar with musical notation will understand that ||:_____:||  means “repeat”, and in this case, “repeat ad nauseum”)

And yes, I know the words are all mixed up, and there’s stuff missing.  But right or wrong, THAT is the part that’s stuck in my head.

Sung by The Chipettes.

For three days now, I’ve had that song, “All the single girls”, by Beyonce, running on a terminal loop in my head.  Last night, I got some “help” from some eager friends via FaceBook, who kept throwing out other songs that might kick Beyonce out.

Suggestions were:

  • If I Had a Hammer (Peter, Paul & Mary)
  • It’s a Small World (Disneyland) (must not obsess over flute player holding flute incorrectly…)
  • Star Spangled Banner (National Anthem)

By the time I went to bed, I had The Chipettes, wearing multinational native costumes and wielding hammers in my head, singing “All the Single Girls” while red rockets burst over their heads.  It was maddening.  Hilarious, but maddening.

When I woke this morning, all the nonsense had cleared away, and left Beyonce, all by herself, singing “All the Single Girls”.  Lovely. (sidenote: THAT’S what passes for “dancing” these days? I can do that!!  My dance teacher would have had me doing kick-ball-changes for HOURS if I was that sloppy)

I usually have some pretty good tools for chasing off these irritating songs.  Mahna Mahna, from the Muppets (remember that one??  Hilarious) usually works for me.  Other people I know use “Jingle Bells”, “Happy Birthday”, or other simple song.  This time, it took several repeats of Kenny Chesney’s “Anything But Mine.” Which is fine, because that one is one of my favorite songs.

Why does this happen?  I read somewhere once, that our brain clings to the most basic thing it can, the little nursery rhyme ditty, the commercial jingle, the pop song chorus, and repeats it.  I can’t remember why, though.  I think it had something to do with it searching for the end of the song, ditty or rhyme.  Once it finds it, it will stop.  I’ve done that, on occasion, too.  Forced my brain to go through the entire song until we find that last word, the last note, of the piece. Sometimes it works.  Most of the time, it just hits “repeat” again.

I know this happens to you.  It happens to everyone.  So how do you deal with it?  Do you find other songs to distract your overworking brain?  Do you curse others with your burden, like I tried to do last night on Facebook (and we see how horribly THAT backfired on me!!)?  Or do you just endure it, trying to ignore it until it finally goes away?

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18 Responses to That Song that WON’T GO AWAY!!

  1. Laura says:

    dammit. that stupid song just took up residence in my head again.

  2. Jenny says:

    AHHHHH I can’t stand Single Ladies!!! Now I have that one stuck in my head. Thanks alot!!! aarrghhhhhhh

  3. SKL says:

    I think the thing that works best for me is to just give in. Start singing it out loud and laugh at myself for being so stupid. Preferably in front of someone who will look at me like, “OK then!”

    • Laura says:

      …and in the MORnin’ I’m leavin, makin’ my way back to Cleaveland, so tonight I hope that I will do just fine…. ’cause I don’t think that you could ever be…. anything but mine….

      Hey, it works!!

  4. Phyllis says:

    Sadly, I must confess that I’d never even heard of “All The Single Girls”…. but I see what you mean, obnoxious is really too kind a word to describe it. However, not recognizing the Mahna Mahna title, I of course had to click on it. Having done that, I haven’t stopped laughing!! I always loved that song. Obnoxious, yes, but absolutely hilarious! I can live with that one in my head (making me laugh all while) for days. Thanks for the great laugh, Laura! My favorite spirit lifting song (working in a grocery store) has always been the circus music…. dah dah dahdadah dah dah dah dah, ….yah da dah dah, yah, da, dah dah…..” But now that I’ve rediscovered Mahna Mahna that’ll be my new one!!! 😀

    However, I bring to your consideration: “This is the song that never ends, it just goes on and on my friends”…. That usually works for eliminating the unwanted ones from my mind.

    • Laura says:


      dammit. now it’s stuck there. the song that never ends. shoot me now.

    • Laura says:

      PS… Mahna Mahna is one of my ringtones – for Josh’s former KG teacher. She called me today, and I nearly didn’t pick it up, b/c I was dootin’ along with the tune!

  5. Joy says:

    I get songs stuck in my head all the time but I don’t know that I’d call it a bad thing. Sometimes I do get irritated when commercials to it to me. Like the “give me a fillet o fish, give me that fish”. I find that one in there all the time. Also Oscar Mayer bologna one does too. I think commercials and those type of jingles get stuck more often than songs although some songs will get stuck but only a few lines of it. I’ll be singing along and than be like Christina Aguilera and forget the words and then start all over and try and get past the part where I forgot the words. That part gets stuck. The part I can’t remember.

    My grandpa used to whistle ALL THE TIME and it was always She’ll be Comin’ round the mountain when she comes. It brings a smile to my face to whistle that song or even just hear it now. We used to always be able to find him because he always did that. To me it was endearing but I’ll bet my grandma wanted to hit him in the head!

    Some songs that are always in my head are
    I Will Survive-Gloria Gaynor
    I’m Strong Enough-Cher
    That Summer-Garth Brooks
    American Pie-Don McLean
    I will Always Love You-Dolly Parton (in the shower song)
    Fly Me To The Moon and New York New-Frank Sinatra
    Sugar Sugar-The Archies

    I’m sure I’ll be back. I go to hit “post comment” and more songs come to my head.

  6. Sue says:

    I like “Single Ladies”! LOL! All the singles, all the single ladies, all the single ladies…it’s got a catchy upbeat rhythm to it! Anyway, I don’t have a sure fire way to get rid of songs or jingles stuck in my head. Seems like if I sing them to death they go away! Commercials get stuck more than songs do and those can really annoy me!

    • Joy says:

      I don’t really mind that song either but I HATE the video or watching her singing in live. I think it’s kinda slutty. I don’t find her a great dancer like most people do. I think she dances like a stripper and the only difference is she keeps her clothes on.

  7. Nikki says:

    I cannot stand that song. I would not be happy if it was in my head! I don’t mind if a song I like in stuck, but not if I hate it. And I swear if this dang song gets stuck in my head, I’m personally coming down there (I can find where you live!) and give you a white wash! LOL

    Jason told me about the National Anthem, he said it works because it’s SUPPOSED to be a very simple song, fairly monotoned. Or “This Land Is Your Land.” They say boring songs are supposed to help get songs out of your head.

    If it is really bothering me, I’ll find something to do that take a LOT of focus, and that always works.

  8. SKL says:

    Singing a boring song to get another song out of my head – that sounds dangerous. Kinda like “there was an old lady who swallowed a fly” who ended up swallowing a horse (she’s dead of course).

    I have a different issue with my kids. They will be singing a song and I’ll be so proud of them for knowing it so well. Then they come to one of the last lines – which sounds very similar to the first line – and they go back to the beginning and sing in a continuous loop. I’m not sure whether they realize that they have sung the same thing 12 times and that’s not how the actual song goes.

  9. Melissa says:

    Right now I have the $5 dollar, $5 dollar Footlong – Any any Any stuck in my head! 🙂

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