This time of year, I tend to get earworms more often.
Wait. You won't need a flashlight so you can see tiny worms crawling from my ears while I'm asleep.
Earworms is the unscientific name given by scientists to the condition of having songs you can't get out of your head.
You've probably had earworms and didn't know it. You hear a song on the car stereo in the morning. You're still humming the song on your way home from work.
It can be a song you like a lot or don't like a bit but you just can't get it out of your head.
The 1970s' classic, "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)" by Looking Glass is a classic earworm for me. What a good wife she would be.
"The Joker" by Steve Miller is another earworm. Lots of people call me a space cowboy when I have an earworm.
Remember "Hey, Soul Sister" by Train a few years ago? It played non-stop on the radio and in my head.
I heard Ted Nugent's "Cat Scratch Fever" on the radio. It's a tough tune to hum. I did my best, on and off, for a couple of days, though.
There may be a cure for earworms, if you're interested. According to the Associated Press, researchers claim the best way to stop earworms is to pause and solve a tricky anagram. Yep, word puzzles kill earworms. I'd rather have music playing non-stop in my head than work on a Sudoku or anagram. A good but simple word search is the extent of my puzzle adventures. I get distracted easily.
I've always found the best cure for an earworm was another earworm. Replace one song in your head with another.
Life's not so bad when a big deal in your world is a song playing non-stop in your head, huh?
Surveys by these same scientists have revealed some popular songs tend to cause earworms more than others. Lady Gaga was the most common artist to get stuck in people's heads with four of her pop songs being some of the most likely to become earworms - Alejandro, Bad Romance, Just Dance and Paparazzi.
Katy Perry's "California Girls" also rated highly for causing earworms. Other songs that commonly cause earworms: Abba's "Waterloo, David Bowie's "Changes," the Beatles' "Hey Jude," "She Loves You," "I Wanna Hold Your Hand," Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Baby," Beyonce's "Single Ladies," Rihanna's "SOS" and Taylor Swift "You Belong with Me."
Obviously, they didn't survey my generation. I agree on the Beatles songs. But I've never had a Lady Gaga or Taylor Swift song as an earworm. If I did, yep, it may be time to try Sudoku.
It made me think, though, about my All-Time Top Earworms, or songs that once I hear them, I can't them get out of my head for a while:
"Fly Me to the Moon," Frank Sinatra. Always reminds me of my late Mom and Dad. One earworm I never want to end.
"Twist and Shout," the Beatles. Especially after I watch the movie, "Ferris Bueller's Day off." One of the few songs that makes me think one little dance might be fun after all.
"Your Smiling Face," James Taylor. Isn't it amazing a man like me can feel this way?
"The Song is Over," The Who. "Who Are You?" and "I Can't Explain" are two other Who songs that can stick around my head for awhile.
"Love Me Tonight," Head East. Let's all pile into my mom's gold Valiant and head to the MRF.
"American Pie," Don McLean. A classic. I amaze myself at how many words I know by heart.
"Mack the Knife," Bobby Darin. If you see me snapping my fingers for no reason, well, now you know what's playing in my head.
"Mama's Pearl," The Jackson Five. The old Jackson Five songs in the mid- 1970s were hot stuff when I was in grade school
"Lakeshore Drive," Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah. Played often on KSHE-FM Real Rock Radio when I was in high school.
"Crimson and Clover," Tommy James and the Shondells. Something sort of haunting about that vibrating voice in this oldie.
"Burnin For You," Blue Oyster Cult. I once saw BOC in concert at the old Checkerdome. My ears rang with this song for a good month afterward.
"The Weight," The Band. One of my favorite songs of all time that never sounds like an old song.
"Should've Been In Love," Wilco. Belleville's own Jeff Tweedy on vocals.
"Sweet Caroline," Neil Diamond. Come on everyone. Sing along in my head: "... Sweet Caroline ... dah, dah, dah ..."