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“ASAP” may not be the type of instant earworm that its predecessor, “So Bad,” was, but its charm is undeniable once the song’s melodies take hold.
Both of these songs are earworms that might’ve been top 10 hits in a different place or time.What’s the Song of the Summer for 2021? Here Are Our Predictions|Kat Moon|June 23, 2021|Time
There are earworms that could double as self-refilling serotonin boosters, while other songs are heart-splitting epiphanies about love, grief, community, and pride.The Dazzling ‘In the Heights’ May Be the Best Movie Musical in Decades|Kevin Fallon|June 11, 2021|The Daily Beast
The opener, “Perfect Us,” is an upbeat earworm as singer Kuhoo Verma — who dexterously tackles all three tunes — is enveloped in a green-screened collage of Americana.Digital theater productions highlight the power of art without an audience|Thomas Floyd|May 7, 2021|Washington Post
From Lorde to Daft Punk, DJ Earworm seamlessly edited a mashup of the 25 biggest hits of 2013.Benedict Cumberbatch Reads R. Kelly, Ron Burgundy Interviews Peyton Manning, and More Viral Videos|Julian E. Wright|December 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
“Cups” has had the unlikeliest of journeys to summer earworm.10 ‘Song of the Summer’ Contenders From Daft Punk to Ciara (VIDEO)|Kevin Fallon|July 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But in the 1990s, the English word "earworm" gained the meaning "a song or melody that keeps repeating in one's mind."
The newer sense of "earworm" is actually influenced by the German word for this phenomenon—a word that translates to "earworm."
"Earworm" has been around for quite some time to refer to a pest that burrows into the ears of corn.