Epic Fail: Too-Catchy Songs


Posted May 8, 2008 - By Stephen Johnson

Today's Epic Fail list is a departure: The following list of songs fail by being too catchy.

Songwriters aim for a certain amount of hookyness for their tunes, but some have the misfortune of over shooting the mark to the extent that they create monstrous melodies that, once heard, will never leave you head, even though you hate them.

We've collected the most egregious examples below, in no particular order, but feel free to add your own in our comment section. Behold: Epic Fail: Songs That Get Stuck In Your Head!

Chocolate Rain:

This song is viral, literally and figuratively. It seeps into your brain and never gets out, cycling over and over on a continuous loop of baritone and sadness. What's not so bad about this song getting stuck in your head is that it's not some annoying song you hear on the radio, it's Tay Zonday's original music he put up for free on youtube. However, the downside is that no one knows the lyrics to this marathon of a song, and since there's no chorus you end up singing "Chocolate Rain....dah dum dum dah dum dum dum dah dum dah, Chocolate Rain...dah dah dah soemthing something dah nah nah".
--Patrick Roche-Sowa

The Slinky Song

The Slinky Song," the catchy-as-hell jingle used to advertise the Slinky toy in the 70's. It's so catchy, in fact, that John K, the creator of Ren and Stimpy created a parody that's, in itself, almost as catchy with "Log," from the Ren and Stimpy Show.
--Michael D'Alonzo

Runnin' With the Devil - aka David Lee Roth Naked

This is one of the greatest songs the 80s produced, and to see the original video synched with a vocal-only track makes me cry with laughing joy. It's really the silences that make it.
--Ty Colfax

Gerry Rafferty, Baker Street

My love/hate with Gerry Rafferty’s “Baker Street” goes back to summer camp in 5th grade, when it was played incessantly on the am radio station our camp bus driver insisted on listening too. To this day I sometimes wake up screaming with the melody droning in my head over and over again. It’s insanely memorable…emphasis on the word “insane.” The sax and flute is this song makes me want to cry…and then kill…and then cry again…and then kill again. It’s so catchy it makes your head want to explode. Damn you, Gerry Rafferty. Damn you straight to hell!
--Frank Meyer

Air Supply: I'm All Out Of Love

G4 Interactive Level Boss Josh Krane often tries to set off terrible chain reactions in our office by whistling Air Supply's All Out Of Love. It works

Loverboy - Billy Ocean


My Mom used to sing and dance to this with my sister in the front seat and I hated them for it. Now, it gets stuck in my head and makes me want to murder aliens on Mos Eisley. Wonder why that is.
--Ty Colfax

Green Grass & High Tides

This song gets stuck in your head because you will play it for 3 straight weeks trying to beat it on expert in Rock Band and come very close to throwing your fake-plastic guitar through your very real glass window. 
--Brian Leahy

 The Rolling Stones-- Bitch

I'm not sure if it's the same droning lick that happens over and over again, or the presence of the horn line that never changes, but once that bitch gets into your head, it ain't coming out. Unless you use "Slinky," in whch case, you're f***ed.
--Michael D'Alonzo

Soup - The Mighty Boosh

This show is one of the funniest things I've ever seen but occasionally this stupid song gets stuck in my head, and it's so stupid, I have to regret having ears.
--Ty Colfax

John Jacob Jingleheimer Shcmidt

This children's classic was suggested by TheFeed MiniBoss Robt. Juster. It's pretty catchy and annoying, but the above version is adorable.

My Humps: Black Eyed Peas


Although it's fun to listen to G4's Michael D'Alonzo sing this one...
--Stephen Johnson

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Epic Fail: Too-Catchy Songs


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