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Tortured by music: The year's most insidious, relentless earworms
Tortured by music: The year's most insidious, relentless earworms

Once they nestled into the mind, 2014's most enduring earworms never let up. Seeming to gain joy and momentum with each melodic loop, the stickiest brain music soundtracked our inner dialogue for weeks on end. These split-second loops — or cleverly worded choruses, too-obvious-for-words melodies, remarkably loopable structures — kept us up at night, scored our barely awake morning coffee. We whispered the word in the shower without even realizing it. "Surfboard. Surfboard."  Like the most effective earworms, they then outstayed their welcome. The below works transcended critique. Some were great songs. Others were terrible. What they shared, though, was an...

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