Earworms are catchy songs that get stuck in our heads. I consider a song to be a personal earworm if I’ve ever listened to it continuously for an hour or more. Here, I’m only calling out songs from bands that I haven’t already covered in this series.

Rather than rank these by importance and meaning to me, I present them alphabetically. Being earworms, they all sort of “tie” anyway.

Dave Mattingly: The Musical, Part 13Liars

  • Alaska – Resistance
    • Highlight: very pleasant melody
  • Deer Tick – Mange
    • Highlight: three songs in one, moving from grunge to piano to hard guitar
  • Divine Fits – Would That Not Be Nice
    • Highlight: hypnotic drum beat
  • Elliott Smith – Sweet AdelineMika
    • Highlight: sad and slow, but packed with pain and meaning
  • Flesh Lights – Crush on You
    • Highlight: simple and primitive with “wow mama mama mama”
  • Giant Sand – Inner Flame
    • Highlight: mellow heartache
  • Got a Girl – There’s a Revolution
    • Highlight: stylish girl pop reminiscent of Nancy Sinatra
  • Inspiral Carpets – Find Out Why
    • Highlight: high energy with big soundRye Rye
  • La Roux – Bulletproof
    • Highlight: great bouncy dance hook
  • Liars – Mess on a Mission
    • Highlight: aggrsive electronica with commanding vocals
  • Mika – Lollipop
    • Highlight: incredibly fun and bouncy
  • Old 97’s – Bird in a Cage
    • Highlight: rambunctious rock with evolving callback lyricsTemples
  • Rye Rye – Sunshine
    • Highlight: makes me wish I could dance
  • Shakey Graves – Dearly Departed
    • Highlight: wistful sorrow with a solid beat
  • Simone Felice – You and I Belong
    • Highlight: cheerful and passionate
  • The Temples – Shelter Song
    • Highlight: retro psychedelic britpop
  • Those Darlins – Screws Get Loose
    • Highlight: brash glee with a throwback flair
  • Vic Chesnutt – Until the Led
    • Highlight: introspective and spirited
  • Tom Waits – Step Right Up
    • Highlight: it’s new, it’s improved, it’s old fashioned

Go back to Part 12: Guiding Lyrics or on to Part 14: Halloween Music