Do you ever have that random moment of boredom during the day when a song just randomly pops up in your head? Chances are the track is among the catchiest songs ever, so you’re definitely not alone, don’t worry.
Whether we hate to hate them or love to hate them, some songs just won’t stop bugging you after you hear them for the first time. Sometimes it doesn’t even matter if it’s a downright annoying and terrible song. There’s SOMETHING about it that’s haunting you. Does anyone remember Rebecca Black’s Friday? On the other hand, a song can quickly become annoying specifically because it follows you around like your own shadow.
Through deep and thorough research, we’ve compiled a list with the catchiest songs ever. Do any of them make their way into your thoughts?
#1 “Call Me Maybe” – Carly Rae Jepsen
What is it about Carly Rae Jepsen and her sickeningly adorable songs that stick to you like glue? We know there are plenty of people who “really, really, really, really, really you” but Jepsen’s worst creation is Call Me Maybe. It’s a cute song, but just reading the title is basically an invitation for it to stick around your head for a while.
#2 “Single Ladies” – Beyoncé
It’s been years since Single Ladies was released (and since it laid the foundation for Kanye/Taylor drama) but it’s continuing to ruin lives even today. The rhythm of the song is catchy, the lyrics are simple and basic… that’s essentially the successful formula behind the catchiest songs ever.
#3 “Gangnam Style” – Psy
Is Psy still relevant? Who knows? No one can take away from him the enormous, gigantic, and titanic success that he found through Gangnam Style. Not only was the dancing style unique and perfect viral-material, but the track itself just completely overtakes your mind. Just remember that it’s sung in Korean, yet it became a worldwide hit!
#4 “Smash Mouth” – All Star
Once you’ve heard this song, it’s difficult not to immediately think of it whenever you hear the word “somebody.” Unlike the other of the catchiest songs, Smash Mouth’s beginning is always more popular than the chorus itself. It’s just impossible not to immediately burst into a melodic, “Somebody once told me…”
#5 “Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke
As controversial as this song (and even more so the music video) is, it was such a hit for a good reason. Everything about it sticks out like a sore thumb: the funky melodic line, the little ornaments (take the “hey, hey, hey!” for example), and the chorus. Gotta give credit where credit’s due.
#6 “All About That Bass” – Meghan Trainor
Sheesh, speaking of controversy… Some may have criticized Trainor for promoting acceptance for curvy women by putting down the skinnier ones. But that’s a whole new story. The song itself is really difficult to get rid of, particularly because of the rhythmic sound of it and the funky tune.
#7 “Baby” – Justin Bieber
Don’t forget that, despite the general success of his songs these days, there was a time when everyone hated Justin Bieber’s music. Baby was (and quite possibly still is) the most disliked video on YouTube and it was so criticized it became a terrible parody song á la Friday instead. But, come on, let’s all face it: it’s really catchy.
#8 “Macarena” – Los del Rio
You know what’s the funniest part about Macarena? Everyone knows it, but at the same time nobody knows it. It’s very common to find someone failing to sing along and muttering nonsense instead of the proper lyrics. But, boy, is it satisfying when the song finally gets to the only part you know: the “eeeeh, Macarena!”
What did you think? Did you cycle through all of these songs and struggled to get them out of your head? If yes, we hope they’ll leave you alone soon. It’s not easy to shrug off the catchiest songs of all time.