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25 Of Cinema's Catchiest Earworms
AKA 'Damn you, The Lego Movie, damn you'

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‘DAY-O (THE BANANA BOAT SONG)’

From: Beetlejuice (1988)

A Jamaican mento folk song, ‘Day O’ is considered an example of early reggae music, but was originally a traditional work song for dockers lifting bananas on and off boats. Chances are, you’ll know it from its use in Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice, but it’s been well-known since it was first released in 1958. In its time, it’s been performed by Harry Bellafonte (the artist who made it popular) on The Muppet Show in 1978 and butchered with a dancehall remix by Shaggy in 1995. It also inspired Lil Wayne’s ‘6 Foot 7 Foot’, but the less said about that, the better.
 

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21 Oompa Loompa
...a special mention for the Family Guy one as well, "What do you do when you're stuck in a chair? Finding it hard to go up and down stairs," More

Posted by bradcam72 on Wednesday October 17, 2012, 12:34

22 The Pearl and Dean music!
all together now: "dah dah, dah dah, dah dah, dadah, dadadah, dah dah dadah dadah dah.. DAH" More

Posted by jameswhaleofatime on Wednesday October 17, 2012, 12:27

23 EOTT and TGE
I felt that The Karate Kid and TBOTRK were similar to both of those -- though they are undoubtedly huge earworms -- so if I get the time I'll add them on Thursday (I'm away today). As for Cap, I wanted something new on the list, as a lot of it was very nostalgic (ironic, considering the song's nature...) More

Posted by Ali Plumb on Wednesday October 17, 2012, 07:49

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Oompa Loompas predicted the fake tan epidemic way back in 1971, who knew? I'm more partial to Underground from Labyrinth myself with the gospel choir that kicks in midway through, one of David Bowie's forgotten songs that should have been a bigger hit in 1986. More

Posted by BenTramer on Wednesday October 17, 2012, 02:23

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Errm Eye of the Tiger and The Great Escape are probably the best examples wonder why they weren't on their and Captain America was. More

Posted by andybobbins87 on Tuesday October 16, 2012, 23:18

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The Disney Club theme the soldiers sing in Full Metal Jacket always gets stuck in my brain for days on end: M-I-C-K-E-Y-M-O-U-S-E... More

Posted by SDHoneymonster on Tuesday October 16, 2012, 20:10

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