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

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ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE

From: Monty Python's Life Of Brian (1979)

The comedy lover’s funeral song of choice, Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life manages to wiggle its way into your frontal cortex for three reasons: a) it contains whistling b) its title is also a phrase you’d say on a regular basis c) Eric Idle has some sort of supernatural gift for crafting absurdly catchy tunes. Every Sperm Is Sacred, The Penis Song (Not The Noel Coward Song), Knights Of The Round Table, I Like Chinese, It’s Christmas In Heaven, The Lumberjack Song, The Galaxy Song, Brave, Brave Sir Robin, Bruces' Philosophers Song… the list goes on. Even the horrifically puerile ones (Sit On My Face, Never Be Rude To An Arab, I Bet You They Won't Play This Song On The Radio) have this magical ability, though unlike ‘ALOTBSOL’ (as no one calls it), you won’t want to be heard humming them as you walk down the high street. Interestingly, this is also notable as the only earworm on this list to be played both at Graham Chapman’s funeral and the Olympic Closing Ceremony.

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1 *Slow sarcastic clap*
Wow, this list is terrible. Where are any of the true movie song greats? Why no 'You've got a friend in me'? And what about Ghostbusters? Has your mind been neuralised to make you forget 'Here come the Men In Black'? More

Posted by Dalekbuster523 on Friday February 21, 2014, 21:53

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No "Power of Love". More

Posted by Gator MacReady on Monday February 17, 2014, 21:09

3 Let's do the time warp again !
Okay, you already included Monthy Pythons 'always look on the bright sight of life' so i won't ask for something from Monthy Python and the holy grail. But nothing from the Rocky horror picture show ? Specially the Time warp is something i probally will never get out of my head ever again. More

Posted by tombaker on Monday February 17, 2014, 20:31

4 8 out for 25
For '25 of Cinema's Catchiest Earworms', having seen all of these movies, only remember how 8 of them went and where they were from, including the 20th Century Fox theme, has to say something about how catchy they really are. More

Posted by GrizBe on Monday February 17, 2014, 17:17

5 What's this? What's this?
No What's This from The Nightmare Before Christmas? More

Posted by SDHoneymonster on Sunday February 16, 2014, 23:15

6 but what about....
You've Got A Friend In Me from Toy Story? More

Posted by beniciototoro on Sunday February 16, 2014, 19:21

7
What no 'Spiderpig'? More

Posted by lankeymarlon on Monday October 22, 2012, 11:04

8 Springtime for Hitler?
Can't get enough of that ker-azy hun. Springtime For Hitler, definitely. More

Posted by Schnorbitz on Monday October 22, 2012, 00:18

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Hakuna ma tata (I think that's how you spell it) from The Lion King - catchiest song in the film. Also does 'Superfreak' from Little Miss Sunshine count? I'm not sure, perhaps I haven't quite grasped the concept of an 'earworm.' More

Posted by circuit on Sunday October 21, 2012, 16:36

10 South park!
Blame Canada is catchy, but it took weeks before I could get the Terence and Philip Uncle F*cker song out of my head. More than a little embarrassing if you find yourself singing it on the way to work! More

Posted by Lucy McCaul on Friday October 19, 2012, 16:56

11 RE: Fanfare
I don't even remember the Captain America/Star Wars and a couple of others. The one I find hard to shake has always been Beetlejuice!'s Day-O More

Posted by elab49 on Friday October 19, 2012, 15:38

12 Fanfare
My wife of almost 3 months and I did an "Old Hollywood Glamour" theme for our wedding, and when we did the "couples introductions", we came out to the REAL 20th Century Fox fanfare, full extended version!! I agree with SovietSpaceCat that Morricone's theme from "Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo", aka THE GOOD, THE BAD, & THE UGLY should have been on this list, in the NUMBER ONE SPOT!! More

Posted by jws1272 on Friday October 19, 2012, 12:36

13 No Afternoon Delight!?
I cannot believe Anchorman's unforgettable masterpiece 'Afternoon Delight' is not on this list. More

Posted by Fossilized on Friday October 19, 2012, 07:13

14 South Park Movie * 2
Blame Canada What would Brian Boitano Do? More

Posted by ajnoon on Friday October 19, 2012, 06:46

15 Whistles
Whistling in films always gets in my head. I'm thinking Twisted Nerve from Kill Bill 1, or Devils in the Details from Hanna More

Posted by gusbuster on Thursday October 18, 2012, 15:00

16 Kill Bill Volume 1
Has to be the Japanese all girl trio song in the bar towards the end. I used to play a game in my office by whistling it and see how far it would travel and get other people doing it as well. More

Posted by monkeez1 on Thursday October 18, 2012, 12:52

17 The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Who could forget Ennio Morricone's epic theme. You only need the first couple of notes ... Oh, and Empire ... Sack your proof reader or turn off autocorrect. Alex F indeed! (Twice!) More

Posted by SovietSpaceCat on Thursday October 18, 2012, 12:48

18 Kia-Ora
If we're having the Pearl and Dean music then I still can't get "Hey Crusader! Have you any nuts?" or "We all adore Kia-Ora" out of my head. More

Posted by Notmyrealname on Thursday October 18, 2012, 11:21

19 Robin Hood Disney-style
The opening song has to go down as the catchiest tune ever - guaranteed to get into my head for weeks. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cx_4C1cyUZA More

Posted by ratsarse on Wednesday October 17, 2012, 14:18

20 The Jungle Book
'I wanna be like you' is the worst for getting stuck in my head. It can take hours to try and get rid of it but now you've got me thinking of it again! Now I'm the king of the swingers, oh, the jungle VIP... More

Posted by hotfuzzaholic on Wednesday October 17, 2012, 13:00

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