44: "From the Top!"

How annoying, right?!?  This film can logically loop endlessly thanks to a phenomenon known as Earworms.  That's the scientific term.  Earworms.

A song getting stuck in your head is the most common part of a wide array of Involuntary Imagery.  Smells, tastes & sounds can all recur in a mildly haunting redundancy.  But sounds are most common.  And most common of all sticky sounds are songs.  The stickiest of songs are pop songs.

If you're prone to Earworms, Billboard actually made a list of songs you should probably stay away from. Here are Billboard's catchiest songs of all time:

1. “I Want to Hold Your Hand” The Beatles

2. “Beat It” Michael Jackson

3. “Dancing Queen” ABBA

4. “ABC,” The Jackson 5

5. “Stop! In the Name of Love,” The Supremes

6. “She Loves You,” The Beatles

7. “The Twist,” Chubby Checker

8. "Respect," Aretha Franklin

9. "Stayin' Alive," Bee Gees

10. "Under Pressure," Queen and David Bowie

11. "Good Vibrations," The Beach Boys

12. "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," Beyonce

13. "Hound Dog," Elvis Presley

14. "YMCA," Village People

15. "Since U Been Gone," Kelly Clarkson

16. "I Will Survive," Donna Summer

17. "Believe," Cher

18. "Sweet Caroline," Neil Diamond

19. "Happy," Pharrell

20. "Don't You Want Me," The Human League

21. "Call Me Maybe," Carly Rae Jepsen

22. "Like A Prayer," Madonna

23. "Hey Ya," Outkast

24. "MmmBop," Hanson

25. "Bad Romance," Lady Gaga

I hate lists. And the Billboard charts. But if there is ANY sort of authority on really catchy tunes, it's them.  I'm not really sure what it is that makes one song more catchy than another.  But whatever.  If you want to save your sanity, remove these songs from your playlists.  Also, stay out of supermarkets.


If I didn't give it away in the Instagram caption, there are a few choices that might lead a viewer to pick up on the fact that this a song stuck in your head.

1. The song I used is an soul/acid jazz version of "Can't Get you Outta My Head" by The Third Degree:

2. The bird in the open birdcage is a hummingbird.  I don't know...I thought it was more recognizable than a songbird:

3. I thought the use of a film cue mark, or cigarette burn, in the upper right corner may tip someone off that this is something continuous.  In film, the cue mark signals to the film projectionist that the reel ends at that frame and a new one will begin.  So the first and last frames of a film reel are marked with a small circle as the cue.  Widescreen or anamorphic films are marked with an ellipse.  Like so:

The original Instagram version of this film was only 5 seconds long and naturally looped continuously and endlessly.  You can see that version HERE!