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How to get rid of an earworm

Having a song stuck in your head playing on an endless loop can be a bit distracting or even annoying. Here are a few tips to help you get rid of an earworm.

1) Engage with the song: Many people report that actually listening to the earworm song all the way through can help to eliminate having it stuck on a loop.

2) Distract yourself by thinking of or listening to a different song. The top-named “cure song” for displacing earworms is God Save the Queen.

3) Let it be: Others find that the best way to get rid of an earworm is to just try not to think about it and let it fade away naturally on its own.

Source: “Sticky tunes: How do people react to involuntary musical imagery?


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