Some songs are annoying, and some are super annoying and get stuck in your head. Christmas songs, especially.
Sooo - just in case you're wondering, that's called an "earworm", when a song gets stuck in your head and you can't get it out of your mind. And, just in time for the holidays, here's a list of the WORST (and by that, I mean, BEST!) songs that get stuck in your noggin'.
Naturally, Mariah Carey is first.
Unfortunately, there's not too much you can do to get these songs out of your head.
Scientists at Western Washington University found that engaging your working memory with things like Sudoku puzzles, or reading was an effective way of stopping earworms and of reducing their recurrence.
Fun Fact: Research reported in 2015 by the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences at the University of Reading showed that, over the short-term, chewing gum could help by similarly blocking the "working" memory associated with generating and manipulating auditory and musical images.
Chew away, folks.