Ellie Kemper in "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" (Netflix)

Researchers say chewing gum can chase that catchy song out of your head -- unless it's one of these monsters

University of Reading researchers clearly haven't heard the intro song to "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"


Colin Gorenstein
May 13, 2015 1:10AM (UTC)

There's an easy solution for fighting off those godawful earworms researchers at the University of Reading have discovered: Chewing gum!

As the recent study found, moving your jaw can create just enough of a distraction to combat even the most hellish of song lyrics stuck in your head. Think: “Play Hard” by David Guetta and “Payphone” by Maroon 5.

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Dr. Phil Beaman  from the University’s School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences said that there is still much more research to be conducted to this end -- and we at Salon have a few ideas of songs to test out exactly how scientific this theory this.

Like, does bubble gum honestly stand a chance up against the impossibly catchy "Kimmy Schmidt " intro song? They Alive, damnit! It's a miracle! Nice try, scientists.

Below, we've compiled a list of incurable earworms. Basically, just call an exorcist.

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Taylor Swift's "Shake it Off"

Tina Turner's "We Don't Need Another Hero"

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Intro song

Christina Perri's "Jar of Hearts"

Natalie Imbruglia's "Torn"

Blink-182's "Please Tell Me Why"

Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger"

Carly Rae Jepsen's "I Really Like You"

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Cheap Trick's "I Want You To Want Me"

"Too Many Cooks"

Rebecca Black's "Friday"


Colin Gorenstein

Colin Gorenstein is Salon's assistant editor of internet and viral content. Follow @colingorenstein or email cgorenstein@salon.com.

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