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.

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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