My life in general is a big game of ‘Hey, It’s That Guy,’ which admittedly makes the afternoons of mindless TV go faster.  Of late, my coworkers and I have once again been enjoying ‘Bonanza’, the adventures of Trapper John, Pa Ingalls, Commander Adama and Hoss.  (Sadly, Dan Blocker passed away during the series, and the only other thing I’ve ever seen him in was a Three Stooges short.)  Either way, the big takeaway the Ponderosa is that the theme song is an earworm that will stick in your head FOR DAYS after any given viewing, especially if you know the words.  (If you don’t, consider yourself one of the lucky ones.)  Still, the same is true for other shows as, even a decade later, I’ll occasionally find myself humming the haunting theme tune to ‘The X-Files’, leading to today’s inescapable query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) used to have a similar problem with M*A*S*H, but have finally (mostly) defeated that song by forgetting the lyrics, asking: What’s the most pernicious earworm in all of pop culture?


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  1. March 28, 2018 at 1:34 pm — Reply

    I can never forget Dr Wily stage music from NES Mega Man 2. Seems like I’m not alone, since its become one of the best known (and best overall) video game tunes thanks to live streams and youtube. Thats really impressive and its been on and off in my head since 1989.

  2. March 28, 2018 at 7:28 pm — Reply

    It’s hard to top the Beverly Hills Cop theme

    • March 29, 2018 at 8:11 am — Reply

      Especially when a generation of kids made it the ONLY THING they knew how to peck out on their Casio keyboards…

  3. Vrynn
    March 29, 2018 at 8:54 am — Reply

    The Mission Impossible theme seems to belong in this list.

  4. Ron
    March 29, 2018 at 7:36 pm — Reply

    John Williams’ theme to Jaws.

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Matthew Peterson

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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