There are certain songs that become indelibly burned into your brain long after it's finished and you can no longer un-hear it. Blame it on a catchy hook or resonating lyrics; everyone has a favorite tune they could listen to repeatedly without it getting old. What's yours?
Musician and editor at "Mad Magazine," Allie Goertz, wanted to know.
On Tuesday morning, the Twitter user asked a simple question: "What's a POPULAR song you'll never get tired of? Nothing obscure."
Her favorite song is a classic pop/rock tune by The Cars.
What’s a POPULAR song you’ll never get tired of? Nothing obscure. Mine is Just What I Needed— Allie Goertz (@Allie Goertz)1528817627.0
Nothing beats an 80s classic like this perennial favorite from Toto.
@AllieGoertz Africa - Toto— 𝒞𝒶𝓉 𝒾𝓃 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝐻𝒶𝓉 (@𝒞𝒶𝓉 𝒾𝓃 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝐻𝒶𝓉)1528818002.0
This October 1982 single from a popular Australian band was considered to be their first international single but also this girl's jam.
@AllieGoertz Don’t Change-INXS— wokewoman🦋👁🌊 (@wokewoman🦋👁🌊)1528817775.0
R.I.P. to the talented rock star with a symbol for a moniker. But for most of us, he'll always be remembered as pop music royalty.
@AllieGoertz 'Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life...' Let's Go Crazy… https://t.co/sd6e1FNN7t— Maeve's personal assistant (@Maeve's personal assistant)1528834637.0
@DPMCanty I know every word to this. So good— Allie Goertz (@Allie Goertz)1528834800.0
This Tears For Fears classic was originally called "Everybody Wants To Go To War" but was altered to the familiar lyrics we know today.
In spite of the light shuffle beat, band member Curt Smith described the song as anything but upbeat.
The concept is quite serious – it's about everybody wanting power, about warfare and the misery it causes.
@AllieGoertz Everybody wants to rule the world— Jonah Ray Rodrigues (@Jonah Ray Rodrigues)1528823319.0
@jonahray @AllieGoertz This is mine too! It just gets to me every time.— Chet Costello (@Chet Costello)1528879249.0
So far, are you sensing a pattern with the song selections?
@jonahray @AllieGoertz Love, love my 80’s generation of music. So many awesome songs.— IRISH GIRL (@IRISH GIRL)1528913581.0
Not everything was stuck in the 80s and bound by gummy bracelets. There were plenty of contemporary chart-toppers featured like this ditty from Miley Cyrus.
"Part in the U.S.A." was the seventh most digitally downloaded single of 2009 and is a fitting selection to this thread. Vicki Lutas from BBC commented:
However cringe it sounds, your favourite song can make you feel okay and feel more confident, even if you're not really.
without a hint of irony: Party In The U.S.A. https://t.co/EUW6JTHiJ8— actioncookbook (@actioncookbook)1528837026.0
@actioncookbook This song makes me happy. That is the best thing a song can do.— Your Favorite Karl (me) (@Your Favorite Karl (me))1528838151.0
Britney can't deliver a catchy pop hook, said no one ever.
Toxic. https://t.co/BIgpVxLjqr— Elizabeth Leonard 💖💜💙 (@Elizabeth Leonard 💖💜💙)1528858704.0
@Janeisntmyname YASSSSSS https://t.co/bS0WRBVmnN— Vkseth (@Vkseth)1528904333.0
People love Bruno Mars, but this choice was debatable among other fans.
24K Magic by Bruno Mars. https://t.co/uI5I0DSO9T— Jim Avery (@Jim Avery)1528865934.0
@he6rt6gr6m It's too ridiculous and catchy not to like— Jim Avery (@Jim Avery)1528915655.0
@TheSoundDefense I have never disagreed with a tweet so much— Liz (@Liz)1528911013.0
@eaisthorpe59 @TheSoundDefense maybe last year— Skinni💧 (@Skinni💧)1528907181.0
Third Eye Blind was one of many alternative bands dominating the 90s. This was a signature hit and was meant as a response to Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side," but from the perspective of San Francisco.
Lead singer Stephen Jenkins explained that the song uptempo feel was just a veneer for the darkness of crystal meth addiction.
[The song is] bright and shiny on the surface, and then it just pulls you down in this lockjawed mess ... The music that I wrote for it is not intended to be bright and shiny for bright and shiny's sake. It's intended to be what the seductiveness of speed is like, represented in music.
@AllieGoertz semi-charmed life— Triviality Matt (@Triviality Matt)1528818325.0
"Wonderwall" by Oasis was allegedly written for frontman Noel Gallagher's then-girlfriend, but after he later divorced her, he retracted his statement about the song's intention.
He said in an interview with British's New Musical Express:
The meaning of that song was taken away from me by the media who jumped on it, and how do you tell your Mrs it's not about her once she's read it is? It's a song about an imaginary friend who's gonna come and save you from yourself."
Wonderwall tbh https://t.co/nNONfJr1GL— 🧚 Pinkman 💌 (@🧚 Pinkman 💌)1528878501.0
How can anybody not bebop along to this?
@AllieGoertz My Sharona— Kerri Doherty (@Kerri Doherty)1528820803.0
@squideatsquid @AllieGoertz https://t.co/WP2FNMRTp2— Social Justice Senshi 🌹🌙 (@Social Justice Senshi 🌹🌙)1528906999.0
The list continued growing.
@AllieGoertz I think I'll get burned at the stake for saying it, but "Hotel California."— April Wolfe (@April Wolfe)1528819159.0
@AllieGoertz That lil guitar solo >>>>. Mine’s probably “More Than A Feeling”— Patrick Monahan (@Patrick Monahan)1528818568.0
@AllieGoertz Mr. Brightside by The Killers— AmandaCabra 🇵🇾 (@AmandaCabra 🇵🇾)1528818592.0
Why, thank you for your contribution, Mr. McKean from Better Call Saul!
@AllieGoertz Kid Charlemagne— Michael McKean (@Michael McKean)1528832757.0
@MJMcKean 1. Great pick! Steely Dan rules. 2. Hi, I am a HUGE fan of yours.— Allie Goertz (@Allie Goertz)1528835936.0
But eventually, we always land back on the classics, like this famous Styx song from 1977.
Come Sail Away https://t.co/nPpL9gq6ey— Julie Plec (@Julie Plec)1528842857.0
Some of the classics listed transcend decades.
THE MONSTER MASH https://t.co/ShbQOmTaS8— Sweet BergO Mine (@Sweet BergO Mine)1528846272.0
It's time to revisit our old mixtapes. That's ancient-speak for "playlists."
Thank you, @AllieGoertz et al., for my next "mixtape". Yes, I still call it that. Get off my lawn, kid. 👵 https://t.co/1wJgofitS2— Peggy Kilty (@Peggy Kilty)1528848756.0
So, what's that one song for you?