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What do you do when a song gets stuck in your head?

September 21st, 2010

Radio Friend Phil – I have a fun, simple question: What do you do when a song gets stuck in your head? How do you replace the song with a different tune? Recently, as I’ve been  jogging the streets of Lancaster City, it suddenly occurs to me that Michael W. Smith’s new song, “Save Me From Myself,” appears to be set ” on the repeat button” inside my head.  While I do like the song by Michael W. Smith, I’m simply trying to “jog to a different beat.” Since I prefer to jog without headphones, I’ve been applying different methods of putting other songs in my head. For instance, I will start humming a few lines of a different tune song– the moment I realize that  the Michael W. Smith song has sneaked back in to my brain again.  Another method I use is to visualize myself “turning the volume knob down” on the song that is stuck  and “turning the volume knob up” on the song I want to hear. So, what are your suggestions? What do you do when a song gets stuck in your head?

Radio Friend Phil

phil@wjtl.com




  1. Michele
    September 22nd, 2010 at 08:34 | #1

    Sing it!

  2. Chad
    September 22nd, 2010 at 11:29 | #2

    i roll with it… i have been training for a marathon and alot of the time i really dont hear the music, but i’m not sure what i’d do with out my toby mac and newsboys jammin in my head. God Bless and enjoy the beautiful weather.

  3. El
    September 22nd, 2010 at 12:35 | #3

    I hum or sing it until eather it go’s away or is replaced by another song

  4. Robin
    September 23rd, 2010 at 08:23 | #4

    I don’t jog and am not training for anything, however I do strength training. When a song gets stuck in my head I head to my music library and find it so I can work out to it. I have found that Toby Mac and Third Day are the best for me.

  5. Josh
    September 24th, 2010 at 02:47 | #5

    I believe you have ‘the cart before the horse.’ If your foot rhythm is repetitively driving the same song into your head, then you can’t force change through internal focus on a different song. I believe a true change will come with an external (outside of your brain) change. Try changing the rhythm of your feet. This should result in a different song. Try skipping or hopping with two feet or maybe a step-hop-hop rhythm. As I drive past one day, let me know how this is working out for you. ;)

  6. Londa
    September 24th, 2010 at 05:32 | #6

    I sing it or hum it until I think of another song to do.
    Or when another song plays on the radio then I do
    that one.. I listen to WJTL every day. Phil you are
    doing a good on the radio station!! Phil keep up the
    great job what you are doing!!!!

  7. kristi
    September 24th, 2010 at 09:47 | #7

    Phil, I agree with Josh. Skipping and hopping just may change what song is stuck in your head. Please document of the rest of this process! :)

  8. Jenny
    September 24th, 2010 at 22:40 | #8

    I usually find another. more appropriate for running song and repeat it until thats stuck in my head instead.

  9. Barb
    September 24th, 2010 at 23:02 | #9

    someone once told me… you have to finish singing the song to get it to stop… it sometimes works for me, but not always…if it does not go away using this method, I usually try to start singing another song instead

  10. Madeline W.
    September 25th, 2010 at 20:34 | #10

    i just listen to another song when i can’t stand it any more :)

    I don’t know what I would do without my ipod!! We live in such a blessed country!!!


    Jesus paid it all!!!!

  11. Kelly G.
    September 26th, 2010 at 08:25 | #11

    When I walk or hike, this often happens to me. I usually find that whatever song pops in my head matches the rhythm of my steps. Try changing your rhythm.

    If that doesn’t work, I will usually look to God’s creation for inspiration. Often times when I’m hiking, I’ll see something that reminds me of a favorite song, and suddenly that song is what’s playing in my head. Doesn’t always work, but often it does.

  12. Jane Bellmyer
    September 27th, 2010 at 07:52 | #12

    Oh good grief! That happened Saturday. I watched “Juno” and had the song from the end of the movie stuck in my head. I had to go turn on the radio to get rid of it! I make it a point to wait until a song is finished on the radio or CD before going into my office so I can have a great tune stuck there for the day

  13. Karen
    October 15th, 2010 at 16:05 | #13

    I’ve heard the same thing as Barb: finish the song. If I don’t know it well enough to finish it, I look it up on YouTube. That usually works!

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