January 11, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Have an Earworm? There’s an App for That

earworm unhearitEarworms. For some, these overly-catchy songs, or even just bits of them, are a serious problem, haunting us for hours or even days. They threaten our peace of mind, if not our very sanity.

In just the past week, the author has personally been plagued by earworms including “Carry On” by Crosby, Stills, and Nash and “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster The People. It’s the worst.

Luckily, a remedy exists: Unhear It, a free web app that promises to help earworm victims cleanse their addled brains of whatever song has been driving them insane lately. It’s the aural equivalent of the little red light that the characters in the film Men In Black use to zap unwanted memories — except that it targets only the earworm, leaving the rest of your brain intact.

unhearit earwormUnhear It (pictured to the right) is a free a web app, and was apparently once an iOS app too, although it is no longer in the iTunes app store — possibly because it includes all sorts of copyrighted music that we’re guessing was used without permission. It wouldn’t work without that music, so… that’s just the way it is. Defeating a brutal earworm is important enough to step on a few copyrights, in our estimation.

The free web version works great, albeit not from iOS devices. From The Champs’ “Tequila,” to a harmonica cover of Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy,” to a club mix of “Chocolate Rain,” every song it has presented in our testing so far seems likely to exterminate those confounded earworms, at least temporarily.

The world has needed something like this for a long time. Earworms have ruled unchallenged for too long. The next time your brain is ravaged by an earworm, get to a computer, pronto-style, and Unhear It.

(Top photo courtesy of Flickr/Flats!)