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13 Stages Of Getting A Jingle Stuck In Your Head

It happens to the best of us. A jingle burrows into your brain, and you're caught in a musical cycle of emotions. Think you have what it takes to write the next addictive jingle? Zag Bank, Canada’s newest direct bank, wants you to write their next jingle for them.

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1. The seed is planted.

A harmless, simple, repetitive tune burrows inside of your head. It's begun.
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A harmless, simple, repetitive tune burrows inside of your head. It's begun.

2. You begin humming it. Just humming, though.

When you're feeling particularly carefree: a whistle.
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When you're feeling particularly carefree: a whistle.

3. Next, you blurt the lyrics out in the middle of a conversation with another human.

You try your best to make your interest in this jingle seem ironic. You try to make the other human think you're making fun of it. But we all know... You love it.
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You try your best to make your interest in this jingle seem ironic. You try to make the other human think you're making fun of it. But we all know... You love it.

4. After work, you go for a run and find that you're actually running from the jingle.

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5. Later, in the shower, you sing it. Loudly.

You promise you'll only sing it while shampooing. But that leads to conditioning. And scrubbing. And rinsing. And toweling.
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You promise you'll only sing it while shampooing. But that leads to conditioning. And scrubbing. And rinsing. And toweling.

6. You dream of the jingle.

Sure, you fell asleep singing it — that's a given. But now, your subconscious is even obsessed with the irresistibly catchy melody.
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Sure, you fell asleep singing it — that's a given. But now, your subconscious is even obsessed with the irresistibly catchy melody.

7. You become convinced that every song, ever, is just a rip-off of your favorite jingle.

The next day, you can't listen to music on your commute or at your desk. You vow never to listen to another song again, as a show of respect for Your Jingle.
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The next day, you can't listen to music on your commute or at your desk. You vow never to listen to another song again, as a show of respect for Your Jingle.

8. You try to involve The Jingle in as much of your day as possible.

Every sentence you utter is to the tune of The Jingle. You answer your telephone with The Jingle. Then, naturally, your ringtone becomes The Jingle.
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Every sentence you utter is to the tune of The Jingle. You answer your telephone with The Jingle. Then, naturally, your ringtone becomes The Jingle.

9. You change your email signature to The Jingle.

And you block anyone who challenges you. Even your boss.
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And you block anyone who challenges you. Even your boss.

10. A co-worker asks you if you're "all right."

"I noticed you rocking back and forth and singing to yourself," the co-worker says.
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"I noticed you rocking back and forth and singing to yourself," the co-worker says.

11. You splash water on your face and snap out of it.

It needed to be done.
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It needed to be done.

12. You realize you can live at peace with the jingle.

You stop obsessing. You let it live within you. You listen to music again, for the first time in what seems like years. It's good. It's beautiful.
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You stop obsessing. You let it live within you. You listen to music again, for the first time in what seems like years. It's good. It's beautiful.

13. You write the author of the jingle a letter, thanking him or her.

"I was scared. And then I was thrilled. And then I was in love. And now...I'm happy."
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"I was scared. And then I was thrilled. And then I was in love. And now...I'm happy."

To prove you're really at peace, why not try your hand at writing the next big jingle for Zag Bank? Reaping the rewards makes any earworm easier to bear.