And a hook that sinks deep and sticks around for life. A catchy chorus? Nice enough, but it's the hook that survives. Here are 35 for your brain:
No chorus necessary -- just the words "teenage wasteland."
At the Copa.
Catchy chorus overpowered by Jennings' tear-your-heart lament: "I don't want to get over you."
Dolores O'Riordan yelps her way into our brains.
That's what I said.
Sometimes the aural delight is a stretched-out word -- in this case, Kurt Cobain's "memory-ah."
Perfect, wordless singalong hook.
Falsetto yelping can be good.
Greg Kihn Band
Boisterous burst of voices making noise.
She owes it all to the blast of horns first heard in The Chi-Lites' "Are You My Woman?"
A material ... a material ... a material ...
Oh baby, give me one more chance.
Slip of a song, but the dude can flit through the octaves.
Angels & Airwaves
I cannot live, I can't breathe, unless you do this with me.
Everything's gonna be all right.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
They don't love you like I love you.
Don't waste your time on me you're already a voice inside my head (or is it yed?).
Oh baby baby.
I love the cocaine, I love the cocaine.
Shake it like a Polaroid picture.
Faith No More
You want it all but you can't have it.
The worst song, the best killer hook.
Someday you will ache like I ache.
Buckingham's stretch on the word "road."
Stomp stomp clap. Everyone's done it.
Why can't I find a woman like that?
What's with these homies, dissin' my girl?
R. Kelly featuring Cassidy
Checking out six in the morning.