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"Quando, Quando, Quando" Is My Earworm Song

Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She writes articles that are interesting to her readers.


People love some songs, but they think about them only when they hear them on the radio or television. People love some songs that get stuck in their heads even when they are not heard on the radio or television.

When you keep hearing a song in your head, it is called an "earworm."

Earworm: Definition

You will not find the term "earworm" in the dictionary, encyclopedia, or science book. The term is a recent one used to describe a song that gets stuck in your ear or head and you hear it over and over. Sometimes you keep hearing it even when you do not want to hear it.

According to a music psychologist, about 90 percent of all people experience an earworm with a song at least once a week

A 2016 study found some interesting characteristics of earworms:

  • The song has upbeat tempos.
  • There are common pitch patterns.
  • They are big up-and-down leaps in notes.
  • All earworm songs are not always fast ones. For example: "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" might be an earworm for some listeners.
  • Earworms are not limited to singers and musicians.

A very familiar earworm song is "Baby Shark." Babies and small children can't get enough of the song, but their parents can't get it out of their heads.

About My Earworm

My earworm is "Quando, Quando, Quando." It is a Latin expression pronounced [ˈkwando ˈkwando ˈkwando]. In English, "Quando, Quando, Quando" means "When, When, When." Even though "Quando" was originally the only Latin word in the song, some singers have recorded the entire song in Latin.

The Italian pop song was released in1962, in the Bossa Nova style. That is a soft samba based on a traditional mixture of music, rhythms, and lyrics. That style brings to mind love, romance, and sensual pleasure. The lyrics were written by Alberto Testo and set to music by Tony Renis.

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Many entertainers have recorded the song since the original was released so long ago. Here are just a few of them.

  • In 1962, Pat Boone sang only the starting piece in Italian. Then he sang most of the rest of the song in English while repeating some Italian words within the song.
  • Connie Francis, an American pop singer of Italian origin, sang the song in Italian in 1963.
  • Sergio Franchi recorded the song mostly in Italian, with a short chorus in English in 1965.
  • Bobby Curtola, a Canadian singer, recorded it in 1967.
  • Engelbert Humperdinck, an English singer, recorded the song in 1968.
  • Marc Ansoult, a Belgian singer released his version in 1968.
  • Liz Damon's Orient Express recorded a version in the early 1970s.
  • Canadian singer Michael Bublé recorded a duet version with Canadian singer Nelly Furtado in 2005. (This is my favorite version).
  • Spanish singer Sergio Rivero Hernández performed a duet version with Spanish singer Edurne García Almagro in 2006. (This is my second favorite version).
  • The most recent version was recorded in 2017 by Lovro Krišelj with Neža Čadež in 2017.

Over the years, dozens of other versions of "Quando, Quando, Quando" have been recorded. The song also has been played in movies.

Michael Bublé's performance of the song is my personal favorite. Because I love anything the Candanian crooner sings, I asked Alexa on my Echo Dot months ago to play something for me by Michael Bublé. She did not disappoint. She played "Quando, Quando, Quando" and I became hooked right away. Since then, the song has become my earworm, and I don't mind at all.

Play this video of Michael Bublé and Nelly Furtado singing "Quando, Quando, Quando"

Lyrics for "Quando, Quando, Quando"


Why I Love "Quando, Quando, Quando"

I love the song "Quando, Quando, Quando" for the same reason people love other songs. I love the music and the lyrics. I also love the memories that the song evokes within me.

Like the singers who have recorded the song, I ask the question, "When, When, When?" Even though I am in the latter stage of my life, I am still asking, "Quando, Quando, Quando" about many things. I have learned as long as I have a heartbeat, I have hope.

Additionally, I love big band music. There is a section in the song where the horns remind me of enjoyable times in my life when I went to big band live performances.


Listen to the video of "Quando, Quando, Quando." However, my advice comes with a warning: The song might become your earworm whether you want it to or not.

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