Playlist of music piped into Hargreaves Mall in Bendigo includes John Farnham, Men At Work and even Gwyneth Paltrow

Have you caught an earworm on a recent visit to Hargreaves Mall?

You’re not alone. 

Speakers were installed in August and have since been funnelling music into the strip, a bid by Bendigo council to make the mall a more inviting place to shop. 

But what songs do you play when trying to lure in the community? 

The Bendigo Advertiser was provided a list of 42 songs that feature on the mall’s current playlist.

It includes an eclectic mix of Australian classics, rock staples and modern day pop songs.

There are also some numbers that are likely to leave passers-by scratching their heads. 

The council has contracted company Nightlife Music to manage the playlist, vetting songs for offensive language and inappropriate themes. 

It is understood the 350-song track list is named “Middle of the Road”.  

It is likely to be revamped during the festive season, with Christmas carols adding some yuletide cheer to the thoroughfare.

Hear highlights of the mall music selection below and scroll to the bottom of the page for the entire list.    

1. Hearts on Fire – John Farnham (1996)

Best lyric: “You're talking trouble when you move this fast. You're never certain that the light will last. You've got to wonder when the place will blow, leaving nothing but a bed of coals.”

2. Hungry Eyes – Eric Carmen (1988)

Best lyric: “With these hungry eyes, one look at you and I can't disguise, I've got hungry eyes. I feel the magic between you and I.”

3. Beast of Burden – Bette Midler (1983)

Best lyric: “I’ll tell you you can put me out on the street, put me out with no shoes on my feet. But, put me out, put me out, put me out of misery.”

4. Cruisin’ – Huey Lewis and Gwyneth Paltrow (2000)

Best lyric: N/A

5. Rocket Man – Elton John (1972)

Best lyric: “And I think it's gonna be a long long time 'til touchdown brings me round again to find I'm not the man they think I am at home.”

6. I Got You Babe – UB40 feat. Chrissie Hynde (1985)

Best lyric: “They say our love won't pay the rent, before it's earned our money's always spent.”

7. Dreamlover – Mariah Carey (1993)

Best lyric: N/A

8. Who Can It Be it Now? – Men At Work (1981)

Best lyric: “Who can it be now? Who can it be now? Who can it be now? Who can it be now?”

9. Broken Wings – Mr. Mister (1985)

Best lyric: “Take these broken wings and learn to fly again, learn to live so free. When we hear the voices sing, the book of love will open up and let us in.”

10. Scar – Missy Higgins (2004)

Best lyric: “He left a card, a bar of soap and a scrubbing brush next to a note that said: ‘Use these down to your bones.’ And before I knew I had shiny skin and it felt easy being clean like him. I thought: ‘This one knows better than I do’.”

11. Last Kiss – Pearl Jam (2000)

Best lyric: “I'll never forget the sound that night: the screamin' tires, the bustin' glass, the painful scream that I heard last.”

List of remaining songs provided to the Bendigo Advertiser