Science Has Determined The Catchiest Song Ever

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Researchers determine the very best (or worst) earworms of the last 70 years.

Scientists from the University of Amsterdam and the Museum of Science & Industry in Manchester, England set out to figure out what the most recognizable and catchy song is, using an online game called Hooked On Music.

Of course music is a lot like beer in that popularity is not a good determination of overall quality.

Anyway here’s the top 20.

20. Elton John, “Candle in the Wind
19. Boney M., “Rivers of Babylon
18. Elvis Presley, “Devil in Disguise
17. Britney Spears, “Baby One More Time
16. Culture Club, “Karma Chameleon
15. Michael Jackson, “Billy Jean
14. Bachmann-Turner Overdrive, “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet
13. Elvis Presley, “It’s Now Or Never
12. Hanson, “MMMbop
11. Lady Gaga, “Poker Face
10. Aerosmith, “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing
9. The Human League, “Don’t You Want Me
8. Whitney Houston, “I Will Always Love You
7. Michael Jackson, “Beat It
6. Roy Orbison, “Pretty Women
4. Lady Gaga, “Just Dance
3. Survivor, “Eye Of The Tiger
2. Lou Bega, “Mambo No.5

And number 1? One of the great exports (or embarrassments) of the ’90s British music scene.

Sorry what music you find yourself singing to yourself for the next few days.

-Tristan Pinnock, Blast ScienceĀ Correspondent


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