Tuesday 27 September 2016

Catchiest song of all time revealed by science

It takes the average person just over two seconds to recognise the song

Published 17/04/2016 | 10:20

The Spice Girls in their heyday.
The Spice Girls in their heyday.

An online experiment has revealed the catchiest UK hit single of all time.

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Prepare to spend the rest of the day humming... Wannabe by the Spice Girls.

Researchers built an online game called Hooked on Music in an effort to find out which songs are the most memorable.

They found that the most of the 12,000 participants recognised Wannabe, which was released by the Spice Girls in 1996, within 2.3 seconds.

Other hits took an average of 5 seconds to recognise.

The research was conducted by the Museum of Science and Industry in the UK.

They found that Lou Bega's Mambo No 5 was the second most recognised song with an average of 2.48 seconds and Survivor's Eye of the Tiger was third at 2.62 seconds.

Ashley Burgoyne, a computational musicologist from the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands told BBC News, “You may only hear something a couple of times yet 10 years later you immediately realise that you have heard it before,” he said.

Here's the full list of songs:

1. Spice Girls - Wannabe - 2.29 s (0:45)

2. Lou Bega - Mambo No. 5 - 2.48 s (0:50)

3. Survivor - Eye of the Tiger - 2.62 s (2:04)

4. Lady Gaga - Just Dance - 2.66 s (1:39)

5. ABBA - SOS - 2.73 s (2:25)

6. Roy Orbison - Pretty Woman - 2.73 s (1:07)

7. Michael Jackson - Beat It - 2.80 s (0:38)

8. Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You - 2.83 s (3:09)

9. The Human League - Don't You Want Me - 2.83 s (3:05)

10. Aerosmith - I Don't Want to Miss a Thing - 2.84 s (2:22)

11. Lady Gaga - Poker Face - 2.88 s (0:57)

12. Hanson - Mmmmbop - 2.89 s (1:44)

13. Elvis Presley - It's Now Or Never - 2.91 s (2:14)

14. Bachman-Turner Overdrive - You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet - 2.94 s (1:48)

15. Michael Jackson - Billie Jean - 2.97 s (1:25)

16. Culture Club - Karma Chameleon - 2.99 s (0:41)

17. Britney Spears - Baby One More Time - 2.99 s (0:33)

18. Elvis Presley - Devil in Disguise - 3.01 s (1:21)

19. Boney M. - Rivers of Babylon - 3.03 s (0:23)

20. Elton John - Candle in the Wind - 3.04 s (0:39)

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