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“You brought me fame and fortune and everything that goes with it” October 2, 2011

Apparently Queen‘s “We Are The Champions” is the catchiest song ever according to researchers from Goldsmiths University and the University of York (my hometown folks!). Now that sounds like a cushy job to me. Anyway the researchers observed a large number of people singing various songs and determined that there are four key components that make a catchy song; Long and detailed musical phrases, multiple pitch changes in a song’s ‘hook’, male vocalists, and higher male voices making a noticeable vocal effort. So bad news for all the great female singers then and whatever happened to a song being catchy if you heard your milkman or postman whistling it?

The rest of the top 10 looked like this;

2 “YMCA” – Village People – a song I really dislike

3 “Fat Lip” – Sum 41 – good song, but I’m surprised it made the top 3

4 “The Final Countdown” – Europe – another one of my least favourite songs

5 “Monster” – The Automatic – yep can’t disagree with that one!

6. ‘Ruby’, The Kaiser Chiefs – very catchy indeed
7. ‘I’m Always Here’, Jimi Jamison – wtf?

8. ‘Brown Eyed Girl‘, Van Morrison – a worthy choice

9. ‘Teenage Dirtbag‘, Wheatus  – I always sing along to this
10. ‘Livin’ on a Prayer‘, Bon Jovi – and this too

What do you think that the catchiest song ever is?


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