Top 10 Catchiest Songs (as proven by science)

A team of UK scientists have come up with a list of the 10 most catchiest songs ever

Normally, we'll peruse through our music collections, scour the internet for suggestions, read through musical books, and/or ask our readers for input before we put out a top list. There's no real science behind our methods...except for this one. Scientists over in London have come up with a list of the 10 catchiest songs of all time.


The science behind The Music

The London team recruited thousands of volunteers, and listened to them sing along to a selected list of tracks (hopefully more than 10). What they quickly discovered was that the catchiest songs each had four key elements in common:

1) They contained long and detailed musical phrases

2) The chorus (or hook) had several pitch changes

3) The singers were male

4) There was a noticeable higher male vocal level


In Dr Daniel Mullensiefen's words:

Every musical hit is reliant on maths, science, engineering and technology; from the physics and frequencies of sound that determine pitch and harmony, to the hi-tech digital processors and synthesisers which can add effects to make a song more catchy.

We’ve discovered that there’s a science behind the sing-along and a special combination of neuroscience, maths and cognitive psychology can produce the elusive elixir of the perfect sing-along song.

We hope that our study will inspire musicians of the future to crack the equation for the textbook tune.

In other news, The Final Countdown is now stuck in your head.

Here are the 10 catchiest songs of all time. Get your karaoke on.


Queen - We Are The Champions


Village People - YMCA


Sum 41 - Fat Lip


Europe - The Final Countdown


The Automatic - Monster


Kaiser Chiefs - Ruby


Jimi Jamison - I'm Always Here


Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl


Wheatus - Teenage Dirtbag


Bon Jovi - Livin' On a Prayer

You're done reading the catchiest songs of all time, now how about taking a look at the funniest songs ever.

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