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Monday, November 17, 2014

The 20 All-Time Catchiest Songs

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A year-long survey by the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester has revealed what they consider to be the top 20 most catchiest songs.

There are two interesting things about the list: first of all, most songs are at least 20 years old and some more than 50. Secondly, even though the list comes from the UK, most of the artists are not from there. Also, Elvis, Lady Gaga and Michael Jackson all placed more than one song.

So here we go with the top 20 catchiest songs of all time:
  1. Spice Girls - Wannabe: 2.29 seconds
  2. Lou Bega - Mambo No 5: 2.48 seconds
  3. Survivor - Eye of the Tiger: 2.62 seconds
  4. Lady Gaga - Just Dance: 2.66 seconds
  5. ABBA - SOS: 2.73 seconds
  6. Roy Orbison - Pretty Woman: 2.73 seconds
  7. Michael Jackson - Beat It: 2.80 seconds
  8. Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You: 2.83 seconds
  9. The Human League - Don't You Want Me: 2.83 seconds
  10. Aerosmith - I Don't Want to Miss a Thing: 2.84 seconds
  11. Lady Gaga - Poker Face: 2.88 seconds
  12. Hanson - MMMbop: 2.89 seconds
  13. Elvis Presley - It's Now Or Never: 2.91 seconds
  14. Bachman-Turner Overdrive - You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet: 2.94 seconds
  15. Michael Jackson - Billie Jean: 2.97 seconds
  16. Culture Club - Karma Chameleon: 2.99 seconds
  17. Britney Spears - Baby One More Time: 2.99 seconds
  18. Elvis Presley - Devil in Disguise: 3.01 seconds
  19. Boney M - Rivers of Babylon: 3.03 seconds
  20. Elton John - Candle in the Wind: 3.04 seconds
Songwriters, start your engines.

Which songs do you agree with and which would you replace?


Pat & Susan said...

I think these would be the "Most Quickly Recognized" recordings. I think of "catchy" as having a melody or hook that you can't stop humming or get our of your head. Cool survey though.

Anonymous said...

I would nix 'candle in the wind' and replace it with just about anything. BTW - what are the x.xx seconds referring to? I thought it might be song length in minutes/seconds, but some of the numbers after the . are more than a minute worth of seconds.

Bobby Owsinski said...

The seconds minutes-seconds are how quickly the survey respondents took to identify the song on average.

Anonymous said...

No Beatles or Stones songs? Interesting. You'd think Twist n Shout or Satisfaction or SOMEthing by either band would make it. I agree on Elton John. Then again, I grew up n on Zep, Rush, Maiden and many Canadian bands.

DAG-SPEAK said...

"Candle In The Wind" No .. "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting" Yes.


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