music Catchiest Pop Song Of All Time

Here at KOOL, we play a whole bunch of catchy songs.  I couldn’t imagine having to pick the catchiest!  I’ll leave THAT to the scientists.  Oh, you think I’m kidding.  The study actually exists!  Dr. Daniel Mullensiefen of Goldsmiths University in London headed a research project to find the “catchiest pop song of all-time.”  Any clue what it is?

Researchers wanted to know why certain songs inspired people to sing out loud.  They determined there were some key elements to 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.

According to Dr. Mullensiefen, musical hits rely on”‘maths, science, engineering and technology.”  Sure sounds complicated!  So, forget all that.  What is the “catchiest song of all-time?”

Well, it’s NOT “Brown Eyed Girl.”  But, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Van Morrison[/lastfm] DID make the list!

Nor is it “The Final Countdown.”  But [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Europe[/lastfm] was actually in the top FIVE!

EVERYONE sings along to “Livin’ On A Prayer!”  This HAS to be it, right?  Nope.  But, kudos to [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bon Jovi[/lastfm] for an honorable mention.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is #2.  Much love for the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Village People[/lastfm]!  And now, drum roll please…

Did you sing along with [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Freddie Mercury[/lastfm]?  I sure hope so.  [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Queen[/lastfm]’s “We Are The Champions” was determined to be the catchiest pop song of all-time!


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