Scientists at Goldsmiths University the winner is Queen’s We Are The Champions
It turns out that the catchiest song ever in music history is not other that Queen’s We Are The Champions. A team of researchers at Goldsmiths University started studying and analyzing the elements that make a song successful and catchy. The study determined that there are four key elements that might contribute to create a real hit: Long and detailed musical phrases, multiple pitch changes in a song's 'hook', male vocalists, and higher male voices making a noticeable vocal effort.
They definitely have a point.
On the top five catchiest songs ever, following Queen’s track, we have: 'Y.M.C.A' by the Village People, Sum 41's 'Fat Lip', Europe's 'The Final Countdown' and The Automatic's 'Monster'.
About the results, Music psychologist Dr Daniel Mullensiefen revealed: “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 synthesizers which can add effects to make a song more catchy.” Honestly, I cannot believe there are that many ‘scientific’ elements involved in creating a hit.
Anyway, do you guys agree with the top five? Are you missing some other hits that you would include?
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