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The 10 Catchiest Songs of All Time according to science and society

Back on October 3, 2011, a musicologist named Dr. Alison Pawley from The University of London came up with the 10 Catchiest Songs of All-Time. 

They were based on four key elements: long and detailed musical phrases, multiple pitch changes in a song’s ‘hook’, male vocalists, and higher male voices making a noticeable vocal effort.

Here are the Top 10:

1. “We Are the Champions,” by Queen, a staple at about every sports tournament.

2. “Y.M.C.A.,” by The Village People. Did you know that stands for Young Men’s’ Christian Association?

3. “Fat Lip,” by Sum 41. If you have ever seen American Pie 2, then you know this track.

4. “The Final Countdown,” by Europe. Having went to number one on music charts in 13 countries back in the 1980’s, this song was inspired by David Bowie’s Space Oddity.

5. “Monster,” by The Automatic

6. “Ruby,” by The Kaiser Chiefs. Yes, you heard this song in the many Ruby Tuesday restaurants commercials to represent their brand.

7. “I’m Always Here,” by Jimi Jamison (Theme song to Baywatch)

8. “Brown Eyed Girl,” by Van Morrison

9. “Teenage Dirtbag,” by Wheatus (Dawson’s Creek soundtrack)

10. “Livin’ on a Prayer,” by Bon Jovi

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Jeff Kode

Jeff Kode has previously written articles for The Arizona Republic ALT section, as well as other publications including Echo Magazine and IONAZ Magazine. He is an enthusiastic movie lover, and enjoys discovering new music. He was previously on air middays with his own show The Sugar Rush, and can now be heard 6-9am on The Morning Beat with Steve and Jeff at 88.7 The Pulse.




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