A study from Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) has shown that the popular beat combo outfit the Spice Girls had come up with the most recognisable tune with "Wannabe."
According to a study using an interactive game, researchers gathered details on what cements songs in the mind of the listener long-term, tallying stats from over 12,000. The game played clips of tracks randomly selected from the best-selling tunes spanning the 1940s to today. Based on the amount of time it took to identify the song, researchers compiled the list of the 20 catchiest of all time.
The Number 2 was Lou Bega's "Mambo No. 5" and the most recent song on the list is Lady Gaga's "Just Dance," coming in fourth. The list tends to show that the late 70’s and 80’s were the most catchy tunes and were probably more dire than you probably remember.
The list is in order:
Spice Girls: Wannabe
Lou Bega: Mambo No 5
Survivor: Eye of the Tiger
Lady Gaga: Just Dance
Roy Orbison: Pretty Woman
Michael Jackson: Beat It
Whitney Houston: I Will Always Love You
The Human League: Don't You Want Me
Aerosmith: I Don't Want to Miss a Thing
Lady Gaga: Poker Face
Elvis Presley: It's Now Or Never
Bachman-Turner Overdrive: You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet
Michael Jackson: Billie Jean
Culture Club: Karma Chameleon
Britney Spears: Baby One More Time
Elvis Presley: Devil in Disguise
Boney M: Rivers of Babylon
Elton John: Candle in the Wind
(Shoot me. Now please. Ed)