Spice Girls’ ‘Wannabe’ Named Catchiest Song Ever By New Study

In a finding that’s sure to ignite debates among music lovers around the world, researchers say they’ve identified the catchiest song of all time.

The winner: the 1996 Spice Girls hit “Wannabe.” (Try getting that out of your head now.)

Researchers from the University of Amsterdam worked with the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, U.K., to figure out why some songs are catchy and others are not.

“You may only hear something a couple of times yet 10 years later you immediately realize that you have heard it before,” Ashley Burgoyne, a computational musicologist from the University of Amsterdam, told the BBC. “Yet other songs, even if you have heard them a lot, do not have this effect.”

So what makes a song catchy? It’s not simply your ability to know it and recognize it. It’s how the song stays in your head even when it stops playing — the so-called earworm effect.

To measure this, the researchers developed a game. Because they’re measuring “catchiness,” it’s not your typical name-that-tune type of arrangement. Instead, you hit the stop button the moment you recognize a tune, and then the game tests the ability —> Read More Here


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