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.)
“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