British researchers discover ‘world’s most catchy songs’

By Eric W. Dolan
Sunday, October 2, 2011 12:02 EDT
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Researchers at the University of London found the elements of a song that make them a singalong hit and have declared Queen’s We are the Champions as the world’s catchiest song.

The key elements to a catchy song are: long and detailed musical phrases, multi-pitch changes in a song’s “hook”, male vocalists and higher male voices making a noticeable vocal effort.

Using these four elements, the researchers determined that YMCA by the Village People was the second most catchiest song.

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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