Scientific study names Spice Girl's 'Wannabe' as UK's catchiest ever hit single
The Spice Girls' debut single 'Wannabe' has been named as the UK's catchiest ever hit single in a new scientific study.
The result came from a new online survey, which asked participants to name a song as soon as they recognised it. Participants recognised 'Wannabe' in 2.3 seconds, compared with an average of five seconds for most other tracks.
Researchers developed the interactive game, called Hooked on Music, as part of a new scientific study to try and discover what makes music memorable. Over 12,000 people took part in the experiment, which was developed by the Museum of Science and Industry.
Anyone who took part was asked if they recognised a song, which was selected at random from more than 1,000 clips of best-selling songs, dating from the 1940s until the present day.
'Wannabe' collected an average of 2.29 seconds, way ahead of Lou Bega's 'Mambo Number 5', which clocked in with an average of 2.48 seconds.
Survivor came third with 'Eye Of The Tiger', with Lady's Gaga's 'Just Dance' in fourth and ABBA fifth with 'SOS.
The Top 10 in the survery were as follows:
1. Spice Girls - 'Wannabe'
2. Lou Bega - 'Mambo No 5'
3. Survivor - 'Eye Of The Tiger'
4. Lady Gaga - 'Just Dance'
5. ABBA - 'SOS'
6. Roy Orbison - 'Pretty Woman'
7. Michael Jackson - 'Beat It'
8. Whitney Houston - 'I Will Always Love You'
9. The Human League - 'Don't You Want Me'
10. Aerosmith - 'I Don't Want To Miss A Thing'