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Scientists Say “We Are the Champions” is the World’s Catchiest Song [VIDEO]

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A scientific study conducted by two British academics has determined that Queen’s “We Are the Champions” is the catchiest song ever.  Musicologist Dr. Alisun Pawley and music psychologist Dr. Daniel Müllensiefen observed thousands of people as they sang along to hundreds of tunes and came up with a list of four key elements certain songs possess that make listeners want to join in.

Dr. Mullensiefen explained, “Every musical hit is reliant on maths, science, engineering and technology, from the physics and frequencies of sound that determine pitch and harmony, to the hi-tech digital processors and synthesizers that can add effects to make a song more catchy.  We’ve discovered that there’s a science behind the sing-along and a special combination of neuroscience, maths and cognitive psychology can produce the elusive elixir of the perfect sing-along song.”

In response to the study’s results, Queen’s resident scientist Brian May — who holds a PhD in astrophysics — quipped, “Fabulous.  So it’s proved then?  We truly are the champions.  Science is a wonderful thing!”

Here is the study’s list of the top 10 catchiest songs of all time:

1. Queen, “We Are the Champions” (1977)
2. The Village People, “Y.M.C.A” (1978)
3. Sum 41, “Fat Lip” (2001)
4. Europe, “The Final Countdown” (1986)
5. The Automatic, “Monster” (2006)
6. The Kaiser Chiefs, “Ruby” (2007)
7. Jimi Jamison, “I’m Always Here” (1996)
8. Van Morrison, “Brown Eyed Girl” (1967)
9. Wheatus, “Teenage Dirtbag” (2000)
10. Bon Jovi, “Livin’ on a Prayer” (1986)


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