The Museum of Science and Industry in the UK has discovered the 20 catchiest songs through research with the Spice Girls topping the charts. Did your favorites make the list?

A year long study completed with over 12,000 participants and 1,000 songs spanning seven decades has determined the 20 catchiest songs. The research is based upon a game played by the participants.

There were four different ways to play, as Cnet describes:

Recognise that Tune, where users had to hum along with the track, continuing when the sound dropped out and gauging whether they were still in time when the sound resumed; What's the Hook, where users had to listen to two different clips from the same song and choose which clip was catchier; Time Trial, where users had to recognise as many songs as possible in three minutes; and In a Row, where users had to recognise as many songs in a row as they could.


  • 1

    Spice Girls 'Wannabe'

  • 2

    Lou Bega 'Mambo No. 5'

  • 3

    Suvivor 'Eye of the Tiger'

  • 4

    Lady Gaga 'Just Dance'

  • 5

    ABBA 'S.O.S.'

  • 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'

  • 11

    Lady Gaga 'Poker Face'

  • 12

    Hanson 'MMMbop'

  • 13

    Elvis Presley 'It's Now or Never'

  • 14

    Bachman-Turner Overdrive 'You Ain't See Nothin' Yet'

  • 15

    Michael Jackson 'Billie Jean'

  • 16

    Culture Club 'Karma Chameleon'

  • 17

    Britney Spears 'Baby One More Time'

  • 18

    Elvis Presley 'Devil in Disguise'

  • 19

    Boney M 'Rivers of Babylon'

  • 20

    Elton John 'Candle in the Wind'