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World’s Most Recognized Song – The Earworm Award Goes To….

There’s a scientific study for everything these days.  The latest comes from a group of intellectuals who studied, of all things – ear worms (songs that you can’t get out of your head)   Here were the results. 

According to the study by Musicologists at the University of Amsterdam (via here’s the list.  Let’s start at the bottom of the top 20.  Coming in at #20 is Elton John’s Candle In the Wind,

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A random sample of people recognized it in 39 seconds.

I’ll now jump to number one, and you can see the whole list to follow.   It only took 2.29 seconds for the average person in their sample to recognize THIS song

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Yup – the Spice Girls’ “Wannabe”.  Here’s the whole list.

1. Spice Girls – Wannabe – 2.29 s (0:45)

2. Lou Bega – Mambo No. 5 – 2.48 s (0:50)

3. Survivor – Eye of the Tiger – 2.62 s (2:04)

4. Lady Gaga – Just Dance – 2.66 s (1:39)

5. ABBA – SOS – 2.73 s (2:25)

6. Roy Orbison – Pretty Woman – 2.73 s (1:07)

7. Michael Jackson – Beat It – 2.80 s (0:38)

8. Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You – 2.83 s (3:09)

9. The Human League – Don’t You Want Me – 2.83 s (3:05)

10. Aerosmith – I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – 2.84 s (2:22)

11. Lady Gaga – Poker Face – 2.88 s (0:57)

12. Hanson – Mmmmbop – 2.89 s (1:44)

13. Elvis Presley – It’s Now Or Never – 2.91 s (2:14)

14. Bachman-Turner Overdrive – You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet – 2.94 s (1:48)

15. Michael Jackson – Billie Jean – 2.97 s (1:25)

16. Culture Club – Karma Chameleon – 2.99 s (0:41)

17. Britney Spears – Baby One More Time – 2.99 s (0:33)

18. Elvis Presley – Devil in Disguise – 3.01 s (1:21)

19. Boney M. – Rivers of Babylon – 3.03 s (0:23)

20. Elton John – Candle in the Wind – 3.04 s (0:39)


Do you notice what’s missing?  Country songs.  Come on – if you played the beginning of “Friends In Low Places”, for example – don’t you think you could get people to recognize it in 2.29 seconds?

What country songs do you think should be on this list?  Would love to know











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