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Science says Spice Girls own the UK's catchiest song ever

Billy Steele
November 4, 2014
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In addition to being married to one of the most popular (albeit retired) footballers in recent years, Victoria Beckham also lays claim to the catchiest song ever in the UK. Posh and her bandmates in the Spice Girls have the most recognizable tune with "Wannabe," according to a study from Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI). Using an interactive game, researchers gathered details on what cements songs in the mind of the listener long-term, tallying stats from over 12,000 folks. The game played clips of tracks randomly selected from the best-selling tunes spanning the 1940s to today. Based on the amount of time it took to identify the song, researchers compiled the list of the 20 catchiest of all time, with the aforementioned selection taking an average of 2.29 to recognize. Number 2? Why that's Lou Bega's "Mambo No. 5," and the most recent song is Lady Gaga's "Just Dance," coming in fourth. Don't worry, we've posted the full list on the other side of the break.

  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
  11. Lady Gaga: Poker Face
  12. Hanson: MMMbop
  13. Elvis Presley: It's Now Or Never
  14. Bachman-Turner Overdrive: You Ain't Seen 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
[Photo credit: AP Photo/Charlie Riedel]

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