Academics find catchiest pop song
Academics find catchiest pop song,Queen's We Are The Champions has been voted the catchiest pop song of all time catchiest pop song by a team of academics.The scientists observed thousands of volunteers to find out why certain songs inspired unabashed wedding guests and clubbers to belt out their favourites in public.Top singalongs include Village People’s YMCA, Sum 41’s Fat Lip, Europe’s The Final Countdown and The Automatic’s Monster.
Singalong hits had four key elements, they concluded: long and detailed musical phrases, multiple pitch changes in a song’s ‘hook’, male vocalists and higher male voices making a noticeable vocal effort.
Musical hits rely on ‘maths, science, engineering and technology’, said Dr Daniel Mullensiefen of Goldsmiths University, London.
Researchers solved the karaoke conundrum after observing thousands of volunteers as they lent their voices to a long list of tunes
Using this formula, the researchers then compiled a list of the 10 most singalongable hits.
Number One was 'We are the Champions' by rock group Queen.
Taking the next five places in the sing-along chart were Y.M.C.A by Village People, Fat Lip by Sum 41, The Final Countdown by Europe, and Monster by The Automatic.
Dr Daniel Mullensiefen said: '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 synthesisers which 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.
'We hope that our study will inspire musicians of the future to crack the equation for the textbook tune.'
The findings were released to coincide with the final call for entries to the 2012 National Science & Engineering Competition which is open to young people undertaking science and technology projects.
Ex-Queen guitarist Brian May commented: 'Fabulous, so it’s proved then? We truly are the champions.'
Male vocalists are important because singing along to a song is a 'subconscious war cry', the researchers believe.Psychologically, people looked to men to lead them into battle.Vocal effort indicated high energy and purpose,
especially when combined with a smaller vocal range.
Examples of 'high effort' male singers included Freddie Mercury of Queen and Jon Bon Jovi.
Other songs on the sing-along list included Ruby by the Kaiser Chiefs, I’m Always Here by Jimi Jamison, Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison, Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus, and Livin’ on a Prayer by Bon Jovi.