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The Biggest Earworm Songs of All Time

Queen Tops the List

September 7, 2016

There are songs that get stuck in your head and you can't get them out. And there are two sides to that coin; some of them are great songs, while others...you really just want to get it the hell out of your brain. "Earworms", they're called. And if you're a Queen fan, you're well aware of "Earworms" because according to SCIENCE! (I just like saying it that way) Queen has 3 songs that among "Earworms" are the most infectious. Meaning, Queen is the big winner a new, scientific study of the most addictive songs of all time.

Research by the University of St. Andrews in Scotland named Queen's "We Will Rock You" the top earworm of all time and they had three song in the Top 10, including "We Are The Champions" at No. 3 and "Bohemian Rhapsody" at No. 5.

Also in the Top 20 were: Europe's "the Final Countdown," No. 7; Bon Jovi’s "Livin' On A Prayer," No. 8; and Journey's "Don't Stop Believin', No. 13.

The study measured melody, rhythmic repetition, predictability, surprise and listener receptiveness, and it will be used for an upcoming ad by condiment maker Heinz.

The full Top 20 includes:

Queen, “We Will Rock You”
Pharrell Williams, “Happy”
Queen, “We Are the Champions”
The Proclaimers, “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”
The Village People, “YMCA”
Queen, “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Europe, “The Final Countdown”
Bon Jovi, “Livin’ on a Prayer”
Various artists, “Jingle Bells”
Baha Men, “Who Let the Dogs Out?”
Psy, “Gangnam Style”
Rick Astley, “Never Gonna Give You Up”
Journey, “Don’t Stop Believin'”
Mark Ronson, “Uptown Funk”
Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”
Michael Jackson, “Beat It”
Kaiser Chiefs, “Ruby”
Cast of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, “The Timewarp”
Meghan Trainor, “All About the Bass”
Culture Club, “Karma Chameleon”

This song could be the biggest, most recognizable "Earworm Song" of all time - unofficially.