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Scientists discover Spice Girls’ ‘Wannabe’ is the catchiest tune of all time

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Scientists from Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry have published the results of a year-long study into what makes a catchy tune.

More than 12,000 people got involved in the Citizen Science experiment - revealing the most memorable songs.

They found the Spice Girls’ ‘Wannabe’ was No 1 and the UK’s most instantly recognisable song.

It takes the average person just 2.29 seconds to recognise the track from the song’s catchiest hook at 45 seconds in - ‘If you wanna be my lover…’ to Zig-a-zig-ahh'.

Lady Gaga has two songs in the list. Credit: PA
  • Spice Girls - Wannabe - 2.29 s (0:45)
  • Lou Bega - Mambo No. 5 - 2.48 s (0:50)
  • Survivor - Eye of the Tiger - 2.62 s (2:04)
  • Lady Gaga - Just Dance - 2.66 s (1:39)
  • ABBA - SOS - 2.73 s (2:25)
  • Roy Orbison - Pretty Woman - 2.73 s (1:07)
  • Michael Jackson - Beat It - 2.80 s (0:38)
  • Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You - 2.83 s (3:09)
  • The Human League - Don't You Want Me - 2.83 s (3:05)
  • Aerosmith - I Don't Want to Miss a Thing - 2.84 s (2:22)
  • Lady Gaga - Poker Face - 2.88 s (0:57)
  • Hanson - Mmmmbop - 2.89 s (1:44)
  • Elvis Presley - It's Now Or Never - 2.91 s (2:14)
  • Bachman-Turner Overdrive - You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet - 2.94 s (1:48)
  • Michael Jackson - Billie Jean - 2.97 s (1:25)
  • Culture Club - Karma Chameleon - 2.99 s (0:41)
  • Britney Spears - Baby One More Time - 2.99 s (0:33)
  • Elvis Presley - Devil in Disguise - 3.01 s (1:21)
  • Boney M. - Rivers of Babylon - 3.03 s (0:23)
  • Elton John - Candle in the Wind - 3.04 s (0:39)