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The catchy tunes countdown

Lady Gaga gets two tunes in the list. Credit: PA

Below is the full list of the catchiest tunes, the length of time it takes the average person to recognise the song and the moment when people are quickest to sing along.

  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)

Mosi study finds the catchiest tunes

The Spice Girls performing Wannabe in 1997. Credit: PA

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'.

Lou Bega’s ‘Mambo No. 5’ came second with listeners recognising the track after just 2.48 seconds, starting from the iconic ‘A little bit of Monica in my life…’.

‘Eye of the Tiger’ by Survivor took the third spot in the chart.

Over 12,000 people have played Mosi's HookedOnMusic online game.

"People have really got behind this citizen science research, helping us to get good data for our scientists.

"We encourage more to get online at www.hookedonmusic.org.uk to play and we will continue to see how things develop and change.”

– Dr Marieke Navin, Director of Manchester Science Festival at the Museum of Science & Industry
Credit: Manchester Evening News

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An exhibition featuring one of the world's greatest experiments opens in Manchester

The research facility Atlas of CERN in Geneva. Credit: : Rainer Jensen/DPA/Press Association Images

An exhibition of one of the greatest scientific experiments of our time opens in Manchester.

The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) is the first stop in a tour of the Large Hadron Collider exhibition.

It 'transports' visitors into a virtual a tour of the CERN particle physics laboratory in Geneva.

Professor Brian Cox at National Television Awards. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Brian Cox, Professor of Particle Physics at the University of Manchester, has a cameo role in the critically acclaimed exhibition.

He said,

"I'm looking forward to seeing Collider open in Manchester, not just because it's my home town.

In the exhibition I only get to be the tea boy, but I can tell you that CERN is an extraordinary place, and the exhibition team have done a great job of capturing the excitement, awe and wonder of the LHC and particle physics."

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