The Top 10 Catchiest Songs Ever

There are songs you love, songs you hate, and then there are songs that are so annoyingly catchy, you find yourself singing them in the shower and humming them in the car, even if you don’t like them. Why in the world is that?

A group of British scientists decided to find out, and created an ingenious web test to do so. Curious about why some tunes like Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance” or Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” became not only top 10 hits, but cultural landmarks, researchers at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester invented an online game called Hooked on Music, featuring clips from 1,000 hit songs over the past 70 years (the top-selling 40 tracks from each decade since the 1940s).

The test includes four parts: “Recognize that Tune,” in which you hum along with a track that suddenly drops sound, and then report whether you’re still in time when it resumes; “What’s the Hook,” in which you listen to two different clips from the same song and choose which is catchier; “Time Trial,” where you try to recognize as many songs as possible in three minutes; and “In a Row, ” where you must identify as many songs in a row as you can. (Take the fun test yourself here at HookedonMusic.)

So which songs made the top 10 list? It may not surprise you to learn that Lady Gaga and Whitney Houston are there, but you might scratch your head over some of the others. (It’s a U.K.-originated test after all, so English-speaking acts tend to rule.) See if your favorite songs made the list of Top 10 Catchiest Songs Ever.

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

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Viral Video Alert: Watch Halloween House Sing Thriller, Bohemian Rhapsody & Dark Horse

Ready for some spooky musical fun? Halloween home decorations have grown from simple carved pumpkins to elaborate LCD light shows set to music, as we discovered last year when we invited you to Watch a Halloween House Sing ‘What Does the Fox Say.’

This year, we found a fun, new singing house to spotlight. The Thomas House of Naperville, Illinois sings 30, yes, 30, different songs, according to owner Nick Thomas.

Using dancing LCD lights shaped like pumpkins and monster mouths, the two story home appears to “sing” along to hit songs by Katy Perry (“Dark Horse”), The Kongos (“Come with Me Now”), AC/DC (Hell’s Bells), Eminem (“Till I Collapse”), Queen (“Bohemian Rhapsody”) and, of course, our favorite, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Plastic skeletons, ghouls and tombstones in the home’s yard perfectly complement Jackson’s epic zombie hit. (Or maybe those are the remains of his disapproving neighbors. Muhahahaha.)

We’ve posted a few versions of the singing house below for you to enjoy and share with friends. Happy Halloween from the musical monster mashers at MyMusicCloud.

Thriller


Bohemian Rhapsody

Dark Horse

 

15 Great Baseball Walkup Songs

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The crack of the bat, the scent of hot buttered popcorn, and, hey, is that Journey’s Steve Perry trying to get a stadium sing-along started? (He’s a crazy Giants fan.) This week, we’re celebrating that grand old American game, baseball.

Besides the home runs and stolen bases, one of the great things about modern baseball are the heart-pounding snippets of music blasted in-between plays. Whether it’s metal, country, hip-hop, or a player’s wife’s single (yes, we’re talking to you, Ben Zobrist), today’s pro-baseball players get to show off their individuality by choosing the walkup songs played aloud as they get up to bat or stroll onto the pitcher’s mound.

So whether you’re getting ready to watch the World Series with your bros, or just the weekly game with your kids, here are 15 great baseball walkup songs to get you in that relaxed, beer-sipping, and peanut-crunching mood. Make a MyMusicCloud playlist and stream it through your smart TV during the 7th inning stretch, if you like.

1. Carlos Beltran

Team: New York Yankees

Song: Echa Pa’lla – Pitbull

2. Andrew McCutchen

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates

Song: Find You (Feat. Matthew Koma & Miriam Bryant) – Zedd

3. Buster Posey

Team: San Francisco Giants

Song: Hell On Wheels – Brantley Gilbert

4. Coco Crisp

Team: Oakland A’s

Song: Let Me Clear My Throat – DJ Kool

5. Ryan Flaherty

Team: Baltimore Orioles

Song: The Wild Rover – Dropkick Murphys

6. Jose Bautista

Team: Toronto Blue Jays

Song: Trophies – Drake

7. Branson Arroyo

Team: Arizona Diamondbacks

Song: Can’t Stop – Red Hot Chili Peppers

8. Yasiel Puig

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers

Song: Turn Down For What – DJ Snake & Lil John

9. Prince Fielder

Team: Texas Rangers

Song: Man of The Year – Schoolboy Q

10. Yu Darvish

Team: Texas Rangers

Song: Crank That – Soulja Boy Tell ’em

11. Ryan Braun

Team: Milwaukee Brewers

Song: A Dream – Jay Z

12. Evan Longoria

Team: Tampa Bay Rays

Song: Down and Out – Tantric

13. RA Dickey

Team: Toronto Blue Jays

Song: Game of Thrones Theme – Game of Thrones Orchestra

14. Brian Mccann

Team: New York Yankees

Song: Homeboy – Eric Church

15. Jose Valverde

Team: New York Mets

Song: The End of the Line – Metallica

10 Funny Pickup Lines from Song Lyrics

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We’ve all heard songs with ridiculous pickup lines, but is anyone crazy enough to try these out on a stranger in the real world? Actually, yes. His name is Tommy Wooldridge, age 24, and he calls himself a “romantically handicapped filmmaker.”

His friend has been filming Tommy’s attempts to meet girls in the Tennessee area by using lyrics from songs by Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and more top 40 singers.

The videos (watch one below) appear on YouTube under the hashtag #VEVOLyricLine, and the best part is that at the end of each one, Tommy asks viewers to suggest lines from other songs that he should use.

So we at MyMusicCloud thought we’d help him out by listing some funny pickup lines from songs in our Music Store. Here are 10 song lyrics we’d like to see Tommy use. Can you think of some better ones? If so, post them in the comments section below.

“Are you from Tennessee? ‘Cause, baby, you’re the only 10 I see.” – “Pickup Truck” by Shane Yellowbird.

“Could you love me in a Bentley? Could you love me on a bus? I’ll ask 21 questions, and they all about us, ” — “21 Questions” by 50 Cent.

“Punk rock girl, give me a chance, Punk rock girl, let’s go slamdance, We’ll dress like Minnie Pearl, Just you and me, punk rock girl” – “Punk Rock Girl” by The Dead Milkmen.

“If I said I want your body, would you hold it against me?” – “Hold It Against Me” by Britney Spears.

“You’re the one for me, fatty, you’re the one I really, really love,” — “You’re the One for Me, Fatty” by Morrissey.

“I’m like the Afrocentric Asian, half-man half-amazing,” – “It Aint Hard to Tell” by Nas.

“Let’s have some fun, this beat is sick. I want to take a ride on your disco stick,” –“Lovegame” by Lady Gaga.

“Can I get some fries with that shake-shake booty? If looks could kill, you would be an Uzi” – “Shoop” by Salt N Pepa.

“Hello, is it me you’re looking for?” “Hello” by Lionel Richie.

“I like the way you work it, no diggity, I’d like to bag it up,” – “No Diggity” by Blackstreet featuring Dr. Dre, Queen Pen.

Watch Tommy Try To Meet Women Using Justin Bieber Lyrics

Watch Adam Levine Sing Nursery Rhymes As Michael Jackson & Eddie Vedder

You may know Adam Levine as the wisecracking judge on “The Voice” and the singer of Maroon 5’s annoyingly addictive “Moves Like Jagger.” But did you know he’s also an incredible song impressionist?

This week on “The Tonight Show,” host Jimmy Fallon dared Adam to play a game called “Wheel of Musical Impressions.” The game randomly assigned each of them a famous singer and a song, often a nursery rhyme, which they had to sing like that performer.

Adam did a spot-on impression of Frank Sinatra crooning the childhood classic, “Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes,” and of Eddie Vedder singing “The Muffin Man.” As in: “Do you know the Muffin Man, the Muffin Man, Muffin Man?” He also did a funny impression of Michael Jackson singing the “Sesame Street Theme.” (Watch below.)

Adam’s making the TV rounds to promote Maroon 5’s new album “V,” which came out Tuesday.  The album provides more of the band’s bouncy, falsetto pop (examples: singles “Maps” and “Animals”) along with a duet featuring Gwen Stefani (“My Heart is Open”).

Maroon 5 also announced its 2015 world tour with special guests MAGIC! (“Rude”) kicking off Feb. 16 in Dallas, Texas. Tickets go on sale Saturday, Sept. 13, on the Live Nation website. See dates following Jimmy and Adam’s video below.

Maroon 5 World Tour 2015 Dates (courtesy Live Nation):

2/16 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
2/17 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
2/19 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
2/24 – Sunrise, FL @ BB&T Center
2/25 – Tampa, FL @ Tampa Bay Times Forum
2/27 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
2/28 – Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
3/2 – Washington DC @ Verizon Center
3/3 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
3/5 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
3/8 – East Rutherford, NJ @ IZOD Center
3/9 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
3/11 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
3/13 – Pittsburgh, PA @ CONSOL Energy Center
3/14 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
3/16 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
3/18 – Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
3/19 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
3/21 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
3/23 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
3/25 – Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Centre
3/26 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
3/28 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
3/29 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
3/31 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
4/1 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
4/3 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum
5/26 – London, UK @ Wembley Arena
5/31 – Birmingham, UK @ LG Arena
6/1 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Arena
6/3 – Amsterdam, NTH @ Ziggo Dome
6/9 – Oberhausen, GR @ Koenig-Pilsener Arena
6/10 – Munich, GR @ Olympiahalle
6/12 – Milan, Italy @ Mediolanum Forum
6/14 – Barcelona, Spain @ Palau Sant Jordi
6/15 – Madrid, Spain @ Palacio Deportes
6/17 – Lisbon, Portugal @ Meo Arena

Picture These: Misunderstood Album Covers

We’ve all mis-sung popular lyrics before (“moves like dragons, anyone?”), and this music blog has even dedicated several posts to the hilarious results (See our “Funny Misheard Lyrics” articles). But what about misheard album titles? What would those look like?
The funny folks at photo lending agency Shutterstock imagined just that.
Using stock images from their photo library, they designed spoofs of classic album covers with easily misunderstood names. Care to see what Bruce Springsteen’s “Barn in the USA” might look like? (Actually, “Born in the USA.”) Or Dr. Dre’s “The Colonic”? (A misinterpretation of his 1992 landmark album, “The Chronic.”)
Check the photos out below and see more on Shutterstock’s blog “Misheard Album Titles: Hilariously Redesigned Cover Art.” And never mangle a song again with our “Lyrics” button feature, available on MyMusicCloud apps for all your listening devices.

courtesy of: Shutterstock.com
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The Best Free Music Discovery Finder Yet

Tired of listening to your boyfriend describe the difference between dubstep and electronic music? Is your teen son suddenly obsessed with “nintendocore”? Or do you just want to discover new bands and music styles?

In each case, “Every Noise at Once” is just what the DJ ordered. It’s a clean and inviting white web page splattered with the names of well-known and obscure music genres. Curious about a new sound or band? Just click on a word, like “alternative metal,” “chill wave” or if, you’re feeling adventurous, “crossover thrash” or “skweee” (which sounds kinda like electro percussion from outer space).

Instantly, you’ll hear a snippet of what the genre sounds like, and, if you dig it, you can click further to see band names and hear their respective songs. Once you find a group you like, you can learn more about its members and albums in our MyMusicCloud store.

Nearly every type of music, (well, 1,217 of them), is represented in this melodic word cloud, and they’re all free to explore and dangerously addictive. Start out listening to “shimmer pop” and you might wind up becoming a fan of “lithumania.” “Motown” might seduce you into “didgeridoo.” Scroll down for more organic sounds, up for more mechanical and electric; slide left for denser and more atmospheric songs, and right for spikier and bouncier tunes.

Every Noise at Once is a fun experiment created by engineer Glenn McDonald of The Echo Nest, a music research and data-crunching company. He describes the web page as “an ongoing attempt at an algorithmically-generated, readability-adjusted scatter-plot of the musical genre-space.” But we just think it’s really cool. Give it a spin at Everynoise.com.