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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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

Is Your Music Playlist Male or Female?

Are guys simply born loving rap and rock? Do women really gravitate toward dance and teen pop groups like One Direction? Or are these just popular stereotypes?

Paul Lamere ponders questions like these a lot.  As Director of Developer Platform for The Echo Nest, a music intelligence company in Massachusetts, he often dives into data trends like this on his blog, Music Machinery. This month, he compared the streaming playlists of 200,000 male and female U.S. listeners to find out if there are such things as “gender-specific” music preferences.  For instance, if someone found your lost phone or iPod and started playing your music collection, could they easily tell if you’re a guy or a gal?

To keep things simple, he zoomed in on the top 40 pop singers and bands preferred by both sexes. As you might expect, singers that ladies enjoy but their male counterparts shun include: Christina Aguilera, Justin Bieber, Ciara, Ke$ha, Avril Lavigne, Jennifer Lopez, Demi Lovato, Nicki Minaj, Shakira, Britney Spears, and, yes, One Direction.  While artists preferred solely by dudes include: Avicii, J.Cole, Kid Cudi, Wiz Khalifa,  Kendrick Lamar, Bob Marley, T.I., Linkin Park, Queen, and rappers Kanye West and 50 Cent. 

But then things get crazy: You might think that, after his troubles with Rihanna, Chris Brown would score higher with guys but, in fact, Brown rated No. 11 among women and No. 15 with men. Rihanna is the queen of the ladies’ chart at No. 1, but guys also love her, putting her at No. 8.  Katy Perry, Lil Wayne, Lady Gaga, and even Miley Cyrus are also enjoyed by both genders.  

Guys’ favorite pop performer? Mad rapper Eminem.  And while Kanye got no love from the ladies at all, nice guy Bruno Mars landed in the top 5 for both sexes.

At MyMusicCloud, we don’t judge, we just recommend great new music for you on our Albums page based on whatever your favorites are. So you can enjoy the freedom of listening anywhere on any device, regardless of brand.

 

10 New Albums to Download for November

Now, that Drake, Katy Perry, Celine Dion and Paul McCartney’s chart-toppers are out of the way, and because you’re busy having a life, we’ve rounded up 10 new November albums for you to keep an ear out for. Included are new music from The Killers, Daughtry, M.I.A., Kelly Pickler and Lady Gaga, plus wild cards like the delicious-sounding new Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack and wacky new tracks from Erasure and Garth Brooks.

Plus an update for you U2 fans: Put your Bono shades at half-mast. The supergroup has (sadly) pushed its anticipated new November album back to April 2014. On with the show …

Eminem – Marshall Mathers 2 LP  (out Nov. 5): The mad rhymer’s back with Beastie Boys samples, a Stan sequel and more vicious riffs.

M.I.A. – Matangi (Nov. 5) Our favorite Sri-Lankan rapper’s fourth album finally arrives with more dance tracks and a mesmerizing performance of “Y.A.L.A.” on “Conan” after reportedly delayed a year for being “too positive.”

Lady Gaga – ARTPOP  (Nov. 11): At last, the diva’s incredibly hyped new music is finally here.

The Killers – Direct Hits (Nov. 11): Sort of a greatest hits collection, it also boasts two brand new tracks  “Shot At The Night” and “Just Another Girl.”

Erasure – Snow Globe (Nov. 11) A Christmas album from the synth pop boys? Kinda. “Silent Night” and “The Christmas Song” are here along with new dance songs “Brooklyn” and “Loving Man.”

Kellie Pickler The Woman I Am (Nov. 12): “Hopeful” and a “breath of fresh air” is how critics are describing the country cutie’s latest music.

Lady Antebellum ‘Golden’ (Deluxe Edition) (Nov.  12): Includes three previously unreleased songs plus three acoustic versions of their hits from the pop country trio.

Daughtry – Baptized (Nov. 19): More soulful vocals and rock licks from the “Idol” runner-up.

Garth Brooks – Blame It on My Roots (Nov. 19): A 4-CD boxed set covering everything from James Taylor and Gladys Knight to Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.” Each disc tackles a different genre like classic rock, soul and a “melting pot” category. (Through Walmart only.)

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Soundtrack (Nov. 19) With tracks by Coldplay, The National, Christina Aguilera, Imagine Dragons and Lorde, we’re already salivating for this soundtrack, which comes out before the film’s Nov. 22 release.

Check out the MyMusicCloud store for these albums and more from your favorite artists, and listen to your music anywhere, anytime from our cloud.

Is Rihanna More Popular than Lady Gaga, Carly Rae Jepsen, Beyonce?

Bow down before her, rival pop stars. Dance queen Rihanna is driving a diamond-studded heel into the backs of fellow music divas, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, and Carly Rae Jepsen, according to new statistics from MTV News and Billboard.com.

Love, hate, or just “eh” her, Rihanna is now the “Best-selling Digital Download Artist of All Time” with a staggering 58 million musical downloads, and she’s one of the few female artists more watched on YouTube than Lady Gaga with a whopping 2,900,000,000 views. (The most-watched video crown goes to Korean sensation Psy for “Gangnam Style” at 830 million views).

When her current single, “Diamonds” surged to the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 list last week, it gave Rihanna, or “Ri-Ri” as she’s known, 12  No. 1s on that chart. That ties her with Madonna and The Supremes for fourth-most hits of all time, and puts her just one behind the late, great King of Pop — Michael Jackson,  MTV reports.

So how did 24-year-old Robyn Fenty from Barbados conquer the music world? Much of the credit goes to mentor Jay-Z and Stargate, the Norwegian producing and songwriting team of Tor Erik Hermansen and Mikkel Storleer Eriksen. They’re the hitmakers behind “Rude Boy,” “Only Girl (In the World)”, “S&M” and “Diamonds.”

On Wednesday, Rihanna’s new album Unapologetic debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s albums chart, selling an impressive 238,000 copies. Download Unapologetic here  from our MyMusicCloud music store (11 million songs) or make your own Rihanna dance mix using singles from our cloud-based  music delivery service.

Rhianna’s next foe to conquer? Taylor Swift! The country cutie’s Red album sold 1.2 million units in its first week. But that would just be “Mean,” wouldn’t it?

Are you a Rihanna fan? Tell us why or why not here …