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

 

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

Who Does the Best Michael Jackson? Justin Timberlake, the Jackson Hologram, Usher or Talent Show Kid?

The late, great Michael Jackson made a big comeback this week when he appeared at Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards singing his recently released song “Slave to the Rhythm.”

Of course, it wasn’t really the King of Pop boogeying across the stage in a gold jacket and red pants, but kind of a Franken-Jackson — a hologram created by grafting images of his head onto a dance impersonator’s body, which were smoothed out by a computer.

Meanwhile, at a small high school talent show in Turlock, California, a junior named Brett Nichols nabbed first place for his spot-on impersonation of MJ dancing to “Billie Jean” in the school gym. Nichols’ hip-thrusting and moonwalking is so impressive, he received a congratulatory tweet from the Jackson estate and his video has earned more than 7 million page views, according to the Turlock City News.

And then there are the dueling performances of longtime pop rivals Usher and Justin Timberlake, who both recently danced to Jackson’s newly released single “Love Never Felt So Good” (from the posthumous Xscape album out now). Timberlake stars in the music video, but Usher did a pretty flawless dance impersonation at the iHeartRadio Music Awards on May 1.

So watch the videos below and tell us, who do you think does the best Michael Jackson impersonation?

Michael Jackson hologram performs “Slave to the Rhythm”

High-school talent show winner does “Billie Jean”

Usher performs at the iHeartRadio Awards

Justin Timberlake in “Love Never Felt So Good”