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Top 20 Earworms

Written by on 27th October 2022

The top 20 ‘earworms’ were named by University of Andrew after a study including real science of the components of a song that make them stick which included rhythmic repetition and predictability.  As you can see from the list most are songs that you can’t help singing along too and get stuck in your head – a proper earworm!

We’ve added a few of our own at the bottom – what do you think?  Our list might come under most annoying songs of all time!

The Top 20 earworms are:

1) Queen – ‘We Will Rock You’
2) Pharrell Williams – ‘Happy’
3) Queen – ‘We Are The Champions’
4) The Proclaimers – ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’
5) The Village People – ‘YMCA’
6) Queen – ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
7) Europe – ‘The Final Countdown’
8) Bon Jovi – ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’
9) James Pierpoint – ‘Jingle Bells’
10) Baha Men – ‘Who Let The Dogs Out?’
11) Psy – ‘Gangnam Style’
12) Rick Astley – ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’
13) Journey – ‘Don’t Stop Believin’
14) Mark Ronson – ‘Uptown Funk’
15) Taylor Swift – ‘Shake It Off’
16) Michael Jackson – ‘Beat It’
17) Kaiser Chiefs – ‘Ruby’
18) The Rocky Horror Show – ‘The Timewarp’
19) Meghan Trainor – ‘All About The Bass’
20) Culture Club – ‘Karma Chameleon’

Leighton Buzz Radio’s own selection:

Hope Segoine, Pingfong – Baby Shark

Aqua – Barbie Girl

Vanilla Ice – Ice Ice Baby

Bob the Builder – Can We Fix It

Axel F – Crazy Frog

Black Eyed Peas – My Humps (there is no-one who can sing along to this and it be okay!)

Crank That – Soulja Boy