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Study ranks the 20 catchiest songs of all time

Study ranks the 20 catchiest songs of all time

We all have at least one.  That song or songs, that when you hear it or them, they will be stuck in your head all day, if not longer.  Some call these gems earworms. Regardless of what you call them, they share basic principles -- a catchy chorus, hook or beat line that plays on repeat in your cranium long after the music stops.  Researchers at the University of Amsterdam worked in collaboration with the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, U.K., to determine the most catchy songs of all time. An interactive game, called Hooked on Music, helped scientists unlock the secrets to what makes a song memorable.  The game took the top 40 songs over the past 70...

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