The Spice Girls Made the Catchiest Music of All Time, Says Science

'Wannabe' was named the most likely to get stuck in your head.
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Researchers from the University of Amsterdam say they've actually identified the catchiest song of all time — and it's "Wannabe" by the Spice Girls.

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The way that they've measured songs is by recognition and the song's ability to get stuck in your head (also known as the earworm effect). One of the researchers explained to the BBC, "You may only hear something a couple of times yet 10 years later you immediately realize that you have heard it before, yet other songs, even if you have heard them a lot, do not have this effect."

Participants were asked to hit a stop button the moment they recognize a song, and then respond if the song continues to play in your head after you've turned it off. 12,000 people were asked to play the game, in which top 40 songs from each decade of the past 70 years were played during a year-long study period.

See below for the top 20 catchiest songs, according to the results of the study:

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"

11. Lady Gaga, "Poker Face"

12. Hanson, "Mmmmbop

13. Elvis Presley, "It's Now Or Never

14. Bachman-Turner Overdrive, "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet"

15. Michael Jackson, "Billie Jean"

16. Culture Club, "Karma Chameleon

17. Britney Spears, "Baby One More Time"

18. Elvis Presley, "Devil in Disguise

19. Boney M., "Rivers of Babylon"

20. Elton John, "Candle in the Wind"

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