Catchiest song ever written: We Are The Champions sets world record (Video) LONDON, UK -- Scientists at Goldsmiths University conducted new research into what makes a song memorable and discovered that 'We Are The Champions' was the track most were able to sing along to, according to World Record Academy (www.worldrecordacademy.com).
The previous Guinness world record for the song sung in the most languages by one individual is 'Golden Dreams of Gandhiji' by Dr. Kesiraju Srinivas, a.k.a. Ghazal Srinivas (India), who recorded the track in 125 different languages and released it as a double CD album entitled 'The Path of Mahatma Gandhi'.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the most people to sing a single song in a relay: 202, achieved by the presenters, guests and audience of Guinness World Records - Smashed, in London, UK.
Scientists at Goldsmiths University conducted new research into what makes a song memorable and compiled a list of the ten "catchiest" songs of all time.
In order to get the results, they observed thousands of volunteers singing a selected list of tracks.
During the court of the research, they discovered that sing-along songs contained four key elements: Long and detailed musical phrases, multiple pitch changes in a song's 'hook', male vocalists, and higher male voices making a noticeable vocal effort.
Using this formula, the scientists found that 'We Are The Champions' was the track most were able to sing along to. This was followed by 'Y.M.C.A' by the Village People, Sum 41's 'Fat Lip', Europe's 'The Final Countdown' and The Automatic's 'Monster'.
Music psychologist Dr Daniel Mullensiefen said of the results: "Every musical hit is reliant on maths, science, engineering and technology; from the physics and frequencies of sound that determine pitch and harmony, to the hi-tech digital processors and synthesizers which can add effects to make a song more catchy."