80s Icons Dominate ‘Chart of Catchiness’ With the Most Memorable Tunes

By | July 11, 2011


LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM–(Marketwire – July 11, 2011) – MMMbop by Hanson is back at number one after 14 years as the catchiest song of all time. In a battle of the decades, a poll of UK music fans by TheTrainline.com has seen the band’s ’90s hit top the chart of catchiness as the song most likely to get stuck in your head.

Despite Hanson taking the number one slot, memorable tunes from the ’80s – clearly the decade that can’t be forgotten – dominate the chart with Do the Conga by ‘Kings of Catchy’ Black Lace supported by unforgettable classics like The Birdie Song by The Tweets and Wham’s Club Tropicana.

Top 10 Most Catchy Songs

Hanson, MMMbop (1997)
Black Lace, Do the Conga (1984)
Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Come on Eileen (1982)
Chesney Hawkes, The One and Only (1991)
The Tweets, The Birdie Song (1981)
Rednex, Cotton Eye Joe (1994)
Las Ketchup, The Ketchup Song (2002)
Wham, Club Tropicana (1983)
Whigfield, Saturday Night (1994)
Bucks Fizz, Making Your Mind Up (1981)
TV advertising is apparently responsible for planting songs in the heads of more than one in ten viewers (14%). Black Lace’s surge in popularity and place in the top three of the catchy songs chart can perhaps be put down to their recent appearance in a TV advert for thetrainline.com.

Reflecting on why Do the Conga was chosen to feature in the adverts, Iain Hildreth, Marketing Director at thetrainline.com said, “The song has been a party anthem for years and is undoubtedly catchy. At thetrainline.com we’re dedicated to helping UK train travellers make savings on train tickets by buying in advance online. We wanted to help people remember this and thought what better way than to use such an instantly memorable tune such as Do the Conga.”

About thetrainline.com

Thetrainline.com is the leading UK rail ticket retailer and rail ticket information provider, offering fast and easy access to timetables, fares, reservations and tickets through its Internet site and contact centre operations in the UK train travel sector. In addition to its own website, www.thetrainline.com, it operates retail websites for 15 Train Operating Companies who sell rail tickets online, as well as providing a rail business travel service direct to a number of blue chip corporations and travel agents.

Details about the poll: thetrainline.com questioned 120 members of the public in May 2011 to help determine the above findings.