Wired last week reported on a British study on songs people are most likely to sing along to in pubs.
The study concluded that the most popular songs were the ones with "a male vocalist with a loud, clear high-chest voice, without many vocal embellishments."
As to why that was, the lead researcher
suggested that singing along to these songs promotes a kind of "neotribal bonding" among participants. As for why female vocalists' songs weren't popular, Pawley speculated that, whereas women will happily sing along to men, men may feel that voicing a woman's words threatens their masculinity.
So what was the number one singable tune found in this study?
Queen's "We are the Champions".
I wish Freddie Mercury, that rugged bastion of straight he-man masculinity, was still around to read that. Bet he would have died laughing.
Now excuse me while I go belt out some "Bohemian Rhapsody" while no one's listening.
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