A study and story that broke mid-summer that revealed some of the reasoning behind which songs we humans just can’t help but belt got a bump yesterday on account of Pitchfork head honcho Ryan Schreiber, and his contribution to a fascinating discussion with the lead scientist of the study, Alisun Pawley.
Daily NYC-based talk-show, SoundCheck, interviewed Pawley to dig into her 30 nights of research across Northern England’s pubs and clubs, pulling all sorts of awesome “field observation” quotes from men being “less likely to singalong with a female voice and vice-versa” to the “war cry tradition” of collective song and basically, how we’re all part of a “neo-tribal” evolution, baby, where “anthemic vocal performances,” with “minimal embellishment or ornamentation around the melodies” are a subliminal teeth-showing kind of challenge for young adults on the “prowl.” Hence Pawley’s top-ten list of her most singalong-able song findings containing not one female lead:
- “We are the Champions” – Queen
- “Y.M.C.A.” – The Village People
- “Fat Lip” – Sum 41
- “The Final Countdown” – Europe
- “Monster” – The Automatic
- “Ruby” – The Kaiser Chiefs
- “I’m Always Here” – Jimi Jamison
- “Brown Eyed Girl” – Van Morrison
- “Teenage Dirtbag” – Wheatus
- “Livin’ on a Prayer” – Bon Jovi
But on to Schreiber – since Pawley’s study was based in the UK, the tuneage blogosphere’s most influential man right now chimed in with his outlier thoughts on what the results and study would look like in America based on his fieldwork in “karaoke bars,” complete with his own “totally un-scientific” list, from The Ronettes “Be My Baby” to Weezer‘s “Say It Ain’t So” that devolves into a breakdown of vocalists people love to imitate, capped with Elvis.
Couples questions for y’all – a.) ladies, what do you have to say about all this male singalong posturing? And b.) who would you, both men and women, add to the list of most irresistible songs to singalong to? We’ll start with the renegade poetry of Johnny Cash: