After painstakingly analyzing 80,000 different chord progressions from 700 songs and running their findings past focus groups, researchers in Germany have decided on music’s all-time “perfect pop song.”
The winner is “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” by the Beatles. According to scientists at the Max Planck Institute, the 1968 “White Album” track is closest to “perfection” any song has achieved. Runners-up include “Invisible Touch” by Genesis, “Hooked on a Feeling” by BJ Thomas, “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5 and “There She Goes” by The La’s, Researchers noted Van Halen’s “When It’s Love” and UB40’s “Red Red Wine” also scored highly.
It’s worth noting that John Lennon once referred to “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” — which was penned by Paul McCartney — as being “granny music sh*t.”
This song definitely sticks in your head for days on end. If you hear me sing it randomly on air this week, you know why. It’s freaking perfect.