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Science Says These Are The Most Iconic Songs Of All Time

Thanks to some fancy algo-rhythms, we now know that Nirvana was the ultimate.

The work of scientists is important on a lot of levels -- whether it's web engineers tapping out codes to create the next super software design, or biologists searching for the next life-saving revolution in medicine. Or, perhaps more simply, someone with major math skills sitting down and figuring out which songs are THE most ingrained in our pop culture.

While we're sure our smarty pals are busy tooling away on the first two as well, we have the finished product for that last bit, thanks to a University of London professor who put together an algorithm that lists the 50 most iconic songs of all time.

While the full list and details can be found at E! Online, we wanted to go through the top 25 one-by-one to 1) give you a must-love playlist right here and now, and 2) see how much we *really* agree with what the good doc came up with when he applied his careful formula of internet popularity with the technical uniqueness of each number.

See if you agree -- and whip out your headphones because YAY for good music!

  1. "Creep" by Radiohead

    We're ALL weirdos, and this song is just the powerful pro-weirdo anthem we needed to accept that.

  2. "Be My Baby" by The Ronettes

    This song was released in 1963, but it has an '80s rom com feel to it -- thanks, "Dirty Dancing!" -- that transcends its bee-bop gen origins and still has us belting out the lyrics without fail.

  3. "Born to Run" by Bruce Springsteen

    The Boss has a few iconic jams to his name, but this fist pump-y power anthem has us springing to our feet like we were born to do.

  4. "What's Going On" by Marvin Gaye

    The essential Marvin Gaye collection could easily catalog the condition of all human emotion, and this one would most perfectly capture CHILL. "Ohhhh what's going on!?"

  5. "Over the Rainbow" by Judy Garland

    When you think back on "Wizard of Oz," you probably remember the ooh ahh introduction of technicolor and the ruby slippers and flying monkeys, but you'll recall nothing as well as the dreamy lyrics to this perfectly-pitched ditty.

  6. "Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis Presley

    The King was at the top of his game, reaching the furthest range of his lower register and the highest point of his ability to induce audience foot stomps with this one.

  7. "Life on Mars?" by David Bowie

    Bowie always knows how to put on a best-selling show.

  8. "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston

    Dolly Parton may have written this one, but Whitney made it her inimitable classic.

  9. "Live Forever" by Oasis

    It's no "Wonderwall," but...

  10. "The Twist" by Chubby Checker

    Your waist will invariably start moving when you hear this one. It's unavoidable. Like we did last summer.

  11. "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin

    The rockers may have been making a commentary on the indulgences of the Protestant Revolution here, but their unforgettably playful intro frets and Robert Plant's vocals bought this one a step on the stairway to eternity, all right.

  12. "Your Song" by Elton John

    It's a little bit funny... that this isn't higher on this list. Because this song is a thing of BEAUTY.

  13. "Hotel California" by The Eagles

    The kids are still going on about the meaning of this 1976 song, so...

  14. "Waterloo Sunset" by The Kinks

    If not for Beatlemania, The Kinks might have been the U.K.-based phenom the world needed in the '60s.

  15. "London Calling" by The Clash

    This song cultivates actual geographic imagery in its audience. Pretty powerful stuff.

  16. "Sweet Child O' Mine" by Guns N' Roses

    Guns N' Roses created their own unique style with a band full of musical weapons -- including Slash's unconquerable guitar slaying skills and Axl Rose's incredible voice -- and this, along with the rest of Appetite for Destruction, has stood the test of time.

  17. "God Save the Queen" by The Sex Pistols

    The U.K. is getting a lotta love on this list, no? But it's appropriate here because you know this song. Everyone knows this song.

  18. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" by The Rolling Stones

    Perhaps ironically, this song is incredibly satisfying.

  19. "Like a Rolling Stone" by Bob Dylan

    The lyrical giant was completely on with this engaging story-song.

  20. "Hey Jude" by The Beatles

    The Beatles' entire White Album could probably fall on this list, but we can understand why this one would emerge as the most socially relevant. (Note: The Beatles have two of the other top 50 songs as well.)

  21. "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen

    Freddie Mercury got to show off every inch of his talent with this trippy tune.

  22. "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson

    You might think "Thriller" belongs here, but without the cinematic music vid, "Billie Jean" earns the spot atop MJ's legacy collection. ~Nods~

  23. "One" by U2

    YAS U2 YAS.

  24. "Imagine" by John Lennon

    Lennon's vision for world peace was captured beautifully in this ballad that still makes us weepy and hopeful.

  25. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana

    Chances are, you don't even know the actual lyrics to this one and just kinda stumble along 'til the chorus, but you love it all the same. Such is the name of the game that brought this one to number one, via the little garage band that could.