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Shazam Reveals Which Songs Get The Most "What The H*ll Is This?" Responses

By Kristy Puchko | Music | December 10, 2014 |

By Kristy Puchko | Music | December 10, 2014 |

You know the deal: you hear a song strumming along in your bodega/laundrymat/grandma’s birthday jamboree, and think, “That’s kind of cool. What is it?” Well, in our future-is-now age of apps Shazam gives you the answer. With its relaunch, the music demystifying app has unveiled which song has triggered the most queries.

Swedish EDM DJ Avicii has scored this curious honor, with more than 19 million requests to identify his song “Wake Me Up.” Potentially boosting the public’s interest in this track was its use in TV spots for The LEGO Movie, as well as Lea Michelle giving a slower tempo cover a go on Glee. You can check out the song via its vid below:

The #2 spot went to Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” with more than 18 million requests for clarity. So being one of the most played songs of 2013, and stirring up controversy over its video packed with nearly naked lady models, and lyrics that maybe, possibly, basically suggest date rape, was somehow not enough to get that infuriatingly catchy ditty to register.

Following in third with more than 16 million queries was Gotye’s haunting break-up song “Somebody That I Used To Know,” featuring Kimbra. This track blew up slowly, thanks to covers from Ingrid Michaelson, The Fergies, Sam Tsui and Walk off the Earth, a five-piece band that famously played the song simultaneously on the same guitar. Revisit its trippy painting-centric vid below.

Coming in fourth was Passenger’s “Let Her Go” with more than 15 million searches. Likely helping this track was its inclusion in Budweiser’s 2014 Superbowl ad about a unconventional love affair between a puppy and a pony.

Lastly, the British electronic group Clean Bandit comes in fifth with “Rather Be” featuring Jess Glynne, which scored 14 millions requests. This charming track also had a boost by commercial, having been selected for the Coca-Cola ad below.

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Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.