Kylie Minogue could hold the key to Alzheimer's, scientists say

KYLIE Minogue’s stickiest hit will be used in the battle against Alzheimer's, with scientists hoping its catchy musical fragments can be used to trigger memories.

The Aussie songstress’ aptly-titled Can’t Get You Out Of My Head was named the catchiest song of all time this week in a poll of 700 celebrities, who also voted Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines and Daft Punk's Get Lucky among the tunes most likely to become stuck in their heads, according to England’s Daily Mail.

The survey, organised by the Manchester Science Festival, was used to launch the largest ever experiment into what makes music memorable.

"Understanding catchy music is about much more than just a recipe for next week’s number one hit," said computational musicologist John Ashley Burgoyne, who is working on the project. "It’s the key to understanding why musical memories last a lifetime.

"When you hear catchy music again years or even decades later, all of a sudden the song comes back to and you find yourself singing along in your head."

Professor Alistair Burns, from the University of Manchester's institute of brain behaviour and mental health, said the project could be revolutionary in helping suffers of dementia preserve and rebuild their memories.

"Many dementia support groups use music singing and personalised playlists to help those with failing memory," he said. "The results could certainly have implications for improving the quality of life for people with dementia."