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10 Worst Songs of All Time

Updated on November 12, 2012

Blender Magazine once billed itself as "the ultimate guide to music and more", until closing shop in March 2009. It was famous for creating "best of" lists, filling the need to have all things numbered! One of it's most popular issues listed the Top 50 Worst Songs of All Time. The criteria was the song had to have been a hit at one point, reaching at least 10th in Billboard's top 100 songs.

Here are the Top 10 Worst Songs of All Time:

Ebony and Ivory (1982)

Number 10

Ebony and Ivory- Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder (1982)

Written by Paul McCartney, the song attempted to bring up racial harmony by using the white and black piano keys as an analogy. It was released in March of 1982, and included in McCartney's album Tug of War, went on to be included in several Best Of albums. It ended up being the 4th most successful song of 1982, spending 7 weeks in the number one slot on Billboard top 100.

In 2007 it was voted the worst Duet of All time, which undoubtedly helped it attain the number 10 spot in this count down.

American Life (2003)

Number 9

American Life- Madonna (2003)

American Life is Madonna's ninth album, and was released in April 2003. She billed this a concept album, with all things related to aspects of life in America and living the American dream. The title track received a lot of attention, mainly due to the violent nature of the music video, which catapulted it to the number nine position on this countdown.

Party All the Time

Number 8

Party All The Time- Eddie Murphy (1985)

Unfortunately for Eddie, this song also earned him a spot in the top 80 One Hit Wonders of all time. Written by Rick James, and recorded in Buffalo, this song just missed making it to the number one slot. Lionel Ritchie was the only better song at the time with "Say You, Say Me" locking the number one position.

Don't Worry, Be Happy

Number 7

Don't Worry, Be Happy- Bobby McFerrin (1988)

This song held the number one position in Billboard 100 for 2 weeks in 1988, making it the first song to hold that position without an instrument. All of the sounds in the song are created by McFerrin's voice and overdubbed to create the song. It was listed as the number one song to whistle to as well.

The title was chosen to reflect the beliefs of Indian spiritual master Meher Baba, who often included the saying Don't Worry, be Happy in cards and literature he would distribute.

Heart of Rock and Roll

Number 6

The Heart of Rock And Roll- Huey Lewis and the News (1984)

This was the third single released from the album Sports by Huey Lewis and the News. Written by Lewis and another band member Johnny Colla, it only reached the number 6 spot on Billboard 100. Originally the lyrics were to say "the heart of rock and roll is in Cleveland", after a warm reception by that city for a concert, but they changed the end to " still beating", and opted to name several cities to try to improve the success of the song.

Ice Ice Baby

Number 5

Ice Ice Baby- Vanilla Ice (1990)

Originally released on their debut album Hooked, and again included on the album To the Extreme, this song didn't really get noticed until it was included on the B side of the Play that Funky Music album. Famous for stealing the bass from the song Under Pressure by Queen and David Bowie, they later had to pay song writing credit and royalties for the similarities.

Vanilla Ice's real name is Robert Van Winkle, and hails from South Florida. The lyrics were about a shooting, and he based it on life in that area. He was able to be the first hip hop artist to reach the number one spot on Billboard 100.


Number 4

Rollin'- Limp Bizkit (2000)

Released in 2000 on the album "Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water", this song hit the number one spot in UK Billboard 100. It was picked up by the World Wrestling Entertainment, and became the theme song for the wrestler The Undertaker.

The video gained notariaty by having Ben Stiller in the first few seconds, throwing keys to his Bentley to Fred Durst, who he mistakes as the Valet Parking Attendant. The video was partly filmed on the top of the south tower of the World Trade Center, and ironically received an award on September 10th 2001 for best rock video at the MTV music video awards, the day before the events of September 11th which brought the building down.

Everybody Have Fun Tonight

Number 3

Everybody Have Fun Tonight- Wang Chung (1986)

This song was on the album Mosaic, and earned Wang Chung second spot on the Top One Hit Wonder list, even though the group managed to have one other song break the top 10. Wang Chung split up in 1991, but later reunited in 2005, and went on to perform then song again.

The quick paced video went on to be banned in certain media outlets due to the risk of seizures, and caused the band to rework it for a less health adverse version!

Achy Breaky Heart

Number 2

Achy Breaky Heart- Billy Ray Cyrus (1992)

Originally to be recorded by the Oak Ridge Boys in 1990, they chose not to proceed because they couldn't get over the lyric "achy breaky", Cyrus released this as his debut single, and went on to be his most popular work. It was the first song to go triple platinum in Australia, while in America it was a held ranks in both the country and pop charts, peaking at the number 4 spot.

It was Cyrus's only song to crack the top 10. Achy Breaky Heart went on to be a big hit in the rising trend of line dancing in the 90's.

We Built This City

Number 1

We Built This City- Starship (1985)

Finally, number one! This is the undisputed winner. Rolling Stone Magazine ran an online poll for the worst song ever, and stated this song won by such a large margin, that it was the biggest blow out victory in the history of Rolling Stone Magazine polls! It also clenched the number one spot in VH1 50 most awesomely bad songs ever. This song reached the top spot on the Billboard 100 list in 1985.


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    • Sunshine625 profile image

      Linda Bilyeu 

      3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I sang and danced to each of these songs many, many times and I probably still would if I hear them playing...I wouldn't consider them the worst songs, just kinda lame! :))

    • Redberry Sky profile image

      Redberry Sky 

      5 years ago

      I don't know some of these, but I admit the ones I do know are truly, awesomely awful! But I have to stick up for the worst British song of all time - one so awful that it has appeared in Doctor Who as one of the monsters (sort of) - a song so terrifyingly rancid that to say its very name out loud in England is to rain down wrath and ridicule upon yourself. I speak, of course, of The Birdie Song by The Tweets, and the only good thing I can say about it is that, eventually, it ends.

    • kitkat1141 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I guess we all must have liked at least some of these songs once apon a time! They all made it into the top 10 back in the day.

    • Georgie Lowery profile image

      GH Price 

      5 years ago from North Florida

      Ha! Great list! I'll admit to liking a couple of these, but I won't tell you which!

    • kitkat1141 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks for looking Shawn Scarborough. Ice Ice Baby definitely earned it's spot on this list!

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      Shawn Scarborough 

      5 years ago from The Lone Star State

      Great list. I think the song I hate the most is Ice Ice Baby.

    • kitkat1141 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Blender magazine gets the credit for the list. I am sure we all have a few songs to add! Thanks for looking.

    • akcoltsfan profile image


      5 years ago from Eagle River, AK

      These definitely fit the mold, and one also to consider is "Blue" by Eiffel 65. Just a horrendous song. Thanks for putting the list together.

    • kitkat1141 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks for the comment. I think any order of these 10 would be appropriate!!

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      5 years ago

      I would say number 10 and number 2 are tied for number one. Cheers

    • kitkat1141 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks theframjak. Yes, I am embarrassed to say, I know the words to all of these songs! Scary what information sticks in the recesses of our brains!

    • kitkat1141 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks for refreshing me of the 70's duds! Blender Magazine was responsible for the picking of this list, and I don't think they specified on a time frame, only that the hit had to have reached the top 10 on Billboard 100 during their run. It's great to look back at the songs that make us all cringe!!

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      John C Thomas 

      5 years ago from Chicago, Illinois, USA

      An excellent list, but the oldest song you have is from 1982. You might be lucky that you're too young to remember how absoutely terrible the music of 1970s was:

    • theframjak profile image


      5 years ago from East Coast

      These are all bad. It's hard to pick out the worst. At the same time it's kind of funny and perplexing to realize that they are all so memorable. I can remember where I was living and what I was doing in my my life at the time when all these songs were on the charts.


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