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Really Bad Singing

Updated on May 1, 2012

Sing Pretty (Not!)

Ah, music soothes the savage beast ... or possibly gives him a headache if he has to listen to some of this stuff! I sing in the Women's Chorus of Dallas and our director is constantly admonishing us to "Sing Pretty!" There seem to be some people who aren't getting the message, though.

Just to show you what you won't hear at a TWCD concert (ever!), I've assembled some of the worst singers ever. I was looking for people who put themselves in the public eye, be it karaoke, American Idol auditions, church solos - anything that puts them out on a stage. Vote in my categories or add your own favorite examples of bad singing! (If it's bad enough, it might just get bumped up to an "official" ballot.

What Makes for Bad Singing?

Beautiful music is sometimes in the ears of the listener, but there are some specific things that make for bad singing that almost anyone can agree on.

  • Choice of song - More than just whether I like your selection, this has to do with whether the song is appropriate for your voice. Is it in your range, does it fit with your voice style, do you have the stage presence to carry it off? Even a good singer can have a bad singing day if they choose the wrong song.
  • Bad voice - A rather subjective criteria, but some people, even if they're on pitch, just don't have pleasant voices to listen to. Think Tiny Tim and his ukelele.
  • Off key - Sadly, some people just can't carry a tune. Although, I must admit, I enjoy enthusiastic singing from these people. Enjoy yourself! But know that if your tune-carrying bucket has a leak, you're likely to end up in a bad singing category.
  • Badly sung - OK, so you have a good voice, maybe you've choosen a good song. What else could throw you into the bad singing crowd. Singing with the wrong tone (think operatic on a country & western song), in the wrong tempo (think The Impossible Dream in quicktime), straining to hit notes or carry phrasing and many more issues.

Now on to the music!! (Don't cover your ears, no matter how badly you want to!)

Singing Lessons at Home

Books, DVDs and CDs abound to help you become a better singer. Please get some help!!

Let's Hear from You!

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      jbraithwaite3 7 years ago

      I am also a bad singer in my teenage years but I do all my best to make it better. I have undergo some vocal lessons. And fixing my vocal range. That's quite hard.

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      jgelien 8 years ago

      Bad singing is so painful to listen to, yet we are drawn to it like a train wreck.Funny lens.5 stars.

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      Achim Thiemermann 10 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Hey, Chef Keem from Austin, TX here. I wanted to make a lens like this and after doing some research I found yours. And you did a fabulous job! 5*s

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      coachbriany lm 10 years ago

      I love it and thanks for adding it to Totally useless information group. You are a great example of something useless but great.

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      John Hughes 10 years ago

      Nice lens! funny stuff! I'm giving you five stars. Come visit my lens on learning guitar online and say hello!