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The 10 Worst Songs Ever

Updated on November 15, 2015

Are These the 10 Worst Songs Ever?

The votes are in and these tracks have been voted as some of the worst songs ever.

You know, sometimes you are listening to the radio and a song comes on that just forces you to hit the off button. While it is, or has been popular, the song nevertheless annoys you profusely - generating grimaces, groans and, in some cases, outright hatred.

So it is that came up with the twenty worst songs ever which, for many, now incite laughter, horror and even despair.

However, everyone would probably admit to secretly liking at least one of these songs, but would undoubtedly shy away from confessing it in public! That's why it generally proves difficult compiling a list like this as one man's junk is often another man's treasure.

Nevertheless, a compilation has been assembled and here in descending order are the Top 10 of those twenty worst songs ever.

Do you agree?

Worst Song #1: Who Let the Dogs Out? - Baha Men

After hearing this song, many people have asked, Who let the Baha Men out? In reality, this disc is not representative of the group's normal output, which is a mixture of Caribbean R&B, dance and rap music.

However, they released this song in 2000 and it quickly became the Baha Men's first (and to date, only) US and UK hit tune, also garnering them the Grammy for Best Dance Recording at the 2001 Grammy Awards.

This popularity led it to its use at a variety of sports stadiums - most notably adopted by the Seattle Mariners and the New York Mets in the US and fans of both Crystal Palace FC and Chelsea FC in the UK.

Worst Song #2: Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice

The number two song is Vanilla Ice's (born, Robert Matthew Van Winkle) cannibalization of Queen and David Bowie's Under Pressure, along with his own version of rap.

The tune has caused Vanilla Ice a lot of trouble since its release in 1990. Although no royalties were ever formally paid, Ice reportedly paid an out of court sum to Queen/Bowie, and their writing credits were added retroactively to the disc.

Later, Ice alleged that he was dangled by the ankles over a balcony to a high rise building by Suge Knight (CEO of Death Row Records), in order to convince Vanilla Ice that he owed royalties from the lyrics to the tune.

As this song appears on many worst lists, some may have preferred that he was dangled by the ankles to promise to never release the record.

Worst Song #3: She Bangs - Ricky Martin

Is it Ricky Martin's fault that this song will be forever associated with American Idol reject, William Hung?

No, I guess not. Nevertheless, this tune released in 2000 by Martin, has received the inauspicious honor of being named as one of the 50 Worst Songs Ever by Blender magazine in both its original version and that of Hung.

Worst Song #4: Barbie Girl - Aqua

This song has turned up in more polls than you can shake a stick at:

Voted the fourth Best Number One of All Time in a VH1 poll, and was featured as #32 on VH1's Most Awesomely Bad Songs...Ever countdown. In another VH1 countdown, VH1's 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders, it popped up at #88.

In 2007, Rolling Stone voted it as one of the 20 Most Annoying Songs.

In 2007, MuchMoreMusic voted it as one of the 50 Guilty Pleasures (#27)

Blender magazine also voted it at #33, as one of the 50 Worst Songs Ever.

Worst Song #5: U Can't Touch This - MC Hammer

This song undoubtedly became one of the most annoying tunes ever. It was everywhere, even winning (unexpectedly) the Grammys for Best R&B Song and Best Rap Solo Performance.

While it may have seemed cool to quote Stop! - Hammertime! back in 1990, the phrase has been overused so much in all forms of media since then, that it has caused a backlash and brings U Can't Touch This to #5 in the twenty worst songs ever chart.

Worst Song #6: I Am Woman - Helen Reddy this a bad song? At the time of the emerging Women's Liberation Movement, this tune became its anthem and, no doubt, reflected an aspect of social significance.

It reached #1 in the US in December 1972 - but these days the song seems to have yellowed a tad and curled around the edges. Corny seems to apply too.

Worst Song #7: I'm Too Sexy - Right Said Fred

Are Right Said Fred too sexy for this poll?

According to Spinner, no! Here's their assessment:

While the members of this British trio may be too sexy for their shirts, hats and cars, their 1991 single is not too sexy for our list of bad songs. The instrumental break, based on a riff from Third Stone From the Sun, probably still causes Jimi Hendrix to turn in his grave.

Worst Song #8: Ebony & Ivory - Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder

Another Number One single to find its place on the worst song ever list.

In fact, this is not the only "worst of" poll where it appears. Following the song's massive chart success, it was derided as "saccharine" and was later named as the tenth worst song of all time by Blender magazine.

In October 2007, it was named the worst duet in history by BBC 6 music listeners in the UK.

Worst Song #9: Macarena - Los Del Rio

What...the Macarena? I hear you say...Yep, it's here. The dance craze that swept a nation, nay the world, pops up at Number Nine in this worst of list.

Recorded in 1995, the song became the second longest running Number One, and the best selling debut single of all time in the US. Every large social gathering seemed unhip without it.

Not only does it appear on this list, but was also ranked as Number One in VH1's documentary The 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders. Macarena was also ranked Number One on a different VH1 documentary: The 40 Awesomely Bad No. 1 Songs.

Worst Song #10: My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion

Spinner says this song was overplayed - and that's why it's here!

The Worst Songs Poll - Time to Cast Your Vote!

Which of These 10 Songs Do You Consider the Worst?

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    • CareRoaxext 22 months ago

      rest of the site is also really good.

    • anonymous 2 years ago

      You forgot we built this city

    • Hi 2 years ago

      You forgot jump jump by kris Kross

    • Markstua 2 years ago

      Who is the guy who said 'bridge over troubled water' is the worst song ever? Simon and Garfunkel are awesome and that is one of my favorite all time songs.

    • Markstua 2 years ago

      Who is the guy who said 'bridge over troubled water' is the worst song ever? Simon and Garfunkel are awesome and that is one of my favorite all time songs.

    • Don 2 years ago

      You and Me Against the World should be included.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      First of all, if you ever put âwe built this city' on here, i will rip off you face. That song is amazing. I think 'sexy and i know it', 'gangnam style', and anything bybone direction. Though i admit it, i am a fan of most 80s and 90s music, so don't say i have bad taste

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Party All The Time - Eddie Murphy, All I Wanna Do - Heart, We Built This City - Starship

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Depends on what you call a bad song...

      I kinda like some of them. They are catchy and fun, which I'd have to say has merit.

    • TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      Mostly. Super awful songs!

    • Meganhere 4 years ago

      We Built This City On Rock and Roll. No, Where do You Go To My Lovely. No, Moves Like Jagger. No, My Lady Humps. So many, so little time.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      U so missed two, JB's baby and Rebacca Black's Friday *shudders*

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    • anonymous 4 years ago

      bridge over troubled water is the worst song ever

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      damn...this list has all my favorites. LOL.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      SoundSystem's DreamScape

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      you forgot friday

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      You missed two. Sweet pea by tommy roe ....well any tommy roe song would suffice. And. Billy ocean. Get out of my dream...

    • jholland 5 years ago

      Yes! However, I would have to say that Mambo No. 5 really should be on this list.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      how could you. how dare you put celine dion's song in the list, and worst in top of it. go to hell, you don't have a soul.

    No way!

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      • Fuck u2 2 months ago

        All of u2

      • 2 years ago

        You got this list all wrong Acky Breaky Heart and Gold Digger are the worst

      • Annonymus 2 years ago

        Ebony & Ivory - Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder is an amazing song.

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        u can't touch this is awesome

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        ice ice baby is a great song

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        U Can't Touch This is AMAZING. I don't care what ANYONE says.

      • Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        I like a few of these song :)

      • Keeah 4 years ago

        I confess I liked most of the songs on the list at the time they were out. If they weren't danceable, they were funny. I think "Don't Cha" by the Pussy Cat Dolls should be on the list.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I think Thrift Shop is the worst song!

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Patches - I'm depending on you son . . ..

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Worst song of all time - Stairway to Heaven

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        hell no

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Actually I enjoyed listening to many of these songs again after not hearing them for so long; particularly: Who Let the Dogs Out? Ebony and Ivory; and I am Woman. I even kinda enjoyed hearing "Can't Touch" This and "Macarena", although I hated them when they were popular. "I'm Too Sexy" was fun to listen to because it was so stupid -- I I just couldn't stomach "Barbie Girl".

      • SomethingAboutC 4 years ago

        "Achy Breaky Heart" didn't make the list? Or anything by Justin Beiber?

      • Malu Couttolenc 4 years ago

        I don't think all of them are bad, in fact i like a couple

      • Malu Couttolenc 4 years ago

        I don't think all of them are bad, in fact i like a couple

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Yall are cray cray these songs are some of the best ive eva heard

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        STUPID STUPID STUPID!!! Just,because they are old doesn't mean they are bad. So how do I say this nicely? Rot in hell. Have a good day :)

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        My top 10:

        10. Who Let The Dogs Out? - Baha Men

        9. Macarena - Los Del Rio

        8. Birthday Song - 2 Chainz

        7. 6 Foot 7 Foot - Lil Wayne

        6. Barbie Girl - Aqua

        5. Crank Dat - Soulja Boy Tell 'Em

        4. Baby - Justin Bieber

        3. Sexy and I Know It - LMFAO

        2. Friday - Rebecca Black

        1. Gangnam Style - PSY

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Edit this and put JB baby in number one

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      Some Are the Worst Ever Songs...

      and also the most annoying!

      As well as appearing on the Spinner list, three of the songs also make their mark on the list of the Most Annoying Songs, compiled by Rolling Stone, as follows:

      1. The Black Eyed Peas: My Humps

      2. Los Del Rio: Macarena

      3. Baha Men: Who Let The Dogs Out

      4. Celine Dion: My Heart Will Go On

      5. Nickelback: Photograph

      6. Lou Bega: Mambo No. 5

      7. James Blunt: You're Beautiful

      8. The Spice Girls: Wannabe

      9. Sisqo: The Thong Song

      10. Cher: Believe

      Friday: Rebecca Black - Worst Song: Supplemental

      You've been asking for it, so you only have yourselves to blame. This has become one of the most despised songs in recent music history: Friday by Rebecca Black.


      Please note: This list is not my compilation. People can never agree on the best or worst of anything.

      Thank you for visiting and taking the time to vote.

      Thanks For Dropping By the Worst Songs Ever: Your Comments Are Welcomed!

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          Scott A. Butler 2 years ago from England

          I thought Macarena was catchy! Haha

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          jimreftl 2 years ago

          Mr. Bojangles. That song should be taken out and shot.

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          Jean DAndrea 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

          Can't say I've even heard of some of these songs, but like you, I do like a few of them. :-)

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          Ibidii 3 years ago

          I am the last person to ask about music as I do not listen much anymore to these genre's. However I only had to review one song that I was not familiar with in the list at the top of the page and that was the Vanilla Ice song. My least favorite genre is rap so that song was easily number one on my Ugh scale of music. I am just an old grandma, what do I know? Ask me about 1969 Stones Free concert and that is more what I know about being there in person. LOL! Great review!

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          Deborah Carr 3 years ago from Orange County, California

          These were great choices for the worst song ... even though I hum some of them from time to time!

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          sybil watson 3 years ago

          I have to confess that when "I'm Too Sexy" came out I would sing it while did my housework, commenting that I was too sexy for all of it. This is a great page that I really enjoyed reading.

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          Hal Gall 3 years ago from Bloomington, IN

          What's amazing is that all of these songs are easily recognizable. Says a lot for today's tastes in music!

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          Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

          I actually like Helen Reddy's other songs, except for the one you listed above. I, too, don't like it!

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          mistyriver 3 years ago

          I like a lot of these songs. I did enjoy your lens though, very amusing!

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          Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

          Apparently I liked this page a while ago, but have stumbled on it again. I have to admit that I love Barbie Girl! But I was 14 when it was popular, and so that might be a

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          asereht1970 3 years ago

          Nice lens although I can't agree much to the list. I like most of them personally. For me, Oppa Gangnam Style is the worst.

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          Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

          hmm...can't say I agree with all their choices that's for sure! If Celine's song made the worst list, I know one thing, please let me be that bad, please!!! lol

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          john-yowza 3 years ago

          Friday by Rebecca Black is so awful that I thought I was watching a parody video, when in fact, it was the actual video. It is mind-numbing to sit there and hear this robotic voice with a painted-on smile and halfhearted fist pumps and repetitive drivel about the most basic stuff like getting up, having cereal, going to the bus stop, etc. ... I mean, this song is BAD. So bad that I thought she was a robot in the video and not an actual person. It reminds me of a high school assignment written and filmed by a high school freshman. Either that, or a tutorial for a 2 year old learning the days of the week for the very first time. Seriously, I was expecting Barney the purple dinosaur to pop up and start singing along during the chorus. Also, anything by the Biebs is awful too. If you want old school garbage, check out "Don't give up on us" by David Soul - and try not to laugh.

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          john-yowza 3 years ago

          @SheGetsCreative: OMG - yes, ... disco duck is awful beyond all comprehension

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          john-yowza 3 years ago

          @GabrielaFargasch: yeah, maybe if you're 2 or 3 years old ... "Life in plastic, it's fantastic ... Come on Barbie, let's go party" --- holy macaroni that's bad

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          john-yowza 3 years ago

          @TreasuresBrenda: No way - Gangnam Style is brilliant

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          alienbritt 3 years ago

          Horrible songs indeed, but very entertaining nonetheless! Good Lens, thanks for giving me a laugh today!

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          anonymous 3 years ago

          I agree with this lenses, these songs are definitely horrible. Great lenses

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          lin444 3 years ago

          I know it's not really your list of songs...but if I was making a list, none of those songs would have been on it. I liked them all! Any song by justin beiber would make my list though.

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          Jason Sositko 3 years ago

          @blestman lm: The Monkees actually are underrated, you might be surprised after listening to the full LP's.

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