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The 10 Worst Songs Ever
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 Spinner.com 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
Hmmm...is 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!
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- Who Let the Dogs Out - Baha Men
- Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice
- She Bangs - Ricky Martin
- Barbie Girl - Aqua
- U Can't Touch This - MC Hammer
- I Am Woman - Helen Reddy
- I'm Too Sexy - Right Said Fred
- Ebony & Ivory - Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder
- Macarena (Original Version) - Los Del Rio
- My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion
The Black Eyed Peas
The Spice Girls
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.
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