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The 10 Worst Songs Ever

Updated on August 6, 2017
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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!

The Worst Songs Poll - Time to Cast Your Vote!

Which of These 10 Songs Do You Consider the Worst?

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Are These Songs the Worst?

Does Spinner.com have it right?

Can't Resist the Ten Worst Songs? : They're at iTunes!

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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

The Black Eyed Peas

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.

Disclaimer

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.

© 2008 Richard

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

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      Scott A. Butler 3 years ago from England

      I thought Macarena was catchy! Haha

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      jimreftl 3 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 factor...lol

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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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      Melanie Wilcox 3 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      I think I need to just keep quiet ;)

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      blestman lm 3 years ago

      I think you have a good list here but I there are some cheesy made for TV groups like the Monkeys or the Partridge Family that had some bad songs played over the airways.

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      Ellen Gregory 3 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Maybe it's generational, but I am quite fond of "I Am Woman Hear Me Roar". Maybe to appreciate it you need to be a woman and of a certain age, when it was so hard to crash the glass ceiling. Helen's song was an anthem and encouraging -- much like Katy Perry's "Roar" or Sara Bareilles "Brave".

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      Barbara Walton 3 years ago from France

      I've only heard one of these - blessed escape. What about Sugar Sugar? Can't remember who sang this. What fun you must have had compiling this list.

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      Missmerfaery444 3 years ago

      LOL! Well I don't know about the worst... certainly some of the most annoying... I would add quite a lot of today's modern rubbish to the "worst" list to be honest ;) including Gangnam Style. Actually, Blurred Lines would be top of my list right now.

      I object to Celine Dion being on the list though (still love that song), and I have to confess I do also actually own Barbie Girl - what the heck, it's a bit of fun! :D

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      Yusuf Maulana 3 years ago

      everyone has it's own taste, someone who like heavymetal music, will not like bethoven music, vice versa

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      KFRaizor 3 years ago

      Ha, this list is bush league. Any list without the "dead" songs -- "Rocky," "Run, Joey, Run," "Billy Don't Be a Hero," "Laurie (Strange Things Happen)" -- is not even worth considering.

      And all of those songs pale in comparison to Red Sovine's "Little Rosa." I dare anyone to listen to that song without throwing up.

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      Melanie Wilcox 3 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      ehehe I was thinking about writing an article like this just a couple of days ago -mostly to get it off my chest and share and bond with those who agree hahaha. Yes, these songs are pretty bad. I shuddered quite a bit going through this list. I tried to take the poll, but I just kept staring at it. ahahahaha and can I say, Disco is a crime! (and I have very good reasons why) Thanks for the lens. This was a fun one.

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      MaggiePowell 3 years ago

      I see a trend... any song that radio stations feel is the "it song" of the year gets overplayed, overhyped, and generally becomes hated.

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      Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

      Great list. My teenage sons would probably add Gangnam Style. It's an eye roller for them.

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      No worst songs list is complete without something from The Village People.

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      jericho911 lm 4 years ago

      I actually like at least half of the songs on the 10 worst list. LOL

      I would put the entire AC/DC collection on that list, though. I think they were awful !

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      Meganhere 4 years ago

      Justin Bieber! Baby baby baby ooh baby baby baby. Puhleeze!

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 4 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      NOOOOOOO! "Seven Tears" by The Goombay Dance Band = worse record ever. The mere thought of that hideous racket brings me out in a rash (PS Right Said Fred = my guilty pleasure!) ;)

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hey Macarena makes me want to hurl. Barbie Girl makes me cringe. Hey Good Looking (What you got cooking?) has me headed for the earplugs! I wish I had written this page Rich! :D

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      Malu Couttolenc 4 years ago

      I think there are worse songs out there, can't even remember the names. This is a fun page :)

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      poppy mercer 4 years ago from London

      Am I the only person who feels all life draining away when within earshot of the Carpenters?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      WHAT ABOUT JUSTIN BIEBERS SONGS??? HE DESERVES TO BE ON A LIST!.. ALL OF HIS SONGS ON TOP 10 LIST....!!!!!!

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      compugraphd 5 years ago

      B"H

      As I say myself in my list of the worst presidents, any best or worst list is, by its very nature, subjective. But, they are still fun.....

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      HOW COULD YOU PUT JAMES BLUNT ON THERE???Q!!!???!!!???!!!???!!!???!!!???!!!???!!! HE IS AMAYZZING!!!!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I think Rebecca Black needs her own category... because of her now there's a bunch of wannabe's with REALLY bad songs... like these chicks http://bitly.com/JcWbiq

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      Indigo Janson 5 years ago from UK

      Thanks for the smiles, Bonnie and Rich. A fun idea for a lens and has certainly got people talking!

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      mockingbird999 5 years ago

      MacArthur Park - Worst song ever.

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      Carolan Ross 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Aww...now Helen Ready singing 'I am Woman' ain't bad and ok I will admit that sometimes the Macarena can be fun. Otherwise, yes the rest of these so-called 'songs' get gongs.

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      Patricia 6 years ago

      These are fun songs.

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      TheManTheBrand 6 years ago

      There's some good stuff here.... if you compare it to the songs on the radio today. And Rebecca Black?! if you listen to it enough... it gets kinda catchy after about 15 times. She'll be an unoffical One Hit Wonder in my books for the rest of eternity. Great Lens!

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      WayneDave LM 6 years ago

      There are a lot of bad songs on that list! Good shout with Ebony and Ivory, really overated. Really wish Stevie hadn't have done that one!

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      KANEsUgAr 6 years ago

      definitely agree with these being the worste songs.

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      firnandus 6 years ago

      You are right,.....

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      Deb Kingsbury 6 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Macarena definitely isn't a song I'd just LISTEN to, but I have to admit it's fun to (occasionally, as in, not too often) do the dance at a party. If I had to sit still and listen, though ... yeah, definitely not good.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I think someone already mentions that Rebecca Black "Friday" should be added to this list...lol.

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      GabrielaFargasch 6 years ago

      Hahahahaha! I have to confess I like the "Barbie Girl" song.... But you are absolutely right about the other nine songs!

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      Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

      Yes I agreee with your list too, they are annoying, but afraid also classic memories too. Like MCHammer and his pants! oooh....the 80s - congrats on your feature fantastic

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      grannysage 6 years ago

      Aawwwww, I Am Woman may be out of place today, but it is a classic feminist song. I'd replace it with Don't Worry, Be Happy with the singing fish.

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      GoAceNate LM 6 years ago

      Ha ha hah. Great lens. Enjoyed very much

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      JaySing 6 years ago

      OMG - I am still laughing.

      Great job and lots of fun. Thank you.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      agadoo

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      All these songs are better that Rebecca Black's "Friday" - they pale in comparison to her loud, toneless noise that passes as "singing". The ones listed here are cheesy, yes, but they're cheesy classics!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      You Light Up My Life thats another bad one Run Joey Run oldie but a baddie

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @CeleryStalker LM: Keshas voice is very annoying

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      friday rebecca black -- i agree My Humps very bad -- I seen Milkshake on Youtube was a bad song too

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      Nathalie Roy 6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      THANK YOU for saying out loud what everyone thinks but are afraid to say: Worst Song #10: My Heart Will Go On!!! reason number one I am the only human being who has NOT YET seen Titanic.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      'Midnight at the Oasis' and 'Muskrat Love' make me frantically scan the room looking for a sharp object to repeatedly plunge into both ear drums.

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      Angela F 6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I had forgotten how annoying some of these were! What... no "Disco Duck on your list?

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      mahimattphoto 6 years ago

      A solid list thanks for sharing. While I hate many of these songs they are anthems and will never die.

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      mahimattphoto 6 years ago

      A solid list thanks for sharing. While I hate many of these songs they are anthems and will never die.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The most annoying;make your ears bleed; song of all time is Eric Clapton's "You look wonderful tonight"!!!

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      glowchick 6 years ago

      Fun lens and I have to agree with this list for the most part. Fun read :)

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      Yourshowman LM 6 years ago

      This Lens Should Be In humour Category.i Enjoyed it.But i don't agree with your list.My heart will go on and macarena are one of the best selling songs of all time.

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      eclecticeducati1 6 years ago

      Well, I don't agree with the whole list and a few of the songs, I have not heard, but the lens is great! :) Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      Sammy24 6 years ago

      I like mots of these songs... They were catchy at the time and bring back memories when they play on the radio...i know that they are not the best songs, but I like them...

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      CeleryStalker LM 7 years ago

      I was lucky enough to never hear #6 before seeing this lens... :) I'd toss Tik Tok by Ke$ha into one I was writing.

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      Meloramus 7 years ago

      Cheesy, yet sadly, also memorable! Cool idea for a lens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I made my own version of a worst song list and posted it on Facebook and surprisingly 3 of the songs on this list made it. I do not agree with U Can't Touch This, Ice, Ice Baby and Who Let The Dogs Out. But Barbie Girl, My Heart WIll Go On and Macarena made my list and your's. Could have added My Humps by The Black Eyed Peas to your list.

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      Richard 7 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Gotta say that many of these songs make me cringe. Can think of some others too. Little Jimmy Osmond anyone? Great lens :)

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      You forgot to add "Feelings" unless you plan to make a lens about the all time most worst song ever! :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Worst Songs Top 5

      1.The Gummy Bear Song

      2.Beer by Psychostick

      3.Handlebars by The Flobots

      4.I Kissed A Girl by Katy Perry

      5.The Pot by Tool

      those are the worst songs ive ever heard

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      "Rubber Band Man" by the Spinners

      "Macho Man" by The Village People

      "Big Balls" by AC/DC

      "I Touch Myself" by The Divinyls

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      Holley Web 8 years ago

      I think they must have mixed up their lists. This was a great lens!

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      MarinaKuperman 8 years ago

      I will have to deagree on some of them but it' still a great ens, very enternaining.... I fived you and fanned you :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I hate Celion Dion's "my heart will go on" ... with a passion!!

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      nickupton lm 8 years ago

      "Grandma we love you" by the St Winifred's School choir is awful.

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      shrinkee 8 years ago

      I like quite a lot of these too actually. Great lens though.

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      SteveLobsey 8 years ago

      It's funny - almost all of these songs went to #1! So they couldn't be that bad!

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      Not-Pop 8 years ago

      I'm much more in line with the Rolling Stone list than the Spinner list. I like the Black Eyed Peas, but My Humps is awful!

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      WindyWintersHubs 8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Fun Lens! But but I love these old songs ;) Cheers!

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      kathypi lm 8 years ago

      great fun lens, relivin the memories

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      mdvaldosta lm 8 years ago

      What? I'm upset MC Hammer's stuff was on the list! He was great! I still rock him out... Hammer Time! But seriously, a great lens.

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      Paula Atwell 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      For being the worst songs, they sure keep reappearing on commercials and such and make a lot of money.

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Well, I must be off my rocker, but I happen to count a number of those songs as some of my most fun and favorite songs. OK, I'm off my rocker perhaps?

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      Andy 9 years ago from London, England

      Excellent choices. Funny how such rubbish becomes popular. Or maybe it's the fact they get played so much that we grow to hate them even more.

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      CleanerLife 9 years ago

      How sad, I know all these songs :(

      Not tempted to re-live any of them :P

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      RuthCoffee 9 years ago

      Cher and the MJ/Paul McCartney duet definitely belong on the list. The off button was needed even when they were new.

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      beeobrien lm 9 years ago

      We loved them when they were new. Silly us. Nice job. I really enjoyed re-remembering these oldies.