(500 Miles) I’m Gonna Be (1988) The Proclaimers
Even though it is annoying, this song is pretty good. It’s not overly repetitive—the it’s accents and the beat that make it so unpleasant to listen to. There’s only so many times you can listen to this song before it gets stuck in your head.
“I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” was released in the United Kingdom in August 1988, and in the United States in 1993. It gained popularity in the United States as one of the main themes in the film Benny & Joon, starring Johnny Depp. During the summer of that year, it peaked at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Axel F (2005) Crazy Frog
When the early 2000s remix the 1980s, you know there will be major issues. It was accompanied by a fully animated music video featuring the “Most Annoying Thing,” which seems to be an apt description for the song itself. But you have to hand it to the Swedish group who created it: it’s the second-oldest video on YouTube and one of the most-watched videos of all time.
The original song peaked at number three on Billboard in the United States. It was released in 1984 and was featured on the soundtrack to the film Beverly Hills Cop. Meanwhile, the remix topped the charts in Turkey, New Zealand, Australia, and most of Europe. It was ranked 50th in the United States.
Afternoon Delight (1976) Starland Vocal Band
Aside from the fact that it’s been used and re-used so many times that it’s deflated, it’s also an extremely annoying song in general. The random “Skyyyy rockets in flight” line, which doesn’t fit with anything else in the song, is one of the song’s weak points.
Afternoon Delight was recorded in 1975 and released the following year. It received three Grammy nominations and won Best Arrangement for Voices at the 19th Grammy Awards. In 2010, Billboard ranked it as the 20th sexiest song of all time. It has appeared in a number of films and television shows since its initial release, including Good Will Hunting, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, and Arrested Development.
Final Countdown (1986) Europe
The “Final Countdown” is the only song that sounds like it was written in the 1980s. From the synth to the vocals, you’re transported back in time to the era of big hair and neon colors. If you happen to forget while listening to the song, they will remind you 13 times that it is the final countdown. By the end, however, you’ll be counting down the seconds until the song ends.
Europe, a Swedish rock band, released “The Final Countdown” in 1986. The song appears to have been inspired by David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” The song peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. It was a smashing success almost immediately. It is still used in the media, including the sitcom Arrested Development.
Copacabana (1978) Barry Manilow
It’s not necessarily good because it’s by Barry Manilow. Despite the fact that the lyrics are different, it feels like it’s the same thing over and over again. Then, after hearing it, it becomes ingrained in your mind. Only the “Copacabana” section. There is nothing else. It’s a complete waste of everyone’s time.
Copacabana was released in June 1978 and quickly became a summer hit. It debuted on Billboard magazine’s Top 40 chart on July 7, 1978, and peaked at number eight. It also made the top ten lists in Belgium, Canada, France, and the Netherlands. With over 1 million sales in the United States, it received Gold certification.
Cotton Eye Joe (1994) Rednex
This song has recently regained popularity thanks to internet meme culture, but it should have remained in the past. The lyrics are inspired by STDs, with the phrase “cotton eye joe” referring to the cotton swab test used in doctor’s offices. After learning that, you’ll never look at this song the same way again.
“Cotton Eye Joe” is a Swedish Eurodance song from the summer of 1994. The unique song, which combined American folk music with techno, was popular in Europe, particularly in Norway, as well as Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, and Austria. It peaked at number 25 in the United States in May 1995.
What’s New Pussycat (1965) Tom Jones
What’s New Pussycat sounds like one of those songs that ends way too soon. Tom Jones, like many of the other artists, is curious: “What’s new, pussycat?” Nowadays, the song sounds kind of gross as well. It’s just not a good song, and we’re not sure how it got so popular!
Burt Bacharach and Hal David wrote the song, which was released in the United States in June 1965 and in the United Kingdom in August of that year. It peaked at number 11 as a top 30 record in the United Kingdom. It peaked at number three in the United States. It also won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for the film of the same name in 1966.
Believe (1998) Cher
Cher has a burning question for you: do you believe there is life after love? She asks us eight times, so we doubt she wants anything but to hear herself speak. This song is most notable for being the first autotuned song, for which no one is grateful. Music has never been the same, which is a bad thing.
Cher’s “Believe” received positive critical response at the time, with AllMusic calling it a “pop masterpiece.” It peaked at number one in 21 countries around the world after being recorded and released in 1998. Cher became the oldest female recording artist to have a number one single on the Billboard Hot 100.
Blue (1998) Eiffel 65
“Blue” tells a story, but it’s not one that anyone cares about. Almost everything is blue. But, if everything is blue, is there anything that is truly blue? If you’re looking for an answer, the lyrics may provide one: “Da ba dee da ba dye.” If only we could figure out what the words meant.
The song was released in October 1998 by the Italian band Eiffel 65. It was their most popular single, and the band is now largely regarded as a one-hit wonder. The song received mixed reviews, but it quickly topped the charts in Europe. The song peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.
Who Let the Dogs Out (2000) Baha Men
This song was nominated for a Grammy for Best Dance Recording, but it’s still stuck in our heads. The repetition of “woof, woof, woof, woof” is what makes this song so bad. It may be a good dance song, but let’s be honest: it didn’t win any awards for having meaningful lyrics.
“Who Let the Dogs Out?” was released in July 2000 and charted at number two in the United Kingdom. It was also the number one song in Australia and New Zealand. The song peaked at number 40 on the Billboard Hot 100. It won the Grammy for Best Dance Recording at the 2001 Grammy Awards.
You’re Beautiful (2005) James Blunt
This is an excellent pop song. It has sad music as well as some strangely romantic music. Aside from the fact that it has been overplayed, the singer has nothing positive to say about it. According to Blunt, it’s about a guy high on the subway stalking someone else’s girlfriend. It’s not exactly romantic.
“You’re Beautiful” was released in 2005 as the lead single from his debut album Back to Bedlam. The hit song reached number one and number two in the United Kingdom and Australia, respectively. The song peaked at number one in the United States and Canada. It was also one of the most popular radio songs, so you’ve probably heard it enough by now. It received three Grammy nominations but did not win any of them.
It’s a Small World (1963) Sherman Brothers
This song is associated with the same-named water-based Disneyland ride. Songwriters Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman wrote the song so that it could be easily translated into a variety of languages. Given how frequently it is played, it is very possible that it is one of the most played songs in history.
Because we didn’t know before, you now know who wrote this horrifying song. Most of us are assaulted by this song at Disney theme parks, but it does appear from time to time elsewhere. Do us all a favor and stop using the song, Disney. It should be retired. The entire world will be grateful.
Disco Duck (1978) Rick Dees
Disco Duck represents everything that no one wants to remember about the 1970s. It has a disco beat, which is fine, but there’s an annoying duck that quacks throughout the song. The duck then begins to talk, and it sounds exactly like Donald the Duck, who is also annoying.
In September 1976, “Disco Duck” was released. It spent an entire week at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The well-known song, however, was not universally accepted. Memphis radio stations outlawed it. It achieved Platinum status in the United States after selling over 2 million copies.
Photograph (2005) Nickelback
This song appears to be a parody of another song. They narrate everything they do in an awkward manner reminiscent of something Weird Al would do. Add in Nickelback’s already strange vocals, and you’ve got a perfect song to mock. Take a look at this graph! I’m referring to photography. Sorry, I forgot what the actual song was for a split second.
The song, which was released in 2005, was included on the band’s much-maligned fifth studio album, “All the Right Reasons.” The song reached number one on Billboard in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The song also did well in Australia, Belgium, and the Netherlands, among other countries.
MMMBop (1997) Hanson
Why write lyrics when you can just make up sounds? It’s a lot simpler that way. People won’t notice how bad the rest of the lyrics are because they’ll be too preoccupied with what’s going on in the chorus. Sure, it was catchy for a while until it became completely irritating.
Hanson became a one-hit wonder with their 1997 hit song “MMMBop.” They were nominated for two Grammys as a result of it, but they did not win. It reached number one on lists all over the world and stayed there until the end of the year. Unfortunately, it was a huge success.
Baby (2010) Justin Bieber
Even while the song was still in circulation, people mocked it. The music video, from Bieber’s hair to his extreme youth, should have been a disaster from the start. However, it appears to have worked. It was once the most-watched video on YouTube. Fortunately, we all left “Baby” behind.
“Baby,” which featured Ludacris and Justin Bieber, was released as a digital download in January 2010. For some reason, the combination of dance-pop and hip-hop was a huge success with critics, and it was also a commercial success. It reached number one in Scotland and France, and it also charted in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada, among other countries.
Barbie Girl (1997) Aqua
This song would never be heard nowadays. Barbie dolls are mocked today for the standards they set for young girls, and this song only serves to exacerbate the situation by objectifying women in every way possible. Simply listening to the lyrics will reveal that there is nothing good here and that it is simply terrible.
Aqua, a Danish-Norwegian dance-pop band, released the song in May 1997. It was a massive success, selling over 8 million copies worldwide. The song debuted at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100. Mattel, who was upset about the trademark infringement and the song’s depiction of Barbie as a sex object, filed a lawsuit, but the case was dismissed.
We Built This City (1985) Starship
This is the song that best describes the music scene of the 1980s. It only sounds like frizzy hair and lasers to me. Also, the lyrics. They’re so hypocritical. We can’t stand hearing them. This has to be one of the worst songs from the 1980s, and that’s the best we can say about it.
We built this city peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. The song, which was released in August 1985, only achieved Gold certification with 500K sales. It has consistently been ranked among the very worst songs of the 1980s since its release, and it isn’t getting any better with age.
Message in a Bottle (1979) The Police
The majority of people can get through Message in a Bottle just fine…until they get close to the end. The Police then sing “Sendin’ out an SOS” for a full minute. We’re not kidding. 60 seconds of “sending out an SOS.” At that point, we’re pleading for help: save us from this song!
“Message in a Bottle” by The Police was released in September 1979 and became one of the band’s first number one singles. For some reason, it is also one of the band’s personal favorites. In addition to charting all over the world, it also made the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at 74.
Livin’ La Vida Loca (1999) Ricky Martin
This upbeat song is easy to get stuck in your head and difficult to get out. Sure, it’s catchy, but I’m not interested in hearing it a million times. Not to mention that the chorus is sung four times in the course of the four-minute song. Given how long it is, that’s quite a bit. Thanks to Ricky Martin, we’re living la vida loca.
The hit Ricky Martin song launched the Latin pop wave of the late 1990s and early 2000s. The song debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1999 and could be heard on the radio almost every day. It continues to sell well in the digital age, with 502,000 digital copies sold in the United States.
My Humps (2005) Black Eyed Peas
The more you think about this song, the funnier it becomes. The song is obviously sexual, so the lumps and humps are obvious at first. However, in some places, the “humps” are spelled “hump” in the singular. So we have lumps, humps, and a hump. Hmmm… The song is certainly open to interpretation, but we’d rather not stay to find out what’s going on.
Will wrote and produced the song “My Humps.” i.am received negative feedback from seasoned music critics, but this did not prevent him from becoming a success. It was nominated for a Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and charted on the Billboard Hot 100.
Sherry (1962) The Four Seasons
Because of that stupid whining nosie the short guy makes, pretty much anything by The Four Seasons can make this list. Sherry is the most annoying of the songs because it takes up the majority of the time. There is nothing romantic about this song, neither technically nor lyrically. It’s a shambles, and we’re not going to pretend otherwise.
Despite this, the song was a huge success in Canada, most of Asia, New Zealand, and the United States, where it reached number one. It peaked at number 8 in the United Kingdom. The song, which was released in 1962, took only 15 minutes to write, but we’ve had to listen to it in some form or another for over 50 years. That’s not right.
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Ice Ice Baby (1989) Vanilla Ice
“Ice Ice Baby” was the first hip hop single to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Everything about the song makes you laugh, except for the song’s title. The beat is so cool it’s as cold as ice. Sorry, but that’s a little too far. Then there’s the rhythm, which is ripped straight from Queen and David Bowie’s “Under Pressure.”
The song is bad, and it’s past time to admit it. While it was popular at the time, one-hit wonder Vanilla Ice has not left a lasting impression on the music industry. However, it was a critical and commercial success. It was the first hip-hop single to reach number one on Billboard when it was released in 1990.
My Heart Will Go On (1997) Celine Dion
Isn’t it true that all of the best songs are about love? “Love Will Go On,” Titanic’s end credits song, seemed to hit the nail on the head. So much so that it became overused. Much more overplayed than the majority of songs. When Kate Winslet, one of Titanic’s stars, hears the song now, she feels sick.
“My Heart Will Go On” was recorded in May of 1997 and released in December of that same year. It was one of the most successful singles of its era, selling over 18 million copies worldwide as a single. Despite having only 658,000 copies available, it debuted at the top of the Billboard Hot 100.
The Thong Song (2000) Sisqo
This song is hilarious, but it isn’t exactly lyrical gold. Are you surprised, with lines like “She had dumps like a truck, truck, truck,” that she has dumps? This song sticks in your head because of the amusing word choice, but it eventually fades away when you realize the rest of the song is about a man asking a girl at a club if he can see her thong.
Sisqo’s 1999 single “The Thong Song” was released in February 2000 and peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song was a smash hit when combined with the music video, and it was even remade in 2017. But, in reality, the world would have been fine if it had never been created.
Karma Chameleon (1983) Culture Club
Can’t we? The strange harmonica in the background of Karma Chameleon stands out and then repeats itself just for the beat. God forbid they simply add more lyrics. It would be simple to like this song if it weren’t so repetitive. But, alas, here we are, and you are free to leave now.
The Culture Club’s hit song was released in 1983, and it’s unquestionably one of the most ’80s songs out there. It spent three weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and it is the only number one hit in the United States. But they had a lot more around the world.
Friday (2011) Rebecca Black
Stay away if you haven’t heard the song “Friday.” This isn’t one of those good songs that has been overplayed. It became an internet sensation after being dubbed the “worst video ever made.” It is currently the sixth most disliked video on YouTube. Fortunately, no one is talking about it right now, except for us.
It was immediately panned when it was released on YouTube, but it has since received over 30 million views and sold 43K copies. This tells us one of two things: either people genuinely dislike it and want to revel in their dislike for it, or they despise it but secretly love it. You make the decision.
Achy Breaky Heart (1992) Billy Ray Cyrus
What’s not to dislike about Achy Breaky Heart? There’s nothing to like about this song, from the horrible mullet in the music video to the horrible lyrics. It’s so bad that it’s frequently used as the cliché, “ironic” country song whenever someone mocks the genre. It encapsulates everything people despise about the country music in a single song.
Billy Ray Cyrus’s “Achy Breaky Heart” was released in March 1992. It peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. It peaked at number three in the United Kingdom. Nowadays, the song appears to be yet another song that people either love to hate or despise.
Macarena (1995) Los Del Rio
“Macarena,” another song with seriously dubious lyrics, was a huge hit in the 1990s. Because the dance was so well-known, it was played pretty much anywhere there was dancing, but this only added to its problems. That being said, this one was probably more popular because of the song itself, but you can’t separate the two.
Macarena was recorded in 1992 but only released in 1993. Because of the song, Los del Rio was named the “#1 Greatest One-Hit Wonder of All Time” on VH1 in 2002. Despite its annoyance, the song has remained popular, reaching number seven on Billboard’s All-Time Top 100 list.
Wannabe (1996) Spice Girls
The Spice Girls want to tell us what they really, really want, but we know what we really, really want: for them to stop wasting our time. Please skip to the next track. We don’t want this song to be a part of pop culture for another second. Thanks.
“Wannabe” was the debut single from the Spice Girls, an English pop group. The song received mixed reviews from music critics, with some loving it and others not so much. The reaction was similar in the US, but the song debuted at number three on the UK Singles Chart and number eleven on the US charts.
Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go (1984) Wham!
This song is hilarious. The lyrics aren’t as bad as they are in many pop songs. The sound is far more Beach Boys than ’80s hair band, which is a good thing. But, man, this song gets old about halfway through, and it just keeps going. It wakes you up and then immediately puts you back to sleep.
In May 1984, “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” was released as a single in the United Kingdom. It was a number one hit in both the United States and the United Kingdom. With over 2 million copies sold, it was certified Platinum. The song, written by the late George Michael, was ranked number 28 on VH1’s “100 Greatest Songs of the ’80s.”
Blurred Lines (2013) Robin Thicke
Aside from being extremely repetitive and uncreative, this song promotes rape culture in a perilous manner. Thicke sings about “blurred lines” with a girl at a club who is allegedly hitting on him. He wants her to abandon her boyfriend in favor of him, a stranger who is becoming overly familiar with a woman who is already in a relationship. Thicke’s wife left him almost a year after this song was released, in an unusual turn of events.
“Blurred Line” was recorded by Robin Thicke in 2012 and released in March 2013. The two music videos produced for the song undoubtedly contributed to the track’s success. Models Emily Ratajkowski, Jessi M’Bengue, and Elle Evans all appeared topless in one version of the video, while another was censored. The song debuted at number 94 but went on to become a huge hit, peaking at number six.
I Want Candy (1965) The Strangeloves
This song wasn’t always annoying, but it soon became ubiquitous. On television, in movies, and in supermarkets. It’s as if you can’t get away from this idiotic thing. It’s made worse by the fact that it’s so freaking repetitive. And it has since become a song featured in some of the worst children’s movies available.
The Strangeloves recorded the song in 1965, and many people don’t realize it’s that old because it’s still played today. The song peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in the United States. The song reached number 25 in the United Kingdom and number 81 in Australia.
Mah Na Mah Na (1993) The Muppets
There are no lyrics for Mah Na Mah Na. It’s just “Mah Na Mah Na” repeated several times, followed by some “do” noises. Although it is literally sung by Muppets, it has become extremely popular. It began to appear in movies and television shows, as if parents desired it after seeing it on Sesame Street.
There are good Muppets songs and bad Muppets songs, and this is a bad one. It’s a cover of a popular Italian song written by Piero Umiliani and released in 1968. It was only a minor hit in the US at the time, and it only became one when the Muppets version was released.
Cheerleader (2012) Omi
We’re rooting for this song to be forgotten and relegated to history. This song sounds like it’s coming from a broken computer speaker due to the repetition and annoying autotune. Next, please thank me. Cheerleader is easily one of the worst songs of the 2010s, and it’s a close call.
Cheerleader, a Jamaican singer, created the song in 2008 but apparently never figured out how to improve it over the next four years. When it was released in 2012, it became a global hit, topping charts in Europe before making its way to the United States. And the awful song was featured in the equally awful film, The Emoji Movie.
Tequila (1958) The Champs
If you’re nervous about trying karaoke for the first time, this is a great song to start with. This song is simply too annoying to listen to at any other time. The entire piece is instrumental music, with the occasional “Tequila!” We’re saying you need to drink a lot of tequila to get any enjoyment out of the song.
The Champs’ “Tequila” was released in 1958 by Gene Autry’s label Challenge Records. It peaked at number one on the pop and R&B charts. It has been covered extensively over the years and has appeared in a variety of film and television works. However, none of this changes the fact that the song is irritating.
Bread and Butter (1964) The Newbeats
This song is terrible from beginning to end. It starts with an annoying voice saying, “I like bread and butter,” and it doesn’t get much better from there. Who wants to listen to a song about eating simple foods that anyone can make? I suppose irritating songs were the Newbeats’ bread and butter.
“Bread and Butter” was recorded in 1964 and released that August. After two weeks, the song was ranked second on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Because of hits like “House of the Rising Sun” and “Oh, Pretty Woman,” it was never able to reach number one. That’s perfectly fine.
Yakety Yak (1958) The Coasters
“Yakety Yak” is annoyingly catchy. Lines about doing your chores and keeping your complaints to yourself can be found in the lyrics. This song reminds me of what my mother used to say to me before she let me leave the house. Thank you, but no! I’ll listen to something more interesting.
Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller wrote, produced, and arranged “Yakety Yak” for the Coasters. When it was released in April 1958, it spent seven weeks at the top of the R&B charts and one week at the top of the Top 100 pop chart. There have been numerous pop culture references to the song and covers of the song over the years, which have kept it somewhat relevant.
Honey, I’m Good (2014) Andy Grammer
Maybe you like songs about a guy who expects to be praised for not cheating on his girl; otherwise, this song would irritate you. Grammer spends the entire song describing a beautiful woman attempting to take him home, him resisting the temptation, and feeling proud of himself for doing so. Congratulations, sir; you possess basic human decency.
“Honey, I’m Good” was released in November 2014 and was on the radio by February 2015. According to Andy Grammer, the upbeat song is about monogamy and remaining faithful in a relationship. People apparently liked the message because it reached number one on the Billboard US Adult Top 40.
Whip My Hair (2010) Willow Smith
We’re glad Willow Smith is finding her place in the music industry, and her talent is blossoming with each new release. This song, on the other hand, repeats “I whip my hair back and forth” almost too many times to count. We get it, you like messing with your hair. Tell us something we didn’t know before.
Willow Smith’s debut single was released in October 2010. The song received positive feedback from critics, who praised it for its kid-friendliness and catchy beats. It debuted at number 60 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and peaked at number five. By October, it had risen to number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Baby Shark (20th Century) Unknown Artist
“Baby Shark” has been covered by many artists and is currently popular with young children, much to the chagrin of parents. This song began as a campfire song, but it has since become the anthem of toddlers everywhere. I’m going to “run away doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-
The song is still stuck in the heads of parents around the world, and it’s not getting any better. A 2007 YouTube video titled “Kleiner Hai” popularized the dance version of “Baby Shark,” and it was revived in 2015 in a video produced by Pinkfong. Related songs have received up to 5 billion views. “Baby Shark” quickly went viral.
I Love You (1992) Barney
I don’t believe anyone is perplexed as to why this song is on the list. If you’ve ever heard Barney sing this while hugging a group of kids, you might have felt compelled to turn off the TV and let your child cry. The entire song is the same verse, with only a minor variation, repeated over and over.
The song, which appears at the end of almost every episode, first appeared on the Barney & the Backyard Gang video “The Backyard Show.” The song is a direct rip-off of “This Old Man,” with lyrics by Lee Bernstein. It has now become ingrained in popular culture, which is very unfortunate for all of us.
Call Me Maybe (2012) Carly Rae Jepsen
Carly Rae Jepsen appeared perplexed. Should I contact her? Why don’t you call her? What are you attempting to persuade us to do? This is completely insane. The song was certainly catchy, but everyone had heard it so many times that it became irritating. Carly Rae Jepsen, on the other hand, has never had a bigger hit.
Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” was first released on her EP Curiosity and later on her second studio album Kiss.
The song topped the charts in Canada, while it reached number one on the Mainstream Top 40 chart in the United States. It received two Grammy nominations.
I’m a Gummy Bear (2007) Gummibär
This is a German children’s pop song that has gained international acclaim, much to the chagrin of parents. After all, “Oh I’m a movin’, groovin’, jammin’, singin’, Gummy Bear” is the song’s most complex set of lines. We hope for your sake that your child is no longer listening to Barney.
I’m a Gummy Bear, on the other hand, is both repetitive and terrible. We’re not sure how this song became so popular on YouTube, given its horrifying character and obnoxious sound. The song’s music video, which was released in June 2007, has received 2.1 billion views since then. It’s not a “baby Shark,” but it’s still impressive.
Do My Thang (2013) Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus included this song, along with a few others, on her Bangerz album, which was released after she split up with her fiancee. We get it—having she’s fun and experimenting with different musical styles now that she’s single. Could she, at the very least, express herself without saying “I’ma do my thang” a hundred times?
“Do My Thang” was released in the United States in October 2013. The song, which was intended to be a dance track, is easily one of the worst on the Bangerz album. The lyrics have been described as “absurd” by Billboard, and they are correct. This wasn’t the album’s biggest hit, but it was certainly one of the most annoying songs of the decade.
All About That Bass (2014) Meghan Trainor
The most irritating aspect of this song is how it attempted to be inclusive but failed. It’s wonderful to promote body positivity, but Trainor inadvertently disparaged petite bodies, girls who like to wear a lot of makeup, and plastic surgery. Trainor, if she truly wanted to send a positive message, should have realized that beauty is subjective.
Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” was released in June 2014. It was chastised for the very reason we mentioned: for failing to be inclusive of all types. Some, on the other hand, adored the song, with Time naming it the sixth-best song of the year. The song debuted at number 84 on the Billboard Hot 100 and quickly rose to number one by September 2014.
Happy (2013) Pharrell Williams
This song brought Pharrell Williams a lot of success, including a Grammy Award for Best Pop Solo Performance for singing it live. Despite its success, “Happy” enraged many people due to its sing-song sound and repetitive lyrics. Williams spends half of the song telling you to clap while a background voice chants “happy, happy, happy” way too many times.
Okay, maybe we’re being a little harsh, but you have to admit that this song had become so overplayed that it no longer made anyone happy. It was a hit with both kids and adults as a single from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack, topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart in early March 2014.
Marry You (2010) Bruno Mars
This is yet another example of a successful song that is also very annoying. The single, which was released in 2011, peaked at number 85 on the Billboard Hot 100. Because the beat is good and the lyrics are (mostly) sweet, “Marry You” has been used as a proposal song numerous times.
However, the lines “it’s a beautiful night, we’re looking for something dumb to do, hey baby, I think I want to marry you” didn’t sit well with many people. Mars basically said that marrying that girl was a bad idea, but he still wants to do it. What’s the deal with that?
Jam (Turn It Up) (2011) Kim Kardashian
Fortunately, Kim Kardashian isn’t a musician, or there would have been no excuse for this song’s abysmal quality. Over half of this “jam” consists of long segments of the same line, “they playn’ my jam, turn it up,” repeated several times. This song isn’t even catchy; it’s just bad.
Kardashian earned a spot on this list of annoying songs thanks to the heavy autotune and completely uncreative and repetitive lyrics. The song, which was recorded in 2010, was released in March of this year. It was panned by critics, but thanks to Kim’s popularity, it sold 60,000 copies in the first month in the United States.
It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time (1997) Buckwheat Boyz
This song became popular due to its ridiculousness, and crowds found enjoyment in the song’s stupidity. No one listened to it after the novelty wore off. It’s not difficult to see why. Every line is at least twice repeated, if not four or more times. There’s only so many times you can listen to “Where he at, there he go, peanut butter jelly” before the novelty wears off.
Peanut Butter Jelly Time by the “Buckwheat Boyz” was written in 1997, but it wasn’t popular until it became an internet meme in 2002. A dancing banana dances to the tune in the viral internet video. Millions, if not billions, of people are now aware of it.
Despacito (2017) Luis Fonsi feat. Justin Bieber
“Despacito” did not begin as an obnoxious, overplayed song. It was released in 2017 by Puerto Rican musician Luis Fonsi and had modest chart success. However, a remix of “Despacito” featuring Justin Bieber was released a few months later, and it became the overhyped song we all know and hate today.
The song’s popularity skyrocketed after Biebs got involved. It peaked at number one in 57 countries and tied the record for the most time spent on the Hot 100 charts. Needless to say, this thing became so popular that you couldn’t get away from it no matter how hard you tried!