The NY Post readers complied a list of the “worst songs of all time.” Here is their list:

Starship: We Built This City:

When even the co-singer of the song, Grace Slick, calls it “the worst song ever” (as she did in a Vanity Fair interview in 2012), it has to be pretty bad.

USA for Africa: We Are the World

The charitable intentions couldn’t hide what a stinker of a song it was. Prince knew it and, despite huge criticism at the time, wisely refused to take part.

Barenaked Ladies: One Week

Reader Heather Pink referred to this simply as the song “about Chinese chicken.” It’s not actually about that, but Barenaked Ladies’ one big hit is so heinously grating, it’s enough to spark eye rolls of recognition all ’round.

Bobby McFerrin: Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Righteously blasted in the lyrics of Fight the Power by Public Enemy, McFerrin’s whimsical a cappella hit also attracted withering criticism by reader Dave Richard, who regarded it as a “real steaming pile of crap.”

Terry Jacks: Seasons in the Sun

Adapted from a Jacques Brel song, Jacks’ wimpy delivery and the cornball lyrics about a man reflecting on his life make it one for the pop morgue.

Berlin: Take My Breath Away

For fans of Top Gun, it’s the song that signifies the on-screen passion of Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis. For readers like John Farrell, it’s merely “vomit-inducing crap.”

Rick Dees and His Cast of Idiots: Disco Duck

A novelty Number one hit for radio DJ Dees in 1976, this maddeningly irritating hit marks where disco truly did suck.

Steve Miller Band: The Joker

Keeping classic-rock radio stations in business since 1973.

Baha Men: Who Let the Dogs Out

Fun for about two weeks in 2000, when it came out. The bane of music fans the world over in the 16 years since.

Piko-Taro: PPAP

In October, this Japanese comic made chart history when his 45-second viral hit became the shortest song ever on the Billboard Hot 100. It’s still long enough to be massively aggravating.

The Hues Corporation: Rock the Boat

Looking back, this early disco single feels so thin, it’s practically invisible.

Eddie Murphy: Party All the Time

Much mocked, but Murphy’s hit — written and produced by Rick James — is exasperatingly catchy.

Nena: 99 Luftballons

Look closely, and 99 Luftballons actually reveals itself as a song about nuclear apocalypse, but that subtlety was lost under the annoying melody.

The Beatles: Hey Jude

Paul McCartney famously does three-hour live sets these days. But two and a half of them is him singing the “na na na na” part of Hey Jude.

Bryan Adams: (Everything I Do) I Do It for You

Any marriage is deemed legally null and void without a playing of this song at the wedding.

Men Without Hats: The Safety Dance

This ’80s electro-pop track was always pretty lame — and its case wasn’t helped by the stupid dancing in the video.

Los del Río: Macarena

The dance craze that still rears its ugly head every summer.

Billy Ray Cyrus: Achy Breaky Heart

Cyrus might be cool again, but for many, that doesn’t forgive him this original sin.

Europe: The Final Countdown

The absolute nadir of bombastic ’80s poodle-rock. Now fittingly used in car-insurance commercials.

Desiigner: Panda

The Brooklyn MC’s mumbling number one hit was a target for some confused readers. “The words don’t even make sense,” complained Jennifer Smith.

Do you agree with this list? What do you deem to be the “worst songs of all time?”


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  • Dana on

    I would like to add Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk to my list. Well, almost any Fleetwood Mac song would apply, minus Priest’s version of Green Manilishi.

    D 🙂

    • Doug R. on

      See, once again I’m on the opposite, I love almost every song Fleetwood Mac ever made! Lindsey Buckingham totally underrated guitarist!

  • elliot goldberg on

    I like a lot of crap, but I can safely say the worst cd in my collection is dr. hook: “greatest hooks”

  • Ray Gillen on

    Queens “radio gaga” sucks canal water for sure. Sorry Freddie

  • George Forleo on

    I will admit to liking half a dozen of these. None in my library though.

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