Old Town Road, Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus
Do we even have to say why this one is on here? It was played approximately 17818187158484 times and even had a ton of remixes. Stahp.
The song was originally released in 2018, but was then re-released again in 2019 with the now-famous (and annoying) Bill Ray Cyrus remix. It began to climb the Billboard country music charts before being disqualified over genre concerns, but that didn't stop it from reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
Watermelon Crawl, Tracy Byrd
This song is honestly just really silly and not in a good way. It's something that can only be played at a hoedown or a hootenanny.
"Watermelon Crawl" was the second single off of Byrd's 1994 album, No Ordinary Man. The song made its way to number four on the Billboard country music charts, and it even made an appearance on the Hot 100, coming in at number 81. It may be annoying, but some people clearly liked it.
I Want My Mullet Back, Billy Ray Cyrus
Way too overplayed. Also unpopular opinion: Billy Ray Cyrus is seriously overhyped and not even that good.
This bizarre song comes from Billy Ray Cyrus' ninth studio album, Wanna Be Your Joe. The album was released at the height of Hannah Montana popularity, which made it sell well and chart well. However, "I Want My Mullet Back" didn't have the same luck. It was released as a single, but never managed to make the country music charts.
Chicken Fried, Zac Brown Band
Did he just stockpile everything he thinks a stereotypical person from the south would like? There’s no substance to this song. Chicken is good and all, but a full song about it? No, thanks.
"Chicken Fried" was first released in 2003, but it only got really popular in 2008 after the Zac Brown Band made it their first single off their first album with a major record company. It rose right to the top of the country charts, despite it being one of the most annoying country songs of all time.
That Don’t Impress Me Much, Shania Twain
A title to match everyone’s feelings, perfect. Fans definitely weren’t impressed by her attempt at blending pop and country. Shania Twain should stick with what she's good at.
"That Don't Impress Me Much" was the sixth single off of Shania Twain's wildly successful and popular studio album, Come on Over. It was one of the first songs that marked her as a successful crossover artist between country and pop. It might be annoying, but it's also one of her most famous and historic hits.
Rocky Top, Osborne Brothers
An obnoxiously fast rhythm, a shrill voice, and talking about getting with a half-cat woman on a mountain. This song is a trip that we didn’t sign up for.
"Rocky Top" made its debut in 1967, and it's been a hit ever since--especially in Tennessee. It's one of the state's ten official songs, and it's a tune you'll frequently hear at sports events at the University of Tennessee. The original version peaked on the charts and number 33, but a few years later, Lynn Anderson had a version that made it to number 17.
Life is a Highway, Rascal Flatts
This song is way too overplayed not to be considered annoying. Anyone on a road trip who plays this song should be banned from playlists for the rest of their life.
Despite all the fame it got from Rascal Flatts, this song has a history long before they showed up. It was originally released in 1992 by musician Tom Cochrane and rose to number six on the Billboard charts. Unfortunately, Rascal Flatts couldn't quite repeat that success—their version only made it to number seven.
Can’t Say I Ain’t Country, Florida Georgia Line
They bizarrely referenced a bunch of conspiracy theories in this song just to make their point that they were country? More than a little stupid, if you ask us.
"Can't Say I Ain't Country" came from Florida Georgia Line's fourth studio album of the same name, which was released in 2019 and boasted the singles "Simple" and "Talk You Out of It." The album as a whole made it all the way to the top of the Billboard country charts.
Dirt Road Anthem, Jason Aldean
This song wound up being a hit, but that doesn’t make it any less annoying. Any country-rap song is an almost immediate dislike.
Despite all the hate it may get, "Dirt Road Anthem" did well both commercially and critically. It topped the Billboard country music charts at number one, and it was subsequently nominated for a Grammy for Best Country Solo Performance. We might not like the song, but clearly some important people did!
Are You Ready For Some Football, Hank Williams Jr.
Please…just turn it off. It’s not even good. The South likes football and all, but a full song about it is just too much.
The song, also known by its original title, "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight" was originally released in 1984 as the second single off of William Jr.'s album Major Moves. It peaked at number 10 on the charts at the time and was reworked in 1989 to be used at the intro music for Monday Night Football.
Truck Yeah, Tim McGraw
There’s literally no substance to this song. It’s just so he can yell “Truck Yeah!” as much as possible.
"Truck Yeah" was released as the first single off McGraw's 2013 album Two Lanes of Freedom. It definitely wasn't McGraw's biggest hit of his career, as it only peaked at 11 on the country charts and number 57 on the Billboard Hot 100. Maybe a less punny title would have helped?
The Chicken in Black, Johnny Cash
Even country legends like Johnny Cash have rough patches. This song is a parody to his song "Man in Black," but it’s easily one of the most perplexing pieces of music out there.
There were rumors that Cash released this ridiculous song as a way to spite his label, Columbia Records, in the hopes that they would end his contract early. Despite this, "The Chicken in Black" managed to hold its own on the charts—it ended up peaking at 45, which is way better than it deserved.
She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy, Kenny Chesney
This one was a surprise. Chesney has been known to record some of the most moving and intelligent songs in country music. We have no idea what happened here.
Clearly "she" wasn't the only one who thought Kenny Chesney's tractor was sexy. The song rose to number 11 on the Billboard country charts and was eventually certified gold by the RIAA. The song was also responsible for a smattering of parodies that were all even more annoying than the original.
Ain’t Worth The Whiskey, Cole Swindell
This song is one gigantic grammatical error, and we just can’t get over that. We’ll pass.
"Ain't Worth the Whiskey" was released in 2014 as the first single off of Swindell's debut, self-titled album. After it shot to number one on the country charts, Swindell made history as being one of only a few country artists to have all three of their first singles reach number one.
Take Me Home Country Roads, John Denver
Once again, super overplayed and overhyped. Just go home already, John Denver.
When it was originally released in 1971, it managed to go all the way to number two on the Billboard Hot 100. It's been covered incessantly since it originally came out, including in 2001 by a Dutch pop group known as Hermes House Band. Their version managed to top the charts in Scotland and performed well in all of Europe.
Stuck Like Glue, Sugarland
Sugarland has been known to push boundaries, but this song crossed the boundary between good and bad. After this song has been stuck in your head for two weeks, you tend to get really sick of it.
"Stuck Like Glue" was released in 2010 as the first single off the band's album The Incredible Machine. Clearly a bunch of people got the song stuck in their head because it sold a whopping 2.6 million digital copies within three years. Love it or hate it, that's some serious staying power.
Save a Horse [Ride a Cowboy], Big & Rich
This break out songs pop-rap-country mix didn’t sit well with most country fans, thus rendering it just obnoxious. It loses any charm after the first listen.
The song managed to make it to number eleven on the country music charts, but it wasn't just confined to the world of country music. Most people were first exposed to the song in the commercials for ESPN's 2004 World Series of Poker. What does the song have to do with poker? Your guess is as good as mine.
Kick the Dust Up, Luke Bryan
Another catchy tune but the writing for this one is pathetic and a true nightmare. Don’t rhyme ‘up’ with ‘up.’ All we ask is for a little creativity.
"Kick Up the Dust" was released in May 2015, and it was Bryan's thirteenth single in his career. However, the song was anything but unlucky for the country music star. It rose to number one on the country music charts, and it even managed to make an appearance on Billboard's Hot 100.
Red Solo Cup, Toby Keith
When the artist himself says he regrets singing this then you know it’s bad. In Keith’s own words: “It’s so stupid, it’s good.” The good part is honestly still up for debate.
While the song may have appeared on Keith's 2011 album Clancy's Tavern, but this annoying song is not entirely his fault--it's the only song on this album that Keith didn't have a hand in writing. Even the singer himself didn't believe in the song, stating it was "the stupidest song I ever heard in my life."
Rap is Crap, Curt Hennig
You’re welcome to have your own opinions on music, but don’t tear down a whole genre just because you don’t like it. Plenty of people think Curt Henning is crap.
Hennig was part of a short-lived country group made up of professional wrestlers called the West Texas Rednecks. The group only managed to release two songs, one of which was "Rap is Crap." They might not have been great musicians, but they were better wrestlers--they ended up winning the WCW World Tag Team Championship.
Cotton Eyed Joe, Ricky Skaggs
I’ll ask it again: do we really have to say why this one is on here? It's overplayed, annoying, and used as the epitome of trashy country music.
However, we can't blame Ricky Skaggs alone for this song. "Cotton Eyed Joe" is actually an American folk song with a history that stretches back until at least the mid 1800s before the Civil War. This song might be annoying, but it's got staying power and probably isn't going away anytime soon.
Corn Star, Craig Morgan
Forgive us for the pun, but this song is just corny. Let's stop with the crappy puns in country music. It's time.
This infamous song comes from Morgan's 2012 album This Ole Boy. It was released as the second single, but, unlike the first, it didn't manage to break the top 40 on the country charts. I'm sure most people would consider this to be less than tragic news, and we don't blame them.
Picture to Burn, Taylor Swift
Remember when Taylor Swift was an actually decent country singer? This song isn’t it. "Picture to Burn" was Swift's fourth single off her self-titled album, released in 2006. It quickly rose up the charts and ended up at number three for country music and number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100.
It performed respectably at the time nonetheless, but the lyric "So go and tell all your friends that I'm obsessive and crazy/That's fine, I'll tell mine you're gay" didn't exactly hold up in today's climate. Swift recognizes this herself and has scrubbed the lyric from the song and the official music video. She also hasn't performed the song live since 2010.
Cruise, Florida Georgia Line
This song was everywhere, and we mean everywhere. Due to its inescapability, this song automatically lands as annoying.
"Cruise" made its debut in April of 2012, and by 2014, it had become the best-selling country music song of all time on digital platforms. The original song made it all the way to number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100, and, a few months later, a remix performed by rapper Nelly broke through to the top 10.
Rich, Maren Morris
I take back what I said earlier; not all women’s country songs are about taking out their abusive husbands/boyfriends. Some are about how rich they’d be if they got paid every time a guy disappointed them.
"Rich" was the fourth single off of Morris' album Hero, which was her debut on a major music label. The song managed to reach number four on the country music charts and number 62 on the Billboard Hot 100, which came as no surprise to critics who first noticed the song's crossover potential.
Back Porch Bottle Service, A.J. McLean
A Backstreet Boy singing country? Most country purists would call this blasphemy. Not to mention, he doesn’t do it well. This song is subpar at best.
When "Back Porch Bottle Service" was first released, McLean made his intentions clear: He wanted to "disrupt country music." We're not exactly sure what in the world that would actually entail, but we're pretty sure that the song was more sleep inducing than disruptive. Who knows? This former Backstreet Boy might be disrupting the opera world next.
Achy Breaky Heart, Billy Ray Cyrus
Sorry, Billy Ray, this one just gets really old really quickly. This is another one that people point to as "awful country songs." We agree with them.
The song might be annoying, but it was wildly successful in the United States and abroad. It was the first country single to go platinum since Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers released "Islands in the Stream" way back in 1983. It was also the first single to ever go triple platinum in Australia; they must love mullets in the land down under.
Brown Chicken Brown Cow, Trace Adkins
This song was obviously intended to be tongue-in-cheek but didn’t quite work out and just wound up being ridiculous and annoying.
"Brown Chicken Brown Cow" was first released in 2011, and it started out strong. It managed to reach number 39 on the country music charts before controversy struck. Because of the sexual nature of the lyrics of the song, it was pulled off the air after only two months. It might be annoying, but that's just ridiculous.
Country Rap, The Bellamy Brothers
Just because it’s supposedly the first of something, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good. The Bellamy Brothers claim that this was the first country-rap song, but with its silly lyrics, it just can’t be anything but annoying.
This song was released on the album of the same name all the way back in 1986. It wasn't the most wildly successful single of all time, but it still managed to make it to number 31 on the country music charts in 1987. We're sure that the Bellamy Brothers were more than pleased.
Honky Tonk Badonkadonk, Trace Adkins
This song is all about women in the wrong way. It’s not cute. Get lost. No woman wants to be serenaded with by a song like this.
The song was released in 2005 as the third single from Trace Adkins' album Songs About Me. Despite the heavily country sound, it was a crossover hit for Adkins, reaching the top 40 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Pop 100. You can go ahead and hate it, but Adkins probably was just laughing all the way to the bank.
Tear in My Beer, Hank Williams
This sounds like every stereotypical older country song. Booze, a stagnant beat, and crying about a breakup.
Hank Williams Sr. wrote "There's a Tear in My Beer" all the way back in the 1950s, but it would be decades before it saw the light of day. It was officially released in 1989, a year after Williams' son, Hank Williams Jr., released a version of it that merged his new vocals with his father's original ones.
Goodbye Earl, The Dixie Chicks
Okay, every guy country song is about girls and trucks. Every woman’s country song is about taking out their husbands/boyfriends, apparently.
The song was originally written in the 1990s for the country band Sons of the Desert, but the album it was to appear on was never released. After the Dixie Chicks released it as a single in the year 2000, it managed to make it to number 13 on the country music charts.
I Was Jack (You Were Diane), Jake Owen
This song makes us nostalgic, but that’s about all it’s good for. This is just a ripoff of an American classic, and we’re not a fan.
"I Was Jack (You Were Diane)" was the sixth single on Owen's album Greetings from...Jake. It made it to number one on the country charts and 43 on the Billboard Hot 100. And it's not really as shameless of a rip off as it first seems--John Mellencamp is credited as a co-writer since the song was inspired by his hit.
Hotdamalama is Parmalee's last grasp before they fade into obscurity. This song was utterly awful, but what can you expect from a third rail pop-country band?
This is one song that sounds annoying, and the general public was inclined to agree. Although it was released as a single in 2018, it didn't manage to make an appearance on any of the major music charts—which is a fate that their next single also succumbed to. That's gotta hurt.
Singles You Up, Jordan Davis
An unexceptional song that’s sung by an equally trite artist. Who is this guy anyway?
"Singles You Up" was released in 2017 and was the first single on Davis' debut album, Home State. It made it to the top of the country music charts in 2018, and in the same year, it topped 250,000 copies sold. It eventually went platinum, with more than one million in sales.
Hell of a Night, Dustin Lynch
Dustin Lynch is a perfect of bro-country. This song is literally just about being with a girl in his truck. Not a whole lot of substance, and we’re also back to the demeaning women trope. Again.
"Hell of a Night" was released as a single in 2014 off of Lynch's album Where It's At. It eventually reached number one on the country music charts, making it the second single for Lynch to achieve that feat. It also managed to make it number 55 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1994, Jason Aldean
We get why he made this song, 1994 was the best year for country music. Too bad this song would’ve been hated then just as much as it is now. It’s literally just a poorly done rap song disguised as country. Country and rap don’t go together. Take the hint.
"1994" was released as a single off of Aldean's 2012 album Night Train. Despite mixed reviews from critics, listeners had a more favorable view of the song, considering it reached number ten on the country music charts and number 52 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was eventually certified gold thanks to more than 500,000 copies sold.
B*tches, Mitchell Tenpenny
Another bro-country anthem, more pop than country and talking about how he’s so tired of all the “b*tches.” Cool, they’re probably more tired of you, honey.
While Mitchell Tenpenny made a music video for the song, it was clearly not a single destined for success on the charts. However, considering the fact that all of Tenpenny's later singles have struggled in the rankings, maybe he should have given this one a try to see what happens.
Downtown’s Dead, Sam Hunt
Country is supposed to be about back roads and rolling fields of whatever crop happens to be in season, right? Apparently, Hunt didn’t get that memo since this song is very much about a big city. That’s, like, the opposite of the point of country, right?
"Downtown's Dead" was the second single off of Hunt's album Southside. While it did make the charts, it was Hunt's worst performing single thus far--only making it to number 15 on the country music charts. However, if that's his worst effort, it still seems to us like he's doing pretty good.
Meant to Be, Florida Georgia Line ft. Bebe Rexha
Another overplayed song that isn’t near as good as the hype makes it seem. That seems to be a theme with most pop-country hits.
"Meant to Be" was released as a single in 2017, and it found a lot of success, no matter how annoying it may be. It made it all the way to the top of the country charts, and almost got there on the Billboard Hot 100—making it all the way to number two. Additionally, it was nominated for a Grammy for Best Country Duo/Group Performance.
Pirate Flag, Kenny Chesney
The sentiments of freedom and “fight the power” embedded in this song is admirable, but the hook of the song is beyond cringey. “Island girls” aren’t plunder to loot, no matter how much of a “pirate” you are!
Kenny Chesney might release annoying songs, but he's nothing if not a hard worker. "Pirate Flag" was released as the first single off of his fifteenth album. It's impressive enough that he made it all the way to fifteen, but the single also reached the top three of the country music charts and the top 50 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Mean Girls, Sugarland
Sugarland’s back with another questionable song that’s sure to get stuck in your head. If it wasn’t bringing middle school catfights to life, perhaps it’d be fun.
"Mean Girls" was released on Sugarland's second studio album, Enjoy the Ride, which debuted in 2006. While the album itself was very successful for the band, "Mean Girls" didn't get much love. It was never released as a single, and was relegated to near the end of the track listing.
Vacation, Thomas Rhett
Thomas Rhett brought us the heartwarming hit Die A Happy Man, but Vacation lacks both the engaging chorus and relatability to be considered for his greatest hits album.
"Vacation" was released as a single in 2016—making it Rhett's fourth from the album Tangled Up. The song made it all the way to number 19 on the country music charts, and it was eventually certified gold. It was not Rhett's most successful song, but it did well enough, all things considered.
Body Like a Back Road, Sam Hunt
Just why… This song epitomizes objectification yet blasted on country radio stations for months on end.
"Body Like a Back Road" was released in 2017 and was the first single off of Hunt's album Southside. It was the singer's second crossover hit, ranking at number one on the country charts and number eight on the Billboard Hot 100. To date, "Body Like a Back Road" is Hunt's most successful single of all time.
This Is How We Roll, Florida Georgia Line feat. Luke Bryan
Who told these country boys that they can rap, and who keeps hyping them up for it? Rappers everywhere are rolling their eyes.
The song was released as a single in 2014 to favorable reviews from critics, and it managed to reach number 75 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was first certified platinum in 2014, and, by 2018, it had achieved quintuple platinum status. Annoying or not, that's impressive for a music group to pull off.
Country Girl (Shake It for Me), Luke Bryan
Since when did southern hospitality include belittling women to their bodies? Someone needs to teach these country boys about basic respect.
It might be annoying song, but there's no denying that it was successful. To date, it's the third best-selling single by a male country music artist. So, it should come as no surprise that it dominated the country music charts, and it eventually went platinum six times for more than 3.5 million sales.
Beautiful Drug, Zac Brown Band
Another song about women blah blah blah, but that’s not what makes this song annoying. This weird mix of EDM and country styles got a subpar review from Billboard, saying, “‘Beautiful Drug’ doesn’t just flirt with top 40 EDM but checks it into a cheap motel for a quickie. The affair is brisk and forgettable.”
Despite the mixed reviews from critics, "Beautiful Drug" did decently from a commercial standpoint. It's sold almost 500,000 copies since it was released. The band performed the song at the 2015 CMA awards, which prompted 21,000 downloads alone. It also managed to make it to the top of the country music charts.
Parking Lot Party, Lee Brice
Bearable enough to be a party song after 1.5 drinks, but not good enough to have a permanent spot on the radio. Unless you’re actually partying in a parking lot, give this one a skip.
"Parking Lot Party" was the fourth single from Lee Brice's album Hard 2 Love and was met with mixed reviews from music critics. The single has been certified platinum, making it Brice's fifth song to be certified at least gold. Despite all the sales, it never managed to make it to the top of the charts.
Write My Number On Your Hand, Scotty McCreery
Scotty McCreery’s classic deep country vocals save this song from the top of this list, but we can’t get over how weirdly pushy the lyrics are. Wouldn’t you rather get someone’s number organically than from begging?
We might think it's annoying, but McCreery clearly loved the song. He said, "When I hear this song, I have a bunch of pictures going through my mind, like jumping in the lake, stuff I grew up doing [...]It's about a girl and a guy and they are at the lake. They are about to leave and he says, 'Write my number on your hand so I can call you up.' At the end, it takes a twist. She says,' If you want to see me, write my number on your hand.' It has all of the country things in it, like farmer's tans and Coca-Cola."
Your Man, Josh Turner
Baby, lock them doors and turn off this song we’re over it! Nothing’s inherently wrong with the lyrics or Josh Turner’s luxuriously deep voice, but the trend had its moment and it’s time to move on.
The song was released in 2005 on Turner's album of the same name. It was the lead single for this album, and it eventually reached the top of the country music charts, and it's been certified triple platinum for sales of over three million. It didn't snag a Grammy, but it did win a handful of other awards.