I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) (1988) The Proclaimers
This song is pretty sweet, even if it is annoying. It’s not too repetitive—it’s those accents and the beat that makes it so bad to listen to. There’s only so many times you can listen to this song before even just thinking about it makes it get stuck in your head.
Axel F (2005) Crazy Frog
When the early 2000s remix the 80s, you know there are going to be major problems. It was released with a fully animated music video featuring the “Most Annoying Thing,” and that seems an apt description for the song itself. You have to give it to the Swedish group that made it, though: it’s the second oldest video on YouTube and one of the most played videos of all time.
Afternoon Delight (1976) Starland Vocal Band
Ignoring the fact that this has been used and re-used so many times that it’s a deflated balloon, it’s also incredibly annoying. One of the worst parts of the song is the random “Skyyyy rockets in flight” line that doesn’t fit anything else in the song.
Final Countdown (1986) Europe
If any song sounds like the 80s, it's the "Final Countdown". From the synth to the vocals, you’re transported to the time of big hair and neon colors. In case you forget while you’re listening to the song, they remind you 13 times that it’s the final countdown. By the end, though, you’ll be counting down the time until the song’s up.
Copacabana (1978) Barry Manilow
Just because it’s by Barry Manilow doesn’t mean that it’s good. Even though the lyrics are different, it feels like it’s the same thing over and over and over. Then, after hearing it, it gets stuck in your head. Just the “Copacabana” part. Nothing else.
Cotton Eye Joe (1994) Rednex
This song recently came back into popularity through internet meme culture, but it should have stayed in the past. The lyrics are inspired by STDs, with “cotton eye joe” referencing the cotton swab test performed at doctor’s offices. You’ll never look at this song the same way again after learning that.
What’s New Pussycat (1965) Tom Jones
What’s New Pussycat sounds like one of those songs that end way before it actually does. Tom Jones, like many of the other artists, has a burning question: What’s new, pussycat? Nowadays, the song kind of sounds gross, too.
Believe (1998) Cher
Cher has a burning question: do you believe in life after love? She asks us eight times, so we doubt she wants anything other than hearing herself talk. This song is most notable for being the first autotuned song, and nobody is thankful for that milestone.
Blue (1998) Eiffel 65
"Blue" manages to tell a story, but not one anyone necessarily cares about. Pretty much, everything is blue. But if everything is blue, is anything really blue? Well, if you want an answer, the lyrics may give an answer: “Da ba dee da ba dye.” If only we knew what the words meant.
Who Let the Dogs Out (2000) Baha Men
This song won a Grammy for Best Dance Recording, but it still gets stuck in our heads. What makes this song so bad is the repetition of “woof, woof, woof, woof.” It might be a good dancing song, but it didn’t win any awards for having meaningful lyrics.
You’re Beautiful (2005) James Blunt
This song is a perfect pop song. It’s got sad music with some weirdly maybe romantic music. Well, in addition to it being overplayed, the singer has nothing good to say about it. Blunt says it’s about a guy high on a subway stalking someone else’s girlfriend. Not exactly romantic material.
It’s a Small World (1963) Sherman Brothers
Now you know who wrote this horrific song because we didn’t know before now. This song assaults most of us at Disney theme parks, but it pops up from time to time elsewhere. Disney, do us all a favor and stop using the song. Retire it.
Disco Duck (1978) Rick Dees
Disco Duck is everything no one wants to remember about the 70s. It’s got a disco beat, which is fine, but then there’s an annoying duck that quacks through the track. Then, the duck starts talking, and it sounds just like Donald the Duck, who is also annoying.
Photograph (2005) Nickelback
This song feels like it is a parody of an actual song. The way they narrate everything they do feels as awkward as something Weird Al would do. Add in Nickelback's already weird vocals and you’ve got a perfect song to make fun of.
MMMBop (1997) Hanson
Why write lyrics when you can just sing sounds you make up? It’s much easier that way. People won’t focus on how bad the rest of the actual lyrics are because they’ll be too focused on whatever is going on in that chorus.
Baby (2010) Justin Bieber
People made fun of this song even while it was still out. From Bieber’s hair to his extreme youth, the music video should have been a disaster from a start. Apparently, it worked, though. At one point, it was the most-watched video on YouTube. Luckily, we all left “Baby” behind.
Barbie Girl (1997) Aqua
These days, this song wouldn’t fly. Today, Barbie dolls are mocked for the standards they set for young girls, and this song only goes to make things worse. Just listen to the lyrics, and you’ll realize that there’s really nothing good here.
We Built This City (1985) Starship
If there is a song to describe the 80s music scene, it’s this song. It just sounds like frizzy hair and lasers. And the lyrics. Wow, they’re hypocritical. We can’t stand listening to them.
Message in a Bottle (1979) The Police
Most people can make it through Message in a Bottle just fine…until they get near the end. From that point, The Police sing “Sendin’ out an SOS” for a solid minute. We’re not joking. A solid 60 seconds of “sending out an SOS.” At that point, we’re sending out an SOS – save us from this song!
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Livin’ La Vida Loca (1999) Ricky Martin
This upbeat song is easy to get stuck in your head and nearly impossible to get out. Sure, it’s catchy, but that doesn’t mean that I want to hear it a million times. Not to mention, the chorus is sung a total of four times during about a four-minute song. That’s quite a bit considering how long it is. We’re livin’ la vida loca thanks to Ricky Martin.
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My Humps (2005) Black Eyed Peas
The more you look into this song, the funnier it gets. The song is obviously sexual, so at first, it’s obvious what the lumps and humps are. But in some spots, the “humps” are actually “hump” in the singular. So, we’ve got lumps, humps, and a hump. Hmmm… Well, the song is definitely up for interpretation, but we’d rather not stick around to find out what’s going on.
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Sherry (1962) The Four Seasons
Pretty much anything by The Four Seasons can make this list because of that stupid whining nose the short guy makes. Out of all of the songs, Sherry is the most annoying because it’s basically the whole thing.
Ice Ice Baby (1989) Vanilla Ice
“Ice Ice Baby” was the first hip hop single to top the Billboard Hot 100. Everything about the song makes you laugh, but nothing more than the name of the song. The beat is so cool that it’s cold like ice. Sorry, that’s just too far.
My Heart Will Go On (1997) Celine Dion
All the best songs are about love, right? “Love Will Go On,” the end credits song for Titanic, seemed to really hit the nail on the head. So much so that it got overplayed. Way more overplayed than most songs. Kate Winslet, one of the stars in Titanic, feels like throwing up when she hears the song now.
The Thong Song (2000) Sisqo
This song is hilarious, but it isn’t lyrical gold by any means. Of course, with lines like “She had dumps like a truck, truck, truck,” are you surprised? This song gets stuck in your head because of the chuckle-worthy word choice, but ultimately gets skipped after you remember the rest of the song is about a man asking a girl at the club if he can see her thong.
Karma Chameleon (1983) Culture Club
C-C-C-Can we not? Karma Chameleon has the weird harmonica in the background that sticks out and then repeats itself just for the beat. God forbid they just throw in more lyrics.
Friday (2011) Rebecca Black
If you’ve never heard "Friday," stay away. This isn’t one of those good songs that got overplayed. It became an internet sensation because it was called the “worst video ever made.” It is currently the 6th most disliked video on YouTube.
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Achy Breaky Heart (1992) Billy Ray Cyrus
What isn’t annoying about Achy Breaky Heart? From the horrible mullet in the music video to the horrible lyrics, there’s nothing to like about this track. It’s so bad that it’s often used as the cliché, “ironic” country song whenever someone is making fun of the genre.
Macarena (1995) Los Del Rio
Another song with seriously questionable lyrics, "Macarena" was huge back in the 90s. The dance was iconic, so it was played pretty much anywhere where dancing happened, but that just added to its problems.
Wannabe (1996) Spice Girls
The Spice Girls want to tell us what they want, what they really, really want, but we know what we really, really want: we want them to stop wasting our precious time. Just skip to the next track, please.
Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go (1984) Wham!
This song is just funny. The lyrics aren’t as bad as many pop songs. The sound is much more Beach Boys than 80s hair band, and that’s definitely a good thing. But man, does this song get old about halfway through.
Blurred Lines (2013) Robin Thicke
Other than being very repetitive and uncreative, this song promotes rape culture in a dangerous way. Thicke sings about “blurred lines” with a girl who is supposedly hitting on him at the club. He wants her to leave her boyfriend for him, a stranger who is getting too familiar with a woman already in a relationship. In a strange twist, Thicke’s wife left him almost a year after this song came out.
I Want Candy (1965) The Strangeloves
This song wasn’t always annoying, but then it started to show up everywhere. On TV, in movies, and in grocery stores. It’s like you can’t get away from this stupid thing. What makes it worse is that it’s so freaking repetitive.
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Mahna Mahna (1993) The Muppets
Mahna Mahna doesn’t have any lyrics. It’s just “Mahna Mahna” over and over followed by some “do” noises. It’s literally sung by Muppets, but it became incredibly popular. It started showing up in movies and films – as if parents wanted that after seeing it on Sesame Street.
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Cheerleader (2012) Omi
We’re cheering for this song to be forgotten and left in the past. The repetition and annoying autotune make this song sound like it’s coming out of broken computer speakers. Thank you, next.
Tequila (1958) The Champs
This is a great song if you’re nervous about trying karaoke for the first time. Any other time, this song is just too annoying. The whole thing is instrumental music broken up by the occasional “Tequila!”
Bread and Butter (1964) The Newbeats
This song is horrible from start to finish. It opens up with an annoying voice screeching “I like bread and butter,” and it doesn’t get much better from there. Who wants to listen to a song about eating basic food anyone can cook?
Yakety Yak (1958) The Coasters
“Yakety Yak” is catchy in a bad way. The lyrics consist of lines about doing your chores and keeping your complaints to yourself. This song just reminds me of what my mom used to say to me before I was allowed to leave the house. No thanks!
Honey, I’m Good (2014) Andy Grammer
Maybe you’re into songs about a guy expecting praise for not cheating on his girl, otherwise, this song would bother you. Grammer spends the whole song describing a beautiful woman trying to take him home, him resisting the urge, and feeling proud of himself for it. Congrats sir, you have basic human decency.
Whip My Hair (2010) Willow Smith
We’re glad Willow Smith is finding her place in the musical world, and her talent is developing more with each release. However, this song repeats “I whip my hair back and forth” almost too many times to count. We get it, you like throwing your hair around. Now tell us something we didn’t know.
Baby Shark (20th Century) Unknown Artist
“Baby Shark” has been covered by numerous artists and is currently popular with little kids, much to the annoyance of parents. This song started off as a campfire song, but it’s now the anthem of toddlers everywhere. I’m gonna take a cue from the song and “run away doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo.”
I Love You (1992) Barney
I don’t think anyone is confused about why this song is on the list. If you’ve heard Barney sing this while hugging a group of children, you might have had the urge to turn off the TV and let your kid cry over it. The whole song is the same verse, with only a minor change, repeated over and over again.
Call Me Maybe (2012) Carly Rae Jepsen
Carly Rae Jepsen seemed super confused. Call her? Don’t call her? What are you trying to tell us to do? This really is crazy.
I’m a Gummy Bear (2007) Gummibär
This is a German children’s pop song that found international popularity, much to the annoyance of parents. After all, the most complex set of lines in this song is “Oh I'm a movin', groovin', jammin', singin', Gummy Bear.” At least your kiddo isn’t listening to Barney anymore.
Do My Thang (2013) Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus put this song, along with a few other annoying ones, on her Bangerz album, which came out after she broke up with her fiancee. We get it—she’s having a good time and trying different musical styles now that she’s single. But could she at least express herself without repeating “I'ma do my thang” a hundred times?
All About That Bass (2014) Meghan Trainor
The most annoying thing about this song is how it tried to be inclusive but failed. It’s great to promote body positivity, but Trainor accidentally put down petite bodies, girls who like to wear lots of makeup, and plastic surgery. If she was really trying to send a positive message, Trainor should have realized that beauty is different for everyone.
Happy (2013) Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams enjoyed a lot of success from this song, including a Grammy Award for Best Pop Solo Performance for singing it live. Despite its popularity, “Happy” made many people angry for its sing-song sound and repetitive lyrics. Half the song is Williams telling you to clap with a background voice chanting “happy, happy, happy” way too many times.
Marry You (2010) Bruno Mars
This is another example of a successful song that is somehow very annoying at the same time. The beat is good and the lyrics are (mostly) sweet, which is why “Marry You” has been used as a proposal song so many times. However, something about the lines “it's a beautiful night, we're looking for something dumb to do, hey baby, I think I wanna marry you” just didn’t sit well with a lot of people. Mars basically said marrying that girl was a bad decision, but he wants to do it anyway. What’s up with that?
Jam (Turn It Up) (2011) Kim Kardashian
Luckily Kim Kardashian isn’t a musician, or there would have been no excuse for this song. Over half of this “jam” is long segments of the same line, “they playn’ my jam, turn it up,” repeated over and over. This song isn’t even catchy, it’s just plain bad. The heavy autotune, combined with completely uncreative and repetitive lyrics, earned Kardashian a spot on this list of annoying songs.
It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time (1997) Buckwheat Boyz
This song got popular for being ridiculous, and crowds found enjoyment in how stupid the song is. After the novelty wore off, no one actually listened to it. It’s not hard to see why, either. Every line is repeated at least twice if not four or more times. You can only listen to “Where he at, there he go, peanut butter jelly” so many times before the novelty wears off.