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Bad music, and all of the worst songs are subjective, we admit. The lists below have been compiled by suggestions from our visitors, and other published 'worst songs of all time. Often, the songs on this are loved by many, but hated even more by others.

This section is devoted entirely to the worst songs of all time. Well, maybe not the all-time worst written songs or worst performances of all time. Perhaps "Really irritating songs that used to be popular songs" would be a better title. On the other hand, there are people reading the list below and saying to themselves 'these are the greatest hits of all time!"

These are songs that, admit it or not, that we all knew and mostly liked when they first came out. These are songs that make us cringe when we hear them now in front of loved ones.
What were we thinking?

How does one define a "bad song"?
Sometimes they are just too 'catchy' or we have heard them far too many times for a single lifetime. You may love a particular ditty and the person next to you may give you a look of horror, distain and even a little pity when they realize that you are enjoying that sound coming out of the speakers.

We're not talking about music genres here. Parents/Adults have been whining about what the "kids" were listening to since the 1920's. That nasty Charleston stuff that evolved into that Sinful Swinging, that enabled Elvis to gyrate, leading to Tina Turner showing some leg, Jim Morrison performing nude, Ozzie biting live bats,  the Sex Pistols urinating on stage, James Brown singing about his "Sex Machine", and Eminem flipping the world "the bird" at the 2000 Grammys.

Don't tell us "all rap is not music". You sound like your mom talking about those long-haired, unkempt bad boys in "The Beatles", or her mom harping about Elvis. Or those teachers who banned swing dancing at the school dances during World War II.

People like Pat Boone tried to make R & B/rock-n-roll acceptable to the masses, yet, for all his pop music success, his greatest achievement was the fathering of his daughter, Debbie Boone, who went on to record the most successful bad song of all time, "You Light Up My Life", lasting 10 weeks at Billboard's number one, and over 20 weeks in the Top 40 in 1977. She won the Grammy for best new artist as well. She never charted again, which is just fine for those of us who heard it, on average, a hundred thousand times that Summer of '77.

(BTW - the 70s was the list filled the fastest, followed by the 2000s with the 90s close behind.)
(BTW2 - The further back we go, the more complaints we seem to get about the "worst" selections. Time is very kind to bad songs, apparently.)

The 2000s - Worst Songs

1. Popozao - Kevin Federline
2. American Pie - Madonna
3. Magic - B.o.B Featuring Rivers Cuomo
4. All Day Long I Dream About Sex - JC Chasez
5. Lonely - Akon
6. Who Let The Dogs Out - Baha Men
7. Butterfly - Crazytown
8. I'm A Girl, Not Yet a Woman - Britney Spears
9. My Humps - Black Eyed Peas
10. I Played Chicken With A Train - Cowboy Troy
11. Black and Yellow - Wiz Khalifa
12. It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp - Djay f/ Shug (OSCAR WINNING SONG)
13. Country Girl - DF Dub
14. Las Ketchup - The Ketchup Song
15. Shut Up - Kelly Osbourne
16. Ring The Alarm - Beyonce
17. Starry Eyed Surprized - Oakenfold
18. Laffy Taffy - D4L
19. Teenage Dirtbag - Wheatus
20. A Little Less Conversation - Elvis vs JXL
21. She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy - Kenny Chesney
22. Sorry - Justin Guarini
23. Friday - Rebecca Black
24. Pimpin' All Over The World - Ludacris featuring Bobby Valentino
25. Unfaithful - Rihanna
26. Hey Ma - Cam'ron feat. Juelz Santana, Feekey Zekey and Toya
27. Grillz - Nelly, featuring Paul Wall, Ali & Gipp
28. Beautiful Soul - Jessie McCartney
29. Your Body Is a Wonderland - John Mayer
30. Picture - Kid Rock featuring Sheryl Crow
31. American Life - Madonna
32. Float On - Modest Mouse
33. She Bangs - Ricky Martin
34. I'm Real - Jennifer Lopez
35. You're Beautiful - James Blunt
36. I'm In Love With A Stripper - T. Pain with Mike Jones
37. I Kissed A Girl - Katy Perry
38. Sorry 2004 - Ruben Studdard
39. Catch My Disease - Ben Lee
40. Black Suits Comin' - Will Smith

The Nineties' - Worst Songs

1. You Must Love Me - Madonna
2. I Can't Dance - Genesis
3. Rico Suave - Gerardo
4. Achy Breaky Heart - Billy Ray Cyrus
5. Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice
6. 2 Legit 2 Quit - M.C. Hammer
7. I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
8. Informer - Snow
9. Life - Des'ree
10. U Can't Touch This - M.C. Hammer
11. Cantaloop - US3
12. Champagne Supernova - Oasis
13. All For Love - Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and Sting
14. My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion (Totally controversal as a bad song)
15. (Everything I Do) I Do It For You - Bryan Adams
16. This Kiss - Faith Hill
17. Let Her Cry - Hootie and the Blowfish
18. I'm Too Sexy - Right Said Fred
19. Peaches - The Presidents of the United States
20. The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You - Bryan Adams
21. Good Stuff - B-52s
22. I Finally Found Someone - Bryan Adams and Barbra Streisand
23. Fly Away - Lenny Kravitz
24. One Of Us - Joan Osborne
25. Higher - Creed
26. Lump - Presidents of the United States of America
27. Are You Jimmy Ray? - Jimmy Ray
28. Believe - Cher
29. Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough - Patty Smyth and Don Henley
30. Roam - B-52s
31. Shiny Happy People - R.E.M.
32. Play That Funky Music - Vanilla Ice
33. Faith - Limp Bizkit
34. Ironic - Alanis Morrisette
35. Can I Touch You... There? - Michael Bolton
36. One Headlight - The Wallflowers
37. If I Was Your Mother - Bon Jovi
38. Barbie Girl - Aqua
39. Something Happened On The Way To Heaven - Phil Collins
40. Macarena - Los Del Rio

The Eighties' - Worst Songs

1. Morning Train (9 to 5) - Sheena Easton
2. The Girl Is Mine - Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney
3. To All the Girls I Loved Before - Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson
4. The Final Countdown - Europe
5. Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley
6. Ebony and Ivory - Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
7. We Built This City - Starship
8. Lady In Red - Chris DeBurgh
9. Rock Me Amadeus - Falco
10. Hip To Be Square - Huey Lewis and the News
11. Wild Wild West - Escape Club
12. The Twist (Yo, Twist!) - Fat Boys featuring Chubby Checker
13. Mickey - Toni Basil
14. Groovy Kind of Love - Phil Collins
15. We Didn't Start The Fire - Billy Joel
16. Get Outta My Dreams Get Into My Car - Billy Ocean
17. We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off - Jermaine Stewart
18. Hangin' Tough - New Kids on the Block
19. Puttin On The Ritz - Taco
20. Goonies R Good Enough - Cyndi Lauper
21. Safety Dance - Men Without Hats
22. The One That You Love - Air Supply
23. Harlem Shuffle - Rolling Stones
24. Maneater - Hall and Oates
25. Bad - Micheal Jackson
26. The Warrior - Scandal
27. Word Up - Cameo
28. Don't Worry Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin
29. Invisible Touch - Genesis
30. My Prerogative - Bobby Brown
31. Who's That Girl - Madonna
32. Good Thing - Fine Young Cannibals
33. Medley - Stars on 45
34. Woman In Love - Barbra Streisand
35. Sussudio - Phil Collins
36. Let Me Tickle Your Fancy - Jermaine Jackson & Devo
37. Venus - Bananarama
38. Two Hearst - Phil Collins
39. I Like To Rock - April Wine
40. The Look - Roxette

The Seventies' - Worst Songs

1. I've Never Been To Me - Charlene
2. Seasons In The Sun - Terry Jacks
3. Tusk - Fleetwood Mac
4. Feelings - Morris Albert
5. Don't Give Up On Us - David Soul
6. Let Her In - John Travolta

MacArthur Park - Donna Summer

8. You Light Up My Life - Debbie Boone (OSCAR WINNING SONG)
9. Boogie Oogie Oogie - A Taste of Honey
10. Lovin' You - Minnie Riperton
11. Midnight At The Oasis - Maria Muldaur
12. I Am... I Said - Neil Diamond
13. Sometimes When We Touch - Dan Hill
14. Afternoon Delight - Starland Vocal Band
15. Oh Babe, What Would You Say? - Hurricane Smith
16. Shannon - Henry Gross
17. (You're) Having My Baby - Paul Anka
18. A Horse With No Name - America
19. Silly Love Songs - Wings
20. Disco Duck - Rick Dees
21. I Write The Songs - Barry Manilow
22. Muskrat Love - Captain and Tennille
23. Ma Belle Amie - The Tee Set
24. Run Joey Run - David Geddes
25. Brand New Key - Melanie
26. Do Ya Think I'm Sexy - Rod Stewart
27. Have You Never Been Mellow? - Olivia Newton-John
28. Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast - Wayne Newton
29. Bad, Bad Leroy Brown - Frank Sinatra
30. Ode To Billie Joe - Bobbi Gentry
31. The Logical Song - Supertramp
32. Alone Again (Naturally) - Gilbert O'Sullivan
33. Billy, Don't Be a Hero - Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods
34. Escape (The Pina Colada Song) - Rupert Holmes
35. I Am Woman - Helen Reddy
36. Do That To Me One More Time - Captain and Tennille
37. O-o-h Child - The 5 Stairsteps
38. Wildfire - Michael Murphy
39. Mama Can't Buy You Love - Elton John
40. Playground In My Mind - Clint Holmes

The 60s' - Worst Songs

1. MacArthur Park - Richard Harris
2. I Dig Rock and Roll Music - Peter, Paul and Mary
3. Yummy Yummy Yummey - Ohio Express
4. Palisades Park - Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon
5. The Tra La La Song - The Banana Splits
6. Ringo - Lorne Greene
7. I'm Henry VII I Am - Herman's Hermits
8. 98.6 - Keith
9. Honey - Bobby Goldsboro
10. Tiptoe Through The Tulips - Tiny Tim
11. Winchester Cathedral - New Vaudeville Band
12. Surfin Bird - The Trashman
13. Jingle Jangle - The Archies
14. Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini - Bryan Hyland
15. Cherish - The Association
16. Inna-Gadda-Da-Vita - Iron Butterfly
17. Somethin' Stupid - Frank and Nancy Sinatra
18. Tell Laura I Love Her - Ray Peterson
19. Take a Letter Maria - R.B. Greaves
20. Do The Freddie - Freddie and the Dreamers
21. Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon - Neil Diamond
22. Please Mr. Custer - Larry Verne
23. In The Year 2525 - (Exordium and Terminus) - Zager and Evans
24. Feeling Groovy - Simon and Garfunkle
25. The Name Game - Shirley Ellis
26. Revolution 9 - The Beatles
27. Do The Clam - Elvis Presley
28. Judy In Disguise (With Glasses) - John Fred and His Playboy Band
29. Young Girl - Gary Puckett
30. Dizzy - Tommy Roe
31. San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair) - Scott McKenzie
32. Dominique - The Singing Nun
33. Do Wah Diddy Diddy - Manfred Mann
34. Lady Willpower - Gary Puckett
35. Teen Angel - Mark Dinning
36. Ringo - Lorne Green
37. Suite: Judy Blue Eyes - Crosby Stills and Nash
38. Wives and Lovers - Jack Jones
39. Don't Pass Me By - The Beatles
40. The Happening - The Supremes

The 50s' - Worst Songs

1. The Chipmonk Song - David Seville
2. The Happy Organ - Dave "Baby" Cortez
3. Doggie In The Window - Patti Page
4. Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom) - Perry Como
5. Venus - Frankie Avalon
6. Beep Beep - The Playmates
7. I Wish I Were In Love Again - Frank Sinatra
8. Dance With Me, Henry - Georgia Gibbs
9. Lonely Boy - Paul Anka
10. Teen-Age Crush - Tommy Sands
11. Young Love - Tab Hunter
12. Banana Boat Song - Steve Lawrence
13. Rock and Roll Waltz - Kay Starr
14. Aba Daba Honeymoon - Debbie Reynolds & Carleton Carpenter
15. Teen-Age Crush - Tommy Sands
16. Charlie Brown - The Coasters
17. The Battle of New Orleans - Johnny Horton
18. Kookie Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb) - Connie Stevens with Edd Byrnes
19. Why - Frankie Avalon
20. Tutti Frutti - Pat Boone
21. Western Movies - The Olympics
22. Sugartime - The McGuire Sisters
23. Seven Little Girls Sitting In The Back Seat - Paul Evans
24. Come On-A My House - Rosemary Clooney
25. Butterfly - Andy Williams

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