The world's most annoying song

11134__starship_lYeah, yeah, we know: Blender’s been there, done that; and by "there" and "that," we mean (respectively) "Starship’s ‘We Built This City’" and "ranking the worst songs of all time." But let’s reexamine the criteria: They were looking for the "most awesomely bad" songs, a very strict (if ungrammatical) construction. "Awesomely bad" requires awesomeness, And "We Built This City" by Starship (pictured) has that in frakkin’ spades — more awesomeness than badness in this tasteless cheeseball’s opinion.

But leave that debate for another day. For I have made a discovery: Deep, deep in my repressed memories of long family car trips and parent-enforced music selections, I have found a glistening musical turd, a lost of gem of horribleness. It is the late Gene Pitney’s "Mecca," and it is the worst song on earth.

Not awesomely bad. Not hated for its ubiquity and pervasiveness. Not awesome in any way. Just bad. Really, really bad. The primordial stuff of badness. Long before God created heaven and earth, this song was bad. It actually eats brains. Try it!

I mean, seriously: Gene Pitney dipping a toe into rock is bad enough, but Gene Pitney wailing "That brownstone house where my baby lives is Mecca!" through what sounds like one partially blocked nostril… these days, that’s enough to warrant a war.

Of course, you probably have your own opinions on the subject: What the most awful, annoying song we’ve never heard of? Abandon all awesomeness: Dig deep, plunder your rotting cassettes, go beyond iTunes. Hell, go beyond Cameo’s greatest hits. Enlighten us and corrode our eardrums, please.

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  • Lora

    The worst song ever is My Humps by The Black Eyed Peas

  • Rishi

    The worst songs
    I would have to say anything Beyonce sings, i can’t stand the sight of that WITCH

  • erin

    i’m gonna have to go with Popzao, y’all!

  • jmg

    “Rock On” by David Essex. For some reason that song really annoys me and I hurriedly change the station when it comes on.

  • Vance

    Um… I kinda like Starship’s We Built This City…

  • Alicia

    Oh my God, I love “Mecca” and especially that line! It is bad, but it is so awesomely bad. There is nothing like screeching “Mec-CA! Mec-CA! To meeeeee!” when you’re in the car by yourself. The flute solo alone in that song makes it worthwhile.
    I personally hate Gary Numan’s “Cars” with the fire of a thousand suns. THAT’S an annoying song.

  • lemon

    I always thought that the Final Countdown by Europe was the worst song ever and then GOB used it for his act and it became my ringtone!

  • Tom

    “MacArthur Park” The STUPIDEST lyrics. (Someone left the cake out in the rain, etc…) How did a record company let a song with those dumb lyrics ever be made. Just bad.

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  • melissa

    I agree that “My Humps” is bad, so bad it pains me a little to write its name. My personal all-time skin-crawlingly least favorites are the “Electric Slide” song and, the worst ever, “All I Wanna Do is Make Love to You,” which is put over the top by the fact that Heart, who can offer a cool song, is responsible for it.

  • Jasper

    Right now it’s probably London Bridge by Fergie. It’s catchy as hell but not in a good way. And the lyrics are even dumber than ‘My Humps’.

  • Stephanie Travitsky

    1. MacArthur’s Park – Richard Harris
    2. Henry the Eighth – Peter Noone and Herman’s Hermits
    3. Da,Da,Da- Treo
    4. Fishheads- Barnes and Barnes
    5. My Name is Mud- Primus
    6. Barbie Girl- Aqua
    7. Tubthumping- Chumbawumba
    8. Roll The Bones- Rush (I am a Rush fan, but this song sucks, sorry.)
    9. Smooth- Santana (it’s not that bad but it’s over played)
    10. My Heart Will Go On- Celine Dion
    11. Rico Suave- Gerardo
    12. Ice Ice Baby- Vanilla Ice

  • nico

    Phil Collins – “You’ll Be in My Heart”…which is just about all the lyrics the song contains. Everytime I hear it I want to barf. Disney cheese at the lowest form.

  • Martha

    My award for awesome badness goes to “I’ve Never Been to Me” by Melanie. Takes self-absorbed, cheesy balladry to a whole new leve. It wasn’t included in “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” because it was a classic…and didn’t someone name it the worst song of the 80s? I wholeheartedly concur.

  • hi

    I know what boys like. dreadful.

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