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September 15th, 2010
06:06 AM ET

100 Worst Songs

We all love a great song. But what about those songs that just make you say “ugh!” and turn the radio dial? AOL released its list of 100 Worst Songs Ever and there are some doozy’s on the list! Think Ru Paul, Don Johnson, Warrant just to name a few, but we wanted to hear from you. What songs do you love to hate? Send us your thoughts and we may play your song today on CNN Newsroom with Kyra Phillips.

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  1. Tim Artime

    "Tip Toe Through The Tulips" by Tiny Tim makes me CRINGE!

    September 15, 2010 at 8:24 am |
  2. Sam

    When I hear Leo Sayer's "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing", I hit the scan button on my car radio. Same thing with "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" by Joan Baez. Both of these songs are wretchedly awful.

    September 15, 2010 at 8:26 am |
  3. Leah

    I think the thing about twitter is a way of reaching out to other ppl who think like you, get your beliefs or lament your angst!!

    September 15, 2010 at 8:36 am |
  4. Ralph

    achy breaky heart! yuck!

    September 15, 2010 at 8:41 am |
  5. Katlaya

    The worst song EVER has to be Bye Bye Miss American Pie. I literally get nauseous every time I hear it. LOL

    September 15, 2010 at 8:45 am |
  6. James Harris

    Alone Again (Naturally) – Gilbert O'Sullivan.

    September 15, 2010 at 8:47 am |
  7. Scott

    If only I could have as much recording success as these songs have had! I question AOL's criteria of selection... probably some 19 year old who has never heard of most of them! By the way, Starship's "We Built This City" was their FIRST number one hit on Billboard in November of 1985! Of course, at that same time, Jan Hammers theme from Miami Vice was number 3.... Okay, maybe I didn't make such a good case for it...

    September 15, 2010 at 8:48 am |
  8. Timmy D.

    Hot Child in the City by Nick Gilder has got to be the worst noise ever recorded.

    September 15, 2010 at 8:48 am |
  9. wendy

    The worst song has to be "I Shot The Sheriff"!!!!

    September 15, 2010 at 8:48 am |
  10. George Lennan

    Worst song ever "MacArthur Park" a song about a person having a mental meltdown over a cake.

    September 15, 2010 at 8:49 am |
  11. Erin

    I respect all musicians and their music...and I'm sure they meant well at the time, but I have NEVER understood the need for the Captain and Tennille to create and actually go public with "Muskrat Love". Seriously cheesy material....

    September 15, 2010 at 8:49 am |
  12. Sam

    In what universe is Barenaked Ladies' "One Week" ranked a worse song than "We Built this City" by Starship? Good call on "Break My Strike" by Matthew Wilder...that awful song should've been ranked way higher than 75th.

    September 15, 2010 at 8:49 am |
  13. jim m smith

    kyra, the worst song i can think of is kung fu fighting jim m smith ft.erie on.

    September 15, 2010 at 8:49 am |
  14. Debora M

    "Me and Mrs. Jones" was one of the worst songs ever. "We got a thiiiiing going on" Give me a break. The music was lame, the lyrics were worse and the singer had a lisp.

    September 15, 2010 at 8:51 am |
  15. Frederick

    Worst song ever... "Love is all around" by Wet Wet Wet. The lyrics seem to have been wrote by a complete wuss.

    September 15, 2010 at 8:52 am |
  16. Penelope

    I can't stand the song 'Womanizer' or any other song by Britney Spears.
    The same goes with Katie Perry, Jonas Brothers, and Justin Bieber.
    Their songs are VERY annoying.

    September 15, 2010 at 8:52 am |
  17. Duane English

    Don't know if this made the Worst 100 List but Greg Kihn's 'Jeopardy' is really cheezy....

    September 15, 2010 at 8:52 am |
  18. Steve

    Hi Kyra,
    After looking at the 100 worst songs list, I'm going to say that the list is missing one important entry. That would be a song called "The Joker" from the Steve Miller Band. Has to be the worst song ever recorded. Not sure?..........Just read the lyrics to confirm. Have a great day,

    September 15, 2010 at 8:54 am |
  19. LGM

    "Jump" by Van Halen is the absolute worst song!

    September 15, 2010 at 8:56 am |
  20. R Harris

    Worst song ever: Debbie Boone " You Light Up My Life"
    Hate It!!!

    September 15, 2010 at 8:57 am |
  21. Jeffery, Toledo, Ohio

    For me, it has to be "Achy, Breaky Heart" by Billy Ray Cyrus (yeah, that's right, Miley's dad). It's the only time I can ever remember being sick of a song by the second time that I listened to it.

    September 15, 2010 at 8:58 am |
  22. Alma Olson

    Tint Tim, Tip toe throught the tulips I want to loose my breakfast
    Mama Cass, California dreaming, Worst singer ever

    September 15, 2010 at 9:04 am |
  23. Tara

    There's no way Barbie girl is that high on the list. I was stationed in Germany in 1997 and that song was so hot, I bought that Aqua CD! Get out and open your minds more.

    September 15, 2010 at 9:19 am |
  24. Julia

    Turns out, a lot of the songs weren’t even organized by genre just in general. Instead it sounds like 100 songs that the writer can’t stand. I think that if you are going to make a list like this you should probably have a better disclaimer on what kind of music listener you are. Putting down some artists and songs like “Puttin’ On The Ritz” Taco, “The Girl is Mine” Michael Jackson, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” Deep Blue Something, “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” The Proclaimers, “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” Meat Loaf, “Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)” The Offspring, “Afternoon Delight” Starland Vocal Band, “We Built The City” Starship, “One Week” Barenaked Ladies, “What’s Up?” 4 Non Blondes, “Wannabe” Spice Girls, “U Can’t Touch This MC Hammer, “Ice Ice Baby” Vanilla Ice, “Ebony & Ivory” Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder, “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” Will Smith to just name some in a bunch of different genres, are actually some of the most loved and memorable songs according to it’s time period. Honestly, most of the songs that were on this list were songs that I really love and there’s something kind of brilliant about the cheesiness of them. Anyone who puts Michael Jackson on the list is probably looking to die early considering now everyone is out on being a fan of good ol’ MJ. Not to mention, most of the songs on the list are songs that give people a reason to get drunk and sing karaoke to, play on Musical video games, and have guilty pleasures while driving in the car by themselves singing at the top of their lungs. I don’t know about you but I love singing to “bad songs”. It makes me laugh and makes me realize how far we have made it in the evolution and development of modern music. Sometimes you just got to be able to have a sense of humor and go with it. If you don’t like it, change the channel or turn the music down. They aren’t hurting anyone. 🙂

    September 15, 2010 at 9:20 am |
  25. Dan

    anything from soulja boy, waka floka, and gucci maine. uber wack!!!

    September 15, 2010 at 9:20 am |
  26. Jo

    Any song by the Spice Girls

    September 15, 2010 at 9:20 am |
  27. Stephen Wright

    Dancing Queen by Abba. When I was a kid, my sister played that awful song non stop for a week straight... I never forgave her for it.

    September 15, 2010 at 9:21 am |
  28. Rachel

    This is a really old song but it's called "Short People". There is a line in the song that says...short people got no reason to live. It's also an annoying song without the lyrics.

    September 15, 2010 at 9:22 am |
  29. CAS

    "Tip Toe Through the Tulips" instantly leaped into my head as well. Worse was seeing Tiny Tim perform it on Johnny Carson.

    September 15, 2010 at 9:23 am |
  30. Gerry B.

    Lyrics: "Yummy, yummy, yummy I've got love in my tummy and I feel like loving you" Just terrible!!!

    September 15, 2010 at 9:23 am |
  31. Mark, Corvallis, Oregon

    1) I'm too sexy - by, Right Said Fred
    2) Shiny happy people - by, REM

    September 15, 2010 at 9:24 am |
  32. Monica

    Alicia Key's No sounds like a bad junior high school band and she sounds like a cat in heat...

    September 15, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  33. Leslie Roy DeCarava

    My worst song is: "THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKING" by Nancy Sinatra

    September 15, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  34. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Any Boy George George stuff or Mark Anthony but Tiny Tim has to be the god awful worst .

    September 15, 2010 at 9:27 am |
  35. A Beatles Fan

    Nothing but nothing can live down to the music (term used loosely) conspired to assault the ears, written and played by Yoko Ono and the Plastic Ono Band. May John Lennon rest in peace

    September 15, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  36. ang

    i love my mama by the intruders- so what- whining!

    i am woman hear me roar- helen ready- no thanks- join the workforce propaganda.

    September 15, 2010 at 9:33 am |
  37. Ken Parker

    "Hamster Dance" may not be a great song but every time I hear it I have to smile.

    September 15, 2010 at 9:33 am |
  38. Bob

    Fascinating how one of the best is the same song as one of the worst.
    Top Five: "Light My Fire" by the Doors.Bottom Five: "Light My Fire" by Jose Feliciano.

    September 15, 2010 at 9:36 am |
  39. Eric

    My worst song is the US national anthem - it simply can't be sung properly.

    September 15, 2010 at 9:40 am |
  40. Cornell M.

    One song that we all forget about, and justifiably so, is Party All the Time by Eddie Murphy...a man good at playing multiple roles. Unfortunately, singer was not one of them.

    September 15, 2010 at 9:46 am |
  41. Debora M

    One of the worst songs ever was "Lime in the Coconut" . I'm pretty sure someone was tripping when they wrote that. Also "Key Largo". Ugh. Does music get any cornier than that?

    September 15, 2010 at 9:47 am |
  42. Gary Dew

    old worst song; tip toe through the tullips
    new worst song; my baby don't treat me no good no more
    ps; you're a smile, regards, gary

    September 15, 2010 at 9:50 am |
  43. Sue C

    Yummy, Yummy ,Yummy, I've Got Love in my Tummy.

    September 15, 2010 at 9:53 am |
  44. David Gomez

    the worst song from the 90s i would say is the makarena becuase it sounds like a broken record in which it always the same beat

    September 15, 2010 at 9:54 am |
  45. Wesley

    "Marie Leveau" by Dr Hook and the Medicine show, they had several of the worst songs

    September 15, 2010 at 9:54 am |
  46. lu

    Umbrela, the worst song ever

    September 15, 2010 at 9:54 am |
  47. lu

    under my umbrella ella ella....
    The worst of the worst.

    September 15, 2010 at 10:00 am |
  48. Kathy

    My Sharona, O god, that beat is ghastly!

    September 15, 2010 at 10:00 am |
  49. Dave

    "Cars with the Boom". Without a doubt the worst song I ever heard.'

    September 15, 2010 at 10:01 am |
  50. kei

    Wow! The worst song has to be "Because I Got High"!

    September 15, 2010 at 10:01 am |
  51. some One

    Anything and everything by that Gaga thing.

    September 15, 2010 at 10:01 am |
  52. James Dumas

    It's got to be "My Girl Likes to Party" by Eddie Murphy!

    September 15, 2010 at 10:01 am |
  53. Arlo

    How about the LONGEST song ever: Alice's Restaurant

    September 15, 2010 at 10:01 am |
  54. Ali North far the worst one ever is:

    Escape (The Pina Colada Song) by Rupert Holmes

    Just awful!!!


    September 15, 2010 at 10:01 am |
  55. Matt

    The worst song of all time is Mr. Roboto by Styx.... what were they thinking

    September 15, 2010 at 10:02 am |
  56. Ann

    The worst song ever Tiptoe thru the tulips by Tiny Tim

    September 15, 2010 at 10:02 am |
  57. debby flynn

    "Someone Left The Cake Out In The Rain"

    September 15, 2010 at 10:02 am |
  58. jules

    We Built this City- Jefferson Starship. Makes my ears bleed! And the accompanying video was simply tragic!

    September 15, 2010 at 10:02 am |
  59. Greg

    "In the year 2525" makes me cry.

    September 15, 2010 at 10:02 am |
  60. Daniel

    I think "We Built this City" (on Rock and Roll) is one of the worst songs ever, I hate it!

    September 15, 2010 at 10:02 am |
  61. Joe

    Muskrat Love, Captain and Tennille. Why this song was remade by Captain and Tennille is beyond me.

    September 15, 2010 at 10:02 am |
  62. Anna

    I Love the Nightlife by Alicia Bridges...Horrible Song.

    September 15, 2010 at 10:03 am |
  63. KFigs

    The worst song ever has got to be "Crank That"- By Soulja Boy! Even considering it a song is a disgrace to music.

    September 15, 2010 at 10:03 am |
  64. Simone

    The worst song ever has got to be "Tiptoe through the tulips" by Tiny Tim. Everytime I hear it, it reminds me of someone scratching their fingernails on a blackboard!

    September 15, 2010 at 10:03 am |
  65. Beth Hammer

    Gotta be "Angel Baby" by Rosie. Going back to the 60's for this one, but the words were insipid, the singing impossible to comment on.

    September 15, 2010 at 10:03 am |
  66. Sara

    My vote is for Europe's "The Final Countdown." How could anyone forget this incredibly annoying song? Everytime I hear this song, it makes me want to beat my head against the wall screaming "MAKE IT STOP!"

    September 15, 2010 at 10:03 am |
  67. Bill T

    I like pina coladas, or Johnny are you Queer

    September 15, 2010 at 10:03 am |

    Defiantly the Dixie Chicks good-Bye Earl

    September 15, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  69. dan helton

    are you kidding? Let's go back in time to the 1960's and recall the worst song ever recorded: "a bird is a word".........really!!!!

    September 15, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  70. Dan

    "Paradise By The Dashboard Lights"!!! (Meatloaf). Or maybe that song from about 40 years ago about the dog that sailed out to sea (was it "Shannon" or something like that?).

    September 15, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  71. Darlene (El Paso)

    Born to be Alive...Patrick Hernandez 1979, the year says it all!

    September 15, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  72. Gayle

    LOCOMOTION...most horrid song I ever heard. There are lots of terrible songs out there, but Locomotion makes me turn off the sound!!

    September 15, 2010 at 10:05 am |
  73. Worst Song of All Times

    The worst song of all times is "The Funny Farm Song". It should be on your list.


    September 15, 2010 at 10:05 am |
  74. Jim Wideen

    Karly Simon – Your So Vain

    One song that just won't get out of my head, makes me physically ill

    September 15, 2010 at 10:05 am |
  75. EDB

    "Shaddup Your Face" by Joe Dolce.

    September 15, 2010 at 10:06 am |
  76. jules

    And of course... that horrible ditty by Georgia Satellites- "Keep Your Hands to Yourself?" Awful.

    September 15, 2010 at 10:06 am |
  77. Darlene (El Paso)

    Any past, present or future Justin Beiber song!

    September 15, 2010 at 10:06 am |
  78. Bill James

    Muskrat Love.By Captain and Tenile..Gotta be the winner...Worst song ever!

    September 15, 2010 at 10:07 am |
  79. BBoy

    Without a doubt, "Don't Worry, Be Happy" (Bobby McFerrin). It took "Best Song" in 1988 (1989?), winning over.....drumroll.....Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car."

    THAT was the day the music died.

    September 15, 2010 at 10:07 am |
  80. Tim Ross

    I would have to agree with Gary Dew for worst song ever. "Tip-toe through the Tulips" by Tiny Tim. Next runner up would be "The Candy Man" by Sammy Davis.

    September 15, 2010 at 10:07 am |
  81. Andy

    I can't believe Randy Newman's Short people has yet to be mentioned!It has to be one of the worst.

    September 15, 2010 at 10:07 am |
  82. Dave

    Hands down worst song has to be 99 Red Balloons by Nena. Just remembering it makes me cringe.

    September 15, 2010 at 10:08 am |
  83. Judy

    Two way tie:

    1. The Duke of Earl. Why did so many guys like this song? For that matter, why do they like the Three Stooges..don't get that one, either.

    2. Sukiaki. That one made me want to take a 12 gauge to my speakers.

    September 15, 2010 at 10:08 am |
  84. Connie

    Muscrat Love

    September 15, 2010 at 10:08 am |
  85. Neil

    Tough call, but I'd have to go with "Seasons In The Sun" by Terry Jacks or "The Night Chicago Died" by Paper Lace. The seventies were rough.

    September 15, 2010 at 10:09 am |
  86. Tammy

    It has to be that one by Tears for Fears, "Shout".

    September 15, 2010 at 10:09 am |
  87. chuck dickenson

    C'mon, everyone knows that the worst song in the history of the multiverse is the one including the gag reflex inducing words "Someone left the cake out in the rain...," etc, wretch, etc , hurl. Manhattan Transfer? Arrgghh!!

    September 15, 2010 at 10:10 am |
  88. maggie

    I have to weigh in on this one. I just heard the end of this piece. I am not a fan of the songs people wrote in about but I cannot believe no one said rap music with vulgar, demeaning and disrespectful lyrics. They are the worst. Men and women use to sing about slow dancing with their significant other and alluded to a more intimate relationship. Now they sing about it explicitly with quite obsene words and movements. This is a symptom of what is wrong in our country. People who embrace this music have no respect for themselves or others and unfortunately for human life in general.

    September 15, 2010 at 10:10 am |
  89. redneck hippie

    "Seasons in the Sun"
    We had joy we had fun
    We had seasons in the sun
    But the wine and the song
    Like the seasons are all gone

    September 15, 2010 at 10:10 am |
  90. Wanita Sanborn

    Worst song ever has to be " Don't worry be happy" By ... I don't know and don't want to know.

    September 15, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  91. keith

    After retiring from 25 years in radio, I still cringe everytime someone mentions "don't mess with my toot toot" by Rockin' Sidney. If this song didn't make the list "THERE IS NO GOD!"

    September 15, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  92. Lawrence Semanko

    Worst song?????

    How about "Cow Patty" ??!!??

    September 15, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  93. Sharon (Marco Island, FL)

    The worst song ever has to be "Wooly Bully" by Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs

    September 15, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  94. te norman

    Wait! How could I forget the worst SONG AND VIDEO EVER?! It's David Hasselhof's Jump In My Car! If you've never seen it, PLEASE go hunt it up on YouTube. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll vomit. Long live the King of Cheese!

    September 15, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  95. Susan

    Minnie Ripperton's "Loving You" can break glass.

    September 15, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  96. te norman

    Hooked on a Feeling! When I'm feeling sadistic, I text the title to my husband. He retaliates by texting Delta Dawn.

    September 15, 2010 at 10:25 am |
  97. Tony R

    Good Morning Starshine b Oliver with lyrics so deep as this:
    "Gliddy gloop gloopy
    Nibby nobby nooby
    La la la lo lo
    Sabba sibby sabba
    Nooby abba dabba
    Le le lo lo
    dooby ooby walla
    dooby abba dabba
    Early morning singing song"
    how could this not be the worse song ever?

    September 15, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  98. Ruth Murphy

    There is no question about this:
    The world song in the history of the world is "Don't Worry, Be Happy."

    September 15, 2010 at 10:29 am |
  99. Barbara

    Back in the 60's, how about " 'They're Coming to Take Me Away', ha ha, they're coming to take me away to the happy home", "Fire", about being in hell, and "Yummy, Yummy, Yummy, I've Got Love in My Tummy", bubblegum music. Someone actually bought me that one in a gift exchange at school. Maybe they didn't like me?

    September 15, 2010 at 10:31 am |
  100. ashley hope

    I realized all music had died with that song "I got that fire" by Juvenile...

    September 15, 2010 at 10:39 am |
  101. Tammy Moore

    The Sign by Ace of Base. I just threw up in my mouth a little.

    September 15, 2010 at 10:44 am |
  102. loosahatchie

    "It's Hard Out There for a Pimp" has to win the prize for misplaced sympathy. Do yourself a favor and don't look up the lyrics.

    September 15, 2010 at 10:51 am |
  103. Jann Dunckel

    I have two songs that are neck and neck for #1 on my list of worst songs ever – I'm Walking on Sunshine and 99 Red Balloons. Both of them are seriously horrible! Unfortunately, these tunes will now be playing in my head all day!

    September 15, 2010 at 10:56 am |
  104. chrissy

    Mmmbop. Hanson. HORRIBLE!!

    September 15, 2010 at 11:00 am |
  105. chuck bailey

    One more thing. Somebody must have liked these songs (Starship, Leo Sayer,etc) because most of them are million plus sellers. During a radio career (Wisconsin and Iowa) for almost 40 years, I played most of the songs mentioned many many times.
    Thanks for your time

    September 15, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  106. Tom Berger

    Yummy Yummy Yummy I've got love in my tummy

    has got to be on the list

    September 15, 2010 at 3:13 pm |
  107. John Radzwill

    The worst C&W song I've ever heard is "Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road," sung by Loudon Wainwright.

    September 15, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  108. Laird

    "My Pal Foot-Foot" by the Shaggs. Google it if you dare, but make sure your earplugs are in, first.

    Unbelievably bad, completely unlistenable, despite pretentious idiots calling it "outsider rock." Even Zappa screwed up on this one – He must've been stoned. It's not artistic, it's a bunch of kids forced to play – horribly – by their producer father. And it SUX.

    September 16, 2010 at 1:04 pm |
  109. Hugh

    I always thought Muskrat Love was some kind of insider's joke – that 40 years on, Payola was alive and well and that money could ensure even the most gooey bilge could make the airwaves.

    It is just such a comprehensively dreadful song. Honestly! "Chewin' on cheese . . . " ??? Yuk!

    September 16, 2010 at 7:02 pm |
  110. paul wingate

    the song by somebody and the fairgroundboys was one of the most
    terrible songs i have ever heard,their harmanies were untolerable to listen to.they were on the air at about 10:44 est

    September 17, 2010 at 9:53 am |
  111. Magneto

    I noticed that several posters have mentioned "MacArthur Park". (For those who may not recognize the title, it's the one with the line about "someone left the cake out in the rain". That wasn't meant to be taken literally; the "cake" is a metaphor, the singer is actually referring to a failed relationship (hence the following lines about "it took so long to make it/and I'll never have the recipe again"

    September 17, 2010 at 5:31 pm |