- “Gangnam Style” by PSY (2012)
I really have to give props to PSY for dropping off the face of the Earth after creating a song that millions of people didn’t know the words to, yet was made the first YouTube video to garner a billion views and is still one of the top most viewed videos ever.
- 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.
- Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice
It's kind of wild that Vanilla Ice hates the only song that made him famous, and the first rap song to ever hit #1 on the pop singles chart.
- You're Beautiful by James Blunt
In a 2014 interview with Hello! magazine said that he felt the song was "force-fed down people's throats… and it became annoying."
- Happy (2013) Pharrell Williams
Okay, maybe we are being a little negative but you have to admit this song was way overplayed to the point that it no longer made anyone happy.
- Macarena (1995) Los Del Rio
Another song with seriously questionable lyrics,
- Livin’ La Vida Loca (1999) Ricky Martin
The hit Ricky Martin song was the start of the Latin pop wave that happened in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Released in 1999, the song was number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and could be heard on the radio practically every day. It continues to perform well in the digital age, having sold 502,000 digital copies in the US.
- We Built This City (1985) Starship
In the United States, we built this city peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Released in August 1985, the song only reached Gold certification with 500K sales. Since its release, it has been consistently ranked among the very worst songs of the 1980s and it isn't getting any better with age.
The Danish-Norwegian dance-pop group Aqua released the song in May 1997. It was a meg-hit selling over 8 million copies worldwide. It debuted at number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100. Mattel, who was not happy with the trademark violation nor the depiction of barbie in the song as a sex object, filed a lawsuit but the case was dismissed.
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. Sure it was catchy for a bit until it was totally annoying.
- 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 let's face it: it didn’t win any awards for having meaningful lyrics.
- My Humps by The Black Eyed Peas.
Rolling Stone readers voted it The Most Annoying Song Of All Time and Fergie referred to parts of her
body as “my lovely lady lumps”. We rest our case.