Bad music, and all of the worst songs are
subjective, we admit. The lists below have been compiled
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
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.)