The Worst Songs of All Time

atkins bookshelf musicLists of the best songs of all time abound on the Internet. But what about those terribly annoying songs — songs you love to hate — that are the equivalent to the sound of fingernails across a blackboard? Don’t they deserve a list of their own? Thankfully, the editors of the New York Post believe they do. Recently, they gave their readers an opportunity to rank the worst songs of all time. Reviewing the list is like a stroll down memory lane, each song representing a memorable period of your life. In hindsight, of course, when you replay the song in your head (and believe me — you’ll know the melodies well), you will feel a wave of embarrassment wash over you when you secretly confess that you actually enjoyed listening or dancing to some of these songs. A bad song, like a really bad pun, evokes immediate groans and derision; some are even bad enough to make you “puke all over yourself” — to borrow one of Holden Caulfield’s favorite phrases. Taken together, these cringeworthy songs form the quintessential “island of misfit songs.” According to readers, here are the 20 worst songs of all time. Read at your own peril, since some are likely to become really annoying earworms:

Starship: “We Built This City”

USA for Africa: “We Are the World”

Barenaked Ladies: “One Week”

Bobby McFerrin: “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”

Terry Jacks: “Seasons in the Sun”

Berlin: “Take My Breath Away”

Rick Dees and His Cast of Idiots: “Disco Duck”

Steve Miller Band: “The Joker”

Baha Men: “Who Let the Dogs Out”

Piko-Taro: “PPAP”

The Hues Corporation: “Rock the Boat”

Eddie Murphy: “Party All the Time”

Nena: “99 Luftballons”

The Beatles: “Hey Jude”

Bryan Adams: “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You”

Men Without Hats: “The Safety Dance”

Los del Río: “Macarena”

Billy Ray Cyrus: “Achy Breaky Heart”

Europe: “The Final Countdown”

Desiigner: “Panda”

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