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Agadoo tops list of worst songs
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Q magazine's writers called Agadoo "magnificently dreadful"
Black Lace hit Agadoo has been named the worst song of all time by a panel of music writers.

The song, which made number two in 1984, beat Orville's Song and There's No-One Quite Like Grandma to triumph in the poll by Q magazine.

Agadoo, which was accompanied by a novelty dance, was only kept off the top spot in 1984 by George Michael's debut solo hit Careless Whisper.

Music experts summed up the track as "magnificently dreadful".

The panel said: "It sounded like the school disco you were forced to attend, your middle-aged relatives forming a conga at a wedding party, a travelling DJ act based in Wolverhampton, every party cliche you ever heard."

Massive hit

The song was originally written by French songwriters after they heard a friend humming a tune he had picked up on holiday in Morocco.

The song became the hit of the French Club Med resorts in 1974 but was not picked up by British audiences until Black Lace released an English translation in 1984.

The song remained in the UK Top 75 singles chart for 30 weeks.

Black Lace member Colin Routh said the band had played the song live so many times "you go numb".

"But at least we get paid for it," he added.

One of the original duo, singer Alan Barton, died in a bus crash in 1995.

The worst song was part of Q magazine's survey of the 1001 best songs, which was won by U2's 1992 single One.

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