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Tuesday, 25 July, 2000, 11:40 GMT 12:40 UK
The songs you love to hate
Box office smash Titanic might have got people flocking to the cinema, but its theme tune, Celine Dion's My Heart Will Go On got them running for the nearest exit.

BBC News Online's Talking Point asked users what was the most annoying song they'd ever heard. 1,000 emails came flooding in.

Celine Dion came in for the most stick. Some reactions to the Canadian songstress were fairly extreme.

Rubbish lyrics

"I have to say that any or all of Celine Dion's 'music' does make me want to drill my own eardrums!" ranted Pete, UK.

Simon in England wrote: "The worst ever 'song', without a doubt, has to be the version of Celine Dion's My Heart Will Go On that I heard on someone's mobile phone the other day. Please let it be a one-off."

And Stephen Mahon, emailing in from Ireland just plain despaired: "Does anyone really live their life according to the rubbish lyrics which are contained in this song?"

One hit wonder

But it isn't just Ms Dion's musical efforts that provoke rage in our users, it would seem that the country and western genre also gets people's backs up.

Billy Ray-Cyrus's line dancing hit Achy Breaky Heart makes Sara in England want to "stick hot pokers" in her ears, and Dolly Parton's toe-tapping Jolene winds Paul Taranson up so much it makes him "SCREAAAAAM - I know - I'll saw my head off" he decides.

Other musical no-no's include Cliff Richard's Millennium Prayer, Mr Blobby's attempt at a chart topper, Black Lace's memorable Agadoo and classic 80s romantic coupling Rene and Renata for their one hit wonder Save Your Love.

But the most extreme reaction came from Martin in England to M People's car advert theme Search For The Hero - "Makes me wanna put my head in the blender." We wouldn't recommend that Martin, it would probably be safer just to turn your radio off.

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