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Tuesday, 1 August, 2000, 17:07 GMT 18:07 UK
What is the most annoying song of all time?

Is there are certain tune that makes your blood boil every time it shrieks out of the radio?

1980s anthem, The Birdie Song has just been voted the most annoying song of all time by internet site dotmusic. Teletubbies Say Eh-Oh and Aqua's Barbie Girl also joined the hall of shame.

Do you agree with the poll, or perhaps Kylie Minogue's I Should Be So Lucky and Celine Dion's warblings grate you to the point of rage. We want to know which songs are on your hate-list.

This debate is now closed. Read a selection of your comments below.


Every song by Bryan Adams. They are all so annoying and painful to the ears it is hard to say which is the worst. Canada should have something done about him, I am sure it keeps the tourists away.
William Wattie, Brazil

I would like to say that I am very glad that I've never heard the songs from William Shatner that have Mark Rees from San Francisco shuddering. However, I have heard Leonard Nimoy "sing" one about Bilbo Baggins that gives me nightmares even though I only heard it once.
Caroline Brown, UK


Who could forget Kevin Keegan performing with Little and Large ?

Alec, UK
Surely it must be those tunes put out by football teams - Blue is the Colour, that Liverpool rap, Ossie's Going to Wembley - enough to sent you to hospital. Worse, Glen and Chris and who could forget Kevin Keegan performing with Little and Large? They should all have been strung up by their curly perms. The only thing more criminal was Keegan's performance at Euro 2000.
Alec, UK

Online confession! When I was about sixteen and really into Hendrix (still am), I had to stay a weekend with relatives, and one of my nieces had the single "Dick a dum dum" by Des O'Connor which was played about three times an hour. I'm sorry, Tracy, it was me that left it in the sun so the plastic twisted and it became unplayable!
Stephen Hayes, UK

Hotel California covered by the Gypsy Kings - you think I'm joking? It's on the soundtrack to The Big Lebowski.
Angus Proctor, Hong Kong SAR

The most annoying song ever happened very recently - Same Old Show on the Basement Jaxx Surrender album. A dull mix of a very boring songs that I think was originally about boredom. A sort of Waiting for Godot, in dub.
Brendan, London


'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' sung by the one person who should never be allowed within a million miles of a recording studio......William Shatner

Mark Rees, San Francisco, California
I fear I have you all beat. How can anyone have forgotten the truly horrifying renditions of 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' or 'When I was Seventeen' sung by the one person who should never be allowed within a million miles of a recording studio......William Shatner. A magnificently awful waste of recording time! Cast your minds back and you will accept that I am right. Although I would recommend you have trained medical personnel close by if you try to listen to it again!
Mark Rees, San Francisco, California

The only thing that makes me feel a shade greener than 'Thank you for the music' has to be the miserable 'Send in the Clowns'.
Stephen, UK

Hymns must surely have a special place reserved for them. Wasn't the bane of your school days 'Now thank we all our god' and 'morning has broken'? Close third would have to be the utterly pants 'lone and dreary faint and weary through the desert I will go' at ...er... weddings. Surely some mistake?
Sophie, UK

Here's a list from someone who grew up in the UK in the 50's and 60's: Top of the list is The Laughing policeman. 2. Sparky and the piano 3. Everything by Max Bygraves. 4. I agree with whoever said it before, the National Anthem. 5. Rock around the Clock. 6. Let's twist again.
Graham Follett, UK

Everybody forgot the worst, most obnoxious, irritating, excuse for music in the entire galaxy, from which there is no escape - that played in lifts and supermarkets to pollute the eardrums, audible garbage! Your readers comments affirm that in so many cases 'Silence is Golden'.
John Loft, Hong Kong


The ultimate in cringe-tastic cheesyness - anything by Peters and Lee, arrgghh!

Graham Link, Brit in New Zealand
We have had some good ones mentioned so far as contenders for the worst songs ever, in particular "Agadoo", but what about anything by Zig Zig Sputnik, Samantha Fox or the ultimate in cringe-tastic cheesyness, anything by Peters and Lee, arrgghh!
Graham Link, Brit in New Zealand

Any Whitney Houston songs and all Spice Girl songs.
Amy, Sligo, Ireland

What happens if you play a Country and Western record backwards? Your wife returns to the marital home, the horse recovers from being lame, the dog doesn't die...
Ian, UK

Yes! I agree with Ron B of Canada - Ricky Martin (and 'living la vida loca) is dire - especially as it purports to be latiney! What an insult to Latin music! I also thought no-one was going to mention 'Lady in Red' by Chris De Burgh and then my prayers were answered! This is giving me a great laugh I must say -there are some classics here!
Jan, UK


Stop maligning these great artists by calling the turgid plastic soul created by these talentless divas as R'n'B! It's almost blasphemy!

Dave Strong, UK
Pretty much any modern music that passes as "R'n'B" these days - appalling drivel that has the nerve to term itself as "soul" and "funk"! You can put 'em all, Destiny's Child, TLC and others of their ilk into a great big skip, melt 'em all down and create some real R'n'B - Sly Stone, Aretha etc. Stop maligning these great artists by calling the turgid plastic soul created by these talentless divas as R'n'B! It's almost blasphemy!
Dave Strong, UK

C Lowther, Japan

Does anyone remember 'Er Indoors', or something like that - by George Cole and Dennis Waterman - farcical.
James, UK

Its surprising, some songs 'grow on you', take for instance "The Monster Mash' by Bobby {Boris} Pickett and the Crypt Kickers. At every Primary school disco, it got played... to start with I hated it, but then I was working in the lab late one night...
Colin, UK


'Come on Eileen' has to be the worst song of the twentieth century

Mark, Canada
'Come on Eileen' has to be the worst song of the twentieth century. I hate hearing that song so much that it actually ruins my whole day. Don Mclean's 'American Pie' would have to run a close second
Mark, Canada

I'm surprised no one's mentioned Hotel California by the Eagles. Now that is a song that could have easily been used in psychiatric experiments, hey, it always made me go mad when it is played, which is everywhere and constant. I hate it.
Lloyd Gibbs, Hong Kong

No, No, No - why has no one even mentioned "John Ketley is a Weatherman"? - I swear now I've mentioned it you won't be able to get the words of that irritating chorus out of your head.
Kirsty, Hong Kong

No one mentioned the Macarena. Two words: "Enough already!"
James Craven, USA

I can't believe no-ones mentioned "Wonderful Tonight" by "old" man Eric Clapton, in which the bearded one celebrates his woman's ability to wear make-up and have long hair. Also worthy of mention are the Los Lobos version of "La Bamba" and the Jennifer Rush version of "The Power of Love"
Andrew Virnuls, United Kingdom


I'm sure that anything from the Yoko Ono catalogue would be a contender

Barry, Ireland
I'm sure that anything from the Yoko Ono catalogue would be a contender, except that her songs are so awful they don't get played anywhere outside Suite 3500 in the Dakota.
Barry, Ireland

"My Way" - only because anyone who has drunk four pints of lager and suddenly finds a microphone in their hand believes they can out-perform Frank Sinatra
Richard, UK

"I Just Called To Say I Love You". Aaaargh. That song was no. 1 in Holland for months and it was played at least once an hour. Accute diarrhoea guaranteed.
Maarten Borghans, London

I nominate "The Ballad of The Green Berets" as the most offensively hideous song of all time. This was the theme song for John Wayne's movie, which was also packaged as a crusade to "save" the peasants in Vietnam. Wayne, of course, avoided ever serving in any military force but could wave a flag with the best of them.
Stephen Block Jr, US

Judging by the comments, the British National Anthem sung as a duet between Celine Dion and Whitney Houston should be enough to end civilization.
Simon, UK

Surely there isn't anyone out there who doesn't cringe with fear when they hear anything by The Human League!
Chris, UK

Only one person mentioned France - their Johnny Halliday is a national hero - he is just awful and so are all the people hired to "sing" anything by Serge Gainsbourg.
Annie, Switzerland


Country music... the music of pain....

Marc, Britain
Just last night I was watching the Oasis Wembley show on Dutch TV, and once again it struck me: this isn't a band, this is a bunch of pathetic wino's who wouldn't be able to recognise a decent tune if it smacked them in the face. "Geddon yer kneeeeeze and praaaaay, paaanic izzonnits waaaay....."
Stijn de Jong, Netherlands

'I'm not in love' by 10cc (same tune all the way) and that other one 'Nights in white satin' by Moody Blues. Two most pompous long winded, boring songs ever.
Paul Barnett, UK

There isn't enough space for all the songs I dislike, but I do hate the so-called "Novelty" tunes. For example Star Trekking (across the Universe, only going forward, etc etc...) back in the 80s, or those irritating little chipmunks or whatever they were around the end of last year. Need I say any more?
Oz, UK


'Dont worry be happy' is the most annoying song I have ever heard

David Ramsay, Coventry, UK
'Dont worry be happy' is the most annoying song I have ever heard, his voice just goes straight through me. But I have to listen to it because my mum likes it and plays it often rather loud so when she puts it on I leave the house. I think that's why she puts it on sometimes to get rid of me!
David Ramsay, Coventry, UK

I live in the land of bad music. Yes, I know you've had yours. You even knighted one, Cliff Richard. But I think that the late fifties was a golden age of bad music. But then every age is a golden age of bad music. Pop doesn't have it all, even though it cherishes bad music in a way no other genre does, even glorifies it as in the infamous Eurovision Song Contest which gives me indigestion to even think of it.
Christopher Hobe Morrison, USA

"We are the World" and other similar tunes where millionaire rock stars get together and pretend to give a stuff. Definite chunder material.
Mark Schuller, Australia

Although there are plenty of songs that are gut wrenching, Su Pollard's "Starting Together" is the worst. It makes Renee and Renato's "Save Your Love" and Black Lace's "Agadoo" sound like they were written by Lennon and McCartney.
Mark, England

Nothing is worse than having to listen to the wailing's of Whitney Houston, Celine Dion and Mariah Carey. Oh, wait, Michael Bolton. He's worse.
Rudi, USA


Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin - an eternity of whining and moaning interspersed with pointless tempo changes

Linda, Canada
Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin - an eternity of whining and moaning interspersed with pointless tempo changes. For some reason it's regarded as "classic rock" over here and is so frequently played I've stopped listening to the radio.
Linda, Canada

Everybody is entitled to their own opinion. What one person loves, another is bound to hate so stop telling people to leave singers alone. Just as you are entitled to love Celine, Whitney and Mariah, others are entitled to hate their songs.
Ginney, UK

Anything released to do with the dance craze going on in the Med, which then subsequently appears on rubbish "Ibiza" compilation albums.
Steve D, UK

No doubt it's the song "I Will Always Love You", by Whitney Houston, which was sung with all the grace and finesse of a Siamese cat in heat.
Robert Vesey, USA

Everything by the Beatles. Those horrible choruses and harmonising by sheep-like male voices. So terrible! And they are considered a classic?!
Ken, USA

Anything sung "live" by either Madonna or the Spice thingies.
S. Arnold, Australia

Has nobody heard "We Built This City On Rock And Roll" by Starship??? I get intestinal cramps just thinking about it.
Omar Gretarsson, Iceland


Could people please stop having a go at the likes of Mariah Carey, CÚline Dion and Whitney Houston

Kevin Jepson, UK
Could people please stop having a go at the likes of Mariah Carey, CÚline Dion and Whitney Houston - they all three possess fantastic voices, and make many listeners understand their emotions. Of course, if you write them off before hearing their music, you wouldn't understand this. If you want bad music, look no further than Nirvana - now where were all the fans when Cobain was alive?
Kevin Jepson, UK

I used to be a milkman and was brutally teased by my younger brothers constantly chanting the chorus of Benny Hill's song "Ernie". This has to be the most infuriating record ever!
Adrian Weller, Scotland

How could we possibly forget the subtle, poignant charms of "Orville's Song"? I've been trying to for years, so if anyone can think of a way, please let me know.
Pete, England

New Labour's anthem "Things Can Only Get Better". They haven't, they won't and it's an awful tune.
Chris Klein, UK


There is only so much ultra-smoochy, pensioner-friendly music we can take

Robert Grundulis, UK
Anything by Daniel O'Donnell - Ireland should consider him a national disgrace. There is only so much ultra-smoochy, pensioner-friendly music we can take.
Robert Grundulis, UK

I cannot BELIEVE there was not one mention of "McArthur Park" by Richard Harris!! Of course, I thought that was the worst song ever until I bought the single as a joke and listened to the "B" side.
Vicki, USA

The inevitable "Happy Birthday To You" Arggghh!!! It's not a song it's a satanic chant!
Nick, UK

Does no one remember "Having My Baby" or "Torn Between Two Lovers"? Of course, if we're talking a complete oeuvre of irritation, I'd nominate Barry Manilow and Boney M.
Joanne, USA

The Barney song is so bad, I feel like a purple dinosaur would be a good kill.
David Alan Gtz-Mannix, Mexico

I can think of a lot of annoying songs from every decade, but I think two of the ones from this past year have been "Living La Vida Loca" by Ricky Martin and "Believe" by Cher. The only good thing about Ricky Martin will be the day he retires from singing!!! Anyone out there agree with me?
Ron B, Canada

The Australian national anthem - a song which has changed so many times to suit special interest political correctness that no one knows the words any more.
Dave, Australia

"Don't Worry! Be Happy" - enough to make anyone unhappy!
Julia, UK

For anyone who's been to Hong Kong I have one thing to say "Canto Pop!"
Tim, Hong Kong

Tom Jones recently toured NZ and whilst I thoroughly respect his back-catalogue, I have to admit to leaving the concert when he performed "Sex Bomb" for the second time. At least Engelbert had the decency to parody himself when he toured.
Mark, New Zealand


Who'd have thought in 2000 we'd have a group of men in tight jeans who thrust their fists in the air during the chorus

Tom, England
Bon Jovi's 'It's my life' is ludicrous. Who'd have thought in 2000 we'd have a group of men in tight jeans who thrust their fists in the air during the chorus - All we need now are people waving their lighters in the air during the verses!
Tom, England

Surely we can't let Terry Wogan escape with his rendition of The Floral Dance!
Richard P, England

Anything sung by my dad!!!!!! Always from the 60's
James Agate, Canada

Anyone remember "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree"? The worst thing about songs that invade your sanity is that once you even begin to "hear" the tune in your head, it stays there for minutes or hours, torturing you all over again!
Pete, South Africa


Anything by Celine Dion and Whitney Houston sends me into a corner to bang my head into oblivion!

Ruth, Israel
"Louie Louie" chosen as one of the worst? Come on, I risked parental wrath by buying and playing it way back in the 60's. An all time classic I'd say! On the other hand, the song "oh mine papa" and anything by Celine Dion and Whitney Houston sends me into a corner to bang my head into oblivion!
Ruth, Israel

Have pity on the DJs - how can they hope to make us happy if someone somewhere hates the top selling song(s). All music moves somebody, even if it's only for the off switch! I guess it's a case of one man's beat....
Mike Parker, Bristol, England

For all the Australians out there, Bardots "I should have never let you go" is THE most irritating song ever. This band came together in a Spice Girls fashion, with the 5 members winning their places in the group out of a huge cattle call. Naturally they shot to the top of the charts, based on TV show hype. Hopefully they will disappear just as quickly!
Jody, Australia

'Wind beneath my Wings' by Bette Midler. Makes you wish 'the Rose' was a documentary
Steve, Sweden

It must be Rene and Renato, "save your love", or something like that. The gut churning video images which accompany the song haunt me to this day!
Terry, Anglesey


Rather like having a mosquito trapped in your room at night, this song will go round and round your head like a record baby

Robbie, UK
There was an 80's song called "You Spin Me Right Round Baby... right round like a record baby, right round, right round...You Spin Me...(ad nauseum)". Rather like having a mosquito trapped in your room at night, this song will go round and round your head like a record baby, right round, right round. Aargh!
Robbie, UK

Anything by Sting - the king of jumping on bandwagons, which is the most annoying musical activity of all.
Emeric, UK

Congratulations by Cliff Richard is the first worst song that comes to my mind. Furthermore most of today's hiphop, house and rap crap. But don't tell my daughter.
Henk, Netherlands

Bruce Springsteen's song "Merry Christmas, Baby." How original indeed.
Jason Blatt, Taiwan

The worst song ever is "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion. It only prolonged the abomination known as Titanic.
Ryan, USA

I see no mention of Michael Bolton yet... I can't even think of a song title but his bellowing dirges are even worse than Celine Dion.
Caspar, UK


"Thank your lucky stars" by Dean Friedman - I bought a copy at a car boot sale just to take it out of circulation!

Janet Temperton, UK
Sorry folks, but surely you can remember "Thank your lucky stars" by Dean Friedman. I bought a copy at a car boot sale just to take it out of circulation!
Janet Temperton, UK

Anything by Rolf Harris such as "Two Little Vets Ate Two Little Pets"
Robin, England

Has everyone got short memories? What about that dribble that Cliff Richard dug up last Christmas - offensive in every possible way!
Jim, England

Tony Foster, Asks "Why did Black Lace only make the chart once? " Surely the question should be "How did they chart more than once?" After their first effort who bought the other 8 singles?
Steve, England

I should think any parent would have to put Brahms' Lullaby high on the list!
Ken Beach, Germany


"No scrubs" by TLC - I'll jump through a closed window the next time I hear it!!

Stephen Hancock, UK
The worst song in the world ever has to be "No scrubs" by TLC !! I'll jump through a closed window the next time I hear it!!
Stephen Hancock, UK

Anyone remember the song "Toast". OH my god!!!!!
John Tummon, United States of America

Any Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, or Maria Carey! All three could be used as tools for torture.
Erick, Norway

Everything by ABBA and the drivel churned out by the dreadful Carpenters... yucky bubblegum music!!!!! I hate it.
Kay Harris, England


I think artists like Tina Turner should be made to eat every CD, record or tape of their vile recordings ever released in public

Chris Diffley, UK
A fine selection of truly hideous songs... An addition I would make would be Love Shack by the B52 - I think artists like Tina Turner should be made to eat every CD, record or tape of their vile recordings ever released in public.
Chris Diffley, UK

"Things Can Only Get Better" by D:REAM. Too many painful memories, too great a disappointment . . .
David T, UK

"I will survive"... men look scared and women look like bunny boilers...
Elise, England

Every Year we are supplied with a whole batch of annoying songs (about 30 in total) which can be found at the Eurovision song contest.
Mark Hull, UK


Worst one ever, "Pullover" by Jess Conrad. Urrgh, I feel sick!!!

Roger Wifield, Mauritius
How about "Grandad" by Clive Dunn, or "If" by Telly Savalas or "I could be so good for you" by Dennis Waterman. Worst one ever, "Pullover" by Jess Conrad. Urrgh, I feel sick !!!
Roger Wifield, Mauritius

It has to be the Shoop Shoop Song by Cher. Drives me up the wall every time!!!
Catherine, UK

The song which makes we want to throttle everyone in the room has to be "Hi-Ho Silver lining" - this has to be the cheesiest, most obnoxious song ever written - and the way everybody gets together at the end of a party and sings it!!!
Bill Heffernan, England

Doop by Doop. I guarantee that anyone who knows the record will have it buzzing around in their head now, just by being reminded that it exists. I know I have! Uuuurrrrgh!
Chris Merriman, England


Anything from the truly horrible Celine Dion - please, somebody stop her

Dave Martin, UK
I have a long list of musical no-no's but it's headed by Simply Red's abhorrent "Holding Back the Years" followed by anything from the truly horrible Celine Dion. Please, somebody stop her.
Dave Martin, UK

I cannot believe no-one has mentioned Wannabe by the Spice Girls - or anything by the SG's for that matter. Listening to their "music" is an endurance test only the fittest can survive !
Diane Richard, UK

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.....
Simon, England

Sorry, my friends, but the most irritating song ever is "Wake up little Susie" and I accept no arguments.
Sebastian, UK

'Because we want to' by Billy - a playground chant of immense irritation...
Phil White, UK


Anita Dobson's "Anyone can fall in love" and Nick Berry's "Every Loser Wins" are so lethal they can kill germs

Gary McCartney, UK
When it comes to the worst the songs ever made, there can be none worse than those dreadful late 80's Eastenders spin-offs. Anita Dobson's "Anyone can fall in love" and Nick Berry's "Every Loser Wins" are so lethal they can kill germs. Sorry Simon May, but it has to be said!
Gary McCartney, UK

The worst song ever recorded was that bloody awful cover of "Perfect Day" by the BBC. Absolutely appalling. Lou Reed should be strung up for allowing such a wonderful song to be completely wrecked just for the sake of an advertising campaign.
James Mansey, UK

Whitney's Didn't We Almost Have It All - changes key 17 times and still going on three days later. Enough already!
Nicky, UK

I can't believe no-one's mentioned The Macarana yet....
Diane, UK

Russ Abbot, What an atmosphere. I rest my case.
Rob, England

A song that tempts me to stick hot pokers in my ears is... Achie Breakie Heart by Billy Ray-Cyrus!
Sara, England

"I was born to make you happy" by anodyne pop princess Britney Spears. The sentiments expressed in this song make me wonder whether feminism's achieved anything!
Al, UK

Worst Song Ever-"Louie, Louie"! Close runner up would be anything by Bread, especially that one "If a picture paints a thousand words, then why can't I paint you?". If that song was the only one left for a man to seduce a woman, the race would almost certainly die out!
Sharon Langworthy, USA

'Merry Xmas Everybody' by Slade. Does it get any worse than this? It's Chhhrrrisstmassss!!!!!!!
Allan Todd, Norway

Anything by Mariah Carey: if she didn't spend so much time yodelling in an attempt to impress with her vocal capacity, then maybe her music wouldn't induce the urge to block my ears with melted cheese. But not even Carey ever made a song as annoying as 'Oops Now' by Janet Jackson. Or whatever it's called. Makes 'Agadoo' sound like Enya.
Spiros Zalacostas, UK

"I will always love you" (Whitney Houston). Not so much for the song, but for the moment when it starts off again in a higher key just when you're thinking it's finally over.
William White, Belgium

Has everyone forgotten the truly evil creations of Shania Twain?
Chris, England


"Jolene, Jolene, JoLEEEEENE".... SCREAAAAAM. I know... I'll saw my head off

Paul Taranson, England
Anything that is Country & Western. It's all moany pony; its always about someone who found their gal, lost her, then found her again. "Jolene, Jolene, JoLEEEEENE".... SCREAAAAAM. I know... I'll saw my head off.
Paul Taranson, England

The theme song from "Postman Pat" must surely be one of the most irritating ever devised. Other parents may agree.
Mike Brown, UK

From the comments here, it's like some people don't have a sense of fun. Or just take themselves to seriously.
Paul, UK

Didn't anyone else suffer months of "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" or "Distant Drums"??
Ken, England

Boyzone's cover of 'Father and Son. A beautiful song about the generation gap when sung by Cat Stevens, a painful dirge when squeaked by them...
Keith Wright, Scotland

"Just Say No!" from the kids of Grange Hill, enough to make anyone say NO MORE!!!
Steve, UK

What about the inane Europop of Eiffel 45's Blue (Da ba dee) or Cotton Eye Joe by Rednex. Oh and anything by Westlife.
Jack, UK

Gazza's "Fog on the Tyne" must was so bad it should have been made illegal
Neil, England

It is Wind of change by Scorpions. Awful song broadcast in "perfect time" after unification of Germany.
Marek, Slovakia


You should hear some of the tunes that we are tortured with here in France

Paul, France
You should hear some of the tunes that we are tortured with here in France. If you think British and American boy bands are bad, wait until you hear 2 bez 3. They make your fillings rattle.
Paul, France

"Going to Ibiza" by Venga Boys. Not only is it a cover, but their music, especially this song, is truly awful. Either that or "Kisses for Me" by "Brotherhood of Man". (I'm cringing just thinking about it).
Paul B, UK

It has to be "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" by that group Starship. It's a classic example of all the hideous soft rock the USA spewed out in the 80s. Urgh!!!
Phil O, UK

Two words: Mr Blobby! Awful...
Richard Holmes, Switzerland

Jive Bunny! They took a few reasonably decent 3-minute pop songs and overlaid this awful drum machine beat.
Pete Evans, UK

Anything sung by Alma Cogan
Colin, U.K

Whatever the bloke sitting next to me on the train this morning was listening to on his Walkman (at full volume).
Peter, UK


I think any song you hear too often becomes really annoying

Tim, UK
I think any song you hear too often becomes really annoying. I'd suggest "Everything I Do (I Do It For You)" By Bryan Adams. Truly awful!
Tim, UK

"Where Do You Go To My Lovely?" by Peter Sarstedt. Hard to know whether the lyrics are supposed to be taken seriously or as a joke "ha ha ha" (as the song goes)
Niall Woods, Ireland

Shaddup-ya-face - awful tune, and kept Vienna off the number one spot.
Ian Skelton, UK

Anything by boy bands, but their songs are nowhere near as irritating as hearing them take themselves seriously in interviews!
Kenny Smith, UK

Anything that is sung out of tune, rapped or mumbled as opposed to being sung well gets on my nerves and makes me want switch off. Others I will put up with now and then, provided they are not played ad nauseum.
Hazel, UK

Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton. Makes me want to throw up every time I hear it.
Trev, UK

It's Raining Men is a classic! It's the Macarena that makes me want to do evil things. The ultimately worst song ever. Can you believe there are free Macarena lessons on the internet?
Mike Behnke, USA


They should not be forgotten!!

Geoff Taylor, Argentina
I'm showing my age here a bit, but does anyone else remember the cringe-worthy and cheesey offerings in the late 60's and 70's, by the then Radio 1 DJ's? Tony Blackburn was the guiltiest, but unfortunately I can't remember any of the song titles, so he gets off on the basis of lack of evidence. However, I do particularly remember Convoy UK by DLT and Paul Burnett, which even as a nipper, made me want to hide behind the sofa. They should not be forgotten!!
Geoff Taylor, Argentina

"Born in the USA" by Bruce Springsteen. This has got to be the most boring song ever. It is so melodic you can almost count the notes on one hand. How this song/ singer ever got so popular is beyond me. Maybe it's a direct reflection of Americas musical ability!
Martin, England

Annoying songs are easy to define since they are accompanied by a dance routine guaranteed to be performed to the point of excess by drunken relatives at any family gathering.
Matt Daniels, UK

Why did Black Lace only make the chart once?
Tony Foster, UK

The Pogues and Kirsty McColl's infamous Christmas hit - Fairy Tale of New York almost makes me dread the festive season. Also, the vast majority of the tosh played by BBC Radio 1.
Lee, England

Here, here to Alasdair's comments! It's time we had a British National Anthem that was for all of Britain and NOT the glory of one of our citizens.
Roderick Laughton, UK (England)


Candle in the Wind by Elton John

Angela, UK
Candle in the Wind by Elton John. Bad enough first time around, but to be put through it again was unfair.
Angela, UK

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

Surely no one can forget Anita Dobson's "Anyone can Fall in Love" sung to the Eastenders theme tune or "Every Loser Wins" by Nick Berry?
Dave Malkinson, UK

"Scotland the Brave". An oxymoron!
Graham, England

Any of the dreadful, tuneless wailing that for some inexplicable reason is referred to as "soul" these days.
Rob, England

"I will survive" and "Search for the Hero Inside Yourself". Just terrible
John Driver, UK

Whitney Houston's I will always love you agggghhhhhhh...
Graham, UK

Anything by Eminem, Puff Daddy and the many Boy Bands who are a disgrace to masculinity.
Babur, Canada


How about Fat Les' version of Jerusalem?

Simon Millard, UK
How about Fat Les' version of Jerusalem - what a way to murder a song, especially when there are so many good versions around.
Simon Millard, UK

Anything written by the latest crop of sanctimonious or downright egregious boy bands. Take That have a lot to answer for.
Phil Collins, UK - not THE Phil Collins

"Seven Tears" by the Goombay Dance Band - no contest!!!!
Johnny, Ireland

"Let Me Entertain You" by the over inflated blimp himself Robbie Williams,"Simply the Best" by Tina Turner and "Hit Me Baby" by Britney Spears - dreadful dirges for the dull-generation
Henrik Bromley, England

Anything by Hanson. I hate happy, hippy, kiddy bands !
Jase, UK


I give you - Search For The Hero by the awful M-People - Makes me wanna put my head in a blender

Martin, England
It's not stuff like the Birdie Song, which was always intended as a joke, that annoys me but songs that take themselves seriously yet are utter pants. I give you - Search For The Hero by the awful M-People. Makes me wanna put my head in a blender.
Martin, England

Our abysmal national anthem. What a dirge!
Wez, UK

The ultimate rock chant, ruined by trendy youngsters rapping over it. Unfortunately, part of a trend rather than a one-off.
PC Pete, England

I hated "Shaddup you Face" by that awful Joe Dolce.
John O'Connell, UK


The song called 'My heart will go on' by Celine Dion must be one of the worst songs ever

Stephen Mahon, Ireland
The song called 'My heart will go on' by Celine Dion must be one of the worst songs ever. Does anyone really live their life according to the rubbish lyrics which are contained in this song? At least DJs like John Peel are still broadcasting so thankfully there is an alternative to endless mind numbing songs on the radio.
Stephen Mahon, Ireland

The worst song for me is the original version of American Pie.
Ana, Mexico

The trombone tune that 'Douglas' plays on the Lurpak Butter adverts. It drives me mad!
Neil, England


Come On Eileen, Agadoo and The Birdie Song are the worst songs ever made. It should be illegal to even play them in public!

Guy Carberry, England
Come On Eileen, Agadoo and The Birdie Song are the worst songs ever made. It should be illegal to even play them in public!
Guy Carberry, England

Lady in Red - Chris de Burgh, I can't believe I once loved this song. Whenever I hear it now, it makes my skin crawl!
Catriona, Scotland

Some of those mentioned obviously deserve a place in the Hall of Shame but what about "Long-haired lover from Liverpool"? BTW I love "Lady in Red".
Claire Powell, Belgium

Robin William's - "Rock DJ" ... especially when it's hummed, and sang out loud by two of my work colleagues (Robbie & Louise).
Simon, England

The worst song ever has to be 'Seasons in the Sun' by Terry Jacks. I can't think of a more depressing song!
Andrew Charlton, England

Got to be Whitney Houston bellowing out "I Will Always Love You". Truly ghastly.
Martin, England

All Bryan Adam's songs, especially the one to do with Robin Hood Everything I do. Also there was song called Disco Duck released in the 70's I think.
Simone, UK


The worst thing about these catchy horror songs is their longevity

David K, England
Picking the worst song is as difficult as picking one's favourite, BUT if there's one that has irritated me to the point of bursting over the years, it's "Come on Eileen" by Dexy's Midnight Runners. The worst thing about these catchy horror songs is their longevity - "Eileen" is omnipresent at wedding reception and birthday discos to this day.
David K, England

Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. It's horrible.
Neil Elkins, UK

Anything by Steps, S-Club7 or any of the other annoying talentless boy/ girl bands that plague our planet, take your pick.
Ian Bailey, England

Copacabana! I hate it - it's so annoying!
Sarah, England

You don't have enough server capacity to accept a complete list of the pop singles, which I think should have been drowned at birth.
Phil, UK

Anything in the charts that Radio One plays over and over again every day while ignoring new bands desperate for a break.
Steve, England

The British National Anthem. The words are rubbish, the tune is doleful and the sentiments abhorrent.
Alasdair, Scotland

Almost any of the current "here today, gone tomorrow" chart toppers are annoying, but luckily quickly forgotten. For fingernail scraping irritation however, nothing beats "The Best" by Tina Turner.
Colin, UK

It's Raining Men, YMCA, and Agadoo - all the rubbish played at discos in my teens!
Kate, England

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