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Songs You Love to Hate

I recently overheard two people on the radio arguing about which song they felt was the worst song of all time.  Given the readership of this blog, I thought that might make for an interesting discussion here!

Top of the list for me (in terms of popular music) is Cool and the Gang's "Jungle Boogie."  I hate that song, yet every time I hear it, it gets stuck in my head.

As for rock songs, tie goes to Black Oak Arkansas' "Jim Dandy" (I'm dating myself with this one--remember the video of this???) and Judas Priest's "Breaking the Law."  Just picturing Rob Halford sing gives me the heebeegeebees.

As for classical music, its got to be Ravel's "Bolero."  Too repetitive, too situationalized (if you get my drift).

As for hymns, its gotta be "He Lives."  I have my own lyrics to that one!

So, here are the categories for what is, in your opinion, the worst song (pop, rock, classical, hymn or Praise and worship). 

Have fun!


Reader Comments (41)

Dexy's Midnight Runners, "Come on Eileen", horrible, the video is worse.
Away in the Manger,
I come to the garden alone

The other one (I don't know if its the worst hymn) that bothers me is "There is a fountain filled with Blood". The thought of an actual fountain with blood and people bathing in it creeps me out.
August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCharles S
Boy there are so many but here goes.
Pop - We Are Family .....Get it out of my head
Rock - AC/DC .... Big Balls ....dumb ,dumb song ...
Hymns - In the Garden ....makes me gag
Praise/Worship - Shine Jesus Shine ....repetitive and cloying
Classical - Bolero as well ...overplayed ....
August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterReg Schofield
This concerns more the worst music videos...

I recently ran across these "literal music videos." They put words to what is being seen on the actual music videos. They are very well done and hilarious.

"Total Eclipse of the Heart":

More here including "Take on Me" which is great:
August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMark VPol
John Lennon - Imagine
makes me shudder every time
August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMikeR
Classical: Yes, Bolero is bad, but Pachelbel's Canon is worse! (A friend once received (not from me!) a CD entitled "Pachelbel's Greatest HIT" with a dozen or so settings of that wedding staple -- if it had been a gift to me, it might have cost me a friendship!)

Praise&Worship: when I was a kid, we used to sing Phil 3:3. It's better if you add the hand-motions (scissors, scissors)

And you're wrong about Jungle Boogie -- that song ROCKS! (or is it FUNKS?) How can you hate a song with so much awesome brass? You probably don't like Tower of Power either
August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRubeRad
Worst songs of all time. Melanie's "brand new roller skates" and the one I about bleeding in each others wounds. How about the song "I think its so groovy now"--yuck!!! also, anything by Manilow, Billy Joel, (are they one and the same) or Neil Diamond.

But the absolute worst rock and roll song of all time: the Starship song "we built this city on rock and roll"-It cannot get any worse than that.

Let me stop I need to gag thinking about all these bad, bad songs.
August 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterreg
Pop Song - I kissed a Girl - katie perry (awful lyrics, awful music, putrid video, pure filth)
Rock Song - You shook me all night long - ac/dc (they win for worst band of all time as well)
Worship Song - Mercy is Falling - david ruis (this song is everything that is wrong with contemporary christian music)
August 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjeremy d.
the beachboys are my alltime favorite band. but....

aruba...jamaica..ooh i wanna take you...

kokomo ranks up there as pretty bad one.
August 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdavidbmc
Worst praise/worship: "What if Cartoons Got Saved?" Does it get any worse than a converted Ninja Turtle singing "Cowabunga-lujah dude!"
August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGPLeague

Pop: Bee Gees; Night Fever.

Rock: Billy Joel; Piano Man.

Praise: I surrender all.

Classical: Bolero

Reg: I actually like the Airplane/Starship. Although the song that you mention is not one of their best.
August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLloyd Cadle
I'm not going to weigh in except I agree with one of the worst hymns being "He Lives" bad, bad, bad. I am curious what your lyrics are though.
August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJim Vellenga
All-time worst rock song? That's easy. Anything by Cream.

Just kidding, Kim
August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike Brown
Wow, this is hard. There's so much to choose from, but one really horrid song comes to mind "What's Up" by Four Non Blondes. I hate the thought that I might be inflicting harm to others by bringing that one up.
August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTW
Sheesh, what's with all the anti-Billy Joel and AC/DC stuff? I guess nobody here came up in the 80s, or at least was raised right.

And there are two kinds of people in the world: those who dig Neil Diamond and those who don't (I'm the first kind). I mean, come on, you can't beat a New York City Jew capturing frontier revivalism in "Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show":

Hot August night and the leaves hanging down
and the grass on the ground smellin' sweet
Move up the road to the outside of town
and the sound of that good gospel beat
Sits a ragged tent where there ain't no trees
And that gospel group tellin' you and me
It's Love Brother Love say Brother Love's traveling salvation show
Pack up the babies and grab the old ladies and everyone goes
'Cause everyone knows Brother Love's show
Room gets suddenly still and when you'd almost bet
You could hear yourself sweat he walks in
Eyes black as coal and when he lifts his face
Every ear in the place is on him
Startin' soft and slow like a small earthquake
And when he lets go half the valley shakes
It's Love, Brother Love say Brother Loves traveling salvation show
Pack up the babies and grab the old ladies and everyone goes
'Cause everyone knows 'bout Brother Loves show
(Halleluja) Brothers (Halle, halleluja) I say brothers
Now you got yourself two good hands
And when your brother is troubled you've gotta
reach out your hand for him 'cause that's what it's there for
And when your heart is troubled you've gotta reach out
your other hand, reach it out to the Man up there
'Cause that's what He's there for
Take my hand in yours
Walk with me this day
In my heart I know
I will never stray
Halle, halle, halle, halle, halle, halle, halle, halle
Love Brother Love say Brother Love's traveling salvation show
Pack up the babies and grab the old ladies and everyone goes
I say Love Brother Love say Brother Love's traveling salvation show
Pack up the babies and grab the old ladies and everyone goes.
August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZrim
I suppose this would've sufficed...
August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZrim
Hymn - "I have decided to follow Jesus"

Outkast - "Hey Ya" - What is that song even about?
August 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdw
Old P&W song we used to sing in youth group:

"Holiness, holiness, is what i long for."

"Holiness is what i need."

"Holiness, holiness, is what you want from me."

This woulda been a good one for Adam to sing in the garden...
August 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersj
I actually love Jefferson Airplane and tolerate Jefferson Starshi[p. Its when they dropped the Jefferson from their name that they entered the realm of pap and became a really bad p[roduct.

You actually like Billy Joel and Neil Diamond? Do you also like show tunes?
August 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterreg

" I've got a brand new pair of Roller Skates",. that tune, I can't get it out of my head, Why did you write that.......What did I ever do to you!?
I need an old priest and a young priest!
August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCharles S
"Kodachrome" by Paul Simon. A song about film???? But after seeing the references to I've got a brand new pair of roller skates have to put these two in a tie
August 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbill b.

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