Quick, push the button

It’s been a while since there’s been a Worst Songs Ever thread, and Scott Kirwin is running one over at Dean’s World with the expected results. Scott’s own bêtes noires:

“You’re So Vain,” Carly Simon
“American Pie,” Don McLean
“Feel Like Makin’ Love,” Bad Company

What all these have in common, most obviously, is an origin in the 1970s, which some people contend represented the absolute nadir in popular music. I’m not sure I believe that, although of the twenty songs I dislike the most, fifteen were Seventies releases.

Actually, I like “You’re So Vain,” though I’d like it better if it didn’t turn up five times a week on the radio. Back when the charts had something to do with airplay, about 500-600 records would chart every year. A station with a Sixties-Seventies format, such as Oklahoma City’s KOMA, would therefore have upwards of 10,000 songs to choose from — but they play maybe a twentieth of that. Even Jack FM claims a playlist of only 1000 or so.

Feel free to contribute your own examples of songs which make you want to change the station.


  1. Veronica »

    4 January 2007 · 2:49 pm

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again–it’s a wonder that anyone born in the 70’s has any sense of aesthetic AT ALL, as our first impressions of Earth happened in the ugliest decade imaginable.

  2. unimpressed »

    4 January 2007 · 4:47 pm

    The majority of my “can’t stand it” songs come from the 80s, though I agree with nineteen of twenty on your list. I cannot tolerate Rap in any form.

    In the mid-80s, I was stuck for three months in a one-radio-station town that was, I swear, a Top-10 format. Three of them were Boy George, three were from MJ’s Thriller, three were Cyndi Lauper and the final song was random, but usually horrible as well. The worst part was that I HAD ABSOLUTELY NO SAY-SO about the “choice” as I’d have opted for silence. Listening to my ears ring would have been an improvement. To this day I cringe when even a portion of any of the aforementioned songs/artists are heard.

  3. Joel »

    4 January 2007 · 6:27 pm

    Just to give the 70s and 80s a breather: “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” by Deep Blue Something. The clumsiest charted pop single I can ever remember.

  4. McGehee »

    5 January 2007 · 12:03 am

    What goes on my “worst songs” list depends on whether recitation of irregular rhyming street slang to the rhythm of synthesized percussion qualifies as “song.”

  5. Diane »

    5 January 2007 · 6:54 am

    Like I can remember the 70’s. HA HA I spent most of those years listening to The Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus over and over again…

  6. Diane »

    5 January 2007 · 9:36 am

    Ooh ooh! I thought of one!

    Paul Anka- Having My Baby

  7. John Salmon »

    5 January 2007 · 11:45 am

    I liked the 70’s-there were classic albums from Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell…and a whole host of jazz groups were still touring that disappeared not long after-the Count Basie band (not the ghost band!), Buddy Rich, etc.

    The 80’s were the bottom.

  8. Veronica »

    6 January 2007 · 12:36 am

    Oh, no no no, Joel. If we’re gonna talk about bad 90’s songs, it could go on for HOURS.

    Let me hear you say UHHHHH, na na na na.

  9. Jeffro »

    6 January 2007 · 7:00 pm

    Oohh there were so many, but one that still sets my teeth on edge is Edward Bear’s “Last Song.”

    I hated “You’re so Vain” – if the song wasn’t about “you,”, then just who was it about?

  10. The Trouble With Angels »

    6 January 2007 · 7:50 pm

    Old Poems #1

    Circa 70’s. C.G. over at dustbury.com has a post up about songs from the 70’s that you absolutely hate to hear again and it took me a while to think of one but I finally came up with You’re Having My Baby by Paul Anka. If I’m listening to the oldies st…

  11. Jennifer »

    6 January 2007 · 9:58 pm

    “Seasons in the Sun” … Terry Jacks? Gawdawful.

  12. unimpressed »

    6 January 2007 · 10:34 pm

    “Chevy Van”?

  13. Miriam »

    7 January 2007 · 2:44 pm

    Everyone forgot a golden oldie, “New York, New York,” sung by Sinatra or anyone else. Also, “I did it my way.”

    “Imagine” by John Lennon.

  14. Eric Scheie »

    7 January 2007 · 9:05 pm

    If I ever commit murder, it will be because I had to hear one of these again:

    “Young Girl” — Gary Puckett and the Union Gap.

    “Money” — Pink Floyd.

    “Signs” — Five Man Electrical Band.

    (I once slightly liked “Money,” but that was decades before I heard it overplayed.)

  15. Ron »

    9 January 2007 · 12:46 pm

    “Bungle in the Jungle” … holy crap … That whine played like a dentists drill on the psyche

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