The original cover for Rick Dees' Disco Duck

The bottom 20 all-time worst songs

The original cover for Rick Dees' Disco Duck
The original cover for Rick Dees’ Disco Duck

I know this is going to be hotly disputed because there are just so many bad songs out there. But I had to make a stab at it anyway. Many of mine are bad because I just hate really sappy songs. Still, I eagerly await your corrections and additions.

Ok, folks, starting at the bottom, here they are:

20. You Don’t Bring Me Flowers, Barbara Streisand and Neil Diamond
19. Horse With No Name, America
18. Heartlight, Neil Diamond
17. Ebony and Ivory, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
16. Everybody Have Fun Tonight, Wang Chung
15. Do the Conga, Gloria Estefan
14. Muskrat Love, Captain and Tenille
13. The Final Countdown, Europe
12. I Think We’re Alone Now, Tiffany
11. Having My Baby, Paul Anka
10. Feelings, Morris Albert
9. Maneater, Hall and Oates
8. Butterfly Kisses, Bob Carlisle
7. From a Distance, Bette Midler
6. Achy Breaky Heart, Billy Ray Cyrus
5. It’s Hard to be Humble, Mac Davis
4. Disco Duck, Rick Dees
3. Ring My Bell, Anita Ward
2. My Humps, Black Eyed Peas

And, hard to believe that the Beatles win the top spot, but here it is, worst song ever:

1. Rocky Raccoon, Beatles

Okay, give me your worst songs!

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7 Responses to The bottom 20 all-time worst songs

  1. Terri March 28, 2009 at 11:55 pm #

    We Built This City by Jefferson Starship
    Mickey by Toni Basil
    Gloria by Laura Branigan
    Billy, Don’t Be A Hero by Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods
    Baby Come Back by Player ( I used to have that album, ug )
    You Can Call Me Al by Paul Simon
    I’m pretty sure I’ll wake up in the middle of the night with more worse songs…LOL

  2. Lisa Creech Bledsoe March 29, 2009 at 7:44 am #

    HOW could I have forgotten Toni Basil’s Mickey?? Yeah, that’s on there for certain. I would probably quibble over the Paul Simon song, but I’m like you, it’s hard to stop one’s brain once you’re on this track, isn’t it?

  3. Renee March 29, 2009 at 10:47 am #

    Well, being a Beatles fan I would definitely dispute your #1 song, especially since I like the song as well. The other songs on the list, well…some are guilty pleasures that I am often embarrassed to admit I like, but you are definitely justified putting them on the list and I would not dispute them.
    I would add to your list anything done by boy bands (Nsync, Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears), pretty much all the teeny bopper stuff.

  4. Lisa Creech Bledsoe March 29, 2009 at 4:26 pm #

    I do feel a little bad about putting the Beatles in the worst spot, but I feel better when I think about how many great songs they put out — everyone’s bound to have a clinker now and then.

    Backstreet Boys! /shudder/ You’re right.

  5. Sine Botchen (Mike Watts) March 30, 2009 at 1:01 pm #

    Wow that sounds just like the most recent “Bob FM” playlist. We stopped at a country diner in Fredericksburg, Texas one Thanksgiving and all the little relatives took turns programming the most worst/sappy songs into the jukebox and then everyone voted on who picked the most awful song. It kept them entertained while the food was cooking and after a couple of beers (for me) it became downright funny. And no, I wasn’t driving. That’s the 12 year old’s job.

  6. Darcyjo July 22, 2009 at 10:29 am #

    I think the seventies had it nailed for the worst songs, or maybe the memories are the most painful:

    Undercover Angel (dude has sex with a supernatural spirit in an elevator!)
    The PiƱa Colada Song (dude steps out on his “woman”, to find out she was stepping out on HIM, likes the idea!)
    Sad Eyes (dude screws around on his out-of-town girlfriend, gets annoyed when his current bedmate doesn’t want him to go back to her.)

    Sense a trend here?

  7. Lisa Creech Bledsoe July 22, 2009 at 10:32 am #

    Yes, Darcyjo, I sense a trend! There’s some really, really, really baaaad content out there. And we listened to lots of it. Yikes.

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