Our Daily Bleg: Tell Us the Songs You Hate the Most

An upcoming episode of Freakonomics Radio will feature a short segment about how hard it is to find a song you like on the radio. This will be illustrated by snippets of bad songs, the ones that make you shudder when you come across them on the radio.

Who better to help us pick these bad songs than you, oh tasteful blog readers?

Please leave suggestions in the comments section. If your song is bad, truly bad (in the pre-modern sense of the word), you’ll have the satisfaction of hearing it disparaged on our next podcast. All genres acceptable; do keep in mind that one man’s pop-music trash is another’s treasure.


Soulja Boy - Crank That

John Robinson

"I'm not Lisa" by Jessi Colter. Dirgelike and depressing.


Anything Justin Bieber

Shaun G

One song that always grates on me is the Verve's "Bittersweet Symphony," in large part because of the repetitive Rolling Stones sample.

However, there are a number of other songs I like that use repeating samples that are more rhythmic and less melodic, and they don't bother me nearly as much.


Honey by Bobby Goldsboro

Once spent a long drive down the NJ turnpike with my Uncle and his favorite 8-track - still sends shudders down my spine.


1. All Out of Love - Air Supply
2. Rock and Roll High School - Ramones
3. Touch of Grey - Grateful Dead
4. Tik Tok - Ke$ha
5. How Am I Supposed To Live Without You - Michael Bolton


Terry Jacks, "Seasons in the Sun"

Stuart from London

Anything by Celine Dion but particularly that dreadful song from Titanic - My Heart Will Go On. It's formulaic mush....


Two Princes by The Spin Doctors


"Rich Girl" by Gwen Stefani. I can't stand her in general, but the horrific sampling of "Fiddler on the Roof," of all things, is just painful.

And now it's stuck in my head just thinking about it. Where's Topol (or Harvey Fierstein) when you need him?


"Stuck with You" Huey Lewis and the News
"Abracadabra" Steve Miller Band
"Rock the Casbah" The Clash


Paul McCartney & Wings "Let 'em In".
Same band "Wonderful Christmas Time" comes in second second becuase it's only seasonal.


Caribbean Queen by Billy Ocean.

Doug S

I have two:

"Money" by Pink Floyd
"Shock the Monkey" by Peter Gabriel

Both cause immediate station-switching for immediate palate-cleansing.

Doug S

Nick O'Leary

One that seems to be playing all the time and certainly isn't appealing to me is Miley Cyrus's "Party in the USA"



I am reaching back a bit for this but many readers I'm sure will share my sentiment! "Havin My Baby" by Paul Anka must rate way down there among some of the worst songs ever to emanate from a recording studio. I really hated that song. By the way, the journalist Dave Barry's seminal work titled something like "Book of Bad Songs" that came out in the 1990s is a wonderful compendium of songs like Havin My Baby..... Songs to make you just EXCLAIM: "Oh my God! I remember that ! And it was truly awful!"
Just thought of another oldie but baddie .... "Mr Roboto" by Styx...

Kirk Strobeck

This is quite difficult as I am so efficient in my efforts to avoid "thumbs down" (pandora language) music. The first that comes to mind is "Nike Boots" by "Wale." It was featured as a free iTunes download a while back, which I regularly take advantage of. This stuck out like a sore thumb from the premium eclectic single offered on a weekly basis.

Interestingly, during its free offering the ratings for the song were less than two, and maybe less than one if I'm remembering correctly. Today however, it is quite high at 4.5 stars.


michael bublé - haven't met you yet.


Tom Petty's Free Falling. I HATE THIS SONG She is such a good girl, she is so good to me, she likes ponies and Elvis, but I am going to do her wrong anyway, blah blah blah blah... Did I mention that I hate this song?


American Pie! I cannot STAND that song. Also, Puff the Magic Dragon.