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.


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  1. Shay says:

    Soulja Boy – Crank That

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  2. John Robinson says:

    “I’m not Lisa” by Jessi Colter. Dirgelike and depressing.

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  3. James says:

    Anything Justin Bieber

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  4. Shaun G says:

    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.

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  5. kdt says:

    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.

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  6. FrancoFile says:

    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

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  7. TomFreeland says:

    Terry Jacks, “Seasons in the Sun”

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  8. Allison says:

    “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?

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