25 of the Most Hated Songs Ever Released
Music, like all media, is subjective, but when it comes to the most hated songs of all time, we think it’s hard to disagree with the tracks below. These are the types of songs that get stuck in your head for days, and not for the right reason. Many were released by high-profile artists and were commercial successes, but after being played to death on the radio, these annoying tunes have become collectively hated by the masses.
The list of songs below has been featured in “most hated songs” articles from publications such as Rolling Stone and the New York Post, while several are also songs we can’t stand here at the Next Luxury offices. So read on if you dare and check out some of the most hated songs ever released.
1. Justin Bieber feat. Ludacris – “Baby”
The song that started it all for Justin Bieber has over 2.9 billion views on YouTube. That doesn’t mean it’s actually good. This is one of the most hated songs thanks to Bieber’s cutesy singing and repetitive chorus that will have you screaming with rage when this song comes on.
2. Alvin & The Chipmunks – “I Like To Move It”
Someone thought it would be a good idea to release a sped-up version of “I Like To Move It” performed by the animated band The Chipmunks for the release of their movie. Kids love it but adults dread hearing this obscene tune
3. Kanye West & Lil Pump – “I Love It”
With lyrics like “I’m a sick fuck, I like a quick fuck” and “You’re such a fuckin’ ho, I love it,” it’s easy to see why “I Love It” makes the list. This is Kanye West scrapping the barrel and signalled the end for Lil Pump, despite the song being a smash hit.
4. Baha Men – “Who Let the Dogs Out?”
Is there a more hated song than this non-sensical feminist anthem (according to Anslem Douglas who wrote the original) from Bahamian junkanoo band Baha Men? The answer is no, with this annoying song somehow going to number one in the charts in Australia, New Zealand, and the U.K.
5. Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera – Moves Like Jagger
Maroon 5 has transformed from a palatable early 00s pop act to one of the worst bands in the world, mainly thanks to frontman Adam Levine, who comes across as an absolute dick. Their biggest hit came in 2011 when they teamed with Christina Aguilera for “Moves Like Jagger,” a song that is retrospectively hated by many.
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6. Starship – “We Built This City”
“We Built This City” isn’t necessarily a bad song – it did make it to the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 – but after being thrashed on the radio for decades, it’s now been relegated to the category of “worst songs of all time.” Even Grace Slick, who co-wrote the song, has said in several interviews she can’t stand it.
7. Effiel 65 – “Blue”
“I’m blue da ba dee da ba daa. Da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa. Da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa.” Enough said.
8. Los Del Rio – “Macarena”
Try and get the “Macarena” out of your head once the opening bars hit. In the words of Dave Fawbert from ShortList, this is “a song that exists independently of cool, time, criticism – it’s just there.”
9. The Black Eyed Peas – “My Humps”
The Black Eyed Peas have gifted us with several horrible tracks over the years, but none are more headache-inducing than “My Humps.” The song is about Fergie using her breasts and bum to get what she wants, but if you can concentrate on the lyrics without being distracted by the terrible production and will.i.am’s ad-libs, then you are doing well.
10. Vengaboys – “We Like To Party! (The Vengabus)”
Just to make sure you know Vengaboys like to party, they added an apostrophe to the title of their hit song. A cheesy Eurodance number with repetitive lyrics, listening to “We Like To Party! (The Vengabus)” is like visiting the dentist.
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11. Mariah Carey – “All I Want for Christmas Is You”
Depending on your view of Christmas, “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is either your favorite Christmas song or one of the most hated Christmas songs ever released. The tune has kept Mariah Carey’s career afloat and is as divisive as pineapple on pizza.
12. U.S.A. for Africa – “We Are the World”
After the U.K. raised money for kids in Africa with the charity song “Do They Know It’s Christmas,” sung by a group of famous U.K. musicians, America decided to get in on the act with “We Are the World.”
Despite being written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, produced by Quincy Jones and Michael Omartian, and featuring the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, and Willie Nelson, the song just isn’t that good. The fact that Prince refused to take part says it all.
13. Barenaked Ladies – “One Week”
The Barenaked Ladies have made a career off of this atrocious pop hit chock full of pop culture references that don’t make a lot of sense. Laughing at a funeral isn’t funny either.
14. Bobby McFerrin – “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”
Sometimes you just want to be upset or mad. Listening to this song will certainly cause you to lose your shit. The whistling can go to hell.
15. LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock – “Party Rock Anthem”
It’s still hard to believe LMFAO was a thing. “Party Rock Anthem” was the duo’s biggest hit. It’s also a steaming pile of shit that’s everything wrong with popular dance culture. Thank god they are no longer making music together.
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16. Pikotaro – “PPAP”
Japanese comedian Daimaou Kosaka, under the alias of Pikotaro, scored a surprise entry into the Billboard Hottest 100 with “PPAP.” It’s the shortest song ever on the charts (coming in at 45 seconds) and also one of the most hated.
17. Rebecca Black – “Friday”
These days Rebecca Black is an accomplished artist with a thriving career who has thankfully managed to put her awful debut, “Friday,” behind her.
18. Eddie Murphy – “Party All the Time”
Yes, Eddie Murphy released a hit song in the 80s. Written and produced by Rick James, it’s much catchier than it should be but is still a stinker.
19. Nickelback – “Photograph”
Nickelback gets a lot of hate, but in all honesty, they aren’t as bad as everyone thinks. That said, their single “Photograph” is the type of song that has led to the band being hated by the music press. This is color-by-numbers commercial rock that’s easily forgotten.
20. Cher Lloyd – “Swagger Jagger”
U.K. X-Factor contestant Cher Lloyd was meant to take the music world by storm with her debut single “Swagger Jagger.” Instead, the song was lambasted by critics and quickly got lost in the shuffle, along with Lloyd’s career.
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21. James Blunt – “You’re Beautiful”
The song that started it all for English singer James Blunt is a soppy stalker anthem about unrequited love. While a bit of a downer, at least Blunt provides plenty of laughs via his Twitter account.
22. Wheatus – “Teenage Dirtbag”
The one and only hit from Wheatus was first heard in the movie Loser and became a surprise hit in 2000. It might give you feelings of nostalgia, but once Brendan B. Brown’s nasally vocals kick in, you’ll remember why this song sucks.
23. Crazy Frog – “Axel F”
It’s still hard to believe this song went to number one. Creator Swede Erik Wernquist is no doubt laughing while swimming in the piles of money this song made him.
24. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Achy Breaky Heart”
A blessing and a curse for Billy Ray Cyrus’ career that still sends shivers down the spine, and not the good kind.
25. Gwen Stefani – “Hollaback Girl”
It might have been a huge hit at the time of its release, but “Hollaback Girl” is generally hated on these days. It took out Maxim magazine’s “20 Most Annoying Songs Ever” and is a low point in Gwen Stefani’s career.
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