Songs I wish they’d never, ever, ever play on the radio again.
Because I hate them.

This post is going to rile a bunch of you up, so I want to say simmer down right now. You’re going to get the chance to have your say at the end of this post.

But for now, the floor is MINE. And here it begins.

There are certain songs that are played on the radio that I get excited for no matter how many times I’ve heard them. I get all giddy and dancey and if I’m in my car I roll my windows down and turn the music up loud so everyone can hear the beauty of Sweet Home Alabama and therefore know just how cool I am. Yup. That’s me. I’m the one who is SUPERcool and I want you to KNOW it, guy standing at the bus stop. You’re a straight up asshole if you don’t love Sweet Home Alabama. And this is coming from someone who has an extensive collection of hardcore punk.

I have the same reaction to just about anything by John Cougar (not Mellancamp). THEN there are the songs you rarely hear on the radio which is a whole ‘nother stratosphere of music euphoria. For me that includes Ramones, Yaz, Elvis Costello, and all but one song from Talking Heads. (more on that later) I still get pretty pumped up over hearing Adele on the radio even though any sane person would be sick to death of that CD after playing it over and over and over and over and over and over at home. But I’m not.

I love every and all musical genres (with the exception of new country which I think should be called country for people whose soul was eaten by a sequin). Yes, I know, this is where a lot of you are getting irate. Listening to new country is like listening to a bunch of 15 year old suburban white boys sing the blues. It just doesn’t make any sense to me. I love Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline and the rest of them. I equally love singer songwriters, jazz, classical, and rap. I think Eminem is a genius and Japan was the most underrated band of the 70’s. I still love all the alternative music I listened to in the 80’s yet also have a special place in my heart for Michael Jackson. The last person I thought was a true musical genius was Amy Winehouse. The point of all of this is to let you know I love music. All of it. (with the exception of sequin cowboys and cowgirls … rhinestone cowboys on the other hand are A okay by me)

At this very moment I can barely get this post written because I’m listening to Prince’s Purple Rain and I’m pretty sure I’m actually channeling Prince. You know how that is. When a song is so good and you love it so much you feel that just by listening to it, maybe lip syncing or singing if you’re the type, YOU are the song. You feel every single emotion in the song. YOU are the champion, YOU won’t stop believin’, YOU are a tiny dancer, the walrus, the wrecking ball.

That’s the beauty of music. It connects us. It makes us feel in a way nothing else can.

Sometimes that feeling is rage.

If you’re me that feeling of rage might come about when you hear Rock Lobster by The B52s. If you’re me that song might make you want to Google Guantanamo Bay torture tactics. I wish I could take the one and only copy of it left on the planet and smash it into a million pieces, gather it up, burn it, then bury it. In an unmarked grave. Then I’d sit an elephant on top of it.

Songs that stir up similar rage in me are My House by Madness and Burning Down the House by Talking Heads. Both bands had so many songs that were so much better but for whatever reason these two were the most radio friendly I guess. They may be friends with radio but they are not friends with me.

So there you have it. The songs I hate and WISH someone would officially retire from radio play (and wedding play and bar play and bar mitzvah play and bat mitzvah play).

Now you get your chance. If you could retire a song from the radio forever and ever amen, which one would it be?

I’m curious and I don’t wanna miss a thing.

Have a good weekend!


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  1. Stephbo says:

    99 Luft Red Balloons. Both versions. Hated it in the 80’s. Still hate it now. Now I’m all torked off just thinking about it.

  2. stephanie says:

    Lady in Red

  3. Denise says:

    “Having my baby” *barf*

  4. Edith says:

    I want to kill E L V I R A!

  5. Joanne says:

    we are family. I got all my sistahs and me.

  6. Bob Seger. Old Time Rock and Roll. I can hardly even type the words.

  7. Carole says:

    Allan’s Morrisette – period!
    And anything associated with “lillibeth” yuck and yucky!

  8. DanniS says:

    Anything by journey or Justin Bieber they both make me cringe.

  9. Shuckclod says:

    Hi Karen, I never listen to the radio. I listen to CD’s or my i pod. I am also a Metal Head. I do like Prince and a few other mentions. I love music from the 70’s. but never in my car. Music on commercials is so annoying. But the radio song is Iggy Azalea’s Fancy. WORST song ever. Pitbull anything makes me hate him more. Thank you for the laugh.

  10. Tracie says:

    Sometimes when we touch, by Dan Hill. I HATE that thing. LOATH it even! Having my baby is almost as bad. Way to rile myself up just before bed…thanks Karen!

    • Jessica says:

      Ooooh! I hate Sometimes When We Touch too! That song has truly informed my romantic expression–I was about 11 when I first heard it and because of how I interpreted it I will have sex, I will relate, I will even get busy but I will NEVER “make love” because of that stupid song. Oh dear….

    • IRS says:

      Yes! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! If ever that Dan Hill song comes on the sound system of a public place, and if Dan Hill himself is in the establishment at the time, and if someone recognizes him, and if that person beats the living crap out of Dan Hill for that auditory monstrosity, then I will contribute substantial cash toward that person’s legal defence. Happily.

    • Jan in Waterdown says:

      the honesty’s too much
      they just don’t write lyrics like that anymore
      thank goodness

    • Megan says:

      Sometimes When We Touch. Oh, yes. Forgot about that one. Ugh.

  11. Deb says:

    A certain hateful little ditty about the evil jack and the equally wretched Diane should be struck from the history of music forever.

  12. Tiredoldwoman says:

    Tears of a Clown by Smokey Robinson

  13. Paula says:

    Katie Perry Hot N Cold – particularly the line
    “You change your mind
    Like a girl changes clothes”

  14. Leisa says:

    I’m with you on new country….and the song Afrika – yuk!

  15. Rebecca says:

    Paradise by the Dashboard Light is my all time most hated. I also hate Rock Lobster a lot. And Rush. Anything by Rush.

  16. Unfortunately, I can’t knuckles you for “Our House” – but only becasue it has such great memories associated with it for me. “It must be Love” by Madness, on the other hand, has forever been ruined for me as it is used as a backing track in TV ads by a prominent nappy (diaper) brand over here in Australia. Gag-worthy on many levels.

  17. Lesley says:

    “You’re Beautiful”, in which James Blunt imitates a sheep.
    “Mambo No. 5” by sexist piglet Lou Bega.
    Anything ever caterwauled by Stephen Harper, including songs that I may have really liked before he mangled them almost beyond recognition.

  18. Robin C. says:

    Hey Soul Sister by Train…..Locked out of Heaven by Bruno Mars and I Gotta Feeling by Black Eyed Peas – like nails on a chalkboard.

    • Melissa says:

      Hey Soul Sister gets played SOOOOO much and I hate it as well!

      There is one song, but I don’t know the artist, “hey there delilha…” I played like every 6 songs on XM radio when I worked retail about 9 years ago that literally makes me want to run and scream even thinking about it.

  19. Becky says:

    In no particular order.

    Girl Crush– New song by Little Big Town. Its a huge hit, but its just awful.
    The Dance–Garth Brooks. I LOVE this song, but its been played at the last 5 funerals in my family, so it just needs to be taken off the air to save my sanity.
    There goes my life– Kenny Chesney. Reminds me of my cousin, who had a baby very young, and then died at 30. It will
    Whip it- Devo. I know I’m going to probably get flack for that one, but I just can’t with that song,.

    I’m like you though.. I love it all. I just downloaded some do-wop today…my Dad would call it Moldy Oldies, but its summer, and I can’t get enough of the malt shop, drive in, high pony tail and a poodle skirt music.

    • nancy says:

      omy i hate whip it. i use heavy cream in my coffee, i buy it by 1/2 gallon. the container has a side with whip it ..etc… good.

      i HATE that. and i’m left handed and the most convenient way to use the container puts that side in my face. i go through contortions to avoid it. that was the first music video i saw on mtv and i found it rather horrifying. i think i will write the company a letter.

      i LOVE anything by bb king, (rip), and i love most black gospel music, i never get tired of that dumb south korean song. i love it but barf, i can’t say the name

      i just had surgery on my hand is why i’m typing lame.

  20. Robert says:

    Could I just close all the radio stations and music video channels dedicated to the regional music from mexico instead? ‘cus I just can’t stand it, and if possible also include reggaeton y bachata.
    And although you just said you don’t like it I feel obliged to say I have a soft spot for “Our House” thanks to M. Gaubert and M. Lagerfeld

  21. Katie says:

    Hotel California. Or pretty much any other Eagles song. And I think your “New Country” description is spot on. Actually, I agree with you on all of your music theory, except for the Madness thing. But don’t worry, I’ll keep reading.

    • Roxy says:

      Listen to Hotel California by the Gypsy Kings. Un f**ing believable!

    • Su says:

      I am so with you on Hotel California… except for any acoustical version…. just cannot stand the words! Eagles (especially w/o Joes Walsh) and entirely overated band with huge egos to match!

    • Renee in Iowa says:

      I have left stores and restaurants when Hotel CA comes on. Nails. Chalkboard.

  22. ellenk says:

    Agreeing with most everyone else so far and Karen, I’ve always called myself ABC, Anything But Country. By that I mean what you call new country! It offends many here in the heartland but it’s such a dull whiny genre. There IS a song that drives me over the edge and I can’t quite think of it. I hope I don’t, actually; it should stay buried.

  23. mia pratt says:

    Well I must state that I just returned to the US after living in a Mexican village for 6 years, and before I went, I, too, hated “Mexican music.” But the truth is, it’s actually quite varied, good and bad artists in all venues from country to rock. This, needing to be said after my hackles got raised by what the American ultra-idiot Donald Trump had to say about Mexico and Mexicans – who, as it turns out, are some of the sweetest and most generous people I’ve ever met. I’m still heartbroken that I had to leave Mexico for a while and can’t wait to go back home again, turn on the radio or the TV, and hear the rich rhythm of my life there. You’re forgiven, Robert, because of course unless you have some sentimental reason to love Mexican music – Mariachi and Bando for example – it can sound pretty horrible! Thanks for listening to my rant…and to answer you question, Karen, the song I hate the most is “the first time every I saw your face”, which apparently made the earth move for someone but just makes me want to rip my ears right out of my head and flush them. Mwah!

  24. Bill says:

    Muscrat Love…..’nuff said.
    Favs: Simple Man, Turn the Page
    I graduated high school in 1981 and that timeframe produced the best music EVER! That music will never get old and die out.

  25. Debbie says:

    Love Sweet Home Alabama and love Rock Lobster (memories of dancing on the beach in college). Love most of the songs most of the folks above hate. Love music. Could do without rap – it isn’t music (okay, a few rap songs can escape into goodness). Elton John is close to God (I was at the concert when John Lennon showed up). He along with Simon and Garfunkel got me through adolescence and my parents divorce. I knew every word to every song on the Green Beret album and would belt out the words. (Put silver wings on my son’s chest, make him one of America’s best…) And then, of course, there are the musicals, everything from The Rocky Horror Picture Show to the Sound of Music. Don’t forget the rock operas – Tommy and JC Superstar.

    I used to listen to much more music on the radio. Somehow, after 9/11, I had a hard time listening to music on the radio and had the news on constantly. We lost quite a few people we knew. I still feel that I have to listen to news when I’m in the car. Within the past year I am finally able to stay with music for a few songs.

    I do love how what music people like chronicles their lives.

    Now I probably made a lot of folks irate as well! And thank you for this post. It was just what I needed.

  26. Amber says:

    The Doors. Hatehatehatehate.
    Hatehate. All Doors. All the time. Hatehate!
    My current playlists include Gregorian chants, Superstition, a snazzy collection of Salsa, Melody Gordo, some interesting techno, Moby, Cibo Matto, Prince, Ella, Nina, and of course ‘Big Black Horse And A Cherry Tree’ which is the best driving song ever!

  27. Daniel says:

    The Happy Song. The worst song ever. Bar none. It’s even worse than the old song, “It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie.”

    • Ann says:

      It is amazing how our tastes vary. I love the Happy Song but not by Pharrell Williams. But by the group Walk Off the Earth. That is one kick ass song and video.

      • Karen says:

        See? Now I LOVE Pharrell Williams. He can do no wrong, ever as far as I’m concerned. ~ karen!

      • Kim from Milwaukee says:

        Had to find that version Ann…. here’s the video, it’s very fun! I think I like it better, too!

      • Penny says:

        I’m with you, Ann! In fact ANY song, no matter how crappy/cheesy/tiresome the original was, seems to be miraculously saved by being given the WOTE treatment.
        My musical tastes are somewhat . . .eclectic, shall we say, and there are very few songs I ‘hate’, but Hallowe’en is almost here, and I just KNOW what that means here in the UK.
        Very, very soon now, I will be hearing Slade’s Merry Christmas Everybody on adverts, in shops and on the radio OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN.
        It is (a) without doubt the worst thing they ever produced, (b) in the top 10 of the worst Christmas singles (and we all know what a monumental pile of commercialised excrement Chrimbo singles are) and (c) contains the screamed phrase ‘It’s Chriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiistmas!’, which it bloody well ISN’T for at least another month!
        Oh well, at least the Rugby World Cup finishes tomorrow so I don’t have to listen to the strangled warbling of Paloma Faith and her horrendous rendition of World in Union, or as she sings it ‘ we-hurl in ye-ooo-knee-hurn’.
        Godawful noise. Sounds like a Canada Goose being violated with a parsnip wrapped in barbed wire.

    • mbaker says:

      I agree whole-heartedly. I hate the lyrics to “Happy.” Happiness is not a truth. It’s a transient emotional state. Sadness is just as “true” a feeling at any given moment, but you don’t stay there making it an absolute. Also, I feel like the line referring to a room without a roof is misleading. If it were to rain that room would no longer have any happy qualities, likewise if it were to become infested with flies, mosquitos, etc. it would be hellish. The only thing happy about a room is when it functions as a shelter. It’s just very apparent that he went for rhyming quality rather than lyrical sensibility.

  28. Tres Davis says:

    I know people will disagree but anything by Paul Simon. Simon and Garfunkel are fine but Paul Simon alone makes me want to rip his smug tong out of his mouth.

  29. dana says:

    I’m with you with Rock Lobster but I love Love Shack. Songs that really irritate me are anything from Metallica, that Doors Light my Fire song, Bohemian Rhapsody and the Fat Bottom Girls song. Until a few yrs ago I thought it was Black Bottomed Girls, and that Smoke on The Water song.

  30. Amber says:

    Debbie, you can’t mean all rap is bad! What about Sir Mixalot and his classic Baby Got Back???
    That is some fiiine music. Love it!

  31. shawn says:

    “Love Shack” by the B52’s. Makes me want to go find a rope….

  32. Brenda says:

    Brown skin by India Arie and anything but the group Mint Condition

  33. Sheri K says:

    Anything by the Beach Boys. Blech! Felt good just to say that…..

  34. Wendi Miller says:

    ANYTHING COUNTRY….Gag me with a spoon! Every so often I go out with some girlfriends to play a music trivia game at a local dive. When the country music round comes up, I’m out the door: Just can’t even stand to hear it!!

  35. jan says:

    I’m with you on new country!!! Who told those people they had talent anyway? and shagging Beach music! (it’s a southern thing, I think?) Makes me grind my teeth! But I could never hate anything David Byrne or B52s did even if it has been played slam to death.

  36. Chris says:

    Anything by Gloria Estefan, and that little country boy with the glasses, I have even blocked his name right now, ugh, so overplayed on Musak and so need to be retired from all airwaves lol. Also, ‘Someone left the cake out in the Rain”, seriously? Nope. I wish they had left those lyrics and the melody out in the rain. I really do not like old rock, either, did not like it then, or now except (sorry) for Metallica. I love to hear new music, there is so much talent out there. Madonna and Jennifer Lopez are characters, and admirable for their marketing skills, but no thanks to any of their music.

  37. Jill Little says:

    Good GOD how I hate “Lovin’ You” by Minnie Riperton. It screws me all up. I can’t ever just turn the channel because I want to conquer the understanding of how this became a song I ‘m even aware of hating. And, (here goes) I can’t handle The Beatles. Maybe occasionally in small amounts on a rainy Sunday when I’m stuck indoors and there are no blunt objects around, but never, ever the radio songs- especially in the car.

    • Kitten Caboodle says:

      @ Jill Little Ha ha! I use that song as a torture device. It’s really the most insidious ear worm. When someone pisses me off, I just sing “La-la-la-la-la. La-la-la-la-la. La-la-la-la-la-la-la.” and I walk away thinking, “good luck getting THAT out of your head for the rest of the day.” And then I snortle.

    • Karen says:

      “(here goes)”, lol!! ~ karen

  38. Anna says:

    ‘Tiptoe Through The Tulips’ by Tiny Tim. Ugh. Just Ugh.

    ‘You Light Up My Life’ by Debby Boone

    Almost all RAP music is just torture to my ears.

  39. Pam says:

    ” Night Moves” by Bob Seger just creeps me out. Ewww. And I totally agree about Japan. Love love love me some David Sylvian.

  40. Anita says:

    When I was a freshman in college one of the guys a few floors below me had some friends visit for the weekend. They got incredibly wasted and the actual resident of the room passed out. His brilliant young friends thought it would be great fun to toilet paper the entire room. So far so good, but then someone lit a cigarette. The room was almost instantly engulfed in flames. Fortunately for the passed out kid, the guys ran out of toilet paper before they could wrap him into the bed, so they were able to get him out. No one was hurt, and the room wasn’t damaged too badly, but all the kid’s stuff was pretty much destroyed. Anyway, the point of this story is that the morning after the fire two guys on opposite ends of the hall managed to sync up their stereos (yes, I am that old) and played Burning Down the House by Talking Heads.

  41. Bobbi says:

    Strokin by Clarence Carter….oh, so horrible. Offensive. Horrible.
    Sometimes When We Touch by Dan Hill
    But I Won’t Do That by Meatloaf
    Afternoon Delight by Starland Vocal Band
    Torn Between Two Lovers by Mary MacGregor

    My hates seem to have a theme…..hmmmm.

    Oh, I almost forgot…
    Mandy by Barry Manilow
    I Never Promised You A Rose Garden by Lynn Anderson
    Happiest Girl in The Whole USA by Donna Fargo

    I’ll stop there, but I could go on…and on.

    • Lez says:

      Bobbi, have you ever listened to the full, very long version of Meatloaf’s But I Won’t Do That? When I found out what he Won’t Do, it changed that song forever for me! Classic!

    • Lynn (really spelled w/ an "e", but somebody else already has that spelling on here) says:

      Bobbi, you read my mind and I agree w/ all of them, except Meatloaf. What a great list you made!

  42. Janet fisher says:

    I hate Roxann. Hate it. And then there is More Than A Woman by the Bee Gees. What the f does that mean anyway?

    • Gordy says:

      ANYTHING by the BeeGees, that awful falsetto makes me want to retch. On the other hand, really love Bonnie Raite’s version of Burning Down the House. Enjoying everyone’s rants tremendously, nice compliment to the morning’s coffee..Thanks

  43. peg says:

    no comment on a song,but loved everyone’s rant.enjoyed reading all the comments.

  44. Carol says:

    ‘putting on the ritz’… Ahhhhhh gawd, it pains me to even type that title… can’t. stand. it. Yuk!

  45. Dominic says:

    I enjoy all genres of music. Hit random on my iPod, and you’ll hear Prince, Dwight Yoakam, Slayer, Enya, Mumford & Sons, Agnostic Front, & Neil Diamond. I’m a metalhead at heart though. Nothing makes me not able to sit still more than Slipknot, Machine Head, Slayer, Lamb Of God, Mushroomhead, Hatebreed… But nothing drives me to want to hurt someone more than Red Red Wine, by UB40. What a shit song. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the favorites at social gatherings, that everyone likes to sing along to. Hurk.

  46. Silvie says:

    first and foremost, Seasons in the Sun by Terry Jacks, Dan Hill’s Sometimes When We Touch, Band on the Run adnauseum (almost anything by Paul McCartney) and I really really really really got sick of Rumours by Fleetwood Mac even tho I once loved (and owned) the album it just got so much radio play that I’m good til 2046.

  47. Lez says:

    It is so interesting to see how many hate the same songs! Then there is the “why?” do we hate certain songs? What makes a song irritate some & others shed tears of pure joy?
    For me, Send In The Clowns & Don’t Cry For Me Argentina have got to be the 2 most depressing songs EVER.
    Anything by The Carpenters, but Top Of The World tops that list.
    Also can’t stand Rap & Heavy Metal that is simply a NOISE, not music.

    But The King (Elvis) & The Boss (Bruce) & Air Supply, (I KNOW you love them Karen!) & Phil Collins, should have an entire radio station devoted to them!

  48. Auntiepatch says:


  49. IRS says:

    As a genre, I hate pretty much all rap and hip hop, especially the songs where the dipshits call women hos, and brag about how much money they have, and what cars they drive, and what top shelf booze they drink. These songs make me want to take an ice pick, and drive it straight through my ear drum, and deep into my brain. Although there are plenty of songs and artists that I don’t much like, I have a particular loathing for Willie Nelson’s whiny voice. I don’t care that he doesn’t pay taxes, or that he smokes bushels of pot, or that he has braids that make Pippi Longstocking jealous, just please, for the love of God, don’t sing! The sound of his singing voice makes me want to pull the ice pick out of the ear that has just heard rap, and plunge it deep into the other ear.

  50. Melissa says:

    Hate Hotel California- it always creeps me out (I just made it start playing in your head, didn’t I?) Oh and that Pharrell Happy song. It does not make me happy- makes me want to throw things – at the radio, to make it stop.

  51. KarlawithaK says:

    Escape ~ The Pina Colada Song. There is no way I can express how much I despise this song. How a song about two people wanting to cheat on each other is considered happy and upbeat is beyond my understanding. I believe Hell’s waiting room has this playing on a loop.

  52. Grammy says:

    Oh, my. Please excuse me — I’ve stumbled into the wrong room. Much of the music that you and the others here like I have never heard. Really. I’ve heard of several of the “artists” but would not, could not, listen to what they call music. When my kids were teenagers and I was yelling, “Turn that crap DOWN!” they were playing Metallica and whatever that other noise was.

    You have to understand, I recall listening to songs on the radio in the late 1940s, and all through the ’50s and ’60s and ’70s is “my” music and pretty much anything from the ’80s and ’90s makes my ears bleed. I like a lot of things since 2000 very much. There’s just something about 1980 through 1999 that seems like such a tragic loss of music to me. So, I’ll just move along while you nice folks discuss the topic at hand and see if I can find which door leads to the knitting club…

  53. Eva says:

    I love music of almost all kinds, but there are indeed many songs that should never have been written. It’s diffcult to prioritize the worst of those, except for the worst of the worst: “Winds of Change” by the Scorpions – I am no aggressive person, but this makes me want to destroy the radio, every time. Also here in Germany we have a musical style called Schlager. Old Schlager songs are fun sometimes, newer versions are unbelieveably pukeworthy, and I know of no exception.

  54. Jay says:

    Dash it all, Karen, now I have my most hated songs as earworms!

    Achey Breaky Heart… Billy Ray Cyrus should be tried at The Hague for a crime against humanity.

    I can’t listen to overblown diva Celine Dion, and my Everyone Thinks They Are Geniuses But Me band (which I know makes me a pariah) is Led Zeppelin. Every time I hear something on the radio and say “geez, what is this crap?” the answer is always Led Zeppelin .

    I need a quick burst of Paolo Nutini’s Pencilful of Lead or some Tom Petty to recover from it.

    • sheila says:

      Couldn’t agree more with Led Zeppelin. They are horrendous. Whiny, obnoxious noise.

      Also – Johnny Cash! The man cannot carry a tune! Most of his later songs all sounded the same and – surprise – he was flat on almost every. single. one.!

      • Cussot says:

        Aw, I weep uncontrollably every time I hear that cover Cash did of the Nine Inch Nails song Hurt. It’s such a memento mori that it’s soul searing.

  55. Melanie says:

    I hate Africa by Toto. And Land Down Under. I’ll drive my car off the road in an effort to change the station as quickly as possible. Ever have a song that you sing in a totally annoying voice in an effort to prove just how annoying the song is? Yup. It’s just like that!

  56. Kate says:

    I was a teen in the 80’s, and I love all the “alternative” stuff, but Sweet Home Alabama has the same effect on me, too! Rocky Mountain Way always gets turned up. The songs I hope I never have to hear again are almost everything by Hall and Oats and absolutely everything by Asia. Good grief! Anything that uses autotune or endless repeating of the words (I Wanna Rock and Roll All Night).
    I agree about the new country. Merle, Hank, Johnny, Willie and Pasty – that’s country!

  57. Sherry in Alaska says:

    Yummy, Yummy, Yummy I Got Love in My Tummy. High Hopes.

  58. Claire says:

    I too turn the volume way up for Sweet Home Alabama (and You Shook Me All Night Long). However I absolutely hate anything by Bob Dylan or Justin Bieber… Their voices hurt my ears.

  59. Susan says:

    The Power of Love by Jennifer Rush must be the worst song on this planet.

  60. Renee says:

    “At 17” by Janice Ian….ugh….ugh…ugh!!!

  61. Dana says:

    Karen, I love you from the bottom of my heart and your blog makes me so happy BUT…there’s always a but, isn’t there? The one song I’d ban from the radio forever is Sweet Home Alabama. If I were dying and they played that song my last minutes on earth would feel like a lifetime, that’s how bad I hate it. See, I’m from Alabama. Lived here most of my life. I love Alabama, we have a lot of good stuff going on down here. However that damn song is played at every damn football game, every damn baseball game, every damn thing. It’s inescapable. I OD’d on that song 20 years ago. So, if you want to hear it come on down! I’ll give you a tour of Alabama and you can play that damn song on repeat. But I’ll be wearing ear plugs.

    • Karen says:

      Well now I know where to go when I need a fix. Only problem is on the drive there I’m likely to hear Rock Lobster 100x on the radio. ~ karen!

  62. Rebecca says:

    Sex and Candy by Marcy Playground. I’m not myself when I hear even a second of that song. I cover my ears and scream at whomever is closest to “turn that sh*t off!” It just makes me so angry.

  63. Nicole says:

    ANYTHING by Steve Miller. A few notes in and I’m retching.

    • Jennifer says:

      My husband is the same about Steve Miller! I, on the other hand, can’t stand anything to do with Stayin’ Alive. Really, anything BeeGees makes me gag.

  64. Charlene says:


    The music is phenomenal…his voice though…makes me want to do damage to something!

    Incredible really the strong emotion tied to music and words.

  65. Gwennie says:

    The Rose by Better Midler makes me cringe. Also, the Titanic ballad, My Heart Will Go On, by Celine Dion. NEVER PLAY THEM AGAIN!

  66. FlagirlinTN says:

    Crazy how many of those mentioned I agree with. I’ll add ” we built this city” by Starship. They should have stayed in retirement.

    • toekneetoni says:

      Good call – we built this city! completely cornball song that was totally overplayed on the radio from day 1.

  67. E.J. says:

    Raise a Little Hell….played to death!!
    Runs screaming from the room….
    Nirvana… didn’t get them in the 90’s and still don’t know what he’s saying….

  68. Margaret says:

    OK I am old but in the late 50 early 60s there was a song that went….If you want him to love you wear your hair just for him, Do what he wants to do and more of the same…. What a horrible thing to tell young women! But we ate it up and did just that. YUK. Then there is a that song by Micheal Jackson basically 2 words Beat it Seriously stupid!!!!

  69. Ann says:

    I have enjoyed this tirade so very much, LOL!! I even commented to a few comments, something I never usually do. I wanted to have a “like” or “love” button to push like on Facebook for many of them.

    I do know that many of my intense dislike songs have already been mentioned. But on my own I can not think of any ones not named yet but I am sure there are a few. Maybe being 5 am has something to do with my inability to think.

    I do know I never loved anything from Aerosmith or Pink Floyd. Hated Stairway to Heaven. Hated Money and Another Brick in the Wall.

    But Karen, you simply must do a post on the opposite side of the coin. Songs that absolutely make us want to sing at the top of our lungs. Especially one hit wonders. Limit everybody to only mentioning 3 songs. I have been thinking a lot about that lately and have some great ones to mention.

    Then maybe songs you would want played at your memorial service. I guarantee that will get some very quirky responses. At least it will for me.

    • Karen says:

      Yes, please do a post in re ‘most loved’ and songs for memorial services –
      But, reading this post and the response has been a true delight!

    • sdl says:

      you are right !
      my go to song when I’m feeling ‘whatever’ ;;;; 4 non blondes ‘ whats going on’…. and I scream from the top of my lungs…

  70. Jonne says:

    Some people call me the space cowboy, yeah
    Some call me the gangster of love
    Some people call me Maurice
    ‘Cause I speak of the pompitous of love

    UGH UGH UGH Steve Miller Band UGH UGH UGH

  71. Phyllis Kraemer says:

    Wow!…what a great post..followed by great comments!….fantastic!!…You are brilliant…truly…”tiny dancer, the walrus and the wrecking ball”!!!…Ha…you kill me!……your followers were hysterically funny too…”little guy with the glasses”…LOL..damn near spit my coffee out!! Thanks for the early morning joy!!

  72. Cynthia Jones says:

    Anything by Nickelback. Those guys need to get some Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor support.
    Jeez! They can take me down with that one line “this is how you remind me of what Ah really Am”. Bam, bam, drags me down till I want to jump off a cliff.

  73. maggie van sickle says:

    Boy Karen you really are good at stirring up s–t! I love it. I like almost anything but it depends on the mood I am in as to what I will listen to. I am with you on the new country though. I like the Patsy Clines, Merle Haggards, Willie Nelsons etc etc of the world. have a great weekend Karen reading about the likes and dislikes and why.

  74. KimS says:

    Easy- KT Tunstall Black Horse and the Cherry Tree…I call it the woo hoo song and I absolutely hate it – it goes right through me!

  75. Farquist says:

    “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother.” What?
    “Lean On Me.” Um, no.
    “Stand By Me.” Please don’t.

  76. Loving You by Minnie Riperton and anything by The Captain and Tennille
    La la la la la, la la la la la…

  77. Ann says:

    Just thought of a couple.

    Candle in the Wind by Elton John….either version

    Muskrat Love by The Captain and Tenille

  78. IRS says:

    Long before you posted this Karen, I developed a theory. It is that we are most likely to enjoy listening to music that comes out when we are age 15 to 25, give or take a few years. This is an impressionable time of discovery, and I think that people rarely dislike the music that is “new” at that time in their life. It is certainly possible to later discover a love for music that was new before your time, and to like something that comes along later, but that decade really imprints on your tastes. That said, I find it interesting – and quite amusing- that while I do like a few of the songs that have been marked for extinction by the readers above, I completely agree with most of the hatred. Even though taste is highly personal, it is amazing how many people really despise certain songs. Makes you wonder how these songs ever sold so many copies.

  79. Pam says:

    In 1980 I attended Heatwave, a concert in Toronto, The B52s, Elvis Costello and Talking Heads all played at the event. Elvis Costello was the headliner and I was really looking forward to seeing him. But when the Talking Heads came on at sundown they became the headliners. There was a connection to the music with the 100,000 people there that I still remember 35 years later and have never experienced at another of the many concerts I saw. There was great power that night in the song Burning Down the House and when I hear it now I can still feel that power. On another note, I’ve never appreciated the band The Police. Never felt that their music was memorable, live or recorded although I’m sure a great deal of money was made off songs like Roxanne, go figure!

    • Karen says:

      I think people think I don’t like Talking Heads. I do. I love them. But Once in a Lifetime, Psycho Killer, This Must be the Place … GREAT songs that are hardly ever played on the radio. Burning Down the house became the a.m. kind of anthem for them. Ditto for Madnesses “Our House”. Bleh. ~ karen!

  80. Thera says:

    Almost every song that has been redone, leave the originals alone.
    And anything sung by a guy that sounds like he has been kicked in the nuts ie Led Zepplin, Rush, Prince etc.

  81. ~JackieVB says:

    I have always H A T E D that song called Jackie Blue. ‘Ewww Ewwww, Ewww Ewwww – Jackie Blue. Making wishes that never come true…” Of course it probably has more to do with the name than anything else 😉 And I heard that song twice this week – un-believable, I thought I was done with it forever. The people I was with had the nerve to ask me if I liked that song. I’m going to have to wash my ears out now.

  82. Kim says:

    I just know Karen is snickering and thinking…I really got them going this time! LOL I had a hard time remembering which ones make me cringe until you guys got going. I agree with a large portion of them. That said…..How the heck can I get “Sometimes when we touch” out of my head? Thanks ALOT!!!!
    Have a great weekend all!

  83. Gary G from Holland, Michigan says:

    The worse song ever: YMCA by the Village People.

  84. Susan says:

    I Don’t Like To Sleep Alone, by Paul Anka! Have you ever listened to the inane lyrics? “I don’t like to sleep alone, sad to say, some folks do. I don’t like to sleep alone, no one does, do you?” Arrrrgggghhhh! And the worst part is that when you hear it on the radio, it sticks in your head for days. Dear Paul, not only do you write contradicting and really bad poetry, you’re a WORM! A bloody ear worm!

  85. Beckie says:

    Char: If I Could Turn Back Time

    Cher, if *I* could “turn back time”, you’d have your original nose and still be doing awesome stuff like “Dark Lady”.

    Led Zep: Kashmir…I swear, this song could induce seizures

    and I have been to many concerts whereby the band I am there to see covers Kashmir (Trans Siberian Orchestra, Bowfire, just to name 2), so I know, it is *just* me with this song

    anything by Katy Perry…don’t know why, but she is just dial-changing for me

  86. Jen says:

    I agree with 99% of this post. I don’t hate Rock Lobster. Yet.

  87. Steph says:

    BABA O’REILLY!! – the who

    Honestly, if I never hear that song again I will consider my life a success.

  88. marilyn says:

    well everyone has pretty much covered my i too agree with you on new’s just disgusting!
    i love the old stuff, and Mark Knoplfer of Dire Straits has a Godlike status in our house, his cd “Golden Heart” is our fave! i ntresting topic to say the least! Music is like the air we breathe, just have to have it!

  89. Speaking of Paul Anka, “Having My Baby” makes my skin crawl. All copies should and must be destroyed, stat. Also “Wing Beneath My Wings”–narcissistic junk. Even though they’ve since changed the hilarious opening line, “It must have been cold there in my shadow,” to something less self-centered, they’re not fooling me. I try not to roll my eyes at weddings because it would be impolite and then caught on video and then the lovely couple would see it on playback and I’d never get invited to anything ever again.

  90. Amanda Rudack says:

    Where The Streets Have No Name, With Or Without You, pretty much anything that charted from The Joshua Tree. Brandy. Wildfire. That stupid “You make my speakers go boom boom” song.

  91. Tigermom says:

    Hotel California – The Eagles

    Anything by Aviici – to me, his singing sounds like someone is strangling a sheep

    Most Country music – especially the nasal-y honking variety and I am from Texas (please don’t believe it when you hear that everyone from Texas listens to country music. Not true.)

    Feelings – Can’t remember who did it and don’t care

    Freebird – Lynyrd Skynyrd (not sure how to spell it)

    All Journey except for City by the Bay

    Urgent by Foreigner

    Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow – Fleetwood Mac

    There are some more newer songs, too, but I seem to be particularly annoyed by the songs that I feel have unjustifiably attained anthem status. : /

  92. Mel says:

    I’m the fastest draw turning the radio dial when anything by Nicki Minaj, Metallica or Kanye West comes on.
    Love Shack and Paradise by the Dashboard Lights male me so annoyed that I’m angry.. Annogry? Angroyed?

  93. danni says:

    A chorus of horrid horrid things running through my head now!!! A stampede of ear worms! A slithering slimy mucus-y tangle of ear worms! Jesus sweet Mary make it STOOOOOPPPPP~!!!!!

  94. Stella Mac says:

    Patio Lanterns!

    • Phyllis Kraemer says:

      Finally….#94….me too!! I like Kim Mitchell as an announcer…can’t believe he wrote that song…or did he?

  95. Carswell says:

    …New country which I think should be called country for people whose soul was eaten by a sequin…

    Best line ever!

    • Phyllis Kraemer says:

      Morning Carswell…for me it was a toss up between the “eaten by a sequin” remark and the “tiny dancer, walrus and wrecking ball” remark! What a great writer that Karen girl is!! Some of the comments were pretty funny too!

  96. Su says:

    99.9% of the rap music. Hate. IT….. Most heavy metal hair bands from the 80’s…. ANYTHING disco-themed… could not stand disco in the 70’s and hate it still…. most ‘pop’ music from the last 40 years…. must be why I pretty much have only classic rock and news programmed into my radio…
    ‘new country’… with the exception of Garth, Faith, Tim and Miranda and Carrie….
    Killer Queen… hate that song….
    oh and Hotel California… unless of course, like I said before, stickly an acuostic version…..

  97. Mary says:

    Haha…so fun to read! No one mentioned DISCO much but I had lots of fun dancing in those days…I loved the BeeGees and still do. Before that, I liked Led Zepplin, Janis Joplin, Santana, and other 60’s type music by people that overdosed to my great sadness. Before that (I’m old) I did enjoy the classic country “Stand by your man” and like that, even if it was very politically incorrect I still had the Cinderella thing going. That’s how I grew up. Now I’m kind of a romantic fool, I love “You light up my life” “knights in white satin” slow kind of emo love songs like that. Even though, the prince came and left more times that I will admit…at least I still have the music….

  98. sarah says:

    But it wasn’t a rock……it was a ROCK LOBSTAAAA!!!

    damn, I love that song. It is one of my top roll down the windows and crank the volume up songs!!

  99. Pam Pruitt says:

    Anything by Rush, even back in the 70’s I hated them.

    One summer I was trapped in a starter job that involved me sorting through donated crap.

    In a hot warehouse.

    With just an AM radio.

    That was the summer that Afternoon Delight came out. OMG, kill me now. They played it every 30 minutes. I had to quit the job to escape from the nightmare.

    Doctor My Eyes.

    Someone thinks this is an acceptable song to play in EVERY store I enter. Its the only Jackson Browne song I ever hear. And he has so many beautiful songs, but that one SUCKS.

    Although I have loved these songs, they made my MOST OVERPLAYED ROCK SONGS EVAR


    Free Bird

    Light My Fire

    Honky Tonk Woman

    and Stairway To Heaven (although I really really love Led Zep)

  100. Cred says:

    Wow. This has been really fun. I couldnt think of a song I hated more than any other- but there were many great reminders in the comments, I found it hard to choose.
    I agree with others, Sometimes when we Touch, You Light up my Life, Having my Baby, etc- any of the super barfy love songs of the 70s and the sappy love songs of the 80s were nearly as bad, Lady in Red and Lionel Ritchie fare- bleeech!
    Like another commenter, I would describe myself as ABC (except Johnny Cash and maybe a handful of old country song my parents listened to). But otherwise I usually listen to many genres. However, I think the Beatles are wildly overrated- I can understand and appreciate their legendary popularity at the time but geez, timeless musical geniuses, I don’t think so.
    Also, all those high school dance/prom/wedding rock classics- like Paradise by the Dashboard Light and Stairway to Heaven (really? Why weren’t these songs dead by the time I was in high school). And so with that reflection in mind, I have to say Old Time Rock and Roll tops my list. Please die already.

  101. Joslynne says:

    What a laugh I had reading this post and all the comments…haven’t heard of some of these songs in ages!!

    Can’t listen to Candy Man by Sammy Davis Jr….makes me barf!

    Add to that anything by Paul McCartney…double yuck!

  102. Bridgett Junkin says:

    i want a hippopotamus for Christmas.

  103. Carolyne says:

    While in high school I worked at a little grocery store that sold ice cream cones (a huge ice cream cone for 10 cents across the street from Springbank Park in the summer).

    One weekend the radio had a battle of the bands and one of the songs was “Stairway to Heaven.” Of course it won. So it was played. Every. Hour. All. Day. All. Weekend. I could not turn it off or leave as I was working 8 hour shifts.

    So for years I hated “Stairway to Heaven” (and dipping ice cream cones and Tiger Tiger ice cream). I don’t hate the song so much but I still hate Tiger Tiger ice cream.

  104. jainegayer says:

    Favorite- Sweet Home Alabama. I too play it LOUD because I LOVE that song. Hate “When we touch” and I’m with IRS on this one.

    • sdl says:

      I also can groove on sweet home ; i’m Canadian; but puke on my shoes ……. GORDON LIGHTFOOT – but mostly ‘the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald…make it go away !’ and take that cake that’s been left out in the rain, while shes having my baby sometimes when we touch I wanna choke rascal flatt… my opinion

  105. Susan D says:

    I agree with a former poster- Red Red Wine is THE WORST!!!!! My thankfully ex-husband played it incessantly and I HATED IT!!!!!!!!!

    Also anything reggae.

  106. Kitten Caboodle says:

    There aren’t too many songs that I loathe but “MMMBop” makes me so very angry.

  107. Leslie says:

    Hootie & the Blowish cover of 54-40’s I Go Blind. Love the original. HATE the cover.

  108. Holly says:

    Lay Down Sally. Love and respect everything else by Eric Clapton. But. not. that.

  109. Catherine Vosper says:

    I actually hate nearly all RAP…really…sing or go away, anyone can talk nonsense to a beat!

  110. Megan says:

    Mustang Sally = Gag worthy, Turn the damn radio station NOW!
    Just about anything by Miranda Lambert (some older stuff is fine but cringe worthy ‘little red wagon’ and ‘mamas broken heart’ please StOP now!)
    I think this list is endless

  111. BethH says:

    I agree with the theory that most people favor the songs and bands that were popular during their age 15-25 years; it certainly is true for me. But honestly, Karen, you would ban only 3 songs from the radio? Just three???

  112. Olivia says:

    Girl Crush, by Little Big Town. HATE IT and always change the station. And I’m not even a homophobe, just HATE IT!

  113. Patti says:

    Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars. So bad it’s distracting.

  114. Laura says:

    I can’t even begin to post all the ones I hate, but to comment on your statement about Adele– if you can listen to an album over and over and it still mean something to you, then that is what every music maker strives for. I can speak to that personally. There are albums like that for me… That I can listen to a million times and still love, in new ways even after so many listens. That’s how you become timeless, and it’s what we all want most. 🙂

  115. Erin says:

    Copacabana. Love to hate it.
    If we are taking a long road trip and have to stay awake, we sing/shout this song at the top of our lungs, trying to remember the verse lyrics.
    Steve Miller Band anything due to a camping trip where neighbours had the CD on replay. all. night.
    Great post Karen, it has been fun to read everyone’s responses

  116. Carol says:

    Safety Dance by Men Without Hats. Ugh. Ick. Yech. The ‘Dufus Dance’ in my opinion. I couldn’t remember the name of the song or their full ‘real’ name (I am very good at locking awful songs in my mind’s vault and throwing away the key), but could remember one line of the lyrics so I Googled them on the off chance…and I saw part of their video on YouTube in the results!!! AAAAHHHHHH!

  117. Heather says:

    Have you ever noticed how you always know ALL the words to the songs you hate?

  118. D Peterson says:

    Hey Jude
    You’re So Vain, Joannie Mitchell

  119. Mike says:

    Wow! What a bunch of responses! Most every song I didn’t like (hate is a strong word and I hate to use it) has been listed and, quite honestly, I didn’t want to rack my brain trying to think of any others, else wise that dastardly thing would be on my mind all day and then I’d have to listen to the Beatles for the next 3 days to get them out. (not a bad idea, though) Dang it! “I’m Not Lisa” just came to mind!!! See, I knew I should’ve just read the posts, chuckled and said, “Oh no, you’re not getting me started down that path” but , nooooo, I had to comment! Oh well! Great post as always, Karen! See you next time.

  120. Megan says:

    “My Sharona” by The Knack. Because back in the day there was a brutal Jazzercise routine to it and my muscles tighten up every time I hear it now.
    Just on General Principles: “I Just Died in Your Arms Tonight” by Cutting Crew; “Making Love Out of Nothing at All” (well, actually, anything by Air Supply, the most misnamed band ever); “Amie” by Pure Prairie League (“I think I could stay with you” – I think you can get lost.)
    Oh thank you, that feels good to finally get off my chest.

  121. Ev Wilcox says:

    Karen, what have you done? Agreed/disagreed with so many of these, but now I have stuff like “You’re Having My Baby” driving me crazy! And The Carpenters songs. And Captain & Tenille, on and on…. But sure had fun reading all these posts! Music is a huge part of our lives. Thanks Karen!

  122. Jeanne B says:

    I turn the radio off when Say Something by A Great Big World comes on. HATE IT!

  123. Shirley says:

    Rock Lobster is so ridiculous it makes me laugh. I cranked it up for my daughter once and she almost died. If I heard it more than once every 5 years though, my head might explode.

  124. Have you ever seen rain? Yes, I have. So has EVERYONE. So shut up. And die. Then become a zombie and be killed. You deserve it. Argh!

  125. Jane S says:

    I’d forgotten how much I hate Sometimes When We Touch until I read this. Now I’m going to sing it all day. Damn it.

  126. Sboo says:

    The song Lullaby by Shawn Mullins makes me irrationally angry. The chorus is tolerable but he speak-sings all the verses in this gravelly mutter and I want to punch him in the throat.

    I have a thing against what I call ‘counting songs’. Any song where a significant portion of the lyrics are literally counting. Examples include Back at One by Brian McKnight, Mambo No. 5 by Lou Bega, 867-5309 (Jenny) by Tommy Tutone, etc.

    Anything by that woman-beater Chris Brown.

  127. Jackie says:

    The band/musician hate list: Nickelback, Creed, Iggy Azalea, female pop singers who sing with extreme baby voice, Maroon5 (I’m sorry, Adam Levine fans, but he is so freakin’ nasal sounding), Justin Bieber

    The song hate list: Call Me Maybe, Friday, Butterfly Kisses, Lady In Red, Having My Baby, Who Let the Dogs Out…

    …ok, I have to go listen to some good music now.

  128. Lefton Bricks says:

    Songs that fold my spine in half are…
    counting crows version- big yellow taxi (i recall some local station going on about how deep this song was, how moving, made them want to cry… as they sat in some concrete bldg with towers dependent on others sitting in cars on paved roads, or plugging away to their station in another concrete bldg)
    blind melon – no rain (all i can say it that… this song is very plain)
    los lonely boys- how far is heaven (far enough away where i never have to hear this song again)

  129. Linda Weber says:

    Say What You Need To Say by John Meyer. ENOUGH ALREADY!!!

    • IRS says:

      Yes, yes, YES! I forgot to mention this song. Like someone else said about another song, this one makes me leave stores when it comes on, and stores really love to play this crap. I hate any song by this man, actually. His singing voice and musical style is like being induced into a medical coma.

  130. Nancy says:

    I hate anything by Gloria Estefan, Madonna (except “Like a Prayer”), the Rolling Stones (except “Angie”), Meatloaf, and the Steve Miller Band. I was a fan of country in the 90’s, but now it all sounds the same. Love old country like Patsy Cline! All the typical wedding playlist songs make me want to barf – “Shout” makes me want to scream!

  131. toekneetoni says:

    this was such a great post! Karen, I was with you until the Rock Lobster comment . I just really liked the b-52’s, but if you were fortunate enough back then to have a punk rock/new wave radio station in your area, well then some stuff was DEFINITELY overplayed. I was/am such a Talking Heads-head that I consumed everything they made . I love it all. And because I’m loyal I loved any offshoots from the Talking Heads/David Byrne: The Tom-Tom Club. And Our House was my introduction to Madness – and you are correct they produced much better stuff. thanks for the trip down memory lane.
    p.s. I still listen to Amy Winehouse-with a heavy heart and wonder

  132. West Coast Nan says:

    I used to love In the Arms of The Angel by Sarah McLachlan but then it became the SPCA theme song and now it’s just too depressing. I think even the SPCA stopped using it it was such a downer song… Now when I hear it on the radio all I can think of is unwanted pets looking for that second chance. Awww, I have to go listen to something upbeat, I’ve started down that slippery slope to melancholy. I wonder if I can find Pharrell’s Happy on some other dial… Wait, where’s my iPod, I need me some Mayer Hawthorne.

  133. Markus says:

    “wake me up before you go go” Did he sing that in a park’s bathroom or something?
    Alternately, my 32 year old son was conceived the night of a Wendy O Williams gig
    I love Music, I love it all, except for a bunch of it!
    Costello- “bubbles escape from the rim of his glass of grape…” secret profane sugarcane, great record

  134. Jenifer says:

    SHOCKED I am! Absolutely shocked I tell you!! NOT ONE person listed “All about that bass”?????? REALLY?!?! Not only do you have THAT song but then all of the covers, the spoofs, the cutesy little videos being made by the suburban mom and dad in their pressed khakis and sparkling white shirts. Where’s the hammer??!?

    I just want to walk up to Meghan Trainor and slap that girl! If I NEVER hear it again, the damage cannot be repaired! It makes me want to run in front of a speeding tractor trailer!

    Really people, how. did. you. miss. this. one???

  135. Dana says:

    I used to think that I hated weddings. Nope–I just hate the music at them. There are about 10-12 songs that make me want to stab out my eardrums. They are (in no particular order):
    Summer of ’69
    You shook me all night long
    Pour some sugar on me
    Wonderful tonight (yes–a lot of ppl Ardmore this song but all the father daughter dances to it really creep me out)
    Titanic song–my heart will go on
    I gotta feeling – black eyed peas
    Every rose has its thorn
    Firework- Katie perry
    Call me maybe – Carly Rae jepson

    Outside of those specifics, New country for me as well (there’s actually a hilarious facebook page called “we hate pop country” that is totally worth a glance)
    New rap (love older stuff)
    Anything Iggy Azalea
    Whiny boy music like One Direction or Savage Garden

    My taste is otherwise pretty diverse, and admittedly aging, but these songs and sub genres drive me crazy! Loving the comments here today!

  136. Ben says:

    the MEOW MIX jingle for the commercial. Keep the cats, fix the jingle.

  137. jengland says:

    Bubba shot the jukebox-Elvira-Achy Breaky Heart-Swinging( John Anderson )-any thing by Ricky Skaggs or Vince Gill- Red hot poker thru the eardrums on any Rap! (I’m old) I do appreciate the post and comments- will be adding a lot of songs to my playlist.. “Sometimes when we touch, the honesty’s to much”…..hmmm………

  138. Brandi says:

    “American Pie” – schmaltzy, way too long and that freakin’ song gets stuck in my head for hours.

    “Brandy” – people sing it to me all the time and I loathe it.

  139. Kathi says:

    Eleanor Rigby. Please noooooo! Most depressing song ever. Just sad, sad, sad, and too true too many times.

  140. Becky says:

    I can not believe I forgot to mention KISS!!! Every single rock legends list, puts them at number 1 and I just sit there, covering my ears, screaming WHY???? at the TV.

    worst crap ever.

    If there is a crappy song on the radio in the car, that I don’t already recognize, I can almost guarantee its them.

  141. Liz says:

    I’m Ready – Brian Adams. I just can’t…I’m not ready to like that song, ever.

  142. Jennie Lee says:

    I hate “I Think We’re Alone Now”, “I Honestly Love You”, and “The Pina Colada Song”. But I love “Rock Lobster”.

  143. martha says:

    I have to agree with Cred about “the super barfy love songs of the 70’s” Also Minnie Riperton’s Loving You makes me crazy. One that I really hated back in the day was Neil Diamonds “Forever in Blue Jeans”. I remember I had dated this guy a couple of times when he invited me over for dinner. That obnoxious song was playing (he had the album). Relationship over…I knew there was no hope for a connection. And by the way, the folks listening to Neil Diamond were forever in polyester!

  144. Lynn says:

    First I will say this every song resonates with some just not all. Same as all types of music . Some might even like the beat just not the vocals. Or some might hate a song for years then one day sit down an as husband did read the lyrics, an come running up stairs all excited an put the tune on an smile. An say WOW now the song makes sense . He has been doing that lots lately. I do not hate songs I do stay away from two types though …. Rap an Heavy Metal as both give me headaches . Oh an I do not do concerts as strobe lights an me do not mix at all even on the TV.

  145. Lauren from Winnipeg says:

    Maybe I missed it, but has no one mentioned Abba? Talk about most annoying ear worms…try getting Dancing Queen out of your head. Shit! Now it’s in my head. Quick! Need Pink Floyd now!

  146. Debbie D says:

    Anything by Steely Dan! Hate that nasal whiny voice of his! UGH! Ricky, please lose that number! Happy Song, UGH! It’s a Small World–I will run out of the room as it gets on my mind forever, and of course, anything DISCO. Triple UGH!

  147. Caputi says:

    Back in the 90’s parents were suing Heavy Metal bands left and right for turning their already unpromising sons into full fledged psychopaths. I have often wondered the same of Dan Foggleburg and the legions of pussies that followed him. No law suits there. ANYTHING. DAN. FOGGGLBURG.
    Excellent piece, BTW. Cheers.

  148. Lauren says:

    Dreamweaver! I can’t even explain it, but it makes me homicidal.

    Totally feeling your musical tastes, Karen. I love anything with real thought behind it. I seem to really despise the super saccharine, totally BS love songs the most. Goes for books, too. I’ll read almost anything but a Nicholas Sparks disaster. Fun fact, one of my favorite restaurants is next door to his “foundation” and I want to throw a brick through the window every time I walk by it.

  149. Kipley Herr says:

    What is that song with a tree? “See the tree, how big it’s grown”… Honey by Bobby Goldsboro! yech!

  150. Carlette says:

    Lying Eyes – the Eagles. I had never heard this song growing up, despite being familiar with the Eagles, and then I found a station that was supposedly 100% listener request, no genre format, but for whatever reason played this song almost every other song all day, forever, until it was sold and reformatted. It gave me the impression that the only people listening were me and 2 other people, one sane person, and one person who wanted to listen to nothing but Lying Eyes on repeat.

  151. Cindy says:

    I haven’t heard their songs (thankfully) in a long time, but anything by Blood, Sweat and Tears makes my teeth ache, not to mention my ears. Just awful stuff. Also, Steely Dan, whose songs have died as well. Hallelujah

  152. Carlette says:

    Oh, and “Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle. It makes me alternately gag and rage.

  153. Elizabeth says:

    Katrina and the Waves, “Walking on Sunshine”. I can’t stand it, and I’m not really sure why! I’m a cynical donkey, so maybe it’s just too optimistic for me…

  154. Felicia says:

    Oh, my gosh, this has been great to read! I agree with so many of the songs already listed. Makes you really wonder why on earth we keep hearing them, doesn’t it!

    Anything by Celine Dion makes me immediately turn off the radio – or leave the room which ever is appropriate. And I have totally blocked out his name. But some guy did a song and the only part I can remember is something about “I can fly.” Even my kids would turn it off for me when it would come on.

  155. Suzanne says:

    Wind Beneath My Wings by Bette Midler. Hate the song and consequently hated the movie Beaches.

  156. Stefanie Barrett says:

    “Somewhere out There” from the Fievel movie “I’m hear papa, I’m hear”. Pure torture and yet they continue to play it every summer.

  157. Diana says:

    Wham. Last Christmas…. thank god, they did not make an eastersong! And “I only miss you when I`m dreaming”…. Boahhhh stress pur!

  158. Christina says:

    I totally agree about new country. There’s a YouTube video where someone plays 5 new country songs at once & switches between them. It honestly sounds like one song. Let’s all join hands and channel Johnny Cash!
    I detest Danke Schön. It’s so cheesy & makes me cringe. I also hate when Cockneys sing in their own accents cos it’s suddenly trendy (search for Kate Nash). Any other accent in the world is fine, just not that one.

  159. Lori says:

    Totally Gross
    “Rub It In” Billy Crash Craddock

  160. Mindy says:

    I agree with yours. Hate them. There’s a new song on pop radio that makes me want to strangle people. A girl sings it. The entire time she’s singing about screwing. Something like, “If you treat me riiiight, we can #$@! all niiight”, over and over. But the words #$@! and #$@!ing are bleeped out. Which makes it even worse. It makes me feel old that I feel it’s completely inappropriate and don’t want my kids to listen to it. Hate it. The good news is, it’ll be gone soon, unlike my number one hated song. The Wham Christmas song. I hate that song from the depths of my soul.

  161. Kim says:

    Gangdum Style! …. or whatever that song was called…. ew!
    I cant believe people liked that song!

    These days its all about THE ROOTS
    OMG the best band EVER, never get bored of them

    I watched a Stevie Wonder tribute yesterday and his songs bring me joy. Had to add some songs to my playlist
    Timeless Classic Happy music, yay 🙂

  162. Kelli says:

    pretty much anything cheesy sappy or vomit-inducing from the 70s. That stuff was crammed down our throats via the radio. I’ll never be a ‘classic rock’ fan because of it. Not naming any by name so that the awfulness won’t torment anyone else!

  163. wowsa, you got a lot of responses to this one!

    “Driving home for Christmas” is the one I’d retire!

  164. Meghan says:

    Anything my Nickleback. I hate every single one of their songs so much I get all ragey thinking about it. Also that song by Robin Thicke. What a &%*^&$ loser that guy is, barf!! Oh, and there’s this song about being jealous and hellish by one of the Jonas brothers I think? Jeebus just kill me now!
    I’m sure I could think of more, I’m CONSTANTLY changing the radio station to avoid songs I hate.
    I LOVE lots of stuff by OK Go, The Postal Service and The National. Basically the coffee house radio station on spotify is my favourite! That and the 90s, oh I miss me my 90s.

  165. gloria says:

    Anything, absolutely, anything by Edward Sharpe and the Electric Zeros. That one about home, with the girl and ‘ol Edward singing back and forth to each other, and even worse, when they “sing-talk” to each other makes me want to hurl. “Do you remember that day you fell out of my window?” Gack!!! Then going back a few eons, the Four Seasons song, My Eyes Adore You. Especially when Frankie Valli holds that note on the word eyes, “My ey…………es adored you…” Then before I could finish writing this, another cringe-worthy song came on the radio (I’ve gotta change that station!) Tom Jones singing “She’s a Lady” whoa-oo-whoa-oo-whoa! Too smarmy for words.

  166. judy says:

    I am embarrassed to say that I liked a lot of the songs that were mentioned with actual threats of self violence they were disliked so intensely! Of course I’m sure I’m old enough to be Grandmother to your fans-I watched Elvis Presley on Ed Sullivan when I was 15 years old and in an Orphanage. We were warned that the TV would be turned off if we didn’t stop squealing. We shut up immediately but we had to hold our hands over our Mouths. The only girl who had a little 45 record player played only Country-No Rock and Roll. We plotted to murder her or the record player. She left before we could execute our nefarious plans. I love the Eagles, Freddie Mercury, Edith Piaf ,Nat King Cole and I just ordered the CD/DVD set of James Taylor. I apologize for the collective retching I have inspired.

  167. Melody says:

    Piano Man by Billy Joel. Hate. It.

  168. Carla says:

    Kris Kross’ Jump. The back track makes me stabby!

  169. Katie says:

    Anything Ke$ha. Even typing it makes me cringe. $pare me.

  170. Glo says:

    Last Kiss……..”Oh where, oh where, can my baby be? / The Lord took her away from me.” No, that was your crappy driving, dipsh*t! Don’t pretend you didn’t cause an accident that killed your girlfriend.

    I also hate Emerson, Lake and Palmer and Yes. Any band with squeaky high little voices makes me ill. It also makes me wonder if their jockstraps are too tight.

    I’m also not a fan of country or rap.

    I do like Meatloaf and I’m kind of awed by his ability to sing in a very theatrical way. But I really don’t think Paradise by the Dashboard Light is an appropriate song for the office Christmas Party. Really, it’s not, and I couldn’t believe I had to explain it to people.

  171. Sylvia says:

    Journey’s “Faithfully” makes me barf. The guy who sang it to me wasn’t.

    “Girl Crush” by I don’t know who. STALKER!!!

    That Selma Gomez song that’s so popular right now I can’t remember what the title is but I hate that one with a passion.

    Other than that, I’m as likely to crank “Prop me up beside the juke-box” as I am to crank “Sweet Home Alabama” or literally anything from Aerosmith or Alice Cooper. *grin* Don’t judge.

  172. Sue says:

    The Beatles. I can appreciate their role in music history, but I just do not need to hear their songs in public any more.

  173. Diane says:

    yep, Stella and Phyllis. Patio Lanterns. Just plain old stupid. Get my grrrrr on

  174. Molly says:

    Wouldn’t an elephant sitting on a grave kind of … mark it?

  175. Jenny Brandon says:

    I hate to say it, but Sweet Home Alabama is one of them. I just hate that song. The only one worse is Lee Greenwood – Proud to Be an American. Makes me feel dirty just saying how much I hate that song but it makes me ill. The twang, the USA right or wrong sentiment. Gag.

  176. Your comment about suburban teenagers singing the blues made me think of this absolute gem (how to sing the blues):
    Which still cracks me up every time I read it.

    I listen to NPR in the car and podcasts around the house, so I rarely have to listen to a song I dislike. I couldn’t live without my podcasts! During boring tasks like cutting and wrapping my candy, weeding, etc., they help occupy my mind! If you think you’d like to try some I can certainly recommend my favorites.

  177. Shannon says:

    The bands that make me run out of the room are Styx and Joni Mitchell. Seriously, she sounds like a cat on a fence in the middle of the night.

    Completely agree that Minnie Riperton’s Loving You should be shot out of the universe…as well any song by the other squeaker, Mariah Carey. ugh!

    And who ever.ever. thought Kanye West has talent? Really?!

  178. Jane says:

    ANYTHING THAT REPEATS THE SAME WORDS/PHRASES. Think “Patio Lanterns”. Makes me want to break whatever is playing it!

  179. Janelle says:

    Nothing makes me slam the off button on my car radio faster than a ninja on crack more than hearing any snippet of any Nickelback song – and since all the snippets of all the songs sound exactly the same, my reaction time is impressively fast, if I may say.

  180. Dana says:

    “Shout” I banned it from my wedding playlist, and it showed up anyway. I think that song is. The reason I hate weddings. That, and the speeches. *shudder*

  181. Kim says:

    Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You”. Can’t change the station fast enough. It sounds like nothing but screeching to me.

  182. If I hear another fucking song by the fucking Beatles, I am going to find a rifle and a tower. (Just kidding) but when I hear them, I want to kick the fucking radio in. My mom used to get drunk to them. “Oh, man… Not the fucking Eagles, man.”(Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowski) … I like the way sparkling earrings lay… Against your fucking skiiiiin soooo brown…. Fuck you wankers!!! Pew pew pew !!!!!!!!!

  183. But I do get funky to Da Funky Cold Medina….LMAO

  184. Leslie zuroski says:

    “In the year 2525” by Zager & Evans.

  185. AnnW says:

    Worst song ever, “Honey” by Bobby Goldsboro, especially the part “when the angels came” I used to listen only to country stations so I would never hear it. Also, “Hang on Sloopy” by ? Some idiot type song. I think I hate one or two more, but I can’t think of them. One of them is the Beatles: “She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.”
    I had enough of that in the 60s. Enough.

  186. Gretel says:

    Do That to Me One more Time
    Muskrat Love
    Barbara Streisand’s Jingle Bells


  187. Sarah In Illinois says:

    The only song I truly hate is Love Shack by the B52’s. There are other songs I don’t like but that one makes me want to claw my ears off so I don’t have to hear it.

  188. Kate says:

    Celebration – Kool and the Gang

  189. Staci says:

    Ok – deep breath (getting up the balls to say this) –

    I can not stand Nirvana, Elvis, or Tom Petty.

    How on God’s green earth anyone can listen to Tom Petty is beyond me. To my ears his voice sounds exactly like my kids when they have the stomach flu and are whining between heaves. 🙁

    And as far as Elvis and Nirvana (Cobain) go – I guess I just don’t “get” either of those either. I often wonder if they hadn’t OD’d, would we speak of them as “legends”? Amy Winehouse is right along those lines for me as well. All OD’d and somehow became instant legends – I’m weird, I know…I just don’t get it.

    But anyway…back to Tom Petty…his music should seriously be used as torture tactics. I’d give up the info at the first note. BLEH!!

  190. jorje says:

    Nice post, i wish i never played lady gaga

  191. Amy says:

    That “Shut Up and Dance With Me” song that is so popular right now. I would have punched that guy in the face about a thousand times if he was running his mouth so much while trying to dance with me and accusing me of holding back. Seriously, what is wrong here?

  192. Karol says:

    “If you like Piña Coladas” is the dumbest song to me. Two people married to each other, both looking for booty in the Personal Ads. Stupid, stupid.
    I must say, Karen, we have very similar tastes in music. I loved Amy Winehouse. I also love just about any music genre except serious rap. My favorite performer is Emmylou Harris not only for her talent, but I love love her beautiful silver/grey hair.

  193. Andrea Meyers says:

    Love shack by B-52’s makes my ears bleed.

  194. Jack Ledger says:

    Red Rubber Ball by the Cyrkle……….

  195. Robin says:

    “Money” by Pink Floyd….reminds me of a very very very, nope VERY bad boyfriend and bad time in my life! I HAVE to change the radio station if it comes on. New man understood that!

  196. Shirl says:

    Gosh ! thanks to all of you who reminded me of so many SONGS I HATE BUT ARE NOW STUCK IN MY HEAD! ARRRGH! May I add to the list: Ebony + Ivory — !!!! Off goes the car radio, walk OUT of any store playing it, BLEACH poured into my ear …. ! I HATE HATE HATE this sappy thing.

  197. rue says:

    Rock lobster definitely tops the list and Love Shack. Kill me.

    Depeche Mode had great albums, but all they ever play is People are People.

    Tear for Fears “Shout”. ugh.

    Just about anything from the Grunge era.

    Guns and Roses “Welcome to the jungle” They had a lot better songs than that!

    This list could go on and on and on, but lastly “Shake your Booty” and “YMCA”. There’s a whole era of disco out there besides those two songs.

  198. janpartist says:

    Anything Elton John. Anything.

  199. Jeannette says:

    We’ve Only Just Begun – by the Carpenters or any song by them. Ugh.
    There are so many more but that one is like nails on a chalkboard for me. 🙂

  200. Elli says:

    “I’ know you’re tired of lovin, of loving, with nobody to love” by Kanye Est.

    Argghhhh, I hate it so much……maybe they have nobody to love because Kayne West is their friend and he scares em off with his music….

    Worst thing is, whenever I hear if it gets stuck on repeat in my brain for ages…I’m so tired of that god awful song. !

  201. Donna says:

    One Tin Soldier…. but I LOVE Burning Down the House

    • Karen says:

      I kindda have a soft spot for One Tin Soldier, lol! ~ karen

      • Donna says:

        urgh.. blech! It’s treacle!
        … and thought of another… ‘I’m on top of the world, looking down on creation….’ Kill me now!! I’ts going to be in my head all day and I know all the words for some bizarre reason.

  202. Kari says:

    I am musically bipolar. I love all genres. I didn’t realize it until my friend put my iPod on shuffle at a party and it’s so random it’s embarrassing! I agree so hard about new country. I don’t know what their problem is. Besides some stuff by Kacey Musgraves and a few indie artists (Secret Sisters!) new country is gross. But yeah, for me, good music is good music. I like it all, bluegrass and punk, too. My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down is one of my favorite songs, actually.

  203. Nancy says:

    I’m so late to this party, just back from vacation and had to voice my opinion if only to get it out to the universe.
    I cannot turn the channel fast enough for ANY Jewel song and especially You were meant for me.
    That whiney sad voice singing “break the yolks, make a smiley face”….jeez it’s hurting my teeth from saccharine already!
    Thank you, I feel almost better!

  204. Shannon says:

    Has nobody put the Marcarena????? I loathe that song and if I never hear it again it is too soon!

  205. Bonnie says:

    Tie a Yellow Ribbon


    Achy Breaky Heart

    Three of the most horrible “songs” ever!

  206. Sabina says:

    ABBA – I hate anything by ABBA…yet I know all the words to all the songs, talk about RAGE! LOL!!!

  207. leslie says:

    Anything whiney (New Country, Whine Country, Black Crows, etc.). Can’t take Neil Diamond. Love Stevie Wonder (except for the Ebony and Ivory musical mishap that I’m sure Paul McCartney held a gun to his head to make him do).

  208. Susan says:

    I agree that Amy Winehouse music is genius. Such a shame we didn’t hear more. Anyone out there like Brent Dennen. Great young singer songwriter. I bought his CD when I heard the song, The One Who Loves You the Most on a TV commercial and I can say I like every song on the album. I think we all dislike the music that was going out of vogue when we were taking an interest in music for the first time. I pretty much don’t like the new crooner craze. Dare I say Buble

  209. Normandy says:

    I have a recurring nightmare…
    I’m in a Nursing Home, gagged and tied to the bed.
    They are piping in music over the sound system.
    It’s the Beatles…
    Don’t get me wrong, they wrote some great lyrics both as a group and individually. But at 65 I’ve heard them enough.Beatles Muzac…in the elevators? REALLY? It’s torture. Especially the early releases. Stop the elevator. NOW! Let me OFF!
    Just so you don’t think me insensitive, a Lennon song is forever one of the sweetest memories of my life.
    My husband held our just home born son and danced around the living room, singing with John Lennon to “beautiful Boy” Darling Boy. A six and a half foot man cradling a small newborn baby ~ it was magic…
    More touching since Lennon had just been murdered.

  210. “Feelings”


  211. Lilyka says:

    I think we may need a separate column for some of the most grueling music ever written: Christmas ditties. I love me some Winter Wonderland and Chestnuts Roasting, but if i ever hear Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer, i start screaming loud enough to drown it out. It’s the only sane response.

  212. Kathy says:

    I know I am late to this ‘song’ party but after reading all the comments I have to add my most disliked so called song. Maybe it’s because of the holidays being near, but this reminded me of the one I really hate. ‘Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer’!! Gag me. A lady that I worked with long ago just loved that tune and called it her fave Christmas Carol. Hello??? That is not and never will be considered a ‘Christmas Carol’. Christmas Carols are Silent Night, O Holy Night, What Child is This and so on. So instead of listening to the radio for Christmas music; I play my wonderful Andrea Bocelli Sacred Arias and the Christmas album he made a few years ago; Johnny Mathis Christmas music must be played and the Nutcracker music. I also must play The Piano Guys; love Carol of the Bells / God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. Rant over! Now back to browsing more of the new site look. By the way; I am really loving the new look. Great job Karen!! 😉

  213. Ken MacAlister says:

    “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes! I am so sick of the endless chants of it’s stupid chord progression at sports events, especially college football, that I will watch many games with the sound off. Sports bands and stadium music directors have so thoroughly beaten people over the head with this stupid song that I just can’t take it anymore! STOP PLAYING THIS STUPID SONG!!!!!

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