The Worst Song in the World


It’s happened to all of us.  We hear a song and can’t stop singing it and we kick ourselves for getting caught by the insidious song.  (I will step up to admit that on my way to high school the evil powers of PAC 93 forced me to hum “Misled” despite my rational objections.  It’s not even good Kool and the Gang!)

Even with this phenomena, these songs may be annoying and grating, but are they the worst songs in the world?  There is a new “scientific” way to compose a truly repulsive song – the Most Unwanted Song. A composer took data about what people do not like to hear, and built a song around it.  (Talk about a great product as the result of a survey!)

Take a listen.  Is it the most unwanted song?  What is it that repulses us?

Consider the Aspects of Music:

Instrumentation, pace, volume, tone, rhythm, length, harmony, melody

What do your students think would go into the most unwanted song in the world. Let their sense of disgust and repulsion rule!


12 thoughts on “The Worst Song in the World

  1. Since the advent of “Ren & Stimpy,” the Most Unwanted song has been — and always will be — “Happy Happy, Joy Joy.” Ten seconds in and I want to put an ice pick through my skull.

  2. That song was not that disagreeable. It was bizarre and didn’t make any sense structurally, but it was not hard to listen to. The kind of song that really makes you want to pull out your eardrums are those targeted at radio-listening pre-teens that have overly simple melodies and chord progressions, more noise than music, and terrible, meaningless lyrics.

  3. chuckusa says:

    I don’t know about that song being the most unwanted. I actually managed to listen to most of it except maybe because it’s too long as oppose to sounding bad. I, on the other hand, would rather hear that song that Peanut-butter Jelly Time. Unwanted? Hated? Annoying? “Ice pick through my skull”? You pick, any one would describe my sentiments for that song.

  4. There are way worse songs on the radio right now that are far more unwanted without even trying. Cool idea, but I’d listen to that on repeat over This Is Why I’m Hot any day.

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