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Freedom of expression is a great thing; but sometimes, pop music just takes it too far! Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 most hated songs.
For this list, we’ve included songs that have enjoyed success, but that’ve also left a legacy of hatred. We’re not saying we hate these songs, but in some cases we understand why people do.
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#10: “Hamsterdance” (2000) Hampton the Hamster
If there were ever an advert for the dangers of the internet, this is it! Initially created by Canadian art student Deidre LaCarte for her pet hamster, this little ditty was the result of a competition between her and her friends to produce the most internet traffic. It was a slow start for “Hamsterdance,” but eventually, annoyingly, it really took off! Animated Hampton and his fuzzy little friends were all over the radio, the television, on t-shirts and coffee mugs! This virus went viral, and our ears are only just recovering!
#9: “Party in the U.S.A.” (2009) Miley Cyrus
Originally written for British songstress Jessie J, “Party in the USA” was passed onto Miley after it was deemed not "edgy" enough… Considering the ex-Disney star’s well-publicized change of image since then, the record must annoy her as much as it does us! This is her transitional period between kids’ TV and twerk-supremo, and it’s a little bit of everything, and whole lot of nothing! It’s cheesy, and makes you feel a little queasy… Like that line.
#8: “Axel F” (2005) Crazy Frog
When Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, little did he know he’d set in motion a chain of events that would lead to this. The cell phone had a ringtone, the ringtone had a market, and then came Crazy Frog! The computer-animated skeletal amphibian character then hatched this “Axel F” remix of the “Beverly Hills Cop” theme that found overnight infamy, and legendary hate. We know it’s nonsense, we know it’s garbage—but try going the rest of the day without humming it… Exactly!
#7: “Stupid Hoe” (2011) Nicki Minaj
Sometimes rap music can give us some quite brilliant lyrics… this is not one of those times. The “Stupid Hoe” in question is supposedly Nicki Minaj’s adversary, Lil’ Kim—but no one’s really quite sure, and no one really cares! If their feud really did inspire this track, then we’re all hoping they can find it in their hearts to forgive one another! Please, just take this off the radio—and take the epilepsy-inducing video accompaniment off the TV as well!
#6: “The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)” (2002) Las Ketchup
One of the most successful songs to make this list, “The Ketchup Song” hit number one on multiple charts across the globe. It’s like a 21st century version of “The Macarena” with a little less hand-movement, and a little more sauce. Released in July of 2002, you have to hope the listening public had been outside in the summer sun for too long that year! It’s innocent and infectious, but most of all, it’s irritating!
#5: “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” (2007) Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em
A roar goes up on any nightclub dance floor when this song starts playing —but it’s not always clear if it’s a roar of approval, or of anguish. In 2007, Soulja Boy invaded music charts worldwide, and he’s been on an imperial march ever since. He’s the gangster that gets on our nerves—he’s also annoyingly successful, though! An unbelievable, unexplainable success, “Crank That” just will not go away!
#4: “Cotton Eye Joe” (1994) Rednex
If you grew up in the nineties, this would’ve been the main event at your school discos; if you’ve ever been to a wedding, this was probably played when drunkenness replaced logic; ironically, if you’ve ever been line-dancing, this was probably not on the playlist! In 1994, Rednex burst on to the scene with their neo-country beats, and they’ve been champions of cheese ever since. Where did they come from?? And when will they go??
#3: “My Humps” (2005) The Black Eyed Peas
It’s rare that a song’s title should also be the majority of its lyrical content. When the title is a reference to a band member’s breasts, and it’s repeated over 30 times, that’s rarer still—but not in a good way! There’s no doubt that Fergie’s an attractive lady, but do we really need this perpetual piffle to remind us so? will.i.am is right, though, there is a lot of junk on this record—it’s just not in Fergie’s jeans.
#2: “Friday” (2011) Rebecca Black
It used to be our favorite day of the week, and then Rebecca Black happened. Yes, some of us want to "get down" on Friday, but we haven’t "got" to—some of us just want to go home on Friday, or go to sleep! It’s more than just the generalization though, “Friday” is the musical accompaniment to every kind of meltdown! Amassing over 3 million dislikes on YouTube, this teen pop tune probably still got off lightly!
Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
- Taylor Swift “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” (2012)
- One Direction “What Makes You Beautiful” (2011)
- Paris Hilton “Stars Are Blind” (2006)
- Willow Smith “Whip My Hair” (2010)
#1: “Baby” (2010) Justin Bieber
Beliebe it or not, this song and its video are amongst the most successful in the early 21st century. Though the floppy-fringed cutie soon grew up… he was kind enough to write a chorus for the brain-numbing “Baby” before he turned bad. The song’s an all-out attack on the senses. It’s to the ears what pepper spray is to the eyes; what herbal remedies are to the taste buds. And that’s why it’s our runaway winner! Well done, Justin!
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