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Are They Really That Bad? : The Worst Songs 1

Are They Really That Bad?

The Worst Songs of All Time

This is a series about the songs that have been considered the worst of all time by multiple sources. I am going scour the Internet collecting a few songs for each article to determine whether or not they deserve such a harsh title.

“You’re Beautiful” by James Blunt

Although considered a favorite to many, this song was voted as the most irritating track of the 2000s by fans.

James Blunt himself said that “You’re Beautiful” really isn’t even a love song. It’s about some creepy guy  checking out a random woman on the Subway. The song itself can get to be annoying; Blunt’s voice is pretty nasally. However, I don’t think this song deserves to be on the list of worst songs. It’s not objectively bad. It is produced well, has a nice chord progression with real instruments, and has decent lyrics.

The verdict: Does not deserve

“Baby” by Justin Bieber

The music video for “Baby” is currently the most disliked video on YouTube. It has 7 million likes, and 8 million dislikes. Ouch.

It probably surprises no one that this song appears on many different lists as one of the worst songs of all time. “Baby” was released when Justin was only 16. Unfortunately, he hadn’t experienced the full effects of puberty, and his voice was still very high. This resulted in him becoming the butt of many jokes from comedians, South Park, and especially high school boys. 

The lyrics of this song are actually pretty terrible. The chorus is almost entirely composed of just the word “baby”. Strangely enough, only teen girls seemed to enjoy a song about guy’s troubles in romance. In addition, poor Ludacris embarrassed himself by being on this song, but this luckily didn’t ruin his career by any means.

The verdict: Deserves

“Miracles” by Insane Clown Posse

As we all know, Insane Clown Posse is probably one of the most ridiculed groups in all of music history. They wear clown makeup, rap poorly, and have (or at least used to have) an oddly dedicated fanbase who refer to themselves as “juggalos”. You can ;ook them up if you’re curious, although I would not recommend it.

This song is filled with astonishingly embarrassing lyrics. I am not quite sure how these even made it past the pre-writing stage. Here are some examples:

“Fucking rainbows, after it rains / There’s enough miracles here to blow your brains”

“I seen a caterpillar turn into a butterfly / Miracles ain’t nothing to lie”

And the famous line: “Fucking magnets, how do they work?”

Even though this song is attempting to be deep and “eye-opening,” it fails miserably. It honestly sounds like a foul-mouthed 3rd grader answering a writing prompt about what is beautiful about the world.

The verdict: Deserves

“Who Let The Dogs Out” by Baha Men

“Who Let The Dogs Out” is a classic for 90s kids everywhere. However, is it actually that good of a song? Catchy, yes. Maybe even to a fault. But, is it an objectively amazing song? Probably not.

This song is about ugly women in the club, not about actual dogs. That is the main knock against the song: it is mean and insulting. Of course, if that doesn’t bother you, then there is nothing too awful about “Who Let The Dogs Out”. Sometimes, just the sheer popularity of a song can make people hate it.

The verdict: Does not deserve

“Panda” by Desiigner

The large scale contempt towards “mumble rap” is probably what landed “Panda” on a list for the worst songs ever created. If you are unfamiliar, mumble rap is a rapping style where the art of enunciation has been completely thrown out the window. Some examples of mumble rappers are Lil Yachty, Lil Uzi Vert, Migos, and Kodak Black.

To be completely fair, I have no idea what Desiigner is saying in this song. However, apparently everyone in my college dorm loved this song my freshman year, so he does seem to have quite a few fans. In addition, “Panda” has provided some good material for trap remixes.

Clearly, this song is no masterpiece. On the other hand, is it absolute garbage? Not really. It’s fun, and it has a nice beat. People probably just grew tired of hearing it all the time. If a song is overplayed on the radio, its quality has not actually been compromised. A song’s prevalence on the radio does, however, cause its musical value to be heavily scrutinized.

The verdict: Does not deserve


Stay tuned for the next installment of Are They Really That Bad: The Worst Songs of All Time!


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