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The Worst Song Lyrics of All Time

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 10 40

Sure, the songs are catchy. The singer looks great. But when you take out the melody and think of the lyrics, some of these are just plain terrible. Yet, some of these songs and the artists have remained immensely popular despite these terrible song lyrics. Maybe we care more about the beats and the song rather than thinking about the lyrics as we listen to them. Still, if so much time and money went into making the music videos and production costs of the song, maybe some of that could be spent towards better lyrics. So without further ado, here are the worst song lyrics and the corresponding music videos:


Avril Lavigne - Girlfriend


“Hey, hey, you, you
I don't like your girlfriend
No way, no way
I think you need a new one
Hey, hey, you, you
I could be your girlfriend”

 

Add these lyrics to the fact that the same lyrics are repeated throughout the entire song, and you have a recipe for a headache. Too many “heys” and too many “yous” are all trying to grab your attention. I heard you the first time around, okay! Plus, why does Avril dislike the red-headed version of herself in the music video, then suggest that she be the new girlfriend? Doesn’t sound like much problem-solving there to me. I mean, this song is definitely... oh wow this is catchy. It is "so addictive". Anyway, next one:


Soulja Boy - Crank Dat


"Watch Me Crank It
Watch Me Roll
Watch Me Crank Dat Soulja Boy
Then Super Man Dat Hoe
Now Watch Me youuu
(Crank Dat Soulja Boy)"

I’m a bit confused. What are we cranking here? What is dat? I'm also not sure why he sings to "watch me/ youuu". If it wasn't me that he was referring to, then who else could it be? Or maybe the word "youuu" was a plug in the song because they were stuck for another word to fill in and thought this one would be the easiest one to fill in. This song does not make grammatical sense at all. What was the message of the song again? Oh right, it was to watch you. Alright, alright, no need to tell me during the whole music video to watch you since that’s why your music video was on in the first place... I'm already watching. 


Backstreet Boys - As Long As You Love Me


"I don't care who you are
Where you're from
What you did
As long as you love me"

Ok, I admit it, the Backstreet Boys are cool, even if they have some silly lyrics in this song. I guess the second and the third lines of the song make sense in a way, but the first line just doesn’t. Why wouldn’t it matter to the Backstreet Boys who the person that loved them was? The line “I don’t care who you are….as long as you love me” seems to imply that no matter if the person was a complete stranger, a criminal on the loose, or their girlfriend, all they ask is that person loves them. Maybe that’s why “people say [he’s] crazy.” On a positive note, maybe it’s the Backstreet Boys’ way of spreading world peace and love. After all, you should love everyone regardless of “who they are”.


Britney Spears - Email My Heart


"I'm sorry, oh so sorry, can't you give me one more chance to make it all up to you.
E-mail my heart and say our love will never die
and that I know you're out there and I know that you still care.
Email me back and say our love will stay alive.
Forever, Email my heart."

I know there have been some songs in the 90s with some fairly cheesy lyrics, but I laughed at the thought of Britney Spears singing to her love to email her heart in such a sad way. Although, perhaps email is the best way to get someone’s attention if they’re not responding; email was probably the equivalent to the classic snail mail “love letters” back in the 1990s. After all, when people sang about sending love letters, no one ever thought it was funny or cheesy. What, emailing someone’s heart is not romantic? If this song was written today, she would be singing about Facebooking her heart instead. 

Note: that's not the official music video since there was no music video created for this song.


The Black Eyed Peas - My Humps


"What you gon' do with all that junk?
All that junk inside your trunk?
I'ma get, get, get, get, you drunk,
Get you love drunk off my hump.
My hump, my hump, my hump, my hump, my hump,
My hump, my hump, my hump, my lovely little lumps (Check it out)"

Whatever “humps” Fergie’s referring to, she definitely likes referring to them A LOT. Which leads someone to question what exact part of the female anatomy is the hump. The description in the song isn’t exactly appealing; I mean, if someone said this to someone else, I’m sure that person would just run away from fear of poor diction. The Black Eyed Peas have been known for their catchy tunes with poor lyrics, like in “Tonight’s Gonna Be a Good Night”. They probably get away with it because their songs are played in busy environments like clubs, where no one’s really bothering to listen, or don’t listen, to the lyrics anyway.


Rebecca Black - Friday


“Kickin’ in the front seat
Sittin’ in the back seat
Gotta make my mind up
Which seat can I take?”

 

Poor girl. Who can forget when this music video when viral...for the wrong reasons? Anyway, the song is generally pleasant (after all, who doesn’t like Fridays). It’s nice to know that one of life’s tough dilemmas is deciding where to sit in the car when there’s only one empty spot left in the car anyway. Which brings up a major cause of concern: why are they driving? They’re only 13! And Rebecca sings “we’re drivin’ on the highway/ Cruisin’ so fast” while three of them are standing up in the back! I really hope that they learn to use seatbelts in her next music video.


A Closing Note

There you have the worst lyrics in history. However, despite the fact that the lyrics being sung are at times confusing, strange, or don’t make any sense, you can’t deny the success of many of the songs because they’re so catchy and fun to bop your head and listen to. Even though I can’t speak about the merits of the lyrics of these songs, I have some of these songs in my iPod and enjoy listening to them. Still, there’s a noticeably downwards trend as we reach towards present day, so here’s to hoping that someone in the music industry does notice that people do indeed pay attention the lyrics (sometimes). 


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Comments

Apr 7, 2012 1:31am
Geds
Haha, great article ! I would also add Justin Bieber:
"And I was like baby, baby, baby, oh
Like baby, baby, baby, no
baby, baby, baby, oh
I thought you'd always be mine, mine"
These lyrics are so powerful, I'm still laughing about them.
Apr 12, 2012 9:30pm
PensiveScholar
hah! good one
Apr 7, 2012 5:02am
Travis_Aitch
LOL nice list here!
Apr 12, 2012 9:31pm
PensiveScholar
thanks!
Apr 7, 2012 6:43am
Misskate
Lol well done, great article. Some songs really do have some wierd lyrics.
Apr 12, 2012 9:31pm
PensiveScholar
yeah i guess it's less noticeable when they're sung rather than spoken
Apr 7, 2012 8:44am
WebAddict
The most hated song ever with the most hated video as well. Yup, nobody can ever forget about her anymore. :)
Apr 12, 2012 9:31pm
PensiveScholar
nope. wonder how much she made off that song
Apr 12, 2012 11:54pm
WebAddict
Considering the total number of hits and potential sales conversion from the YouTube Partner Program? I'm sure she is earning thousands.
Apr 7, 2012 1:40pm
ShellyD
Great article! And this is an oldie but I vote for the Beatles' "She Loves You": "She loves you yeah, yeah yeah/she loves you yeah, yeah, yeah." Shoot me now.
Apr 12, 2012 9:32pm
PensiveScholar
haha good one!
Apr 7, 2012 10:10pm
Introspective
The 'Friday' song was stuck in my head for a long time! Congratulations on the featured article!
Apr 12, 2012 9:32pm
PensiveScholar
thanks. everyone around me started singing and playing it..guess it was stuck in everyone's head haha
Apr 8, 2012 4:56pm
JadeDragon
In an April 2011 interview with MTV News, will.i.am stated that the group has retired the song.
"For a while, [we did] 'My Humps' and then it got to the point where we didn’t want to play 'My Humps' no more. You know, ’cause, ‘I met a girl down at the disco,’ I just didn’t want to say that no more, lyrically..."[15]
He concluded that "My Humps" will not be performed on future tours, stating the track isn't his best writing work.

Gotta love it when the band thinks the hit is garbage.

Humps refers to her buttocks and lovely lady lumps are her breasts.
Apr 12, 2012 9:33pm
PensiveScholar
haha wow I did not know that! good info
Apr 8, 2012 5:00pm
JadeDragon
Who and "we so excited we so excited". At least she learned the order of the days of the week in elementary school. Go Rebecca Black!
Apr 9, 2012 5:30pm
aylaward
Lol. This is too funny. Thanks for posting this. Btw, the Avril Lavigne song is definitely the most annoying!
Apr 12, 2012 9:33pm
PensiveScholar
no prob glad you liked it
Apr 10, 2012 8:44am
Lithium77
The only good thing that came out of the Rebecca Black song is the 'My Hand is a Dolphin' parody video.
Apr 12, 2012 9:33pm
PensiveScholar
hm.. need to check that one out lol
Apr 13, 2012 12:00am
Lithium77
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzfQwXEqYaI
Apr 13, 2012 12:01am
Lithium77
It is just so stupid, that it is hilarious - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzfQwXEqYaI
Apr 10, 2012 2:01pm
Ascentive
LOL what a wonderful list you put together. The list may go on and on.

Great article!

~Anja~
Apr 12, 2012 9:33pm
PensiveScholar
yep, but could only fit so many here haha
Apr 10, 2012 4:45pm
Devmagine
haha. not all the songs you hate this, even this well-known artist who has many fans, but you have a good analysis, I appreciate it
Apr 12, 2012 9:34pm
PensiveScholar
thanks!
Apr 11, 2012 1:12am
Etcetera
Great article. I must admit when I first heard the 'Black Eyed Peas' song I was mightily confused.
Apr 12, 2012 9:35pm
PensiveScholar
me too...who knows, maybe they were confused too
Apr 11, 2012 1:34am
vicdillinger
I miss Sheena Easton's Prince-penned "Sugar Walls"!
Apr 12, 2012 9:35pm
PensiveScholar
i should check that one out
Apr 11, 2012 11:48am
ksgrl913
You have me laughing so hard over here LOL!!!!!! That was a really good list I needed a good laugh to start out my morning!!! I gave it a thumbs up of course haha....
Apr 12, 2012 9:35pm
PensiveScholar
thanks glad you liked it :)
Apr 12, 2012 10:08am
MetalMaiden
oh man , this is all too true!
Apr 12, 2012 9:35pm
PensiveScholar
haha yeah glad you agree :)
Apr 12, 2012 2:08pm
Lynsuz
Great feature. There are many more out there, check some of Sugarlands or Dixie Chicks for a start. Make a part 2.
Apr 12, 2012 9:35pm
PensiveScholar
i should look in to doing so :)
Apr 27, 2012 11:29pm
DW32
Very entertaining article, nice job!
Aug 2, 2012 6:15pm
t_dugan
Can we keep the list going as new dumb lyrics come out. I love Luke Bryan's music, usually, but something about "Girl, you make my speakers go Boom Boom!" just wouldn't sit well with my old junior high poetry loving english teacher.
Jan 20, 2013 4:51pm
aguy
I think "Friday" tops my list.
May 21, 2013 8:44pm
MrRooibos
Fun article
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