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).