Annoyance Is In The Ear Of The Annoyed

Much as I hate to call Rolling Stone's readers a bunch of chumps, they and the venerable rock journal have colluded on a poll of "The Twenty Most Annoying Songs".  Suffice to say, I am confident the Matablog's readers have some more interesting choices up their sleeves.

1. Black Eyed Peas,  “My Humps”
2. Los Del Rio, “Macarena”
3. Baha Men, “Who Let The Dogs Out”
4. Celine Dion, “My Heart Will Go On”
5. Nickelback,  “Photograph”
6. Lou Bega, “Mambo No. 5″
7. James Blunt,  “You’re Beautiful”
8. Spice Girls,  “Wannabe”
9. Sisqo,  “The Thong Song”
10. Cher, “Believe”
11. Aqua, “Barbie Girl”
12. Chumbawumba, “Tub Thumper”
13. Rednex, “Cotton-Eyed Joe”
14. Eiffel 65, “Blue”
15. Crash Test Dummies,  “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm”
16. Meat Loaf, “I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)”
17. 'NSYNC,  “Bye, Bye, Bye”
18. Ricky Martin, “Livin’ La Vida Loca”
19. Semisonic, “Closing Time”
20. Wham!, “Wake Me Up Befor
e You Go-Go"

That's it?  No "Safety Dance"?  How about "Keep Your Hands To Yourself"?  "We Didn't Start The Fire"?  And other than a wretched sense of history, how did Stacy Q not make the cut?


9 thoughts on “Annoyance Is In The Ear Of The Annoyed”

  1. i kind of like “we didn’t start the fire”. and someone that i work with (not naming names, but of the three he has the medium length hair) thinks that “lady lumps is cute. It’s adorable!” we had that shocking conversation on the ride from byron bay to brisbane the other day. CRIKEY!

  2. Man, that Barbie song was everywhere in 1997/98. I mean fucking EVERYWHERE. I heard a group of kids running down the street after school in Stanley in the Falklands singing it, and a minute or so later, a little girl running after them singing “Daisy, daisy, give me your answer do.”

    I also heard it in an Aboriginal settlement (Kowanyama) in far north Australia that year, way up in Queensland. No roads in or out, barely any radio, but somehow we had the Barbie song.

    And also in an Inuit settlement (Kimmirut) in Baffin Island. 200 people, again no roads, just an airstrip, people hunting whales and seals…and the Barbie song. World domination complete.

  3. hey Gerard I like the Safety Dance. I also like Dancehall Days by Wang Chung but whatever

    in terms of the list, most of it seems okay. James Blunt should be #1. but what about Margaritaville? that one is around to torture us for eternity. in fact, I think Dante mentioned it. no not the guy who did Sugar Sugar (which is not annoying)

    what about that drops of Jupiter song by Train? or the one about “I bet you wish your girlfriend was a freak”?

  4. steve,

    agreed (kind of). that Parrothead shite is worse than anything i mentioned. Though I am partial to Ruperty Holmes’ “The Pina Colada Song”, just because he was so good on the Uncle Floyd Show.

  5. I tend to be of the opinion that if you’re in a bar and someone puts “Sweet Caroline” on the jukebox and everyone in the bar sings along, it’s time to find a new bar.

    Is the Nickelback song on this list the one that starts with “I like your pants around your feet”? Is that even Nickelback? I’m pretty sure it is. Whoever it is probably more annoying than “My Humps.”

  6. As far as I’m concerned, Rupe gets a free pass for having penned a song about people trapped in a coal mine forced eat their friend (“Timothy”).

  7. Oh man, ‘Two of Hearts’ is a club classic, how can you classify that as ‘most annoying’? Suppose it’s a matter of opinion but I can’t fathom that. ‘Safety Dance’ I can understand though it’s kitsch factor is what I enjoy about it.

    I think the list is pretty spot-on really, though I don’t find Semisonic annoying. I do wonder where the Divinyls are on that list, surely ‘I Touch Myself’ annoys someone besides me?

  8. “Believe” ???? I *love* that song! In the interest of full disclosure: I’m gay.

    Agreed that “We Didn’t Start the Fire” is truly horrible. William Joel should’ve thrown in the towel after Attila split up so we could all wonder what musical assault he would have unleashed next, rather than being painfully aware of history.

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