Are These the Most Hated Songs in the Universe?

Meet Edward Carter, a British music fan who set out on a quest: Find the most-hated and most-despised songs–“kryptonite songs,” as he calls them–of the modern era. The list currently stands at 373 tracks, all of which are ordered alphabetically. Scrolling through things, you’ll probably get a little heated. I mean, “Hey Jude” by the Beatles? ONE song from Justin Bieber? Seven from Robbie Williams? “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor? (Okay, I’ll give him that one.)

It starts like this.

10cc – Dreadlock Holiday
10cc – I’m Not In Love
The 88 – At Least It Was Here
Ace Of Base – All That She Wants
The Animals – House of the Rising Sun

21 Pilots – Ride
The inclusion of this song riled up one respondent’s teenage daughter. This delighted me: people were playing the Spotify list to their children. Hearts and minds.4 Non Blondes – What’s Up?

ABBA – Dancing Queen
I love this song. More updates on this as we get them.

Aerosmith – I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing
Aerosmith – Janie’s Got A Gun
Aerosmith. Music for people who like to be uplifted but hate music.

Akon – Lonely

Amy Grant – Big Yellow Taxi
The Big Yellow Taxi saga was interesting. Many replies just said “anything by [artist]” or “any version of [song]”. Big Yellow Taxi, however, was unique. Initially picked with the stipulation that it was any except the Counting Crows version. Within an hour this, too, was on the list.

Andrew Gold – Lonely Boy
Anohni – 4 Degrees
Aqua – Lollipop (Candyman)
Artful Dodger ft. Craig David – Re Rewind

The B52’s – Love Shack
Oh, this one is really, REALLY unpopular

B*Witched – C’est La Vie
Babybird – You’re Gorgeous

Babylon Zoo – Spaceman
The most disappointing song of all time?

Bananarama – I Can’t Help It
Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas?
Barry Manilow – Mandy

Find the whole list here.

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2 thoughts on “Are These the Most Hated Songs in the Universe?

  • This is one of the stupidest things I have ever seen in my life. Really.

  • Wow. There is alot of crap. And then some. And then some more. But did not see…

    Roxette – Joyride
    Nazareth – Love Hurts (or was it on it?)
    Metallica – Enter Sandman / The Unforgiven / Nothing Else Matters
    Lou Reed – Walk On The Wild Side
    David Lee Roth – Just Like Paradise
    Meat Loaf – 2 Out Of 3 Ain’t Bad

    oh forget it. Way too many staple radio hits that decades later make me never want to listen to the radio ever again.


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