You can probably name ten tracks off the top of your head more annoying than those’s readers voted as those they find most aggravating (what’s with all the TV themes?), but hey, an obnoxious tune is an obnoxious tune. So, here’s the perfect playlist to get under the NBC faithful’s skin:

22. “Jump” – Kris Kross
21. “It’s A Sunshine Day” – The Brady Bunch
20. “Thank God I’m A Country Boy” – John Denver”
19. The Theme From Good Times
18. “Wannabe” – The Spice Girls
17. “Play That Funky Music” – Wild Cherry
16. “Mmm Bop” – Hanson
15. “Muskrat Love” – The Captain & Tennille
14. The Theme From I Dream Of Jeannie
13. “Mambo No. 5″ – Lou Bega
12. “Hot In Herre” – Nelly
11. “Y.M.C.A.” – The Village People

10. The Theme From Scooby Doo
09. “Macarena” – Los Del Río
08. “Copacabana” – Barry Manilow
07. “The Chicken Dance” – Werner Thomas
06. “Achy Breaky Heart” – Billy Ray Cyrus
05. “Who Let The Dogs Out” – Baha Men
04. The Meow Mix Jingle
03. “Mr. Roboto” – Styx
02. “I Love You, You Love Me” – Barney & Friends
01. “It’s A Small World After All” – Robert and Richard Sherman

As lame as much of this list is, if you’ve ever been on the It’s A Small World ride … you know. Robert Sherman had this to say about his infinitely looping opus (via Wiki):

Like many songs, “It’s a Small World” has a verse and a chorus. One thing which makes this song particularly ’catchy’ is that the verse and chorus work in counterpoint to each other. This means that you can play the same chords over and over again, but with different melodies. The repetitive, yet varied pattern tricks your mind into absorbing the work without it becoming tiresome to your ear.

Time proved you wrong on that last bit, Bob. Songwriters, now you know how best to please two-year-olds and annoy just about everybody else. More grating tracks? Post ’em if you got ’em.

Comments (113)
  1. Finchmeister  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2007 0

    Oh man good call with #1. I was stuck in the Native American section on that Disney ride back when I was 12, which creeped me out to no end.

  2. how is mr. robotomore annoying than achy breaky heart?

    shows what they know.

    ass clowns.

  3. dustin  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2007 0

    hot in herre!??! it’s annoying…but not mambo #5 annoying..

  4. the scooby-doo theme does not need to be on the list..

  5. bryan  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2007 0

    i’ll take any one of these over “my humps” any day. especially “mmm bop” (guilty pleasure)

  6. Mo  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2007 0

    You forgot the Manamana song from Sesame Street. A couple of bars of that over an unsuspecting cubicle wall can create a sniper in the clock tower scenario.

    • Kurt Pittman  |   Posted on Nov 13th, 2008 0

      seriously. i love that song…but only for the first half.
      it’s twice as long as it should be. poor producing on somebody’s part.
      with out the second half, those muppets could have been stars!

  7. Lisa  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2007 0

    Dude! For real on My Humps. I’d rather listen to any of those songs over and over again over My Humps any day…

    And as far as tv show songs go, what about “This is the Song that Doesn’t End” from the Lambchop show? I remember in grade school we use to terrorize our teachers on fieldtrips singing this song…

    • brian  |   Posted on Mar 12th, 2008 0

      i quite like the black eyed peas, as well as fergie. i just heard mmmbop for the first time per your vouching

  8. JT  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2007 0

    Ummm… where’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”?

    “Here’s a little song I wrote,
    Makes you want to slit your throat…”

  9. this reminds me of human giant’s “shitty mixtape” video in which aziz ansari has to walk around blaring a shitty mixtape on the streets of new york.

  10. keg  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2007 0

    “manamana” is NOT from sesame st.

    KNOW your muppets.

  11. rogerniner  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2007 0

    as a karaoke host, i need to add a few more to this ill informed list…

    “baby got back” – sir mix-a-lot

    “summer nights” – grease soundtrack

    “love shack” – the b-52s

    “sweet caroline” – neil diamond

    “margaritaville” – jimmy buffett…

    all songs i’m sure WNBC readers get all ga-ga for when their drunk out of town friend gets up and slaughters he microphone with their cacophonis heresy.

  12. James  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2007 0

    1. it’s “mahna-mahna”
    2. it’s “cacophonous”
    3. los lonely boys – heaven makes me want to blow my brains out

  13. lex  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2007 0

    Whoomp! There it is!

  14. marc  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2007 0

    Although it was funny in Austin Powers, the Chili’s Baby Back Ribs song makes me want to gouge out my ear drums.

  15. rgr_moore  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2007 0

    good picks!

    elevation by U2 should be there too

  16. krys  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2007 0

    how can the “good times” theme be on that list? have these people actually listened to the lyrics? they paint a perfect picture of societal problems at that time. ridic.

  17. I’m with James on the Los Lonely Boys… and how about “I’m a Barbie Girl in a Barbie World?” I’ve heard that song I don’t know how many times and I hate it every time I hear it. And “Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2 should definitely have made the list. Also anything by Fergie. Mr. Roboto should NOT be on this list.

  18. Good call on Muskrat Love, though really, when was the last time anyone heard that song?

    And as a karaoke fan myself, I’d like to add “Dead or Alive” by Jon Bon Jovi and “Creep” by Radiohead to that list. If you’re not Thom Yorke, do not attempt Creep. Even then, I’d recommend passing on it.

  19. Mikey T  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2007 0

    no, “welcome to the jungle” by G’N'R?

  20. rogerniner  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2007 0

    me spell bad? poo.

    i would like to argue “Mr. Roboto” being on this list. That song is awesome, ironically and un-ironically.

  21. Bill  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2007 0

    what a subjective list.

    why dont we just have “top songs that i have warm and fuzzy memories for because they relate to specific times in my life”

  22. Thimas  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2007 0

    The Scooby-Doo theme song is such a great song!

  23. seth  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2007 0

    mambo #5 anyone. that must be top-10

  24. The Scooby-Doo theme song is such a great song!

    Posted by: Thimas at April 23, 2007 8:39 PM

    For sure.
    It and the YMCA are the only two I would dispute having on the list.

    The YMCA, because I have great memories of dancing to it at grade school dances, and The Scooby-Doo theme song because it is just awesome.

  25. Ron  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2007 0

    Why the hell is it 22? What a weird number to make a list from.

  26. Richie  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2007 0

    You Americans didn’t have to suffer that Crazy Frog “song” last year, no? That wasn’t just annoying, that was at the level of scourge\ abomination\ draining-the-will-to-live..

  27. Nothing can be worse than “Achy Breaky Heart”, “We Built This City” or “My Humps” …

  28. oh.  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2007 0

    The irony being that the same people who voted for these songs made them popular in the first place. A curse on both their houses.

  29. Blu  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2007 0

    Hmm, Return To Innocence by Enigma: Michael Cretu at his most preee-tentious.

    Seeing both Love Shack and Wannabe reminded me of a pre-Beckham Victoria commenting in a Spice Girls interview with Rolling Stone: “Love Shack, I f***ing hate that song. I’d say it to their face.”

  30. iburl  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2007 0

    My God, I’m an annoying person. Those songs rule!

  31. anon  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2007 0

    there is an r in “brady”

  32. MP  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2007 0

    Up, Up and Away by The Fifth Dimension

    WORST. SONG. EVER. and it gets played every day at work.

  33. iburl  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2007 0

    Am I the only one who always will have hated “The Outfield”, and especially their top hit song “Your Love”
    That song is like a dentist’s drill on my nerves.
    The Barney song is also extremely evil and is (actually) used by the US gov. to torture people.

  34. lennyx  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2007 0

    “I’ll Be There for You”, by The Rembrandts

    nuff said.

  35. crispy  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2007 0

    anything by shakira or daddy yankee.

  36. jill  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2007 0

    i vote for cupid’s chokehold. that song has ruined supertramp for me (who were already a little annoying to begin with).

  37. Coin Operated Boy by Dresden Dolls.

  38. Harryh  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2007 0

    There is nothing more annoying than Escape (The Pina Colada Song) by Rupert Holmes. Nothing, ever. Bohmeian Rhapsody is close. Mr Roboto is bad, but probably not top five bad.

  39. jill  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2007 0

    oh c’mon, who could ever ever ask for more?

  40. doggie  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2007 0


  41. doggie  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2007 0

    meow meow meow meow meow meow meow meow, meow meow meow meow meow meow meow meow, meow.. meow… meow!

  42. dave  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2007 0

    did someone honestly effin’ say coin operated boy by the dresden dolls? that song hasn’t been played enough or doesn’t have the terrible lyrics or melody to make this list. plus the dresden dolls are amazing.

  43. dajebus  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2007 0

    pretty much anything from joanna newsom’s second album. fuck me that was rank

    and ANYTHING by Cake. bunch a limp dick hipsters.

  44. smashing  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2007 0

    do you like pina colada?

  45. GoCatGo  |   Posted on Apr 24th, 2007 0

    You guys missed some, uh, “gems.”

    “The Final Countdown” by Europe
    “All By Myself” by Eric Carmen
    “Hot, Hot, Hot” by Buster Poindexter
    “Cheeseburger in Paradise” by Jimmy Buffet
    Anything at all by Michael Bolton, Dave Matthews…

  46. Fruitbat  |   Posted on Apr 24th, 2007 0

    If I’m not mistaken, Jim Henson first heard Menha-menha on the soundtrack of a Swedish porn film.

  47. Tyler  |   Posted on Apr 24th, 2007 0

    billy ray should be number one. at least “it’s a small world” is actually kind of true.

    and yes, “my humps” should be on here. in fact you could have a lot of music on here.

  48. Rizob  |   Posted on Apr 24th, 2007 0

    The most annoying song in the world to me is the Music Man.

    He’s a music man.

    He’s a what? He’s a what?

    He’s a music man and he sells clarinets to the kids in the town….

    Makes me want to beat the crap out of everybody.

    Worst songs ever from the most awful musical ever.

  49. “Horse With No Name” by America annoys the shit out of me. Also annoying..

    “American Pie”

    “The Flame” (by Cheap Trick)

    “Glory of Love” (by Peter Cetera, totally fucked up Karate Kid II)

    Any Sting solo songs, yes, even (insert your favorite Sting solo joint here).

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