Some songs are just the worst. The instant they come on, you yell to turn them off. Those annoying tracks can be annoying for a lot of different reasons, from being overplayed to giving you the feeling of nails grating on a chalkboard. In this article, I will rant and negatively go after 31 songs—some of which you will or already probably like—for how annoying they are. Let’s get to it.
1. Baby Shark – Pinkfong
I truly believe that to make a good list of annoying songs you’re going to have to step on a few toes to make it a good one. Fortunately for us, nobody is going to be offended that this is the most annoying song of all time aside from a few toddlers and the creator. Baby Shark is, frankly, an amazing song for kids. It has its own little dance, it’s catchy, and it’s so simple that any little one that can talk can follow along.
But that same repetitiveness and the tiny, shrill voices of the kids singing it make it annoying. This will be stuck in your head on repeat, and you won’t be able to get it out. All with an annoying pink fox in the background that every parent in the world would pay to hunt out of existence.
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2. I Like To Move It – Alvin and the Chipmunks
Here’s another song that kids love, and one that even I loved back in the day. However, the version from the film Madagascar with the lemurs singing the track is going to be excused from this conversation. And yes, I know people hated it back then too, and yes, it was annoying then.
But whoever had the idea to let the squeaky voices of Alvin And The Chipmunks pick this track up should be fired. I can’t find a lot of words for how much I can’t stand this one. The vocals in it are like nails on a chalkboard, which is almost enough to move this to our number-one position for the most annoying song of all time.
3. Friday – Rebecca Black
Oh, Friday. This may have been one of the best-selling ringtones for those Motorola Razr flip phones, but that did not make it a good song. Is she rapping or singing? Nobody knows. The pacing is awful, whatever they did to Rebecca Black’s voice with the dubs was not flattering, and almost everything about this is annoying. I can understand the joyous feeling of getting through a long week of school or work, looking forward to the weekend, and being ready to have a good time.
But why did they let a kid say “Partyin’, partyin’ (Yeah)” a bajillion times in the post-chorus of a track so ill put together? Pretty sure none of the kids in the music video are even old enough to drive, but that may just be my old-man reflex activating. Oh well, this one falls behind our first two but I’ll give Black credit for leaving it up on YouTube and still performing it today as a goof. If you have an aversion to strobe effects, do not watch the music video.
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4. Baby – Justin Bieber Feat. Ludacris
I don’t know if there has ever been a track that’s been made fun of as much as Justin Bieber’s Baby. While I definitely can’t place it as THE most annoying song of all time, it’s an easy choice to throw into the top five. His prepubescent vocals do no favors for the song, and it’s got that feeling of being “too pop” even for pop crowds.
I know preteen girls swooned over this one, but that chorus is absolutely unforgivable. I haven’t really ever been a fan of his, but I can still respect a large part of his music catalog. This does not fit into that category though and is easily one of the most maligned annoying songs of all time. Unfit for the top of the Hot 100 too.
5. Let It Go – Idina Menzel
Let It Go is one of the first tracks on this list that have earned the distinction of being one of the most annoying songs of all time, not by the merits of the track itself, but by how overplayed it has become. It’s objectively a pretty decent song, especially coming from a Disney film soundtrack, fits perfectly into the scene it appears in, and walks the line between powerful and somber perfectly.
Unfortunately for this one, Frozen and this track got played on repeat in so many households that this song became a parent’s worst nightmare. While not a bad track on its own, the repeated plays have turned it into an annoying song.
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6. Barbie Girl – Aqua
This song didn’t even make it into the Barbie movie and that should say enough, but I’ll go on. I don’t know that there’s anything redeemable about this track outside of the typical pop background music. I do understand the satire and sexual angle that Aqua took with it, but it ends up just coming off as creepy.
It’s a song to be made fun of more than it is to laugh because of. If it was used for something like a commercial and wasn’t a real single release, I’d get it more. But everything about it from the lyrics to the vocals to the innuendos in the track annoys the crap out of me.
7. The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?) – Ylvis
The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?) started off as good fun. A viral YouTube hit, this one was a good listen… for about a week. Then it became too much. I get that it resonates with kids, and it’s a good high-energy song for them, however, it got overplayed and was too “stick-in-your-head” of a track. This one does have some redeeming qualities at least, from being peak internet culture at the time to how fun it must have been to actually perform.
8. Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
Call Me Maybe is in the exact same category as Rebecca Black’s Friday, but at the very least ended up giving us some funny pickup lines along the way. The chorus is the really annoying part of the song, as Carly Rae Jepson could actually sing in the same vein as Katy Perry and the verses didn’t completely suck—look I’m trying to be a bit more positive.
The catchiness of the track didn’t, in any way, make up for how god-awful the chorus of that song was. You’ll hear it for days in your head, and I legitimately apologize for that.
9. Gummy Bear Song – Gummibär
Gummy Bear Song is another one of those synth-y kid songs that parents just hate. The robotic vocals of the track are annoying, they literally say nothing of substance in the song, and without the music video, you don’t know why the guy is saying he’s a gummy bear. Nothing about the track is good, it’s just annoying. The real problem comes in with the kids though, as like some of the other songs on this list, it’s probably saved in your kid’s playlist on Spotify.
10. It’s A Small World – The Sherman Brothers
Shoutout to Disney for producing some of the most annoying songs of all time. It’s A Small World is the theme for one of the most famous rides at Disney World, but even that doesn’t save it from grinding on your nerves. While some of the verses may be redeemable in some people’s eyes, the chorus and bouncy trend of the track are a little too much. It grates your nerves, it gets stuck in your head, and it would be one of the most horrifying songs to hear playing in a dark alley when you’re cornered by a group of kids.
11. Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley
Here’s an epic song that annoys people to no end. Never Gonna Give You Up is an awesome, funky pop track, and Rick Astley honestly gives a great performance in the song. It’s not particularly the track itself that is annoying despite the chorus not being great. It’s the whole trend of Rickrolling that made this annoying.
For a decade you had to wonder if any link you clicked would take you to this song on YouTube as a prank, to the point that people lost their jobs over it and friendships were ruined. It was annoying because of a trend, but the trend was so strong it just misses out on the top 10.
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12. Whip My Hair – Willow Smith
Here is a full synopsis of the notable lyrics in this track: “I whip my hair back and forth.” While Willow Smith does rap some verses for the song, the bars are trash, and half of them are ripped from actual successful rappers. At no point in the track do you hear any real talent or a strong line, and the entire chorus consists of her yelling about whipping her hair around. It’s not pleasing on the ear and is easily one of the most annoying songs of all time.
13. Angel – Sarah McLachlan
You wanna know why this song is so annoying? It was the feature of a Humane Society commercial about abused animals that begged for donations to rescue as many as possible. But the exact same commercial has been played on TV for years now with no updates—and I mean NO updates. Sarah McLachlan’s voice isn’t the problem, the annoying part of this track is how sad it makes you when you hear it. Because let’s face it, this wasn’t a radio hit. Everyone knows it from a commercial that shows malnourished and beaten puppies.
14. Axel F – Crazy Frog
Do you want to listen to a horn remix of an 80s disco song? Do you want it to have almost no discernible lyrics beyond talking about doing the Crazy Frog? I didn’t think so. Crazy Frog’s Axel F is frankly a track that if you took the lyrics out would make a banger at a rave. You thought the song about foxes saying “Ring-a-ding” was bad. This is almost another level. The only reason it’s lower on the list is it’s mostly only overplayed for parents whose children have found it as it rose from the depths of hell.
15. Stupid Hoe – Nicki Minaj
When a Nicki Minaj song wasn’t even meant to be released, you know it’s bad. And I get that she’s a boss bitch and she’s great, but this track validated everyone that said she was just a stupid girl. I don’t think she could have written a worse chorus if she tried. And what made it even more annoying was the swaths of women that vibed to it.
16. What’s New Pussycat – Tom Jones
Tom Jones hated What’s New Pussycat? to the point that he didn’t even like performing it. Overt sexual references aside, this song feels disjointed and like satire. But it wasn’t satire. It was supposedly serious. And while he can definitely sing, I’d rather listen to trending TikTok sounds than this song.
17. if i were a fish – corook Feat. Olivia Barton
If i were a fish is honestly a cute song. The problem is that it turned into a viral trend on TikTok and had absolutely no substance. No hate to the creator on this one, she’s great. The annoying part of this track was how fast it took off and the fact that I, for a solid month, had my fiancée burst into the room singing it—as did a ton of other people.
18. The Duck Song – Bryant Oden
Would you go to a lemonade stand and ask for some grapes? No? Good, then you’re not an idiot. I get that this is meant as a fun track, but The Duck Song is ridiculous in all the wrong ways. It’s not even sung, it’s mostly talked through. Repetitive, devoid of meaning, and not funny enough to make up for any of its shortcomings.
19. My Humps – The Black Eyed Peas
I know that everybody can get behind Fergie’s humps, but this song is every bit as annoying as anything else on this list. The Black Eyed Peas have made some great music, but this is not it. It’s too simple and it almost sounds like they’re whining as they go through the lyrics. Plus “Lady lumps” is one of the most annoying names for boobs of all time, and if she’s spending all my money, I’m not interested.
20. Bananaphone – Raffi
If you think a Frank Sinatra-style performance for kids would be annoying, this is one of the most annoying songs of all time for you. I’ll give credit where it’s due, while the simple and annoying lyrics of it are abundant, he does throw in some solid vocabulary words for the young ones to learn.
21. Dame Tu Cosita – El Chombo Feat. Cutty Ranks
I will be honest here, I have no idea what any of the lyrics to this song are. It makes this list because of how easily it gets stuck in your head and how often you’ll have to listen to it if you have a kid that finds it. Bonus points if they break out the dance from the video in public.
22. Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 Feat. Christina Aguilera
Is there anything worse than Adam Lavine whistling and “ooo-ing?” The chorus of Moves Like Jagger is dreadful thanks in large part to how long the word “mooooooves” gets stretched out. I get that this was a hit song, but that much airtime only made it more annoying to listen to today.
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23. Thank You – Dido
It’s not so bad? Yes, actually it is. Dido’s Thank You honestly should be read off a page as a story instead of being sung. I get that it’s a bit uplifting with the chorus, but this song did nothing to showcase her singing talents and was just too lame to not annoy you.
24. You’re Beautiful – James Blunt
There may not be a worse way to talk about how beautiful a woman is. James Blunt doesn’t even sound great in You’re Beautiful, and yes, I know this is another hit single but that doesn’t keep it from being annoying. Overplayed, overhyped, and another absolutely lame and repetitive chorus.
25. Flowers – Miley Cyrus
I get that Flowers was a cathartic experience for Miley Cyrus and that it’s a feel-good song for any single girl that needs a boost. I frankly don’t mind this track too much, but the TikTok trend and how frequently I had to listen to this song come out of either my or my fiancée’s phone made it annoying.
26. Shape of You – Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran is a great artist, and this song has potential. The reason I find his version annoying so much is that it feels… lackluster. There’s no energy to it; it feels like he’s sleepwalking through it. The pop-punk version of the track by Eat Your Heart Out destroys the original too. It’s annoying more because it could have been so much better.
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27. Simple Dimple Pop It! Squish – M&A And Betsy
Speaking of dog water TikTok songs, here’s another one. While it tries to be cute, it’s just annoying. And the popping noise in the background only makes it worse.
28. Photograph – Nickelback
I don’t personally hate this song, but so many people do. Nickelback is the band people love to hate, and this is the one track people make fun of the most. Photograph is annoying in spite of not sucking too much because it’ll start a debate that pressures you into hating the group.
29. Fancy Like – Walker Hayes
I despise this track, almost above any other one on the list. I get that it’s for a certain crowd and meant to be about the simple life. I even get all the references in the song. But I promise you that Applebees’ reheated frozen food is not fancy. I never got the hype of this track and hated having to hear it every weekend during college football games. Everything about it annoys me, so it gets a special entry to the list as a personally-annoying song.
30. All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
Ask a retail employee what song annoys them the most or fills them with the most dread. I’ll wait, but I guarantee anyone who has worked during the holiday season will say this one. Enough said there.
31. Old Town Road – Lil Nas X Feat. Billy Ray Cyrus
Old Town Road was a huge crossover hit, and I commend Lil Nas X for pulling it off. However, how often it was played, the amount of praise it got, and the verses of the song itself all rub me the wrong way. It’s annoying for all of that and more, including being one of the dumbest TikTok trends of the last few years.
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