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Subject:Earworms, horror, and music
Time:11:01 pm
A while ago, Tom and I got into a discussion about bad music. As often happens, a bit of a rivalry developed, and then a bet was made... you know how these things go. The bet was on which one of us could come up with the best list of the ten worst pop songs. We came up with terms of the bet and a judging system, and then waited (and waited and waited) while our judges rated the songs. One judge got fired and replaced. Finally, the results are in! That means that we can share this list with the world.

The instructions to the judges were as follow:
Here is a list of 20 songs, ten from each of us. We've provided YouTube links for your memory-jogging convenience. Please rate each song on a scale of -10 to 10, where -10 is the worst thing you've ever subjected your ears to, and 10 is as good as Bohemian Rhapsody. Use your own definitions of good and bad, but please consider music, lyrics, and that intagible quality of awfulness. The videos are provided simply so you have an easy way to hear the music, so please don't factor the quality of the video into your decisions.
All of the links should go to YouTube videos, though there's a risk that any of them could get taken down at a moment's notice. If that happens, leave a comment and I'll find a new link.

In a few days I'll reveal the results of the original bet, along with the color commentary from the judging panel. Anyone can vote, so long as they have a LiveJournal account.

Enjoy!

Poll #1593317 Ear Invaders

Achy Breaky Heart, Billy Ray Cyrus

Mean: -3.62 Median: -3.5 Std. Dev 4.38
0(0.0%)
-10
2(8.3%)
-9
3(12.5%)
-8
2(8.3%)
-7
1(4.2%)
-6
1(4.2%)
-5
1(4.2%)
-4
2(8.3%)
-3
1(4.2%)
-2
3(12.5%)
-1
1(4.2%)
0
2(8.3%)
1
2(8.3%)
2
1(4.2%)
3
1(4.2%)
4
0(0.0%)
5
1(4.2%)
6
0(0.0%)
7
0(0.0%)
8
0(0.0%)
9
0(0.0%)
10
0(0.0%)

Afternoon Delight, Starland Vocal Band

Mean: -0.28 Median: 1 Std. Dev 4.73
0(0.0%)
-10
0(0.0%)
-9
2(8.0%)
-8
1(4.0%)
-7
0(0.0%)
-6
0(0.0%)
-5
4(16.0%)
-4
0(0.0%)
-3
1(4.0%)
-2
1(4.0%)
-1
0(0.0%)
0
3(12.0%)
1
2(8.0%)
2
4(16.0%)
3
3(12.0%)
4
1(4.0%)
5
1(4.0%)
6
1(4.0%)
7
0(0.0%)
8
0(0.0%)
9
0(0.0%)
10
1(4.0%)

Billy Don't Be a Hero, Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods

Mean: -3.17 Median: -3.5 Std. Dev 4.36
0(0.0%)
-10
1(4.2%)
-9
2(8.3%)
-8
2(8.3%)
-7
2(8.3%)
-6
1(4.2%)
-5
1(4.2%)
-4
3(12.5%)
-3
2(8.3%)
-2
1(4.2%)
-1
3(12.5%)
0
2(8.3%)
1
0(0.0%)
2
1(4.2%)
3
1(4.2%)
4
0(0.0%)
5
1(4.2%)
6
1(4.2%)
7
0(0.0%)
8
0(0.0%)
9
0(0.0%)
10
0(0.0%)

Convoy, CW McCall

Mean: -2.04 Median: -3 Std. Dev 5.53
0(0.0%)
-10
2(8.7%)
-9
3(13.0%)
-8
0(0.0%)
-7
1(4.3%)
-6
1(4.3%)
-5
0(0.0%)
-4
2(8.7%)
-3
5(21.7%)
-2
0(0.0%)
-1
0(0.0%)
0
1(4.3%)
1
1(4.3%)
2
0(0.0%)
3
2(8.7%)
4
0(0.0%)
5
3(13.0%)
6
1(4.3%)
7
0(0.0%)
8
1(4.3%)
9
0(0.0%)
10
0(0.0%)

Having My Baby, Paul Anka

Mean: -5.00 Median: -6 Std. Dev 4.46
0(0.0%)
-10
7(28.0%)
-9
0(0.0%)
-8
1(4.0%)
-7
1(4.0%)
-6
5(20.0%)
-5
3(12.0%)
-4
1(4.0%)
-3
0(0.0%)
-2
1(4.0%)
-1
0(0.0%)
0
2(8.0%)
1
1(4.0%)
2
0(0.0%)
3
2(8.0%)
4
1(4.0%)
5
0(0.0%)
6
0(0.0%)
7
0(0.0%)
8
0(0.0%)
9
0(0.0%)
10
0(0.0%)

I've Never Been to Me, Charlene

Mean: -3.87 Median: -4 Std. Dev 3.57
0(0.0%)
-10
2(8.7%)
-9
1(4.3%)
-8
0(0.0%)
-7
2(8.7%)
-6
2(8.7%)
-5
4(17.4%)
-4
4(17.4%)
-3
0(0.0%)
-2
2(8.7%)
-1
0(0.0%)
0
3(13.0%)
1
1(4.3%)
2
1(4.3%)
3
1(4.3%)
4
0(0.0%)
5
0(0.0%)
6
0(0.0%)
7
0(0.0%)
8
0(0.0%)
9
0(0.0%)
10
0(0.0%)

If you could read my mind, Gordon Lightfoot

Mean: 2.08 Median: 2 Std. Dev 3.89
0(0.0%)
-10
0(0.0%)
-9
0(0.0%)
-8
0(0.0%)
-7
0(0.0%)
-6
1(4.0%)
-5
1(4.0%)
-4
1(4.0%)
-3
1(4.0%)
-2
1(4.0%)
-1
0(0.0%)
0
2(8.0%)
1
3(12.0%)
2
4(16.0%)
3
1(4.0%)
4
3(12.0%)
5
3(12.0%)
6
1(4.0%)
7
0(0.0%)
8
2(8.0%)
9
1(4.0%)
10
0(0.0%)

Johnny Freedom, Johnny Horton

Mean: -3.18 Median: -1.5 Std. Dev 4.11
0(0.0%)
-10
1(4.5%)
-9
3(13.6%)
-8
1(4.5%)
-7
2(9.1%)
-6
0(0.0%)
-5
2(9.1%)
-4
0(0.0%)
-3
1(4.5%)
-2
1(4.5%)
-1
4(18.2%)
0
4(18.2%)
1
0(0.0%)
2
1(4.5%)
3
2(9.1%)
4
0(0.0%)
5
0(0.0%)
6
0(0.0%)
7
0(0.0%)
8
0(0.0%)
9
0(0.0%)
10
0(0.0%)

Maneater, Hall & Oates

Mean: 0.12 Median: -0.5 Std. Dev 4.93
0(0.0%)
-10
1(4.2%)
-9
0(0.0%)
-8
1(4.2%)
-7
0(0.0%)
-6
1(4.2%)
-5
1(4.2%)
-4
1(4.2%)
-3
3(12.5%)
-2
2(8.3%)
-1
2(8.3%)
0
1(4.2%)
1
1(4.2%)
2
1(4.2%)
3
2(8.3%)
4
2(8.3%)
5
2(8.3%)
6
1(4.2%)
7
0(0.0%)
8
1(4.2%)
9
0(0.0%)
10
1(4.2%)

Mickey, Toni Basil

Mean: 1.56 Median: 2 Std. Dev 4.99
0(0.0%)
-10
1(4.0%)
-9
0(0.0%)
-8
0(0.0%)
-7
1(4.0%)
-6
1(4.0%)
-5
0(0.0%)
-4
2(8.0%)
-3
1(4.0%)
-2
0(0.0%)
-1
0(0.0%)
0
4(16.0%)
1
1(4.0%)
2
2(8.0%)
3
2(8.0%)
4
2(8.0%)
5
4(16.0%)
6
0(0.0%)
7
2(8.0%)
8
0(0.0%)
9
0(0.0%)
10
2(8.0%)

My Heart Will Go On, Celene Dion

Mean: -4.21 Median: -5 Std. Dev 4.69
0(0.0%)
-10
3(12.5%)
-9
3(12.5%)
-8
1(4.2%)
-7
3(12.5%)
-6
2(8.3%)
-5
0(0.0%)
-4
2(8.3%)
-3
2(8.3%)
-2
1(4.2%)
-1
0(0.0%)
0
3(12.5%)
1
1(4.2%)
2
2(8.3%)
3
0(0.0%)
4
0(0.0%)
5
0(0.0%)
6
0(0.0%)
7
0(0.0%)
8
1(4.2%)
9
0(0.0%)
10
0(0.0%)

New World In The Morning, Roger Whittaker

Mean: -1.91 Median: -2 Std. Dev 3.61
0(0.0%)
-10
1(4.3%)
-9
0(0.0%)
-8
1(4.3%)
-7
0(0.0%)
-6
1(4.3%)
-5
3(13.0%)
-4
2(8.7%)
-3
2(8.7%)
-2
2(8.7%)
-1
1(4.3%)
0
5(21.7%)
1
1(4.3%)
2
2(8.7%)
3
0(0.0%)
4
1(4.3%)
5
1(4.3%)
6
0(0.0%)
7
0(0.0%)
8
0(0.0%)
9
0(0.0%)
10
0(0.0%)

Ring My Bell, Anita Ward

Mean: -0.92 Median: 0 Std. Dev 4.51
0(0.0%)
-10
0(0.0%)
-9
0(0.0%)
-8
1(4.2%)
-7
1(4.2%)
-6
2(8.3%)
-5
3(12.5%)
-4
1(4.2%)
-3
1(4.2%)
-2
2(8.3%)
-1
0(0.0%)
0
6(25.0%)
1
1(4.2%)
2
2(8.3%)
3
1(4.2%)
4
1(4.2%)
5
0(0.0%)
6
0(0.0%)
7
0(0.0%)
8
0(0.0%)
9
1(4.2%)
10
1(4.2%)

Sometimes When We Touch, Dan Hill

Mean: -2.80 Median: -3 Std. Dev 4.43
0(0.0%)
-10
0(0.0%)
-9
1(4.0%)
-8
2(8.0%)
-7
3(12.0%)
-6
2(8.0%)
-5
4(16.0%)
-4
0(0.0%)
-3
4(16.0%)
-2
1(4.0%)
-1
1(4.0%)
0
1(4.0%)
1
1(4.0%)
2
0(0.0%)
3
3(12.0%)
4
0(0.0%)
5
1(4.0%)
6
0(0.0%)
7
0(0.0%)
8
1(4.0%)
9
0(0.0%)
10
0(0.0%)

Sugartime, The McGuire Sisters

Mean: -1.55 Median: 0 Std. Dev 3.77
0(0.0%)
-10
2(9.1%)
-9
0(0.0%)
-8
0(0.0%)
-7
1(4.5%)
-6
0(0.0%)
-5
2(9.1%)
-4
1(4.5%)
-3
2(9.1%)
-2
0(0.0%)
-1
1(4.5%)
0
6(27.3%)
1
2(9.1%)
2
3(13.6%)
3
2(9.1%)
4
0(0.0%)
5
0(0.0%)
6
0(0.0%)
7
0(0.0%)
8
0(0.0%)
9
0(0.0%)
10
0(0.0%)

The Beat Goes On, Sonny & Cher

Mean: 0.21 Median: 1 Std. Dev 4.59
0(0.0%)
-10
1(4.2%)
-9
0(0.0%)
-8
1(4.2%)
-7
1(4.2%)
-6
1(4.2%)
-5
0(0.0%)
-4
1(4.2%)
-3
1(4.2%)
-2
2(8.3%)
-1
0(0.0%)
0
4(16.7%)
1
0(0.0%)
2
3(12.5%)
3
2(8.3%)
4
4(16.7%)
5
2(8.3%)
6
0(0.0%)
7
0(0.0%)
8
0(0.0%)
9
1(4.2%)
10
0(0.0%)

Tonight, I celebrate my love for you, Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack

Mean: -3.24 Median: -3 Std. Dev 3.58
0(0.0%)
-10
2(8.0%)
-9
0(0.0%)
-8
3(12.0%)
-7
0(0.0%)
-6
0(0.0%)
-5
1(4.0%)
-4
6(24.0%)
-3
2(8.0%)
-2
5(20.0%)
-1
1(4.0%)
0
1(4.0%)
1
2(8.0%)
2
1(4.0%)
3
0(0.0%)
4
0(0.0%)
5
1(4.0%)
6
0(0.0%)
7
0(0.0%)
8
0(0.0%)
9
0(0.0%)
10
0(0.0%)

Up Up and Away in My Beautiful Balloon, Fifth Dimension

Mean: -0.68 Median: 2 Std. Dev 5.46
0(0.0%)
-10
1(4.0%)
-9
1(4.0%)
-8
2(8.0%)
-7
1(4.0%)
-6
3(12.0%)
-5
1(4.0%)
-4
0(0.0%)
-3
1(4.0%)
-2
0(0.0%)
-1
1(4.0%)
0
1(4.0%)
1
0(0.0%)
2
3(12.0%)
3
5(20.0%)
4
0(0.0%)
5
2(8.0%)
6
1(4.0%)
7
1(4.0%)
8
1(4.0%)
9
0(0.0%)
10
0(0.0%)

Wind Beneath my Wings, Celene Dion

Mean: -4.48 Median: -4 Std. Dev 4.67
0(0.0%)
-10
5(20.0%)
-9
4(16.0%)
-8
0(0.0%)
-7
0(0.0%)
-6
1(4.0%)
-5
1(4.0%)
-4
4(16.0%)
-3
3(12.0%)
-2
1(4.0%)
-1
1(4.0%)
0
1(4.0%)
1
2(8.0%)
2
0(0.0%)
3
0(0.0%)
4
1(4.0%)
5
0(0.0%)
6
0(0.0%)
7
1(4.0%)
8
0(0.0%)
9
0(0.0%)
10
0(0.0%)

You Light Up My Life, Debby Boone

Mean: -4.60 Median: -6 Std. Dev 5.00
0(0.0%)
-10
4(16.0%)
-9
2(8.0%)
-8
4(16.0%)
-7
0(0.0%)
-6
4(16.0%)
-5
1(4.0%)
-4
0(0.0%)
-3
2(8.0%)
-2
3(12.0%)
-1
0(0.0%)
0
3(12.0%)
1
0(0.0%)
2
0(0.0%)
3
0(0.0%)
4
0(0.0%)
5
0(0.0%)
6
1(4.0%)
7
0(0.0%)
8
0(0.0%)
9
0(0.0%)
10
1(4.0%)
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tiurin
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Time:2010-07-17 06:06 am (UTC)
And what if we didn't think Bohemian Rhapsody was a particularly good song?
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whipartist
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Time:2010-07-17 06:08 am (UTC)
Then you're a heathen. And you can read it in the spirit that it was intended.
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prock
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Time:2010-07-17 06:13 am (UTC)
Pop-culture snobbery FTW!
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timprov
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Time:2010-07-17 06:28 am (UTC)
I wish I had the minimal exposure to bad pop music that you seem to.
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whipartist
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Time:2010-07-17 06:31 am (UTC)
Why do you say that?
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jcdill
Subject:Boring, but bad?
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Time:2010-07-17 06:43 am (UTC)
This list is mostly cheesy, boring pop music.

But was it really *bad* music? How about:

Macarena by Los De Rio
Barbie Girl by Aqua
Rico Sauve by Gerado
Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) by C+C Music Factory
Mmm Bop by Hanson
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yayhappens
Subject:Re: Boring, but bad?
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Time:2010-07-17 06:59 am (UTC)
Tainted Love by Soft Cell is at the top of my list for songs I would like to un-hear. That one and Voices Carry by Til Tuesday. Nails on a chalkboard. Ugh.
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yayhappens
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Time:2010-07-17 06:44 am (UTC)
Question:

Wind Beneath My Wings is a song I am originally familiar with as being sung by Bette Midler. Am I rating this one as sung by Celine, rating only the song and its lyrics or... help? Thx
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whipartist
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Time:2010-07-17 06:48 am (UTC)
I was just working from song titles when I grabbed videos, and got the Celene Dion version. Please feel free to interpret it any way you wish.
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gunga_galunga
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Time:2010-07-17 07:14 am (UTC)
No Air Supply between the two of you? Or ABBA? Or Paula Abdul? Did I ever tell you, you're my hero? 99 Luft Balloons? Theme to Arthur? I wear my sunglasses at night? We built this city on rock & roll? I need a new drug? Hammer time! Wild thing! My Prerogative!

I really don't see how it's possible to choose just 10. 1

1 I actually like some of the ones I've mentioned, as well as some of the ones you've got on your list. Just 'cause I like it don't mean it's good. Hey, that should be a song title.

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wordweaverlynn
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Time:2010-07-17 07:27 am (UTC)
Where's Seasons in the Sun? Where is Feelings???

And my God, the Mcguire Sisters look so young....
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whipartist
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Time:2010-07-17 07:30 am (UTC)
Seasons in the Sun canceled out.

The rule was that we each submitted ten songs to a third party. That person collated the lists and told us if we had any overlaps. If we did, we each submitted a different song. Seasons in the Sun was the one overlap.
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tom_bayes
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Time:2010-07-17 11:22 am (UTC)
This enjoyable medley by 80s punk band The Circle Jerks includes the following, with two of Patti's list:

1. Along Comes Mary-The Association
2. Close to You-The Carpenters
3. Afternoon Delight-Starland Vocal Band
4. Having My Baby-Paul Anka
5. Love Will Keep Us Together-Captain & Tennille
6. D.I.V.O.R.C.E.-Tammy Wynette

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSwr6Eso6X4
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rmd
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Time:2010-07-17 04:57 pm (UTC)
i used to have that medley on a punk rock mix cassette tape. frickin awesome.
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whipartist
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Time:2010-07-17 05:16 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure I've never heard it.
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bldrnrpdx
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Time:2010-07-17 03:37 pm (UTC)
I'm curious - how do Johnny Horton and The McGuire Sisters count as "
pop"? 'Cause if they count, then there's buckets and buckets of songs that have to be considered.
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whipartist
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Time:2010-07-17 05:16 pm (UTC)
The qualification was that either the song or the album had to have been on a top 100 chart.
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rmd
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Time:2010-07-17 05:04 pm (UTC)
a couple of these have 'cheeze' appeal for me (particularly mickey, ring my bell, and never been to me. the last i only know from priscilla queen of the desert soundtrack). i don't recall hearing "johnny freedom" before, and man that's atrocious. and my memories of "you light up my life" are colored by memories of reworking the lyrics to be "you light up my joint" with some friends at the time, so i smile too much at the thought to hate the song too hard.
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wwjfergusond
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Time:2010-07-17 05:57 pm (UTC)
I totally agree re: "Never Been to Me." Regardless of its cheesiness, I just can't undue its association with Priscilla.
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rightkindofme
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Time:2010-07-17 05:52 pm (UTC)
Three points: Mickey is stupid and silly and not well done musically, but it is fun. I got up and danced vigorously with Shanna and I haven't done that in like six months. So I gave it a high rating. :)

And for Wind Beneath My Wings--I strongly dislike the Celine Dion version, I think her voice is just wrong for the song but I really love the Bette Midler version. It is tied to a sensitive part of my childhood.

And I grew up on Johnny Horton. You just can't get me to be too harsh on him. :)

ETA: Noah says that Staying Alive is the worst song ever in history so he's sad it isn't on the list.

Edited at 2010-07-17 07:35 pm (UTC)
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whitebird
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Time:2010-07-17 06:53 pm (UTC)
I actively like several of the songs. Of course, I actively like Seasons In The Sun, too, so perhaps my taste is suspect.
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bigbill01
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Time:2010-07-17 07:05 pm (UTC)
I am not sure I would call your taste suspect. I like Metalica and Tool but I grew up with most of the songs listed here and like a number of them to some degree as well.

I think a list of one hit wonders would be cool as well like "life in a northern town" by Dream Academy. ok........I am perhaps weird beyond belief.
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clutch_c
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Time:2010-07-17 10:08 pm (UTC)
Indian Lake by the Cowsills. Maybe before your time.
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