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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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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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