The Worst Song Ever

Earlier this year, I took my kids to a festival that had live music. While I enjoyed the diverse bands, my kids complained the whole time.

“This music is terrible,” said my older son as my younger son covered his ears with his hands.

“Why do we have to listen to this awful music?” my daughter asked.

“What’s so bad about this music?” I asked her. The bands alternated between jazz, rock, pop, funk and R&B. Overall, they were pretty good.

“It’s just not cool like my music,” she said. This from the girl who likes One Direction (in her defense, she also likes Adele). A few minutes later, I looked over her shoulder at her cell phone while she texted her friends.

“My dad is making me listen to old people music,” she typed. “This is the worst song ever” (I’ll have to admit that the performer on stage at the moment was pretty bad with his wanna-be-Prince rountine).

But her text message made me ponder the notion of “the worst song ever.”

A few years ago, VH1 aired a special called VH1′s 50 Most Awesomely Bad Songs….Ever. I was reminded of this show after watching the movie, The Muppets. In one scene, Kermit and the crew undertake the job of restoring a dilapidated theater. Of course, the Muppets cannot complete this task without some music. I’m not sure if the song selection was meant to be tongue-in-cheek, but I couldn’t help but laugh when I heard Starship’s “We Built This City” blasting from the screen.

While I can understand why this song topped VH1′s list, I probably wouldn’t have placed it at #1. Over my lifetime, I’ve heard some truly terrible songs. Anything recorded by William Shatner, Bruce Willis, and Vanilla Ice will quickly rise to the top of my list.

However, I’d have to say they the worst song I’ve heard was a duet by Eddie Murphy and The King of Pop, Michael Jackson. The song, “Whatzupwitu,” is absolutely horrible and the video is unintentionally hilarious and a little creepy (click the link and see for yourself).

Stay Strong,




Question: In your opinion, what is the worst song ever? 

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Frederick J. Goodall

Frederick J. Goodall is the founder of Mocha Dad - a parenting website focused on fatherhood. He is passionate about parenting and helping men to be great dads, husbands, and role models. You can contact him at or on Twitter at

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