Horrible / Music

"I wonder if that music is what killed this grass."
Hank Hill, King of the Hill

No, we're not making fun of the songs you sing while you're in the shower. However, if you sang any of these songs in the shower, then the shower would make fun of you. Just remember that the difference between music and noise is often purely subjective (even more so here). Besides, calling music like this noise is an insult to the very concept of sound itself.

Important Notes:
  1. Merely being offensive in its subject matter is not enough to justify a work as So Bad It's Horrible. Hard as it is to imagine at times, there is a market for all types of deviancy (no matter how small a niche it is). It has to fail to appeal even to that niche to qualify as this.
  2. When judging sales, keep certain facts in mind — for one, even a gold record can be considered a commercial failure if the previous record by the artist sold triple platinum.
  3. When considering music for this list, do some research and see if the album/band has had an important role in the development of something else. For example, Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music, despite being critically panned, helped form Noise Rock and Shoegazing, along with being considered the Ur-Example of Noise Music. The more experimental works of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins, Unfinished Music No. 2: Life with the Lions and Wedding Album, are also spared, as they were a major influence on the Avant-garde Music genre. This also applies to classical music as well, where The Rite of Spring is hailed as a musical milestone, though it's quite an uncomfortable one, and the works of Arnold Schoenberg show the composer's shift from harmony to atonality.
  4. If you heard it on a major radio station, however briefly, it is most likely not horrible.
  5. It is neither horrible music just because Todd in the Shadows, The Rap Critic, The Needle Drop and/or any other Caustic Critic reviewed it, nor is it horrible just because it has a flood of negative reviews on Amazon.com. There needs to be independent evidence, such as actual critics (emphasis on plural) for example, to list it. Once it is listed, they can provide the detailed review.
  6. Try to find a sample on YouTube if possible for a song or work in question. It really helps get some perspective to see if a work qualifies for this trope or not. Many artists may remove their original post if they find the overwhelmingly negative feedback coming from a song, so if the song is deleted try to help out by finding an alternate link (if possible).

Examples (more-or-less in alphabetical order):

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  • Not even the most hardcore Canadian fans of Alanis Morissette will defend her two early albums, Alanis and Now is the Time, which were released only in Canada. The former is an album of Debbie Gibson/Tiffany knockoffs that were trite even by the standards of early '90s teen pop, with vocals sounding like a very bad Sean Connery impression. The latter is a hilariously lame attempt to transition into adult contemporary, with contrived and cheesy lyrics that Michael Bolton would laugh at just reading them, and which flopped badly and deservedly. Both albums are out of print and have never been rereleased, and Alanis herself regards this phase of her career as an Old Shame, often making fun of it at concerts. Have a listen, if you dare.

    Only two redeeming factors can be mined from these albums:
    • "Too Hot" is the only song off of either album that gets any respect whatsoever, mainly because it sounds very loosely like something that could've come off of Jagged Little Pill. That said, even that song still has its share of people who absolutely hate its guts.
    • Alanis' early career also served as the inspiration for Robin Sparkles, the uber-Canadian Teen Idol from How I Met Your Mother who grew up into the dark, snarky tomboy Robin Scherbatsky, but not before providing the show with several of its most hilarious moments. (Her later single, "P.S. I Love You", is in turn a parody of the Darker and Edgier Jagged Little Pill-era Alanis.) The writers originally wanted to bring Alanis herself in for the Robin Sparkles episodes and have her and Robin be a former pop duo in-universe, but it never worked out.
  • Even the most hardcore fans of Crunkcore outfit Brokencyde have practically no love for their 2007 release The Broken, wherein the band attempted to paint themselves up as serious artists. The album was filled with them trying to rap and layered with acoustic guitars, with no hint of partying or fun in the music. The album is now out of print and the band members themselves even regard it as an Old Shame, to the point of doing a complete 180 on their later musical material.
  • Even Celtic Frost, legends of Black Metal, put out a stinker with Cold Lake, which not even the most hardcore fans will defend. Much like Discharge below, the album has Celtic Frost try their hand at Hair Metal, and fail miserably. The riffs are simple hair metal pap, the song titles and lyrics are foolishly stupid, the vocal work is unintentionally hilarious and the production is too clean for a band like them. Unsurprisingly, this is the only album that wasn't remastered and reissued later in their career.
    • If you thought Cold Lake was awful, be sure to check their 2002 demo ''Prototype''. Here, Celtic Frost attempted to experiment with electronica, industrial rock and hip hop and sound nothing like Celtic Frost at all. Starting with a butchering of "Helter Skelter", going through songs that feature barely comprehensible vocals and finishing with hilariously terrible "Hip Hop Jugend", which sounds like Rammstein attempting to create a rap song and failing miserably, this obscure demo makes Cold Lake sound like a masterpiece.
  • Boston were unfortunately never able to recapture the success of their self titled debut. While Don't Look Back, Third Stage and Walk On have their fans, the majority, on the other hand, didn't like the darker style those albums took. So, in 2002, they released Corporate America, an attempt to mix the first album's style with some new elements, which is considered by even hardcore fans of the previous three albums to be a major disaster. All the songs are rushed, there are no inspiring riffs or solos or vocal melodies, the vocals are annoying and the lyrics are foolish propaganda. The album flopped hard, and to this day, the band's reputation has yet to recover.
  • Switchfoot's massive fanbase has spent years trying to track down early releases made by members of the band. In the late 2000s, a teenage Jon Foreman demo was found titled ETC. While definitely not high-art, it's considered to be charming in its oddity. After relentless research from the fanbase, it was revealed that Switchfoot was first known as Chin Up and were apparently awful. A demo was released that almost stopped the band's career right in its early days. The very few fans that have heard the tracks recall a band that could barely keep in sync with itself, flat vocals that made the ETC demo sound like opera, and production that was horrible even for a basic demo. The record company that did eventually sign them only did so on the basis of Foreman's creative lyrics. Other than that, the executives involved called it one of the worst demos they ever had to sit through. Luckily Switchfoot evolved into the band as they are loved today. While the demo remains lost (likely due to the band making sure it never again sees the light of day), it's become a holy grail for the morbidly curious fans.
  • Discharge are one of the most critically acclaimed Hardcore Punk bands from The '80s, but Grave New World, their last album before their first breakup is considered to be a total disaster. The band had been leaning towards Heavy Metal for a while, but they went fully metal on this album (even incorporating Hair Metal elements), and they just couldn't master it. The instrumentation was messy, lead singer Cal Morris' newer high-pitched vocal style sounded stupid, the lyrics were uninspired, and the production quality was too squeaky-clean for a band of their type. They regained their brilliance with their return in 1991, but this album is often brought up in conversation between Discharge fans as a disgrace.
  • The Goldwaters Sing Folk Songs To Bug The Liberals was the first (and thankfully the only) release by the long-forgotten 1964 conservative folk group The Goldwaters. They were originally formed with the intent to promote the Barry Goldwater presidential campaign (it didn't work) but after they released their first album, they were never heard from again for obvious reasons. They didn't compose their own music, rather they would cover Public Domain songs but sing their own blatantly pro-conservative/anti-liberal lyrics over them. The "satire" is about as subtle as a hammer to the face and any attempts at "comedy" mostly consist of extremely annoying and condencending "jokes" about how liberals are ruining America. The actual music sounds less like folk and more like stereotypical, nigh-unlistenable, banjo-picking redneck music. The album was supposedly recorded live but clearly isn't the case as one would quickly realize that the same annoying laugh tracks and applause tracks are reused over and over. The album supposedly sold 200,000 copies but since the album was released on a very tiny label, didn't chart, didn't get any radio play and fell into obscurity shortly after release, the prospect of the album selling 200,000 seems highly unlikely and probably sold only a few hundred copies at best. Oddity Archive took a brief look at the album.
    • CONELRAD did an interview with ex-Goldwater Ken Crook (for whom the album is a major Old Shame) which revealed a lot about the back-story of the album. The album was originally recorded under the name "Folk Songs to Bug the New Frontier" and contained several direct references to President Kennedy — that original version was produced by, of all people, songwriter John D. Loudermilk! He did not participate, however, in the recording of the final album, which had the Kennedy references written out following his assassination. For what it's worth, the group did a promotional tour of Republican gatherings with some success, with their act having improved since the recording session.
  • Having Fun With Elvis On Stage is often considered one of the worst albums of all time. "But," you say, "Elvis Presley was a great singer and conversationalist, plus he cracked some good jokes! How can an Elvis album be that bad?!" Imagine an Elvis concert without said music, interesting monologues, and all the jokes that make sense. What remains is this album, a solid 35 minutes of Elvis just...talking, with all context removed so you have no clue what he's talking about. It was a ploy by his manager to make money off him by releasing an album RCA Records had no rights to. Elvis was infuriated and humiliated by the album's release.
  • Emerson, Lake & Palmer is seen as a joke in the modern age, which is sad if you're a Progressive Rock fan. Regardless, the album Love Beach is hated even by fans of the band. The album was recorded after ELP had crossed the Despair Event Horizon because of their hatedom—they were legally required to record one more album to finish their record contract. The album itself is based on disco music and album-oriented rock, and is hated by prog fans for helping to wreck the popularity of progressive rock, since it came out around the time Disco itself was becoming Deader Than Disco. Even the band has expressed their hatred of the album.
  • Murder In The Recording Studio, released in 1987, is the only-known album by Scottish satire/experimental Prit Stik. If you are familiar with the now-defunct mp3.com, this album was infamous for being the lowest-rated album on the site, and for good reason. The two singers of the album sound very low-pitched, severely Auto-tuned (despite it not being used until the late 1990s at its earliest), and distorted, making it very hard to hear what they actually say. This is a particular problem since the beats of the albums are also muffled, yet are much louder than the actual singing. The instrumentation sounds less like actual experimentation and more like the noise of cats being beaten with sticks. Not even the lyrics make sense beyond random mumbling, meaningless Studio Chatter between band members, and constant drops of the band's names. The album was lost for several years until someone finally found it archived in Prit Stik's long-lost website. The fact the introduction has one of the guys saying "You will not survive Prit Stik on Compact Disc" says all you would really would need to know about it. However, the most infamous single off of the album was "Prit Stik (1987)", and until the album was found, it was the only evidence of this album's existence altogether. Disguised as an unreleased demo from Björk during her heyday, Prit Stik opens with the brilliant line of "I hate chess pieces because I keep stepping on them" before spiraling downhill from there, between the continuously shrill screaming of the song's title, the distorted synth line, a drum solo that somehow sounds very corrupted, a "guitar solo" that sounds more like one of the vocalists being mildly hurt under pitch-shifted samples, and a couple of teases towards the listener near the end saying "we aren't finished yet" and "we're definitely finished now" when they clearly weren't at the time. The song was also previously done with a version recorded in 1986 on that same album, and that sounds just as bad as the remake, although it is thankfully not as pitch-shifted as the rest of the album.
  • Farrah Abraham's album My Teenage Dream Ended. The lyrics and dubstep-esque beats are inanely generic, and her Auto-Tune voice does nothing but harm the songs. Upon the release of the album closer "Finally Getting Up from Rock Bottom", pretty much every popular news source that wrote about the song called it "the worst song ever". The album was a massive flop and has a 1.5 (out of 5) rating on iTunes.
  • Waking the Cadaver's Perverse Recollections of a Necromangler. The band's steadily improved since, to the point of even gaining something of a devout fanbase, but this was both their lowest point and a horrendous first impression. Everyone was overly repetitive, obnoxious, or both, except for the bass, who could not even be heard. The singer sounded like a pig in mid-castration, which worsened the immature, trite, appalling lyrics by making them incomprehensible. The opening samples were clichéd, the band could not keep time, channeled all their focus into pointless brutality, and padded the album by recording themselves get stoned.
  • Kevin Federline, aka K-Fed, second husband of pop diva Britney Spears, released a rap album called Playing with Fire in 2006. The album was critically panned and currently holds the lowest score in the history of Metacritic with 15 out of 100. So what makes it such a disaster? Well, people had hopes leading up to the release thanks to "Popozao", which was actually closer to So Bad, It's Good and wasn't taken seriously by anyone. Unfortunately, America's Most Hated did want to be taken seriously, and the album is filled with dull, uncharismatic rhymes about his fame, his marriage to Britney, cannabis and gangsta cliches, and the music was way too generic to really put any of his posturing over. One review said it best: "Perhaps we were too harsh on Vanilla Ice." As a footnote, Britney left him within a couple of weeks of the album's release, and Mr. Federline has since fallen into obscurity.
    • Entertainment Weekly, since about 2006, usually lists a recommended song or two from an album when doing a review, since these days you can buy any song separately, but were unable to find anything listenable on Playing with Fire. The Music Video Show attacked his one and only music video here.
  • What happens when you try to make a Beach Boys album without Brian Wilson? You get Summer in Paradise, in which Mike Love embarrasses himself and the rest of the band for 12 excruciating tracks. The album's atrocities include "Summer of Love", in which Mike Love comes across like a creepy old man lecherously pining after teenage girls, and a horrible version of the classic Dennis Wilson ballad "Forever" sung by John Stamos. Yes, that John Stamos. This is one of only two Beach Boys albums that has never been reissued (the other album being Still Cruisin'). It sold fewer than 10,000 copies, and it is rumored to have sold less than a hundred copies on its release date. The album's US distributor, Navarre, went bankrupt not long after this album's release.
    • The next album in line, 1996's Stars and Stripes Vol. 1, fared no better. It was released on the obscure River North Records label, featuring them (with a recently-rejoined Brian Wilson, also serving as producer) doing remakes of their hits with a mostly lukewarm batch of Country Music singers (and for some reason, Eagles member Timothy B. Schmit and CCM singer Cathy Troccoli). The album was thrashed by critics as having lifeless production and weak singing from nearly all involved. The Rough Guide to Rock wrote that it was an "awful legacy" and "tired". Allmusic gave it 1.5 stars out of 5, saying the production had a "canned" feel and that the album was "an unmitigated disaster and an outright embarrassment for all involved", Entertainment Weekly gave it a "D", and People said that it was "hard to imagine a worse idea". It has a 1.67 out of 5 on Rate Your Music. A second volume was never completed due to the first one bombing, but a version of "In My Room" with Tammy Wynette originally recorded for that never-released second volume later appeared on the 1998 compilation Tammy Wynette Remembered. As with Summer in Paradise, the label (River North) closed not long after the album's release, but unlike that album, it was at least re-issued in 2008. The failure of this album killed off any chance of another proper Beach Boys album until 2012's That's Why God Made the Radio.
  • Cryptopsy's 2008 album The Unspoken King. Within a month of its release, there were 15 reviews on Metal Archives with an average rating of eight percent. A botched Genre Adultery (Technical Death Metal to Deathcore) got them accused of Jumping the Shark, but it had several other problems: the production was bad, the songwriting trite, Lord Worm was replaced, and the clean sections were damningly off-key. When confronted about the album and its quality, the band totally handled it in the worst way possible. They threw fits, telling other people they weren't "getting" the message behind it, and tried to avoid people who wanted to ask them about the album.
  • Similar to the Cryptopsy example above, Suicide Silence's self titled release. While Suicide Silence themselves were a divisive act, they still were respected, especially with their risky decision to continue the band with Eddie Hermida following the death of original vocalist Mitch Lucker. The self titled has been met with very negative reviews due to very flimsy Genre Adultery change from Deathcore to Nu Metal, even one reviewing saying it's "a garage band sloppily covering Korn and Deftones through a microphone they found in a dumpster" and Rock Sound saying the band got rid of everything that made them good. Hermida's attempts to do clean vocals such as "Doris" and "Dying in a Red Room" are botched to an incredibly degree and the instrumentation is so messy that it makes Limp Bizkit look like Picasso, worse considering it comes off more as a Jumping the Shark moment due to another band doing the similar thing but with more success.
  • Van Halen III. Despite being with successful Hair Metal outfit Extreme, Gary Cherone — the group's third singer, thus giving the album its title — sounds like a half-hearted Sammy Hagar. Rolling Stone gave it two stars out of five and Robert Christgau gave the album a bomb. Fan reception was hardly any better — there are more people on Amazon who rated it one star out of five (about 40% of all reviews) than any of the others. There were plans for another Van Halen album with Cherone, but this went no further than a few demos. And that explains a lot why the band wants to forget its existence.



  • Apple and iTunes have been releasing covers of popular anime songs in conjunction with Anisong. There are 45 albums so far, and only three of them have gotten higher than 3 stars on iTunes.
  • Most of the cover songs from Guitar Hero range from okay to good, but there are a few that are horrible:
    • In GH 2's version of Lamb of God's "Laid to Rest", the lead singer couldn't replicate Randy Blythe's strange growl/scream vocals, but he tried his best; this ended up making the cover unlistenable.
    • The cover of Avenged Sevenfold's "Beast and the Harlot". The vocals are somewhat off-beat, and whoever sang this cover was obviously bored while making it, so he fails to sound anything like M. Shadows. The instrumentation sucks too; the awesome feel of the original is gone.
    • The cover of "Police Truck" by Dead Kennedys in Rocks the '80s is censored so much that it ruins the song, destroys its original meaning, and gives it more painful rhymes than the original. For instance, the word "ass" is changed to "butt" in the line "Pull down your dress/It's a kick in the ass".
    • The cover of Iron Maiden's "Wrathchild" from Rocks the 80s is worth a mention too. The singer sounds nasal and appears to have asphalt in his voice box in a lame attempt at emulating Di'Anno's rasp, the bass line is messed up, and the solo is almost entirely wrong.
      • On the topic of bad Iron Maiden covers from video games, GH2 on Xbox 360 has the cover of "The Trooper", where the guitars are in severe miscommunication with each other and all the fun feel of the Maiden tune has been sucked out, making it sound almost depressing. And the singer sounds like he has a severe vowel pronouncing problem in addition to sounding like he has peanut butter stuck to the roof of his mouth.
    • The cover of "Turning Japanese" by The Vapors on that game, which is so off-tune that it makes the song harder to play.
    • Rock Band, which was made by Harmonix, who made the first two main games and Rocks The 80s, has some covers in its setlist. Some of them sound just like the real thing, but there some awful covers too. The cover of Rush's songs "Tom Sawyer" (in the first game), "Limelight", and "Working Man" (both of which are downloadable) all sound like they were sung by a woman with peanut butter stuck to the roof of her mouth. note  Thankfully, all of these songs were replaced with original versions ("Working Man" with a Vault Version with a different solo).
    • On the subject of rhythm games, 99% of Rock Revolution's setlist is composed of covers, most of which are awful. For instance, in their cover of System of a Down's "Chop Suey", the guitar is messed up, and the lead vocals sound nothing like Serj's distinctively Armenian voice.
  • The Worst Metal Cover Band In Existence. They cover very short snippets of a variety of famous metal songs, very badly; almost unwatchable due to its horrendous quality.
    • That they're performing in an elementary school gym isn't really the problem. To begin with, neither of the singers can really sing, and for some very strange reason they don't even have a lead guitar player. They only have a bass guitar & drum set. The "breakdown" sounds even more anemic than usual. And did nobody tell these guys that metalheads mosh in the audience, not onstage? It's definitely a very ham-fisted attempt to get the kids interested in what they have to say (allegedly, this was an anti-drug demonstration).

Specific Examples

  • The Countdown Singers, an anonymous band of musicians from Quebec who perform sound-alike covers of popular tunes. They exist only as Schmuck Bait for people who think they're getting a good deal by getting 20 different songs on the same disc. These cover artists are basically personality-free jingle singers trying to sound like the original artist against a backing of drum machines and keyboards. Allmusic has given this series 1-2 stars with remarkable consistency, and the ones that have text reviews give an even better taste of how sucky the covers are:
    "Consumers need to check the fine print on the back of these cheap-o compilations or undergo disappointment when they play it. Since all of these tracks can easily be found in their original form on other compilations, steer clear of this!"
  • While the majority of Kanye West's performance at Glastonbury 2015 got a mixed-to-positive reaction, even its most staunch defenders will not, in any way, defend his shameless butchery of "Bohemian Rhapsody". He only covers the first two minutes of the song, does it to a playback track of the original song, skips about 60% of the lyrics and those lyrics he does sing sound out of tune and like he has problems with his throat. Watch the horror at your own risk.
  • Katy Perry's music is generally divisive for most people, but almost nobody will defend this monotone, gimmicky performance of Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now" at the iHeartRadio Music Festival.
  • Whether you love Billy Idol's Cyberpunk or hate it, there's no contesting: the cover of The Velvet Underground's "Heroin" is absolutely horrid. All the qualities that made the original beloved, from its heartfelt, intense instrumentation to its soulful delivery, have been stripped away completely, leaving a techno Cliché Storm, with obnoxious samples and a chorus yanked from a Patti Smith song, neither of which make sense in context nor even exist to any end beyond existing.
  • Salvare98's cover of Kouon Chuu On'iki Test is absolutely terrible. The dude is tone deaf, failing at even the easiest parts of the song. And he has an annoying nasally voice that will grate on your ears.
  • Duran Duran's horrendous cover of Public Enemy's "911 is a Joke". This song came off of a critically panned album titled Thank You which featured covers of varying quality. This was the one that made even most Duran Duran fans feel embarrassed. The tone and delivery of the vocals don't seem to even try to match the tone of the original (a Protest Song of the highest order), and they come off as cheesy as a result. To say nothing of the horrendously dated beat, done on an acoustic guitar.
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers did a cover of "I Found Out" by John Lennon for the tribute album Working Class Hero in 1996. The whole band sounds completely bored on it and the production is much worse than their usual output. It is the only song they have contributed to a compilation that was not released elsewhere, and the band quickly disowned it.
  • Jump5's woeful attempt to cover "I've Got the Music in Me", popularized by Kiki Dee et al. — Here's Kiki's version (the good one)... and here's Jump5's awful abortion.
  • Jesse Mc Cartney covered Panic! at the Disco's "I Write Sins, Not Tragedies" as part of a radio program...that didn't ask him to cover the song. The cover was so bad that the radio station called Brendon Urie to hear it and could only play the beginning of the song due to its complete lack of melody as well as incorrect lyrics and Wangst.
  • Ex-gay porn actor Colton Ford did a shamelessly awful cover of "Lithium" by Nirvana in 2009. He transformed a tongue-in-cheek humorous tune into an emotionless, almost borderline depressing dance tune. If you took a shot every time he strains his vocals, you'd die from alcohol poisoning, and the electric guitar in the chorus can barely keep up with the already butchered tempo. Approach with caution.
  • Deathcore band Dr. Acula's cover of Wiz Khalifa's "No Sleep." It takes everything that was fun about the original and kills it. Listen to the abomination here.
  • Kelly Osbourne's cover of Madonna's Papa Don't Preach. The synth and strings that made the song so iconic are replaced with a pop punk backing with drums that sound like garbage cans, which are also tuned way too high. Furthermore, Kelly's voice is so nasally and cracks every time she hits a high note, throwing in a dash of Narm. It almost makes you wonder if Madonna herself wrote a response song called "Daughter Don't Sing".
  • Nichole337 is a YouTube star who is best known for doing tone-deaf covers of pop songs. She does have a genuine fandom, but most reactions to her on the site are negative, and the one video Nichole's detractors will bring up the most is her cover of Miley Cyrus's "Party in the USA". In most of Nichole's videos she is intelligible and can sing the words at the same speed as the original, but in this video she can't even do those.
  • From the 1920s or so we have this version of the old standard "The Sidewalks of New York." Notice how the instruments are all very, very out of tune...
  • The Turkish dub of Steven Universe usually leaves the songs undubbed. However, when "Jail Break" aired, they tried to dub "Stronger Than You". Anything that could have gone wrong did go wrong; the translation itself is questionable,note  it is frequently and painfully inconsistent from the get-go, the singer is so monotone, you wonder if they tried and failed to turn it into a rap, and for the final nail in the coffin, the laziness of the show's dubbing seeps into the song.note  This cover should have been shattered and replaced with English, baby!
  • ConicTeamTV's cover of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal," which speaks for itself. On another level of embarrassment, the "background singers" are supposed to be Sonic and company, which is especially sad for those that know that Michael Jackson had huge connections with Sega and that he is rumored to have composed a few songs from Sonic the Hedgehog 3.
  • Polish pop duo Blog 27 did a cover of Italian singer Alexia's 1997 Europop hit "Uh La La La". It sounds like an entire bag of cats being strangled, the rhythm of the original completely lost. Seemingly underage dancers (the two singers were only thirteen at the time) in their miniskirts baring their midriffs are also hard to watch. Compare Alexia's original to Blog 27's abomination.
  • Katie Price and Peter Andre's shameless butchering of "A Whole New World" from Aladdin. Though the entire album this was released on was critically panned, it has an occasional fan here and there. This particular cover, however, is loathed by even fans of the album. The keyboards almost fail to keep up with the original's tempo, Peter oversings worse than you can imagine, and Price can't pronounce her words right. Enjoy!
  • The Shaggs of course are famous for being a horribly uncoordinated, Giftedly Bad Girl Group who struggled with their instruments and made this strangely fascinating cacophony of sound. But what happens when they cover someone else? You get this very, very, very uncomfortable cover of the Carpenters' "Yesterday Once More." The Shaggs are maybe the only group in the history of music that sound better when they're not keeping together.
  • If there ever was a fast way to take a classic hard rock song and ruin it forever, letting a diva famous for her soothing ballads perform a cover version of it would be one of the most efficient methods to do so. Case in point: Celine Dion covered AC/DC's "You Shook Me All Night Long". With Anastacia, to boot. Just the thought, let alone sight, of Celine trying to act like she's in any way credible as a rock singer should already be shameful enough.
    • And once you've seen that, wash it down with the Shania Twain version.
    • This is an example of artists being trolls. They cover the song, knowing full well it's WAAAY out of their style, just for laughs, just to troll a paying audience.
  • RuPaul has released multiple albums with several catchy Ear Worm hits ... however, she had the bright idea of letting the drag queens from Rupauls Drag Race cover her music for Seasons 6 and 7, with albums named The CoverGurlz and The CoverGurlz 2. While there is the rare, decently covered song (by queens who can actually sing like Adore Delano and Courtney Act), the rest are usually auto-tuned so much, with the queens giving such a half-assed performance, that most of the tracks are almost too painful to even sit through.

    Music Festivals 
  • The 100% Silk 2016 West Coast Tour met with disaster two shows in, at the Ghost Ship in Oakland, California. The venue, a repurposed warehouse, had never obtained permits and never been formally inspected—It was more-or-less MacGyvered into a live-work space for artists. The owner had pretty much foregone any form of fire safety, and the building had, in several aspects, fallen deep into neglect and clutter. The stage proper was on the makeshift second floor, accessible solely through a single jerry-rigged wooden staircase; event staff had barricaded the other to keep party-crashers at bay. All of this meant that when a fire broke out on the first floor, many of the concertgoers didn't realize it until it was already beyond any hope of control, and that by the time the blaze had reached the stage, escape was damn near impossible. In the end, the entire building went up in smoke, killing over half the performers and more than thirty others. Golden Donna, the organizer and would-be main event, cancelled the entire tour. The incident cast doubt on the fate of artists' collectives countrywide, triggered citywide action regarding live-work spaces and fire safety, and jeopardized underground music shows throughout the region for months on end.
  • The Altamont Free Concert, AKA "Woodstock West." The Rolling Stones booked and headlined this show, which featured many of the big rock bands of '60s counterculture America... as well as four deaths, countless injuries, massive property damage, and an attempt on Mick Jagger's life. Among the worse decisions: co-organizers The Grateful Dead paid members of Hell's Angels $500 USD worth of cold beer to stand guard—this resulted in, among other things, countless fights with the audience, a disastrous Jefferson Airplane set (they knocked singer-guitarist Marty Balin out mid-show), and one of the aforementioned deaths (18-year-old Meredith Hunter, who approached the stage with a revolver while high as a kite and was stabbed by Hell's Angel Alan Passaro).note  The Dead cancelled their performance mid-concert and fled out of fear. In contrast to the "peace and love" atmosphere of Woodstock, Altamont came to symbolize the death of The '60s.
  • 2017's Fyre Festival, co-founded by Ja Rule and Billy McFarland, was almost impressive in its own right for how much of an unbridled disaster it was. It was a promotional event for McFarland's Fyre music booking app. Tickets started at $1200 and went as high as $250,000 for what was promised to be a luxurious 3-day festival with headliners like blink-182, on the private Bahamian island of Great Exuma. The event promised accommodations in "modern, eco-friendly, geodesic domes" and gourmet meals from chefs.The event was supposed to be "cashless and cardless," with $1,500 wristbands covering tnthe incidentals However, since at least mid-March, there were reports circulating about significant problems with the planning.
    At one point, the committee decided to outright cancel the 2017 festival in favor of working to perfect a 2018 one; they later went back on this idea completely. By mid-April, it was reported that there were issues with artists not being paid, and that the event had failed to acquire a complete lineup. Blink-182, the first weekend's headlining band, pulled out last-minute—they couldn't do an ideal show under the Fest's conditions. Word soon broke out that Great Exuma was actually within walking distance of a chain hotel. Attendees took a chartered flight to Exuma International Airport, and were greeted with a half-built, understaffed scene described as an "impromptu beach party," a long performance by a local band, and the announcement that the festival was postponed and the attendees would be sent back ASAP.
    As it turned out, the "modern, eco-friendly, geodesic domes" were in fact FEMA disaster relief tents with dirt floors and portable toilets, and the catered dinner was open-faced cheese sandwiches and undressed salad, in Styrofoam containers. There was no access to water, but alcohol was free. And yet, things still went downhill—people who went had a good chance of having their luggage wrecked or stolen by baggage crew, if they themselves weren't roughed up by the security first. At least one tent got lit on fire. And in the meantime, all the flights in and out of Exuma were cancelled or stalled, leaving people stranded at the airport, without food or water, for hours on end.
    The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism went so far as to issue a statement distancing itself from the event. The Washington Post has a pretty entertaining article on the unfolding lunacy here, and this New York Magazine article offers an insider's viewpoint. Korey Coleman and Martin Thomas talked about it on their show here. Online commenters are comparing the chaos to Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and even DashCon, complete with memetic ballpit images, with Ja Rule's only response being a note posted on Twitter that said "it was NOT A SCAM" and "this is NOT MY FAULT". As a result, the organizers are the subject of eight lawsuits, one seeking more than $100 million in damages, and the festival is under investigation by the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for possible fraud.
  • If TomorrowWorld 2015 is the electronic music festival equivalent of Woodstock '99, then the 2010 edition of Love Parade is the equivalent of Altamont. Due to a combination of atrocious planning and poor crowd control, 21 people were killed and more than 500 injured in a massive stampede. As a result of the disaster, the festival was permanently cancelled and charges were filed against the organizers, though they were eventually dropped due to the prosecutors' failure to establish evidence for the alleged acts of negligence and their causal connection to the deaths.
  • The Newport Contemporary Music Series, organized by 25-year-old Paul Van Anglen, was an ambitious Rhode Island music festival featuring over a hundred professional musicians from various well-known backgrounds. Three concerts were completed before it crumbled "amid charges of broken promises, rank amateurism, and an estimated $120,000 in unpaid orchestra musicians fees, plus tens of thousands more for unpaid soloists and other costs."
    • Van Anglen missed several payments to his musicians despite consistently promising the checks would go through. At one point, a large donor refused to send in his check at the last moment.
    • The large concert venue for one of the festivals could not be secured, resulting in moving the location to a high school auditorium.
    • Van Anglen's deplorable conducting skills were obvious during the rehearsal, prompting the musicians to ignore him entirely and whisper the meter to themselves.
    • Tensions over musician compensation and the lack of communication rose to the point where Van Anglen and his concertmaster Shilakowsky began yelling and crying at each other for an hour.
    • After finally admitting there weren't any funds left, Van Anglen ultimately apologized for his failure to fulfill his promises to the musicians and was hit with various small-claims suits following the festival's demise.
  • TomorrowWorld 2015 could very well be described as the electronic music festival equivalent to Woodstock 1999 for similar reasons. The event, which was created in 2013 as a sister festival to the Belgian music festival Tomorrowland but held in America, started off swimmingly, but by the second night, bad weather kicked in and things went downhill fast. The festival grounds (a grassy field near the town of Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia) became saturated and muddy, causing a massive backing up of transportation services. Attendees that weren't camping on festival grounds were forced to wait for hours on end, putting up with cold temperatures and a lack of basic necessities like food and water, some growing frustrated enough to just try walking back to town. The final day was no better, with attendees that had left unable to reenter and enjoy the artists lined up to play (who themselves were not happy with how the event's poor planning led to these problems, but tried to make the best out of the situation). At the end of the day, the event's organizer ID&T Belgium not only had to refund several festival-goers, but have also dealt with a major PR blow that has led to disgruntled attendees stating they never want to return again and curious possible future attendees not wanting to risk next year having the same mishaps. Both electronic music news outlets and business insiders have stated that unless they do some really good damage control, TomorrowWorld 2015 could very well be the last TomorrowWorld, and indeed the 2016 festival was cancelled, putting the future of it into question. That said, the festival is planned to return in 2018, so time will tell if they can redeem the name.
  • "United We Stand: What More Can I Give" in Washington, D.C. stands as concrete proof that yes, benefit concerts can go wrong, even those dedicated to 9/11. Even after delaying the concert for longer than three hours, technical difficulties still pervaded every set, thanks to an inept sound crew — mics gave off feedback on a regular basis, the visual presentation was loaded with bugs, and in one case, a performer's backing track just plain stopped mid-performance. Several of the sets had to be cut for time last-minute, some were outright omitted, and in several cases, the performer in question never actually showed up. Many performers carelessly used the US flag as a stage prop, often desecrating it as a result (which flew in the face of the show's rather patriotic tone). Michael Jackson, who got top billing, was the organizer, and was meant to end the concert — he only performed one song, and he lip-synched. To top it all off, this was being filmed for TV (rather than broadcast live), which meant the show was padded out even further by the recording of intros and outros for all the sets. Much of the crowd, including several performers, left well before the grand finale featuring Jackson and the remaining stars. Salon and MTV provide the details.
  • Woodstock 1999 ranks next to the Altamont disaster (see above) as one of the most notorious mass live events in America, and disgraced its namesake by going completely against its spirit. One can't fault the lineup for what happened — the event featured most of the popular rock artists and singer-songwriters of The '90s, and their sets even ranged from good to great. However, it was horrendously planned from the get-go, with this retrospective by Rolling Stone (which refers to the event as "the day the Nineties died") going into detail on how everything went wrong.
    • To start with, environmental issues and terrible scheduling plagued the show. It was staged at the closed-down Griffiss Air Force Base, which was declared a toxic waste site in 1987. This site lacked any natural shade to protect guests from the late-July sun shining on hot tarmac and concrete, and the two main concert stages were a mile and a half apart, necessitating very long walks through exhausting heat. Of course, this caused hundreds of cases of heat exhaustion—and many people didn't even leave the disused hangars containing the Emerging Artists and rave stages. And since the Baseball Hall of Fame ceremony was being held close by that same weekend, accommodations were sparse in the extreme and had been for months prior. Every hotel in the area was booked months in advance. Even the artists had trouble finding accommodations; one account describes Howard Stern, George Clinton, and Alanis Morissette being turned away from a Quality Inn motel because there were no vacancies. The terrible scheduling extended to the performances. For instance, the lineup on the East Stage one day saw the mellow, introspective alt-rock of Counting Crows, Morissette, and the Dave Matthews Band followed immediately after by the noisy, loud-mouthed Rap Metal of Limp Bizkit.
    • The organizers strongly discouraged outside food and drink, so many expected to dine at the vendors inside the concert area… only to be met by blatant price gouging. On top of the $150 tickets just to get in, bottles of water and soda went for $4, and ten-inch personal pizzas for $12 — and keep in mind that this was in 1999 dollars. This and the aforementioned heat problems led guests to tear apart the water fountains to access free water, creating mud pits around them. Supermarkets in nearby Rome, New York saw long lines and shortages of stock as guests who didn't want to pay concert prices for food and drink picked them apart. Likewise, toilet facilities amounted to port-a-potties that were woefully insufficient for the crowd of 200,000 people (50,000 less than projected) who showed up and which broke in little time. There were only a hundred showers (fifty each for men and women) that one had to wait in a long line to use, and with no proper drainage for any of them, the waste water flowed straight into the camping area. Garbage cans overflowed as underpaid sanitation workers simply walked away from their jobs. The parking situation was bad enough that there was a three-mile line of cars stretching to the event, some of which had overheated or run out of gas idling and had been abandoned. Some say this alone drove the crowds to riot. John Scher, the event's planner who had lost money organizing the previous Woodstock '94 (itself a Troubled Production, but not nearly to the same degree), admitted that all of this cost-cutting and price-gouging was done in an attempt to have the event turn a profit this time.
    • It's up for debate as to just what was the exact spark that set the crowd off, but there are several candidates. Some blame Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit, noting his angry speech to the crowd and his band's performance of "Break Stuff". Others blame Kid Rock, who demanded that audience members throw water bottles at the stage. Still others blame the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who performed a cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Fire" (reportedly at the request of Hendrix's sister in his honor) and had handed out free candles for the purpose of a candlelight vigil against gun violence during "Under the Bridge"; those candles wound up being used to set things on fire instead. Finally, some blame Insane Clown Posse, who threw $100 bills into the audience that wound up causing fights. The crowd wasn't exactly good prior to this either — somebody drove a truck through the crowd during Fatboy Slim's set. The small contingent of state troopers and local police acting as security was overwhelmed, with the extra security guards hired to back them up mostly ditching their jobs just like the sanitation workers did.
    • By the end, there was mass arson, bonfires, burglary, looting, ATM and property destruction, and at least eight confirmed (we do stress that last part) counts of rape. The "Peace Wall" surrounding the event perimeter, a twelve-foot-high, steel-reinforced wooden fence painted with murals commemorating the original Woodstock, was torn down and used as kindling — an ironically appropriate symbol of what the festival had devolved into. While there were no recorded deaths, six people were injured, and a dozen trailers, a small bus, an art gallery, several vendor booths, and an audio tower had been destroyed. Anthony Kiedis compared the sight from the stage, with fires stretching to the horizon, to something out of Apocalypse Now, and The San Francisco Gate referred to it as "the day the music died". MTV evacuated its entire crew from the premises out of fear for their safety (with anchor Kurt Loder describing the scene as looking like an all-out war), and the New York State Police had to be called in to clean up the mess. The parties involved wound up learning the hard way that they're most likely never doing this again.

  • 869 were/was an Italian band/singer (it's still unknown which it was) active from 1999 to 2003, founded by one Paolo Bartoli. Being tied with popular comedy metal band Prophilax (he was their sound engineer and webmaster), he "founded" his own band, and released few albums with songs that mimicked their trademark gross-out sexual humour, but failed hard. He sang over MIDI files of random songs (including cartoon theme songs) in a horrid off-key and off-tempo voice, sometimes with random pitch-shifting. The songs were overfilled with gratuitous blasphemy, cursing, vulgar sex slang, and often don't even stay on the same topic note . Most of his works are lost along with his website, but some songs can still be found on YouTube. Even non-English speakers would find these examples awful.
  • Lisa Gail Allred, a country "singer" from Texas who hilariously boasts that she sounds like Shania Twain and Faith Hill, and not like Kim Kelly's mom on Freaks and Geeks. If you're brave enough, listen to Allred slaughter her way through LeAnn Rimes's "Blue", Martina McBride's "A Broken Wing"note , and Terri Clark's "You're Easy on the Eyes" — or as it's misspelled here, "Your Easy on the Eyes".
  • Ryan Bane. His singing voice is horrible, off-tuned, poorly timed and unable to be on-key even through copious amounts of Auto-Tune. His songs often contain horrible lyrics, often containing vile sexual content that is simply unsexy as all get out, and lyrics about him being homosexual—but written ridiculously to the point where it will only just induce facepalms from actual gay men. Mirrors of his songs have been taken down several times due to Ryan himself getting them removed and the sexual content.
    • "God" (NSFW) is just an example. Not only does the song contain everything listed above (in addition to lyrics that attempt to portray church-related pedophilia as sexy), it's also topped off with a truly horrible music video, depicting Ryan Bane's pasty white body in what can only be described as awful softcore porn. It contains several delightful moments such as Ryan licking pubic hair off a bible, Ryan dipping a crucifix in his pee, him drooling all over rosary beads, a bizarre moment where the song stops to show Ryan in a bathtub and him getting head, and a stinger where he ejaculates on a children's bible. Blasphemous probably wouldn't be the correct word for this, so much as unforgivable would. Fortunately it has been taken down numerous times.
    • "Prince Charming is thankfully much less Squicky, but it's no less horrible. The whole song is littered with extremely Painful Rhymes in the lyrics (one of which involved touching his anus) and an extremely repetitive beat and vocal melody that could easily drive one to insanity. The video that was taken down is simply boring, featuring shots of him naked and licking things—at least he doesn't jizz on anything.
  • Black Out Band were a band of preteens active from around 2008 to 2011. The band members didn't seem to understand how to make music, nor did they seem to actually care about the sound or the quality. They had expensive guitars and equipment most garage bands would love to own (courtesy of their parents, all blatant Stage Moms), but couldn't play them professionally. The lead singer often sounded off-key and constipated and/or completely wasted despite being around 12 years old at the time.
    • "Video Games", their most infamous work and one of the few that is not a cover, has awe-inspiring lyrics about how video games are awesome and "everything else is really lame". Here's a video satirizing how horrible it is.
    • The Music Video Show looked at the video for "Video Games". It may have been the reason why the world went to crap at the end of the video.
    • The band also did an awful cover of The Ramones' "Blitzkrieg Bop", which used to be on YouTube along with numerous other covers before their official channel took down all their videos due to negative comments. Their version replaced the guitar riffs during the chorus with the kids going "yeah yeah".
    • According to their website, they've also covered "Louie Louie".
    • Their MySpace page has their entire catalog (6 songs) available for listening, and they prove that "Video Games" was not intentionally sung poorly.
    • Furthermore, the description of "Video Games" on their former site (now a blank domain) claims that their song had won a Grammy. The official Grammy site does not list their song as an award winner.
    • The band's existence is now considered more of a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment since frontman Hunter Watson died in a car accident in 2016 at the age of 20.
  • The music of Christian and the Hedgehog Boysnote  — terrible lyrics too atrocious to incite laughter, shouted off-key over random pop songs. And most of the time he "sings" over actual songs with actual lyrics instead of the instrumental versions of the songs.
    • For one example, here is "So Need a Cute Girl", with lyrics about being "stuck as a virgin with rage" (not) sung to the tune of "I Want It That Way". "So Need a Better Voice" is more like it.
    • To wit, he turned Meat Loaf's "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" into seven and a half minutes of pure, unrelenting fail. The fact that he doesn't realize he isn't differentiating between the male and female voices makes it even worse.note 
    • His most incomprehensible song was "Sonichu Zip", which has him screaming over the lyrics of Sonic X's "SONIC DRIVE". The song is so fast-paced that you hear more of the original song than the "new" song.
    • And for Spanish speakers, there's La Cocina en La Casa de Casanova Not only does this song have the most idiotic lyrics imaginable (over half of it consists of "OLE, OLE, OLE!"), but it also is based on a fundamental Critical Research Failure (Casanova was Italian), and the lyrics, when translated, vary from the stupidly simplistic to the downright incomprehensible.
  • Internet personality and...um... Jacob Sartorius decided to go into music after his Vine and Musical.ly career had ascended to nearly improbable heights. Already a contentious personality on the internet for his perceived arrogant, douchey personality, the resulting single, "Sweatshirt" managed to draw the ire of nearly everyone on the internet who wasn't part of his fanbase. To be fair, the backing track is competent, but would be better served on someone who, you know, could actually sing, not someone whose fame comes from *lip-syncing*. It managed to get enough dislikes on YouTube that the comment bar had to be disabled within a week, and it received a total of 0.5/5 stars on AllMusic.com. Critic Victor Andersen tore it apart here, and YouTuber WinkyFace's review shows that even many kids Jacob's age hate it. His second single "Hit or Miss" is not a bit better. The lyric video is parked in the top 50 most disliked videos on Youtube, and even though his vocals are layered with obnoxious Auto-Tune, his lack of singing ability is still obviously apparent, and he even attempts to rap in the middle of the song. The music video, which features 13-year-old Jacob seducing girls who look to be at least in high school, is too cringeworthy to even be laughable, and TheMusicalHype's review suggests that "even four minutes of this is too long". Jacob is clearly shaping up to be the late 2010s' Justin Bieber; however, the key difference between them is that while Bieber is certainly a very polarizing artist, he has enough of a following not to qualify as Horrible.
  • David Tanny is a notoriously unfunny novelty musician who has spent more than ten years "rapping" monotonously to bad MIDI tunes in an effort to get his music on the Dr. Demento show, which he is a major fan of. The man was so desperate to get people to like his music, he took one of his earliest albums from ten years ago and re-released it with a Laugh Track.
  • Franchi$e dBaby. At best, he encompasses every negative cliche about white rappers plus every negative cliche about party rappers. At worst, he comes off as a less talented (and infinitely less likable) version of Wesley Willis. His beats are at least competent (likely because they were made by someone else), but he clearly doesn't care at all about his rapping (he even says so in a couple of songs). At several points, he stops singing entirely and just pants heavily into the microphone.
    • If you dare, check out his only released album. Highlights include "Spencer Mayo Swag", "Bomb Ass Pussy", and the almost so-bad-it's-good "Boat".
  • Girls With Attitude were a group of session singers from Cambridge, Canada, who consisted of preteen girls who sounded like they're on the verge of dying singing/talking about preteen life, compiled with poor electronic instrumentation. They could have been a modern version of The Shaggs if they had any of the charm. Their most known song from their only album, Don't Judge Me, just shows this - The lyrics are mundane at best and Padding at worst (the chorus is literally them introducing themselves), the "singers" sound uninterested, and they are backed by a bored-sounding wah-wah synth so off-key and off-tempo that it sounds like it's from an entirely different song.
  • Jan Terri. Her music will make you want to run screaming into traffic. She's tone-deaf as hell, her lyrics sound like they were written by a 12-year-old girl, her music videos are boring as hell, and she just doesn't realize just how untalented she is. The best thing to happen to her was Marilyn Manson feeling sorry for her and letting her open for one of his gigs. Besides that, she's usually forgotten... well, except the occasional person on the internet that makes fun of her videos.
    • The truTV program World's Dumbest had lots and lots of fun with her song and music video for "Excuse My Christmas", on an episode of "World's Dumbest Performers". One comment (about a trio of amateurishly-drawn animated "Mexicans" with moustaches and wearing sombreros) stated that said piece of "animation" was too crude to be offensive.
  • Ostie is the black metal solo project of a man simply named "Prince Grothmer the Cruel ov Cobaltia" from Toronto. He's been involved in ten album releases since his start in 2012. His albums have received two reviews on Metal-Archives; A 1% and a 2% rating. His 'screams' are quiet rasps into a microphone, mixed louder than anything else on the track. His lyrics are ridiculously over-the-top, with lines such as "You'll be frozen with hate". The backing music is a drum machine and what sounds like a guitar being tuned. To say that people are still unsure if he's serious or not is an understatement ; Some people think he's doing it as a joke but his social profiles play it completely straight. One reviewer even said that he hopes Ostie continues on, not because he likes it, but because he wants to see how much worse the music could possibly get.
  • Melbourne-based "Rapper" R.A.E.D. has drawn scorn from an enormous amount of people, many of whom argue that his output doesn't even qualify as music. Why? Because it consists of cheap, pre-programmed beats that often seem to change direction abruptly and for no reason, over which R.A.E.D. spouts a nearly incoherent mess of lyrics that seem to be improvised on the spot and stumbled over to catch up to the background music, and display no consistent rhyme scheme, if there's any at all. This, combined with his occasional rebuttals of critical comments, in posts consisting of a virtually indecipherable medley of expletives and bizarre colloquialisms, has led some to believe he may be insane, and the worst part of all is that they're not even the only reasons—in 2001 he called in a bomb threat to a casino.
  • Rasputin's Vision, a band who gained some notoriety on YouTube for their godawful covers of various professional wrestling themes, most of which can be seen on this channel. Their non-wrestling song covers aren't much better, either. Their guitar work is sloppy, their vocals are lazy, every member struggles to stay on the beat and often goes out of sync with the rest of the band, and they frequently screw up the lyrics to the songs they're covering. Their cover of Led Zeppelin's Immigrant Song exemplifies all of this perfectly.
  • Savage is allegedly an 80s-style Hair Metal band. In reality, it's just the soloist and a bunch of session musicians. The background music is boring, which wouldn't be so bad if he himself weren't incredibly off-key and his lyrics weren't absolutely horrid. He produces and mixes the recordings himself, bungling everything from the mic placement to the sound quality to the post-production. Also of note, his promotion—"band" photos are just photographs of famous bands with his picture photoshopped onto one of them, and he attributes his own reviews of his own albums to famous musicians as well.
  • Mishovy "Misha" šílenosti is a child singer from the Czech Republic whose songs (if they can even be called that) are horribly sung, obnoxious, and pretentious. He is also known for his inability to take criticism that shows up in many of his songs, which only add up to his egotism. The latter traits are taken to ridiculous heights in his diss tracks against his haters. Suspiciously, most his songs have "FOR KIDS" written on them, despite him singing about adult themes that would be considerably unacceptable for his likely target audience (he often wears an uncensored "FUCK" cap in his videos).
    • His most infamous song is about how much he enjoys Pokémon Go, and the lyrics are utterly banal, repetitive, and simplistic to the point that it's hard to defend even though he was only nine years old at the time, and even other kids can't even enjoy it.
    • After his Pokémon Go song got was poked at by people such as Pyrocynical and LeafyIsHere, he released a diss track dedicated to them. Said diss track is nothing more than a lazy diss track towards them and about as eloquent as an episode of Barney & Friends, consisting mainly of calling them, along with RiceGum and Keemstar of DramaAlert "cancer" and "retards"...just because they didn't like his music. It's made even worse by the fact that the latter two hadn't made any videos about Misha before he released the track or even seemed to know who he was at all, and even though the four YouTubers mentioned enough are very contentious in the internet community, even their detractors thought his song was poorly done.
      • After Misha's diss track was flooded with hate, he came out with another diss track, this time directed at his haters. Much like the song released before it, it features lazily made Take Thats at his haters ("You tried to bully me, but now, I make more money than your mother!"), as well as Misha declaring himself as the "next Justin Bieber" as he proceeds to mock well-known Youtube users such as Filthy Frank and JackSepticEye. The diss track comes of as being insipid and plain laughable. It doesn't help mentioning that the soppy beat (which consists of none other than a repeated guitar riff alongside a small breakdown in the middle of the song) is nearly non-existent. The video doesn't help, either. It shows Misha going around Prague as a Chick Magnet stealing girls from their boyfriend, all of whom seem to be way older than him. Near the end, Misha does a dance by a fountain with his brother doing a guitar solo, before cutting off to Misha Flipping the Bird to his haters. Akin to the last two tracks mentioned, it ended up putting a sock into Misha's Dear Negative Reader songs... for a while.
      • Then Misha came back with an entire rap song sung in Czech once again dedicated to his haters. He completely lets his It's All About Me attitude flow through the song, most of which is him guilt-tripping about how everyone has supposedly bullied him the entire year (but the amount of glamour in the video, including the fact he has g-men accompanying him and a suitcase of money, would make you think otherwise), all put under a repetitive bass sound. Even in his native language, Misha still sounds off-key and as whiny as ever. The backlash of the song has been so fierce that Misha has had to disable the rating system for said video, although it hasn't stopped the comments section.
    • Not even Misha's parody songs are much better. An example is "I'M VEGAN, DEATH TO ALL MEAT EATERS!" - A Straw Vegetarian Misha declaring death to all meat eaters (using arguments such as "meat eaters live shorter lives", and for some reason, "pigs are more intelligent than three year old kids"). Once again, the song is filled with repetition, constant title drops, and a rather lousy rock instrumentation that sounds like what someone could piece together in thirty minutes using a generic sound system.
    • "Trump Vs. Hillary" is marginally better than his other songs on a musical level, but is brought down into this trope with his pandering to US viewers (they already had their feelings of frustration from the 2016 election validated) and Critical Research Failure: not only is Misha too young to run for US president, but he could never qualify because he's a native Czech citizen.
  • In 2004, a young lad known only as "Shadow of Death" sought to shake the metal world through his music as Apocalypse. He is regarded by metalheads everywhere as one of the worst. How bad is he? His most famous demo, Upon the Crimson Rivers, has 7 reviews on Metal Archives, with an average rating of 3%. The production is non-existent, the instrumentation is screwed up in ways previously unimaginable, and he doesn't as much sing as whisper hoarsely. If you're still interested, then go over here and remember — curiosity killed the cat.
  • Thrash Queen, easily the worst possible start for all-girl thrash with one of the most god-awful heavy metal albums under their belt. Strangely, their label still attempted to cash in on their name with a bunch of session musicians; the quality's slightly better.

  • Amateur garage cover bands can often be terrible, but there are few who manage to rupture the space-time continuum with their awfulness.
  • "The Star-Spangled Banner" is widely considered one of the most difficult national anthems to sing. There are two reasons why: the song's tune was adapted from that of a drinking song and the lyrics came from a poem that wasn't meant to be sung. It's often a miracle when the singer doesn't find a way to mangle it, and it's perhaps notable that one of the most famous covers of it, Jimi Hendrix's version, omits the lyrics altogether. However, there are some that have utterly failed in their performances of it:
    • The National Anthem performance by Carl Lewis. This one got the crowd booing, something that even other horrendous renditions of the anthem don't tend to elicit. It's worth noting that he seemed fully aware of his sub-par performance however, saying "Uh oh!" after his voice cracked at one point and briefly interrupting with "I'll make up for it now!" towards the end, seeming to win back a few members of the crowd by belting out the last note successfully.
    • Roseanne Barr at a San Diego Padres game in 1990. The only explanation is that she was trolling the audience, going by her spitting at the end and the fact that she seemed to be laughing her way through it. By the end, the booing drowns her out.
    • Christina Aguilera has proven, twice, that the US National Anthem just isn't her bag:
      • The first during the 2004 NBA All-Star game had quite a disrespectful version to a large crowd which had, at its forefront, multiple visibly displeased Army officials. She used the song as an excuse to show off. This is made worse by her slurred speech and her turning the American National Anthem into a pop R&B tune. Watch at your own risk, especially if you're American.
      • She did more of the same during Super Bowl XLV. This time, she changed the melody to show off her pipes and botched some of the lyrics. It gets worse; through the whole thing, she sounded either gratingly off-key or borderline asthmatic. Here, have a listen.
    • Queen Latifah also performed an R&B rendition of the National Anthem on the first NFL game of the 2012 season, adding "spiritual" flavor and repeating the final line over and over. Doesn't help that while performing, she wore a Giants jersey with Peyton Manning's number instead of Eli's.
    • John Michael Montgomery's 2005 Atlanta NASCAR Nextel Cup race performance. To be fair, he was suffering from acoustic neuroma (an inner-ear nerve condition) at the time, which meant that not only was he off-key, he was perpetually off-balance. He didn't even remove his hat. Many fans had the reasonable assumption that he was drunk.
    • None of any of these can hold a candle to Scott Stapp's insulting performance from 2006. Sorry, Scott, but Yarling was probably not the right direction.
    • Oh god, Alexis Normand's performance at the 2013 Memorial Cup. She forgot the anthem's lyrics after the third line, after which she just started making up noises that sound like words. Her bungling of the lyrics got so embarrassing that the Canadian crowd had to step in and finish the song for her. This is made even worse given that the side from Portland, Oregon that had over ten Americans in their lineup. Normand eventually apologized on Twitter, saying that she wished she spent more time learning the lyrics.
    • How about Madison Rising, "America's Most Patriotic Rock Band"? It has a Naval vet wrapping himself in an American flag, and the song arranged In the Style of... Creed. They've performed it elsewhere, but its most infamous performance was at the NASCAR Nationwide Series' DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona in 2014; you could see the drivers had "What the fuck I am listening to?" looks written on their faces.
    • Even instrumental versions can still suck. This school got the bright idea to entrust this responsibility to a guy who had probably never even touched a guitar in his life prior to this performance. Why nobody stops him midway through or has the balls to tell him he flat-out cannot play it at all is beyond comprehension. The little metal flourishes only make it worse, and make him seem to be compensating by faux-shredding.
  • The American national anthem is not the only one to be so butchered at a sporting event. When the Canadian Football League launched a brief, ill-fated expansion into the US in the mid-'90s, one of the "highlights" was when Dennis K. C. Parks, a Las Vegas lounge singer, was brought on at the last minute to perform "O Canada" to open a game between the Las Vegas Posse and the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Having never heard the song performed live before, he sang it to the tune of "O Christmas Tree" and botched the lyrics, leading the owner of the Posse to publicly apologize to all Canadians and even Vice President Al Gore (who was meeting with Prime Minister Jean Chretien at the time) to mention the incident during a speech. Parks did eventually redeem himself when he was invited to perform the anthem at a Hamilton Tiger-Cats game, where, having actually heard the song sung properly this time, he managed to nail it.
  • After Harry Caray passed away, the Chicago Cubs started using guest celebrities to sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the Seventh-Inning Stretch at Wrigley Field. Quite a few have been extremely bad — Mike Ditka's version was probably the first to gain infamy for its awfulness; Jeff Gordon, Tony Romo, and Denise Richards have also turned in horrendous renditions. Even being a professional musician doesn't guarantee you'll do a good version — Ozzy Osbourne's performance is one of the worst of the lot.
  • It certainly wasn't the only reason the January 22nd, 2016 Dimebash event attracted a great deal of ire, but Phil Anselmo's performances that night were absolutely embarrassing. Chief among them was a cover of "A New Level" with (among others) Robb Flynn, Rex Brown, and Dave Grohl that was preceded by obnoxious rambling (which was not restricted to that song alone; he probably spent more time going on drunken tangents than actually performing) from a clearly inebriated Phil (to add insult to injury, Brown was visibly irritated by the second minute in); furthermore, he also blew his lines twice and made the whole band start over again, calling the crowd "a buncha pussies" after the first failed take. Phil also slurred his words when he was otherwise able to perform his parts, and, much to Flynn's sheer disbelief, mouthed "white power" and gave the Hitler salute right there on stage during the first chorus. He went on to bungle "Ace of Spades", not so much singing as bellowing into the mic to the general tune of the song (complete with audible slurring) and capped it off with a drunken backwards stagger that nearly caused him to fall over until Grohl caught him. To finish off the night, he rambled for so long that Johnny Kelly actually took the microphone away from him; it was about a minute after that he capped things with the infamous salute and cry that went viral. He ruined not only the whole evening, but the audience's respect for him.
  • Amanda Brunker's performance at Oxegen 2011. Listen and shudder as she murders U2's With Or Without You. It isn't helped by the fact that she's a non-singer trying to sing at a music festival. When interviewed after and asked how she got the gig (She was a standin for Jessie J, who had broken her leg), she answered that she had put in around twenty years of groundwork.
  • The 1952 Broadway musical revue Two's Company starred Bette Davis, who made her entrance singing "just turn me loose on Broadway as a musical comedy star" despite her demonstrated lack of singing and dancing skills. Though the show was a flop it left behind an original cast album, and the tracks featuring Bette Davis are often painful to listen to.
  • MTV's Video Music Awards can have some great performances, but there are a few that are just atrocious:
    • Paula Abdul's performance at the 1991 edition. During the post Milli Vanilli scandal years, certain other big Pop stars tried to make it known that they weren't lip-syncing either. Abdul, who was accused of the same thing at the time after reportedly having a lawsuit thrown at her by a former backup singer of hers, tried to show everyone that she could sing and never lip-synced to anyone else's voice. Unfortunately, her live shaky vocals (due to the heavy dancing) failed to impress, as well as her unflattering outfit.
    • Britney Spears's performance at the 2007 edition. She's lip-syncing, and this time it's obvious. Her weight, while not terribly overweight, is no longer in the shape that it was years earlier, made even noticeable by an unflattering two piece outfit. Her dancing is terribly choreographed—she moves as if she has crippling arthritis—and her expression of Dull Surprise makes her look positively robotic. It might have been better if she had foregone the dancing and sung for real. To top it off, Britney completely ignored the advice of her stylists, opting to wear an ugly and obvious hair weave and an unflattering stage costume.
      • An episode of iCarly, entitled "iFix a Pop Star", parodied said performance. Carly, Sam and Freddie were invited to direct fictional singer Ginger Fox's comeback performance, but find it hard to do so, what with Ginger Fox acting like a spoiled brat and failing to try during rehearsals. At the end, the gang has her lip-sync in her performance and try to cover up the obvious syncing fails with tons of smoke, but not before Ginger Fox marches "around the stage like an idiot" and flaunts her unshaven armpits.
    • Miley Cyrus' performance at the 2013 edition. She sounded hideously off-key, like she was either high or out of breath, while going over the top with sexual imagery in a transparent attempt to shock. Almost immediately, the performance was criticized and condemned from all quarters, with Rihanna and One Direction's unimpressed reaction in the audience going viral.note 
  • Creed's December '02 concert at the Allstate Arena, near Chicago. Scott Stapp's numerous substance abuse habits came to a head here—he showed up strung out of his mind, mumbled along to five or so songs, then decided to take a nap. When he realized he hadn't performed a full set, he showed up again, and continued singing—completely independent of the band—before passing out onstage. Unsurprisingly, it was a key contributor to their 2003 break-up and got the band in a lot of legal trouble.
  • Speaking of post-grunge, there was Puddle of Mudd's 2004 performance in Toledo, Ohio, where a very inebriated Wes Scantlin admitted only four songs in that he was too drunk to continue. As a result, his thoroughly pissed-off bandmates walked off the stage, leaving him to fend for himself. Too drunk to know to follow them, he remained on stage for another thirty minutes, where he drunkenly warbled random ad-libbed songs and insulted the crowd while throwing back bottles and other assorted projectiles that they had lobbed at him before finally staggering away, where he was arrested by the Toledo police for disorderly conduct. Additional charges were later filed after he repeatedly spat on the back windows of the cruiser that was transporting him to be booked. After being released on a $150 cash bond, he vowed to never play in Toledo again because he was "arrested for nothing", but it's likely that the incident probably made him a Persona Non Grata in the Toledo metro area anyways.
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  • 90's British reggae star Finley Quaye's unforgivably awful performance at the Convent Club in Woodchester. So bad, it gained the attention of the British press. Finley stood with his back to the crowd, refusing to look straight at them, and did nothing but lifelessly play a single three-chord progression on a badly-tuned guitar for half an hour straight, with occasional bouts of half-baked noodling that did nothing to break up the monotony. Meanwhile his backing band droned on, even more repetitively than him. The concert ended with the promoter, already very impatient after the Troubled Production Quaye had turned the show into (and his numerous contract violations), sending the entire band off for "polluting [the] venue with bullshit," apologizing to the crowd directly, and refunding all tickets.
  • Usually, Emma Amelia Pearl Czikai is a very good musician. She has been known to move people to tears. But she also has hearing problems as the result of nerve degeneration. With proper audio feedback, she can correct for this; but in one case, on Britain's Got Talent, she was not provided with such. This was the result. Czikai would later file a discrimination complaint over the absence of said feedback, but it was dropped, on the grounds that they only apply to job conditions.
  • Hole's June 2010 show at Washington DC's 9:30 Club. Let's forget for a moment that it started nearly an hour late and that Courtney's voice certainly wasn't at its best; the three-hour train wreck had a godawful setlist interspersed with roughly an hour's worth of aimless gasbagging. Multiple covers were played, all of them butchered. The songs that were theirs were only faintly remembered, with several bars worth of lines frequently skipped. The intervals between numbers were longer than they should have been, and she had an assistant who was recording the set via iPhone. She put much more thought into performing to it than the audience, to the point where she rudely lashed out at a crowd member who found the assistant distracting. By the end, well over half the audience (and most of the band) had left, the crowd swearing and clutching their tickets in disgust.
  • Jemini's performance of "Cry Baby" at the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest is one of the few entries (especially in the post-1966 era of the competition) to ever receive nul points all around. While some attributed their failure to backlash against the UK for its support of the Iraq War, there's no getting around the fact that their performance was flat-out dreadful, with both of the duo's members being hideously out of tune. Shortly after, they were dropped from their label, and their album never materialized; they broke up the following year.
  • Mariah Carey's performance in Times Square for New Year's Rockin' Eve 2017. It was plagued by technical difficulties that weren't picked up beforehand due to the lack of a soundcheck before the performance, which got bad enough that Mariah eventually gave up and ended the performance early. Afterwards, Mariah's team and Dick Clark Productions blamed each other for the debacle, with the former claiming that a broken earpiece prevented Mariah from singing along to the backing track, and the latter accusing Mariah of trying to lip-sync and skipping the soundcheck.
  • Milli Vanilli's MTV performance at Lake Compounce in Bristol, CT. There was already suspicion that neither Robert Pilatus nor Fabrice Morvan, who ostensibly comprised the group, made any of its music. This practically confirmed it. The track the two were lip-syncing to skipped mid-chorus. They spent a while trying to pass it off as deliberate before giving up and fleeing the stage. Worse, the whole concert was televised! It was the beginning of the end for Rob and Fab's careers, and it really didn't help that their producer fessed up soon afterwards. Morvan, Pilatus, and Milli Vanilli's label faced nearly thirty separate fraud lawsuits soon after. The band became the only act in history to have a Grammy withdrawn. Soon after, Arista Records dropped the group and deleted the master of their first album. Their attempts to carry on without Morvan and Pilatus required a total rebranding in order to so much as get an international release.
    • And as for Rob & Fab themselves? Well, they attempted to redeem themselves by putting out music with their actual vocals on it, and went on The Arsenio Hall Show to prove their integrity. And sadly, this performance, of "We Can Get It On" (warning: low quality), was also not good: Fab was game but singing out of his range, while Rob looked - and very much sounded - way too nervous to give any kind of good performance here.
  • Nicki Minaj's performance of Roman Holiday at the 2012 Grammys was, putting it kindly, a disaster. The performance began with a horribly off-key rendition of "I Feel Pretty", and an overlong video of her alter-ego Roman possessed by a demon. Then, the song started, and Minaj seemed both unsure of what her dance moves were supposed to be and out of breath constantly, the offensive religious imagery notwithstanding. The performance then ended with her "levitating" and singing an off-key rendition of "Oh Come All Ye Faithful" while trying to seem evil (and, predictably, failing). The performance was poorly received by the public, was labeled classless and outraged not only religious groups and parents, but fans of Nicki themselves.
  • Julio Preciado's performance of the Mexican National Anthem in the 2009 Carribean Series baseball tournament. He sang the whole thing while being (apparently) drunk, since he forgot the lyrics of the anthem in the middle of the whole performance, mixed the rhythm with "The Star-Spangled Banner" at some point, and made up a few lines that are not in the anthem. Needless to say, people got really mad at him to the point that they booed him off the field, and he also earned himself a fine from the Mexican government for the perceived mockery on his performance.
  • Saturday Night Live is known for its musical guests. Some of them have delivered legendary performances on the show, others… have been legendarily bad.
    • Ashlee Simpson's embarrassing debacle on the Season 30 episode hosted by Jude Law is one of the most infamous moments in the show's history, revealing to the world the ugly truth about her lip-syncing. It's among the most notorious live performances of the decade, ending with the humiliating sight of Ashlee doing an awkward 'hoe-down' before leaving the stage while the band plays on and the show cuts to commercial. She became a national laughingstock and her generation's Milli Vanilli literally overnight... but it wasn't this performance that would end her career for good. That came a few months later, and is described a couple of entries below.
    • Eminem's performance of "Just Lose It" on the Season 30 episode hosted by Kate Winslet was a prime demonstration of horrible. The lip-syncing was obvious, Eminem looked lifeless on stage, and at one point (around 1:17), he can be seen licking his lips while the track played on without him. The worst part? This was just one week after Ashlee Simpson's 'hoe-down', so both he and the SNL producers should've known better.
    • Lip-syncing would have been much preferable to Kanye West's performance of "Love Lockdown" (without Auto-Tune) on the season 34 Christmas episode hosted by Hugh Laurie. They should have just had Hugh sing.
    • While a lovely studio singer, Lana Del Rey has proven that she is definitely not a good live singer. She performed her viral hit tune "Video Games" on the Season 37 episode hosted by Daniel Radcliffe, and it was painful to watch. She seemed to mumble most of the words and was constantly out of breath, and at times it almost sounded like she didn't even know the words to her own song. The performance has gotten her a bad rap and despite being talented, she recently has become more known for her bad SNL performance. In fact, SNL itself made fun of it on the next new episode (hosted by Channing Tatum with musical guest Bon Iver) by having Kristen Wiig as Lana Del Rey interrupt Weekend Update to talk about her horrible performance.
    • The Season 40 episode hosted by Jim Carrey saw Iggy Azalea and MØ perform their hit "Beg For It". While Iggy was in her element, this was MØ's first televised live performance, and her inexperience combined with technical issues produced an utter disaster on her part. Her singing and dancing were badly out-of-step with the beat of the song, and she looked like she had a bad case of stage fright. She was so embarrassed by her performance that she publicly apologized for it.
  • William Shatner covering Harry Chapin's "Taxi" on The Dinah Shore Show circa 1973 (yes, that's a timecode). Even by his standards, it's awful.
  • Ashlee Simpson strikes again, this time with an utterly dreadful performance of her single "La La" at the Orange Bowl on January 4, 2005. Coming just a couple of months after her SNL disaster (see above), this time she was committed to proving that she could sing live. It backfired badly — her vocals are so hideously off-key that it's not clear that she's even trying to sing as opposed to just shouting the lyrics. When she's done, the entire stadium is booing, and a shout of "You suck!" can be heard from the crowd if you have very good ears (provided they hadn't self-destructed from being subjected to three minutes of terrible singing). It stood in sharp contrast to Kelly Clarkson's performance just before her, which earned plaudits despite being plagued by technical problems. Between her performances on SNL and at the Orange Bowl, Ashlee's once-promising pop music career imploded in an instant.
  • In a strange meta-example, there's the case of Spinal Tap, a parody "band" created for the mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap. A few years after the movie was released, "Spinal Tap" did a live stage tour. The Folksmen of A Mighty Wind fame (played by the same actors as Spinal Tap) "opened" for Spinal Tap. A significant portion of the audience completely missed the joke, apparently thinking Spinal Tap was a real heavy metal band, and didn't understand why the opening act for the concert was a trio singing folk songs. In one memorable instance in New York the audience actually attempted to boo the Folksmen off the stage in favor of… the exact same people.
  • Every year, the Super Bowl halftime show serves as a platform for some of America's biggest pop musicians. Some artists have used the occasion to knock it out of the park… but others have sent their careers into a tailspin.
    • In the early years of the Super Bowl, halftime was mainly a showcase for university marching bands and drill teams. That changed when Up With People, a '60s collective that formed to counter the anti-establishment views of the counterculturenote , performed four halftime shows in 1976, '80, '82, and '86. As noted by Deadspin, they pretty much invented the modern Super Bowl halftime show that truly came into its own in The '90s… but they also brought with them their hyper-saccharine sensibilities, which by The '80s were seen as embarrassing. These days, their performances are still a punchline that often get named as being among the worst Super Bowl halftime shows in history.
    • The 2004 performance by Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake at Super Bowl XXXVIII went down in history for all the wrong reasons, with Timberlake accidentally ripping off a piece of Jackson's top and exposing her bare breast (albeit adorned with a nipple shield) for half a second. The concert ended immediately at that moment, with Jackson's two-decade-spanning career destroyed by the incident (though Timberlake's soon recovered), and it sparked both a backlash over indecency in the media and a counter-backlash over censorship and prudishness in American culture. The NFL played it safe after the incident, implementing a five-second delay for the show after and enlisting classic rock musicians to perform from 2005 through 2010; only in 2011 did they bring another modern pop act to perform. And speaking of...
    • ...we have the Black Eyed Peas' performance at the Super Bowl XLV halftime show in 2011. Their reliance on Auto-Tune translated terribly to a live concert event, as they delivered horribly off-key renditions of some of their most recent hits and performed stiff dance moves. The performance is often cited as a Creator Killer for the band, which saw airplay and sales fall off dramatically in the weeks and months after before going on hiatus the following year.
  • There have been some truly memorable impromptu live performances, such as the Beatles' 1969 rooftop concert and U2's mimicry of it for their "Where the Streets Have No Name" video. However, LA small-time Rap Rock band Imperial Stars' 2010 performance of "Traffic Jam 101" was not one of them. This band (whose original song is already godawful) thought they would win fame, fortune and attention to homeless children by setting up and performing right on 3 lanes of Los Angeles' busy 101 freeway. Instead they "won" the wrath of the city's drivers as well as jail time and several viral videos of their "performance" on YouTube. It gained even more infamy after it was heavily mocked by comedian Joe Rogan during his 2012 performance at The Tabernacle.
  • Skeletons from the Opera Closet is a book about everything the operatic world doesn't want you to know — including a section on some of the worst operas ever written and another about the most unusual, if not the worst, ways operas have been performed.
    • The winner of the "worst operas" section, "I Bombieri (Opera's Greatest Duds)," is Montezuma by Roger Sessions, front and center, with horrible atonal and serial music and a poorly worded libretto by Giuseppe Borgese. (There are a few operas in that section that aren't as horrible as the section says, but most of them are downright bad. Adriana Lecouvreur by Francesco Cilea and Mitridate, re di Ponto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (then aged 14) — lambasted respectively for historical inaccuracy and monotony — fall more under the So Bad, It's Good category, but Alfonso und Estrella by Franz Schubert is one of the prime examples why he never succeeded in the theater — it suffers from a repetitive libretto and indistinguishable music.)
    • The winner of the "worst/weirdest performances" section — "Sweet Diva, Did You See That?" — was the 1976 Bayreuth production of Der Ring des Niebelungen — or, as the German critics called it, the "Centennial Scandal" — that transferred the story to the Industrial Revolution, with the Rhinemaidens as prostitutes and the gods as capitalist fatcats, and was nearly booed off the stage by the outraged audience. Other such performances included Die Walküre as if Saturday Night Live had existed in 1970 and Die Frau ohne Schatten translated into Kabuki theater.
  • José Feliciano's performance of "Every Breath You Take" at the 2017 Polar Music Prize was met with widespread ridicule. While the rest of the performance pretty much replicated the original version, he attempted playing the song's guitar line in his own signature style, which simply didn't work. His playing was drastically out of sync with the song's rhythm, so much so broadcast of his guitar stopped after an awful solo. Infamously, shots of the audience showed Sting looking very uncomfortable during the performance.

  • This "80's" remix of "Stickerbush Symphony" from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest is probably the most childhood-ruining songs ever created, considering the original song it was based on was so iconic. The remix is horribly off-key and the instruments are both droning, screechy, and distorted. It almost sounds a tune used for a Creepypasta, but not even fans of the genre would use it in their works, and the remix wasn't made with that in mind either. (By the way, the link given above is a re-upload; the remixer removed the original video, presumably due to embarrassment.)
  • Not exactly a "remix," but if you've ever tried to look for a dubstep remix of "YMCA" on YouTube, then there's a good chance you have seen this video. It's just a kid recording himself saying, "DUBSTEP! Wah wah wah wah wah waaah, wah waaah!" to the tune of the song. At some points in the video, he whispers his made-up lyrics, and tries to hold back his laughter. While it may be pretty humorous at first, he manages to record for over FIVE MINUTES.
  • This "remix" of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic's "Equestria Girls". It's identical to the actual song, but with an instrumental of the Cutie Mark Crusaders theme playing under it - little to no attempt is made to ensure the two harmonize or even have the same tempo.
  • This claims to be a dubstep remix of Pearl Jam's "Jeremy", when in reality it's a generic techno loop with the lyrics to "Jeremy" played completely out of sync with the rest of the song with a pitch shift, reverb, and slower tempo added for good measure.
  • While Headphoneboy's mashups can range anywhere from simply mediocre to kind of decent, he's got stuff which would make DJ Broken Window ashamed. One example: the breathtakingly awful, beyond just lazy "People Run In Circles", a mashup of John Lennon's "Imagine", and Gary Jules' version of "Mad World". It sounds like he simply took both tracks and played them at the same time, without any attempt to harmonize them.
  • This "mashup" of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" and Amy Winehouse's "Rehab" sounds like nothing more than the instrumental and acapella put on fast-forward and slapped together with no effort to harmonize them whatsoever.

  • Porn star Riley Reid released a short rap song called "8 Ball Shawty" in order to demonstrate her multifaceted "talent". It...did not work. It features such incredible lyricism as "Pink pussy make that dick have a heart attack" and "Spit stringin' from my mouth, let you fuck my facenote  / Good nutritious nut / On deck n***a, eat me out n***a". The song's entire last third basically consists of Reid, a white woman, using the N-word over and over again. The beat also samples Reid's own moans from her, ahem, "cinematic masterpieces". Cr1tikal did a video about it here.
  • The decision about whether to build a new Islamic center near what was once the World Trade Center ("Ground Zero") is one of heated debate (which, of course, is best left to another website). However, it did inspire some god-awful songs from either side of the issue.
  • These two kids who attempt to do their own rap song and fail… miserably. Now, it's not even something that if watched by people, they'd ignore the quality and go "D'awww, that's so cute!". No, not at all. They're two 10-year-olds attempting to do a Boastful Rap, but with the mentality of, well, 10-year-olds, with all that entails.
  • "Accidental Racist" by Brad Paisley and LL Cool J is the ultimate example of how not to do a song about racism. The intended meaning of the song was an attempt to find common ground between Good Ol Boys and inner-city black folk, but instead it makes both white Southerners and African-Americans look bad. Paisley comes off as whiny, defensive, and ignorant of the loaded history that the Confederate flag holds with a large segment of the population, while LL Cool J comes off as a walking "hood rat" stereotype with his lyrics about sagging pants and gold chains. Here's Todd in the Shadows and The Rap Critic tearing the song apart while debating over which artist has the worst parts of the song in general.
  • Regardless of how you feel about Soulja Boy, it's hard to deny how utterly terrible his song "Anime" is. He discusses the subject with all the thought (and research) of a pothead pacing through a comics store, it closes with the audio equivalent of Leave the Camera Running, and it sounds like it was recorded in his bathroom. But hey, don't take our word for it — ask Y Ruler of Time about it (with guest cameos by Michael "Skitch" Schiciano and Todd in the Shadows).
  • "This song is bad. Not So Bad, It's Good, and not Michael Jackson 'Bad'. Just plain bad." That's Doctor Who Magazine regarding the ill-conceived 1985 charity single "Doctor In Distress". You can practically hear the show's last remaining scrap of dignity being wrenched away. The generic music and near-unsingable lyrics would have been bad enough, but combined with having some of them performed by actors from the show who clearly had no musical talent whatsoever, and you get one spectacular mess. Colin Baker reportedly described his participation as "one of the worst decisions [he] ever made".
    • Just how bad was it? The BBC refused to air the song on any of its television or radio stations, despite the fact that it was performed almost entirely by network celebrities. The single sold less than a thousand copies, and came nowhere close to recouping production costs, leaving no money to donate to charity. In 2005, former series advisor Ian Levine (who wrote and co-produced the song) actually apologized for the entire thing, calling it "a balls-up fiasco".
  • Eminem is commonly regarded as one of the best rappers of all time, but not even his most hardcore fans can defend his song "Fack", a bonus track from his Greatest Hits Album Curtain Call. The lyrics to this song are very sexually disturbing to say the least, Eminem pulls off an irritating accent throughout the song reminiscent of a whining Eric Cartman, and he goes as far as to rapping about, get this... shoving a gerbil up your ass through a tube (which even forms the outro). Eminem is renowned for his irreverent humor and his willingness to push the envelope, but this isn't controversial, provocative or even humorous. It's just tasteless, lazy, and above all, annoying. Eminem himself poked fun of it in his 2014 song "Shady XV" off of the Shady XV compilation album; he had this to say about it on the song's Genius page. The Rap Critic and Marc Mues had some words to say about this song on their Top 10 Worst Eminem Songs collaboration video, in which "Fack" topped the list. To make things worse, as that video pointed out, after a short skit track, this is the first proper song on the aforementioned Greatest Hits Album - imagine someone who's just starting to get into Eminem's music hearing this as an introduction.
  • In 1986, nine players on the New York Mets recorded a rap song called "Get Metsmerized", inspired by the Chicago Bears' "Superbowl Shuffle". No effort was put into making it good; everyone is out of rhythm (Rafael Santana's verse is barely legible), the rhymes are all over the place and more than half act like they'd rather be doing something else. The single is but a footnote in Mets' history and was pushed aside in favor of "Let's Go Mets Go", another cheer that defined the '86 season. For a time, if you put "Worse song ever recorded" in YouTube's search, this song would be the first result. Years later, Tim Teufel called it "unlistenable".
  • Heidi Montag of The Hills fame made a music video for an incredibly bad single entitled "Higher". This is what happens when The Agony Booth gets exposed to it.
  • "I'm Horny" by Gionny Scandal and Maite. Maite's English is appalling. When she sings "I'm horny horny" it sounds like "I'm Ernie Ernie" instead, adding a pinch of Narm to wash down all the suck. According to several translations, the Italian lyrics are just as bad:
    I'm not a baker but I got a lot of cream here
  • Kim Kardashian's single "Jam (Turn It Up)", which was badly received by both critics and the public. It's monotonous and lifeless to the point of sounding almost depressing, and unfortunately not even Auto-Tune can save Kim's voice, as at times she still sounds slightly off-key. She has since viewed the song as an Old Shame, and even admitted she isn't a good enough singer to pull it off. The Music Video Show bashes the song and video here
  • "The Kersal Massive" — the song begins "Got on the bus wi' ma' daysavah / smoked a reefa in da cornah", before decaying into a rhythmless Cluster F-Bomb and a caustic (or not) Take That! against the town of Levenshulme, not to mention the rather pointless Garfunkel "Ginger Joe", whose only contribution to the song is "yeah man, yeah man".
    • In 2010, a few brave Englishmen doing a televised countdown of the Top 50 Viral Videos tracked down the aforementioned "Ginger Joe" and asked him a few questions about the video. It turns out that it was an entry for a competition of some kind and they were all as high as a kite while making it.
  • In the 1990s, Komar, Melamid and Dave Soldier carried out a set of polls of the American public: One concerning what people generally liked the most in music, one concerning what they generally hated. From this, they composed two songs. "The Most Unwanted Song" was the better of the two by a long shot (details can be found here) "The Most Wanted Song," however, was a simpering, pandering, vomitously saccharine, miserably written, glacial, insipid, and overly repetitive trainwreck bearing cliché after cliché after cliché and an off-key guitar solo.
  • "Movin' Up by Honey Boo Boo is another blatant attempt by the child pageant and reality tv star to stay famous. The song consists of Honey Boo Boo warbling incoherently into a mic. Huffington Post described it as diabolical.
  • Jenna Rose's "My Jeans". She sings about this pair of jeans she wants and that apparently every celebrity wears, throwing in anecdotes about her "swag" and how celebrities "wore those jeans just like me". Her voice is so Autotuned that it's enough to make you wonder if she even sang on it, with the beat often overpowering her voice. In addition, there's the token rap in the middle. The cover of the single doesn't even have Jenna wearing jeans. JuniorfanReturns bashes the song here.
  • Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki released a charity song called "Oxygen". As a YouTube commenter put it, she sounds like a "retarded robot" in the song. The lyrics are awful as well.
  • What happens when Lea Michele is possessed by Nicki Minaj, who in turn is possessed by a drug addict? You get Shira's "Pound On My Muffin", an amazing train-wreck of a song that is about as sexy as your grandma's autopsy. Watch The Music Video Show rip it and its music video a new hole here.
  • While the entirety of the album Speedin' Bullet 2 Heaven by Kid Cudi can be spared since there are fans that defend the album, there are not even hardcore fans that can defend "The Return of Chip Douglas (Demo)" for being on here in the first place. While most of the songs from that album can be considered by some to at least be So Bad, It's Good, The Return of Chip Douglas just takes the issues that makes most of the songs there be in that range and just increases it tenfold between a repetitive acoustic guitar four-note loop (scrapes included), nasally vocals that also sound real whiny, laughable at best lyrics, and an ending where he's just more yelling incoherently than anything else (which one YouTube commenter best describes as Kid Cudi making wild animal noises).
  • Ontroerend Goed's Sirens sound absolutely nothing like the sirens from Greek Mythology. Rather, their sound seems to be the result of what would happen if a howler monkey gave birth to an ambulance. In other words, they sound like a DIFFERENT kind of siren.
  • Brian Wilson's (yes, the one from The Beach Boys) song "Smart Girls", released only as a radio promo from the unreleased album Sweet Insanity, in which Brian raps over samples from many of his earlier hits. The results are… sad. Unsurprisingly, Sire Records point-blank rejected the album once they heard it. In the interests of total fairness, it is important to add that Brian at this point was dominated by his Svengali-like, highly unethical "therapist" Eugene Landy, whose meddling behaviour was already known, and remarked on by Andy Paley during the sessions for Brian's solo Self-Titled Album. At least one good thing came out of the Sweet Insanity fiasco - it resulted in a lawsuit that allowed Brian to disentangle himself from Landy and later undergo a Career Resurrection, while Landy himself was hit with more legal action and lost his medical license due to the gross malpractice and abuses that he had indulged in towards Brian.
  • X-tReMe PoWeR is a band composed of children trying to be cool, and their only song, "Respect and Obey Authority", reflects this. On a technical level, the vocals switch between monotone and sing-songy, the instrumental is repetitive and bland, and the rhymes lack in variety or creativity. It's also a spectacular example of a Clueless Aesop: the lyrics sound like something a dictator would say to their people ("Do what [we] say, and everything will be okay!"). Naturally, YouTube commenters assume this is propaganda.
  • "She's Mad" by independent rapper PtheG. Put on YouTube in mid-2009, and eventually brought to the attention of Fark under the headline "Worst. Auto-Tune. Ever," the song briefly brought PtheG a lot of attention based on the utter discord of the song. The music already defies melody, but the garbled autotune makes it virtually unlistenable. But you gotta love those shades.
  • Ex-Cheetah Girl Kiely Williams tried to reinvent herself as Darker and Edgier in an apparent attempt to cash in on Rated R-era Rihanna, but instead comes off as the most vapid female on Earth. Here it is: "Spectacular." A touching tribute to binge drinking, unprotected sex with strangers, and date rape. Sample lyrics: "Last I remember I was face down, ass up, clothes off". Brings a lump to your throat, doesn't it? Not only did it effectively end her career, she eventually tried to justify making it by claiming that it's actually a protest against the behaviors in the song.
  • The Ex-Girlfriends' "We Are The Party" tries to reach for Black Eyed Peas or LMFAO-level catchiness but fails horribly. Both the beat and lyrics are just awful.
  • Gnesa's "Wilder" suffers from terrible, off-key singing; downright ear-screeching instrumentals; and horrible visuals. The director must have realized this since he obviously attempted to hide her voice using extremely loud background music. And it doesn't help that whoever posted the video hired a bunch of people to post fake positive comments. Ratings are disabled, and any negative comment would get deleted. Watch Danny Korcz from Audio Abominations tearing this song apart.
    • But as it turns out, the song itself (lyrics, that is) turn out all right when done by a person who can actually sing. This guy made a pretty good cover.



  • North is already a terrible film, but the random country song sung by Dan Aykroyd and Reba McEntire is inexcusable. It has cringeworthy lyrics, sung to the theme from Bonanza, is terribly sung, and has no reason to be there.
  • The Faculty featured a cover of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2" by a supergroup named Class Of '99, composed of Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine on lead guitar, Stephen Perkins of Jane's Addiction on drums, Martyn LeNoble of Porno for Pyros on bass, and last but not least, Layne Staley of Alice in Chains on vocals. On paper, a supergroup composed of members of some of the biggest Alternative Rock and metal bands of The '90s covering Pink Floyd's famous anti-authority anthem would be awesome, right?

    There was just one massive problem: Staley's vocals are absolutely, dreadfully bad. Staley, deep in the throes of drug addiction and suffering from health problems and missing teeth, lazily slurs his way through the song and sounds almost completely monotone, as if he was bored and had no idea what he was doing there. Even the famous line "HEY! TEACHERS! LEAVE THESE KIDS ALONE!" is fairly mute in this version. It's a tragic monument to the downward spiral that Staley had fallen into by that point; this would be the last song he'd ever record before his death from a drug overdose four years later. It's notable that, while the other band members all filmed their appearances specifically for the video, the shots of Staley were all taken from archival footage from the 1995 Mad Season concert Live at The Moore (Mad Season being another supergroup he was involved in). To show how the vocals ruin it, the soundtrack also features an instrumental cover of Parts 1 and 2 of "Another Brick In The Wall". While overtly long, there's nothing wrong with the performance, which is a pretty solid and moody alt-rock rendition of the song. Then the video there changes to the full version around the five-minute mark...
  • Monster a-Go Go already has an entry in the film category, but the score they gave it is just the icing on the cake. To elaborate, it consists mainly of sparse, jangly Scare Chords played on a Fender Rhodes electric piano and amplified to distortion; it's atonal, harsh, and probably meant to be creepy, but it just gets annoying after a while. The composer/musician responsible is not listed in the credits, perhaps out of shame.
  • The "score" to the So Bad, It's Good slasher flick Don't Go in the Woods was evidently supposed to sound creepy and atonal, but the composer seemingly had no idea how to mix it properly. The results sound like a bunch of random electronic noises horribly mushed together, and it gets quite grating really quickly. Considering that the same composer also did the infamously awkward (albeit catchy) Captain Novolin soundtrack, this is not at all surprising. The sole bright spot may as well be the credits song, with its goofy lyrics sung to the tune of "The Teddy Bear's Picnic".

Live-Action TV

  • When Netflix bought the rights to stream the American version of Queer as Folk, Showtime had already lost the rights to the majority of the soundtrack, whuch resulted in Netflix having to replace them with either mockbuster versions of the songs or different songs altogether, to an extremely mixed effect. A good deal were So Okay, It's Average at worst and a few instances had fans even claiming some were even better than the original, but a great number of them were downright irredeemable. A few examples include (but are not limited to):
    • The Dyke Nite scene in 1x16, where Geri Halliwell's cover of "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" was replaced with an absolutely pathetic mockbuster tune with a singer completely off-singing the line "You got caught red-handed/reaching into someone else's little cookie jar". Pain ensued.
    • The gay pride dance scene in season 2, which even defenders of Netflix can't defend.
    • 3x12 originally had Muse's cover of "Feeling Good". In its place came an absolutely pathetic knockoff with the same riffs and some dweeb trying and failing hilariously to sound like Matt Bellamy while whining some angsty lyrics.

Video Games

  • The title screen music from the NES version of 720° is a complete butchery of a much cooler tune from the original arcade version. The other tracks from the game (all three of them) are pretty poor in their own right, but at least they don't sound as horribly off-key as the title theme.
  • Action 52 has several bad tunes. "Crazy Shuf(f)le" is one of the most prominent, but the other notable ones are "And They Came/Beeps N' Blips" and "Operation Moon".
    YouTube commenter: The best music, in my opinion, gives you this wonderful soaring feeling in your chest. This, however, manages to provoke the exact opposite effect. I now feel as if I have no soul. This music has made me feel like a simple meat-bag stuffed haphazardly with organs, incapable of turning off the horrid un-sound being pumped into his ears.
  • The entire soundtrack from the NES version of The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle is absolutely horrendous. All the songs are poorly looped, have terrible instrument usage and are arranged very poorly. Considering how short they are and the length of the stages, it will wear on you really quickly.
    • The music from the second level deserves a special mention. The link above is what the song is supposed to sound like normally. In the actual game, the sound effects for the "Goof Bombs" are accidently coded to interfere with the sound channels, making that already terrible song even worse.
    The Angry Video Game Nerd: Oh my God! I didn't know the NES was capable of producing such an ear-piercing sound! That's awful!
  • The DOS adaptation of All Dogs Go to Heaven stays mostly silent, which is a good thing because the sound is loud and heavily distorted. The developers attempted to rip the movie's soundtrack and adapt it for the PC Speaker, and ended up with a result worse than had they just made music for the sound engine (which in itself can only play screechy 8-bit noises). The audio as-is wouldn't be out of place in a more obnoxious Youtube Poop. Joel from Vinesauce witnessed the torture from the sound on this game here, stating that if All Dogs Go To Heaven, he just went to Hell from this experience.
  • The title music for the ZX Spectrum game Automania is probably one of the most cacophonous video game soundtracks ever made. Listen to it here (by the way, it's the improved 128K version, in the 48K version only the tune you hear in the title screen was played, incessantly, for the entire game).
  • Back To The Future (1989) has, as its only BGM (not counting the final driving sequence), a cheap 8-bit rendition of Huey Lewis and the News's "The Power Of Love" sped up to near-unrecognizability. Like Hong Kong '97, it plays uninterrupted throughout the game, with the exception of the minigames. Word of God says that the developer's sound engine only supported playing music back at 150bpm, which no-one bothered telling the composer until he had already arranged it at the correct, slower tempo, and there was no time to redo it; the same thing happened to the game's rendition of "Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry, but it's nowhere near as grating because it plays for only one minigame. Here's how it apparently was supposed to sound.
  • Bebe's Kids for SNES is already an infamously awful game with terrible music, but the final boss theme is the icing of shit. The same annoying words are repeated constantly to a horrible hip-hop beat; it is played during an already crappy boss; and worst of all, good luck trying to get it out of your head.
  • The MS-DOS port of Beverly Hills Cop has a really, really loud and ear-piercing rendition of "Axel F" that plays on the title screen. Guru Larry appropriately described it sounding like someone strangling an ice-cream van.
  • A Castlevania fan game called Castle Quest has some pretty good music for the most part, with the exception of the song played in the final stage. Said song is quite literally the most repetitive theme since Hong Kong '97, with the song lasting just two seconds before it loops. Listen to it here.
  • From Dian Shi Ma Li (Mario Lottery) — PUSH START TO RICH.
  • The music for the Sega 32X port of Doom is without a doubt evidence on how a single bad port can ruin one of the most awesome songs to ever be included in a video game. Here's the original MS-DOS version of the Level 1 theme… and here's the 32X version of that same song. The raw electric guitar sounds of the original tune were butchered completely into what sounds like a very bad case of flatulence.
  • The soundtrack from the horrible webgame Dontrel Dolphin in its entirety just defies description, other than possibly saying it sounds like the work of someone on a combination of acid and crack trying to play a horror movie score while wearing oven mitts. Listen to The title theme in all its... glory, and if that isn't enough for you, this full playthrough shows off the rest of the game's soundtrack.
  • Farmyard Fun for the Atari 2600. Poor ears of listener.
  • Fire Fly for the Atari 2600 is a really bad game by the already terrible company known as Mythicon. What makes it even worse is the background music they wrote for it. They tried to make it mimic the sound of the titular bug flying around during gameplay, but due to the limitations of the 2600 and their sheer incompetence, they made it sound like a drunk synthesizer on the toilet.
    • They didn't improve with the other two games they made for the same system. Sorcerer has this really annoying whistle-like tune accompanied with an awful buzzing noise whenever you encounter an enemy, and Star Fox (no relation to the famous Nintendo game) constantly barrages you with its obnoxious sound effects.
  • Hoshi wo Miru Hito (Stargazers) may be Japan's equivalent of Action 52, but its soundtrack wasn't one of the few redeeming qualities. All the songs consist of high pitched notes and are arranged beyond abysmal level. As a result, the town and battle themes almost sound like something out of a fever dream, and the rest of the songs are absolutely ear-splitting. This video (which demonstrates Stargazers' mind-blowing flaws) shows off some of the music. Apparently, the composer of Stargazers is Naoki Morishima, who wrote the music for the Famicom exclusive The Black Bass and its sequel, as seen below and who programmed all of the games he created.
  • While the Red Chinese children's anthem "I Love Beijing Tiananmen" is not horrible, Hong Kong '97 infamously uses a 5-second loop of it as the only song - in fact, the only audio - in the entire game. Worse, the loop runs independently of what's going on in the game, meaning it never stops even when you die. Unlike other examples on the page, it was blatantly stolen from another source rather than made from scratch. If you're curious about the original version that the game ripped from, it's here.
  • The pathetic Suspiciously Similar Song version of the "Raiders March" in the NES version of Hydlide. It actually first appeared in the otherwise Japan-only Hydlide II, and is unfortunately indicative of the quality of music on the PC-88 before later models gave it a sound chip and improved games soundtrack by leaps and bounds. Here's the two tracks of these songs from the NES port.
  • Sachen's (Color Dreams to be exact) soundtracks are generally as shoddy as the games themselves, but Silent Assault's music is horrible even by their standards. The sole BGM track consists of a monophonic sine wave melody accompanied by white noise military drums.
  • Juri's theme in Street Fighter IV sounds quite masterful and fitting for the character's nature… But for some reason, when the theme returned in V, it suddenly turned into this really lazy techno piece.
  • The Super Mario World Game Mod Hammer Bro Demo 3 (which is horrible in its own right) has some of this whenever the creator ported music from other games himself. Take the brilliant music from the Mega Man (Classic) series, make it sound like a cat being tortured and someone banging the keys in succession and you've got some of the 'songs' used in this game. If you like the original music, hearing them in this will probably break you. Just compare them here, it's absolutely appalling how bad these renditions are (they're the first ones shown in the comparisons).
    • The music from said hack can stoop even lower than this. One of the songs (which is supposed to be the peaceful Cascade Capers theme from Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!) did not utilize the correct samples, making the music pure ear rape. It even managed to change the pitch of the sound effects into the level!
  • Too many themes from educational Mario games fall straight into this. Seriously, listen to the music from Mario Teaches Typing or Mario's Early Years. It's torture on the ears. "Mario Teaches Typing" music (with extremely annoying typing sounds) and "Mario's Early Years" music.
    • The music in Mario Teaches Typing can get much worse. The link above is what you get if you had a compatible sound card. If your sound card wasn't compatible with the game, however, then it would play the music and sound effects through the PC Speaker, creating sounds that ScrewAttack.com likened to "a retarded R2-D2."
  • Mega Man II for the Game Boy is already infamous on its own, mostly thanks to the grating, excessively high-pitched arrangements that manage to kill perfectly good compositions like Air Man's theme - and SiIvaGunner improved on that by rearranging it in the style of the NES games.
  • The NES port of 1942 has an extremely beepy and irritating rendition of the ''March of Midway'' that plays throughout every single stage.
  • The overworld theme of the Famicom exclusive Onyanko Town is Sensory Abuse at its finest, with it being a completely whacked-out arrangement of "Ballet Of The Chicks In Their Shells" from Pictures at an Exhibition, which loops every 5 seconds.
  • R-Type III for the GBA is pure Porting Disaster on all fronts, and that includes the BGM. Most SNES games that were ported to the GBA tend to have botched music because of the different sound chips between the two systems, but in this situation the developers lost the original source code and they redid it from scratch. Shockingly, how they the recreated music (with the GBA soundchip in mind) has to be heard to be believed. Here's the original Force Select music, and here's the GBA version. If you haven't started crying yet, compare the theme for the first stage: SNES and GBA. Hell, compare it to the C64 version from R-Type, which was made in 1988!
  • The Dual Shock version of Resident Evil features what sounds like somebody randomly banging the white keys on a cheap Casio (or midi controller) set to "horn." When it was revealed that credited composer Mamoru Samuragochi, believed to be the Japanese Beethoven as he claimed to be hearing-impaired, was a fraud and had secretly paid someone else to write the soundtrack, it predictably resulted in jokes that this particular song was the only one he had written himself.
  • While the NES version of Rygar is well known for its distinctly atmospheric soundtrack, the theme for the Palace of Dorago stands out (in a bad way) for being nothing but a four-note loop. Considering how disproportionately short it is to the length of the dungeon its featured in, it gets repetitive very quickly.
  • Sega Smash Pack Volume 1 for the Dreamcast is an infamous Porting Disaster, and that's due to its soundtrack not being emulated properly, which is ironic since it's on a console by Sega themselves. The music in the included Genesis games sounds like a Master System at its best and at its worst, sounds like an Atari 2600, while Sonic the Hedgehog 1 sounded worse than Sonic Genesis GBA. This was the main reason why Gamespot gave it a 4 out of 10.
  • Sherlock Holmes: Hakushaku Reijou Yuukai Jiken took the music to the extreme by trying to make it as high-pitched as possible. Painful!
  • Sonic the Hedgehog Genesis for GBA was a rushed-out-the-door Porting Disaster in all respects. This includes the BGM. Rather than try to synthesize it from scratch, they threw in MIDI files of the original melodies, with ear-grating, tinny samples which are incredibly low-fidelity, even by GBA standards.
  • The Sonic the Hedgehog Game Mod "Hyper X" is notable for being one of the first Sonic hacks to have its entire soundtrack revamped. However, this isn't always a good thing, as all of the new songs sound like they're either missing audio channels, using inappropriate instruments, or are simply off-key.
  • The intro theme to Japan-only game The Black Bass for the original Famicomnote  has to heard to be believed. One of the lead channels sounds corrupted to the point where it's grating.
  • The Great Waldo Search for the NES may be an improvement over its predecessor, Where's Waldo, but its background music is atrocious. Where's Waldo, as terrible as it was in its own right, at least had the benefit of having Julian LeFay as its composer.
    • The SNES version doesn't fare much better. Aside from a terrible rendition of the Where's Waldo theme song — the NES version by contrast had a digitized version of the theme, a rarity for an 8-bit console — the soundtrack features a grand total of four songs. The ones used for the first, second and fourth levels are mediocre, but the one featured in the third level is absolutely awful.
  • The 16-bit console ports of Wayne's World, as the AVGN put it, has the "all-time worst butchering of Bohemian Rhapsody". The Genesis version is leaning towards this as that rendition is trying its hardest to not sound like a depressed organ. The SNES version, while still terrible, is rather amusing as it sounds like someone is spamming the accordion.
  • An example that likely would've gone unheard of in this day and age had it not been for The Angry Video Game Nerd, the Speed Skating "music" from the NES port of Winter Games. For reference, this is the same bit of music from the original Amiga version; certainly nothing very impressive, but it at least sounds like music, rather than an audio chip having a nervous breakdown.
  • Wizards and Warriors III — "Thief's Guild". David Wise, what happened? The track starts out fine but, 50 seconds in, devolves into random notes. It's pretty jarring, considering how good the rest of the game's soundtrack is.

Anime Theme Songs

  • While it is debatable which version of "Dragon Soul" is better (between Sean Schemmel and Vic Mignogna, and sometimes Takayoshi Tanimoto), hardly anyone would argue that they're at least better than the version sung by Justin Cook. He's a brilliant voice actor but a mediocre singer, and seems to be doing a bad impersonation of Jakob Dylan.
  • Master of Martial Hearts is already a bad show, but what makes it even worse is its opening theme song that was sung by someone who can't sing for the life of her. She sounds like a really bored person trying to sing a fast-paced song. And that long note she holds near the end is a huge Brown Note. If your ears can take it, here's a link for it here.
  • If you can Believe It, the German theme (which is sung with English lyrics) to Naruto may be even worse than the examples listed already, if not the worst anime theme period! It starts promising with the Third Hokage narrating about the Nine-Tail Fox's attack, before turning into a bad rap song. The vocals are off-key, the main singer sounds drunk and bored, and the lyrics are incoherent with a use of Painful Rhyme. They tried rhyming "cool" (to describe Sasuke) with "beautiful" (to describe Sakura).

Western Animation

  • The theme song for The Brothers Flub is speculated to be at least a contributing factor to the cartoon's failure, if not the reason, simply because the vocals are awful. They feature the shrillest tenor imaginable singing nothing in particular, as counterpoint to a Simpleton Voiced baritone chanting "flub," plus the odd random noise here and there. Tragically, the end credits instrumental is perfectly fine, so it would have been listenable if not for those vocals. Rebel Taxi and The Mysterious Mr. Enter have both included it high in their respective lists of worst cartoon theme songs.

Vanity Plate

  • The theme accompanying the Class Video logo. The melody seems to be quite okay, but there are very long pauses and there is no regard for the dynamics at all. Hearing this makes you feel as if the music is still loading instead of being a musical piece on its own, making the line between music and random sounds blurrier than its almost pixelated background.

  • The late Daniel Smith was widely regarded as an impressive composer, a good musician, and a great writer where music theory is concerned. As an improv bassoonist, not so much. He got laughed out of every orchestra he'd auditioned for thanks to poor rhythm and articulation, his inability to find the right notes or tune his instrument properly, and his poor improvisation. His ratings on Amazon.com are consistent 1 or 2 star ratings, most of which have only been slightly boosted by fake reviews. What's tragic is that he seemed to be quite a knowledgeable composer and teacher, but he was just not a very good instrumentalist. Take a listen for yourself.
  • In general, almost every record company and/or radio DJ has to wade through mountains of amateur musicians looking for their big break. While they do, occasionally, find some genuinely good (or, at least, potentially good) candidates, most of these submissions are ear-bleeding crap with embarrassingly incompetent musicianship and horrid songwriting. In fact, actor Paul Rudd, when recounting his days as a radio DJ during an interview about his movie This Is 40, briefly described what he found to be foolproof signs of disposable music submissions. For example, if the band described themselves as being "a lot like Pearl Jam," their submission was immediately tossed in the garbage (and not just because Paul Rudd doesn't like Pearl Jam).
  • “Greatest Songs of the Pop-Rock-Alternative-Garage Era” and its subsequent worst list, which could be described as AOL Magazine's list (see below for more details) if it was rewritten by a person with a great disdain of North American music. To give you a start - The lists often praise many UK-based singers while bashing any artist from North America or nearby (Bob Seger and Tom Petty especially). Meanwhile, the greatest list includes 125 songs by The Beatles (they aren't even listed, so they could literally be ANY Beatles songs, even their more polarizing songs) and 33 songs by The Cure (also not listed), which appears to be a dire case of Padding. In addition, there is also the author's blatantly incorrect claims (during one part, he claims The Cure's music is banned in North America, yet you can hear their music on many oldies stations), which add up to the suspicion that the person really hates North American music (despite the fact the site claims to be from north-eastern Pennsylvania). The worst part may very well be the fat jokes the author makes about the girls of Heart while bashing their music, or the fact that they compare American broadcasters to Nazis for playing American music (calling it brainwashing to play John Mellancamp over Joy Division).

Music Magazines and Books

  • The now taken down AOL Radio's "100 Worst Songs Ever" list by classic rock fan Matthew Wilkening (who has went onto making a news site regarding classic rock musicians), which can be found archived here. The list seems to have been sloppily made with a single, lousy purpose in mind - to show the creator's obsessive hatred of pop music, and is filled with Padding. Each song's passage about it is completely uninformative and non-descriptive as to why the song is terrible (e.g. the whole piece on "This is Why I'm Hot" by MIMS is "First off, he repeats 'This is why I'm hot' too much. Second, he repeats 'This is why I'm hot' too much"), and the author sometimes completely lets his preferences for classic rock musicians and distate for pop music in general slide through in certain passages. It doesn't help that list is larded with several songs that are totally questionable, such as novelty songs he takes too seriously, songs the author misunderstands (he totally misinterprets the story in "Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Ole Oak Tree" — it's about a prisoner returning home, not a soldier!), several number-one hit songs (such as the theme tune to Friends), and finally, the song at the top of the list is DJ Pauly D's "(It's Time to) Beat Dat Beat", indicating how rushed the list is. The author also tries to, and completely fails at, cracking jokes in the paragraphs (with the worst one being a tastelessly sexist Take That! at Helen Reddy's "I Am Woman").
  • The Encyclopedia of Indie Rock is an insult to anyone who has ever written an archive based on artists. It's filled with grammatical errors and awkward wording. Also, it's not uncommon for authors to get their facts wrong every now and then, but this one has so many glaringly obvious factual errors that it makes you wonder if the book is a parody of encyclopedia books in general. The many errors include:
    • Confusing which members of At The Drive-In formed the bands Sparta and The Mars Volta.
    • Including entries on James Blunt and Flyleaf, neither of which could be considered indie rock at all (the book's introduction tries - and fails - to convince readers that these artists are indie rock).
    • A passing mention that an associate of the band Camper Van Beethoven had recorded an acoustic version of "Pink Floyd's classic "Stairway to Heaven". Aside from the misattribution, it appears that the book managed to conflate Camper Van Beethoven's "Stairway To Heavan (Sic)"—an instrumental that's completely unrelated to the Led Zeppelin song of almost the same name—with their cover of Pink Floyd's "Interstellar Overdrive".
      • In the same entry, there is a reference to a "new" Camper Van Beethoven song called "Tusk" which "might be an allusion to the Fleetwood Mac album of the same name". This was apparently a mangled reference to the band's 2002 full-length cover of the entire Tusk album.
    • Claiming that J Mascis left Dinosaur Jr.. in 1988 (Lou Barlow was the member of the band to leave, and he was fired… by Mascis, who by 1994 was in fact the only original member remaining in the band until the original lineup reunited in 2005).
    • There was a mention that Dischord Records was founded in 1970 (ten years before it actually was) that can be attributed as a typo, but listing Neutral Milk Hotel's In The Aeroplane Over The Sea as being released in 2003 rather than 1998 has no excuse.
    • Chris Funk of The Decemberists appeared on The Colbert Report… OK, so far so good… "hosted by Stephen Colbert, star of the NBC dramedy The Office (US)"… Uh, guys… wrong "Steve". They were on The Daily Show at the same time at one point which, without fact checking, might have been the problem.
      • Also… dramedy? The Office has no more dramatic moments than any other sitcom.
    • In the Sonic Youth entry, it's mentioned that Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore divorced in the early 2000s (Gordon and Moore split in 2011, but when the book was published, they had been married for over 20 years. The indie rock couple that divorced in the early 2000s was Robert Schneider and Hilarie Sidney of The Apples in Stereo).
    • The sentence "The Nine Inch Nails won a Grammy for their cover of Johnny Cash's classic song 'Hurt'". It was their song to begin with, Cash's version was the cover. Of course, since the release of Cash's cover in 2002, this has been an astonishingly common mistake by media types. Nine Inch Nails never received a Grammy for the song either. They won a Grammy award for "Wish", back in 1993, which was mainly used as a source for Self-Deprecation by Trent Reznor.

Music Videos

  • The stars of Miami Vice both bombed horribly when they attempted solo music careers, and their music videos were no exception:
    • While the quality of Don Johnson's "Heartbeat" is debatable, the music video is just terrible. It was originally part of an hour-long HBO special. Focusing on a cameraman (Johnson) who goes to South America to document civil warfare, the special still doesn't make much sense, as each segment of the special was backed by a song from Johnson's album. Taken by itself, "Heartbeat" is a confusing mess of random images and scenes, along with Johnson painfully overacting every lyric. There's a reason why this special has never been released, and "Heartbeat" is the triggerpoint. When MTV did a "worst videos ever" special ("25 Lame") in 1999, this was the video that "topped" the list.
    • "Just the Way I Planned It" by Philip Michael Thomas premiered on the VHS release of his seminal film Death Drug, and by all accounts it's still hard to decide which one's worse. "Just the Way I Planned It" featured an inexplicable concept (PMT stands on top of a pyramid and dances like a robot while getting groped by backup dancers), cheap special effects (even for the '80s), and lyrics that didn't match the video in any way, shape, or form. It should be noted that Thomas' CD (of the same name) was released at the zenith of Vice's popularity, and it still flopped.
  • On a musical level, Jenna Rose's "O.M.G" was a considerable step up from "My Jeans". The video, however, is utterly reprehensible, given that she was only twelve years old when she filmed it. From the opening crawl of "Jenna Rose as the Teen Boom-Boom Doll," you know what it's going to be from the start — three lengthy, unsettling minutes of an adolescent girl being portrayed as a sex symbol. On top of that is the apathetic acting (the lip-sync hardly tries to be convincing, and the backup dancers appear at points to really not want to be there) and a lighting technician who has no idea what he's doing.
  • The utterly contemptible video for Alison Gold's "Shush Up", attempts to portray her as a sexualised criminal who is put to death in the electric chair. This would all be well and good if it wasn't for the fact that Alison Gold was only 12 when this video was made, and attempts to portray her as being Ms. Fanservice whilst dancing in a Stripperific costume with an assortment of similarly scantily-clad females. Alison Gold's music and videos had always attracted negative attention, but this made even fans of "Chinese Food" cringe. The backlash was swift and brutal and resulted in the official video being taken down from Alison Gold's YouTube after only several days. It was so bad that it may even have killed her career before it even began, as she has not released anything since. It also killed the career of Patrice Wilson, the mastermind behind Ark Music Factory and much of its acts, who awkwardly defended the video and called it "art". After the backlash towards "Shush Up", with the lone exceptions of Rebecca Black and Wilson himself (who released a new single in 2015 which only gained attention for its utterly bizarre music video), none of Ark/PMW Live's acts have released anything or done anything noteworthy ever since.
  • Billy Squier's "Rock Me Tonite" video was the machine gun that shot his stardom down. The video showed Squier doing some not very manly dance moves, some of which include stripteases on his bed and he remains in rather femme-looking clothes for the duration of it, getting dressed and putting on a pink tank top. The video, directed by Kenny Ortega, may have been considered So Bad, It's Good if it were made today... but back in 1984, many TV stations refused to air it, and he lost a huge portion of his fanbase because of the video, making the song his last ever "hit" (the fact that it was a hit may be questionable too, as it was dropped from several radio stations not long after). It frequently appears in "Worst Music Videos Ever" list and Squier himself refuses to even talk about it.
  • While most will agree that Rush's song "Time Stand Still" is one of their best songs, the video, on the other hand, has next to no supporters because of how awful it is. The video shows the band and guest singer Aimee Mann flying around in mid-air through some studio and over some lazy chroma-keyed backgrounds, with next to no effort put into making it look at least mildly effective. The video hasn't shown up on any one of their DVD releases and the band remains unusually quiet about it, and the video continues to top "worst music videos ever" lists today.
  • Eddie Murphy's "Whatzupwitu", featuring an appearance by Michael Jackson, made its way to the number three position on the MTV "25 Lame" list. Jackson had not yet been tainted by his career-destroying scandal when this arrived in mid-1993, and Murphy had managed a pop hit with "Party All the Time" in The '80s, yet this still wasn't a hit. The clip's been compared to David Bowie and Mick Jagger's notorious "Dancing in the Street" video due to its copious amounts of Homoerotic Subtext. But while that was So Bad, It's Good (at worst), this just pairs a bland song with lazy greenscreen visuals. Todd in the Shadows took a quick look at it in his One Hit Wonderland video about Murphy's recording career, and thought that it might be a reason why both performers had such a rough go of it in The '90s. The Music Video Show also looks at the music video here, saying that it is the strangest thing Michael Jackson has ever been involved with.