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"Jimmy Webb is a genius. He's crafted this incredible record, and decided to put a man who can't sing at the front of it... and it's all the better for it!"
Sean Rowley, on Richard Harris and MacArthur Park

The good, the bad, and the So Bad, It's Good songs that we all know and love to hate/laugh at.

Troper General's Warning: The songs on this list may contain excessive levels of Narm and/or Lyrical Dissonance. May require heavy surgery to excise from one's mind.

Examples (sorted alphabetically by artist, last name for solo artists):

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  • "What's Up?" by 4 Non Blondes. The outfits. The hair. The incredibly overwrought singing. It's kinda charming in a Bile Fascination way.
  • An obscure bedroom black metal project called "666Satanic Army666". His EP "Praise Him" must be heard to be believed.
  • Farrah Abraham's 2012 album My Teenage Dream Ended is a fascinating potential case for the concept of "so bad, it's art". While fancying itself as a straightforward, sharp and trendy pop album, the music is bizarrely and haphazardly assembled (the conception of which is an odd story itself), with messy production aping off dubstep, bizarre, Narm-y lyrics, and Farrah's voice being absolutely plastered in unfocused autotune. However, in a manner similar to The Shaggs (listed below), the album has since gained some genuine critical attention years later for being such an out-there attempt at making sincere, meaningful pop music (much of the lyrical content was written by Farrah about her own, well-publicized and genuinely troubled personal history), earning it online appreciation as a unique piece of accidentally avant-garde Outsider Music. Take a sneak peek here.
  • Abukik's deliberately bad covers of various songs. The singing is... not great.
  • "Psychosane" by Adrenaline Mob, mostly due to Mike Portnoy's vocal contributions halfway through.
  • Michigan-based punk band Afterbirth's "Mr. Louis". While the rest of their lone self-released EP is just bad, this one song is perversely catchy in a way that sounds like The Shaggs doing hardcore punk. It also features a guitar solo nicked from "Mary Had a Little Lamb", as well as the hilariously bad rhyme "I wish you'd keel over and die/burn in hell, you faggot french fry".
  • Lene Alexandra's "My Boobs Are OK". It's almost three minutes of a girl singing about how she's stupid and useless, but it doesn't bother her because "her boobs are OK".
  • Gregg Alexander's album "Intoxifornication" the entire album is him pushing his boyish sex appeal with laughable lyrics. Just try listening to the single "The Truth" without laughing because of its stupidity.
  • Ambjaay’s viral hit “Uno” mixes trap and Latin music to this effect. Beginning with the phrase "Ay, let’s party, Holmes!" and the Memetic Mutation lyric Uno, dos, no tres, she a thot tho, Ambjaay goes for broke, mixing broken Spanglish, IKEA Erotica and cultural references to an incredibly minimalist beat and a delivery that seems like he just couldn’t care less. How many songs rhyme “mañana,” “piñata,” and “Rihanna?” But it’s incredibly catchy and has a hilarious video to boot.
  • Anal Cunt's relatively innocuous EP Howard Wulkan Is Bald is made up of three drunk guys giggling, singing, and screaming about how bald a friend of theirs is over other songs (including one made In the Style of Wesley Willis). The obvious lack of effort is what makes it so endearing.
  • The entire musical output of Russian metal band ANJ. Whether it's singing about a Goth teen getting chased off a building by jealous classmates wielding baseball bats or Mikhail Gorbachev fighting off evil Stalin zombies with eye lasers, it has to be seen to be believed.
  • Back in the mid-1990s, long before YouTube, Facebook and File Sharing, there was Anton Maiden: a Swedish nerd singing karaoke over MIDI renditions of Iron Maiden songs. It's almost surreal to go from Bruce Dickinson to Anton's amateurish, almost outsider-esque vocals.
  • John Ascroft's "Let the Eagle Soar," if only because it inspired some of the best jokes on The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.
  • "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" by Trace Adkins. "Got it goin' on/Like Donkey Kong/And oo-wee, shut my mouth, slap your grandma!"
  • I Get Wet by Andrew W.K.. The whole album is about three things: partying, getting drunk, and girls, drilled into your head repeatedly. However, the songs themselves are incredibly catchy, and Andrew WK himself doesn't take it seriously, saying "I just wanted to make a bunch of dumb songs that would be good for getting drunk to." Even several professional music critics don't find it all bad, and admit it succeeds at its intended purpose.
  • Ark Music Factory is responsible for several of these:
  • Atom and His Package intentionally based his career on this trope.
  • Attila was an early project by Billy Joel, described by the man himself as "psychedelic bullshit," comprised of Joel on keyboards and Jon Small on drums. They released a Self-Titled Album in 1970, which was such a commercial and critical disaster that it has been called "one of the worst albums ever recorded" and definitely Joel's worst record. It's full of Large Ham moments, laughable lyrics, and is such a downright ridiculous musical effort that it's attracted many fans who would argue it's a prime example of this trope.
  • Joe Aufricht's "Mockery and Perversion".
  • "Get Down" by B4-4, a Canadian boy band that seemed to have the Jersey Shore guido look down almost ten years before that show hit the air. It's riddled with obvious Double Entendre lyrics that don't even try to hide their meaning, like "I will make you come tonight... over to my house." In the video, the band appears to be singing this song to a little kid.
  • Gloria Balsam's "Fluffy", a horrendously off-key ballad lamenting a lost dog. The music is a well-performed approximation of fifties Girl Groups, it's the vocals and narmful lyrics that put it in this category. "Gloria Balsam" was the alter-ego of Cynthia Franz, a comedian with connections to the Berkley, California music scene of the eighties, so it was most likely all intentional.
    • Fred Schneider recorded a Cover Version for the Dr. Demento tribute album Covered in Punk!, and it fits his campy performance style perfectly - coincidentally the subject matter complements TheB52s's own "Quiche Lorraine".
  • "What To Do" by, of all people, Thomas Bangalter. Lyrics sung hoarsely and repeated along with the drum machine enough to quickly get old at best. It's so irritating, yet manages to be so catchy.
  • Bangs. He wants to take you to the mooooovies!
  • David Banner's album Certified. Pretty much all of the songs are about how he will kill you, how he will take your girlfriend and how he is representing the South, or some weird combination thereof, exaggerated to the point of unintentional parody and delivered over some really catchy beats in a Large Ham yell. Really, how can you not love an album with lines like "You'd better hide your grandmama cause I'll fuck her too"?
  • The Barenaked Ladies' song "Shopping" is meant to be a bland, insipid paean to consumerism; it was inspired by then-President George Bush's advice to Americans worried about the economy, war etc. 'When the going gets rough/Just shop with somebody tough...'. Given the number of fans who missed that point, however, the band has since conceded they probably took the gag too far. Which may explain why their live performances of the song involved a shopping-cart ballet on the 'La-la-la-la-la-la-la' bridge, using actual shopping carts probably stolen from Wal-Mart.
  • Ladies and gentlemen, please rise for the national anthem of the United States, as sung by Roseanne Barr.
  • Battalion 88 is an extremely obscure band featuring Belarusian neo-Nazis making black metal/techno songs about the Space Marines. If that weren't odd enough, there's also completely jarring viking metal vocals with the otherwise normal black metal vocals, sci-fi sound effects, and broken English lyrics about ancient battle spirits and racial hoo-ha. It goes together about as well as you think it would. But the concept is just so strange that one can't help but love it.
  • Steve Bent's "Going To Spain": Before The Fall did a Cover Version, it was best known for being one of the more memorable songs on a compilation called The World's Worst Record. However it's oddly catchy, and the cheesy arrangement and inane lyrics make it sort of charming. Unfortunately, The Fall's version changes the last verse; just imagine hearing Mark E. Smith lament "I hate it, yes, I hate the cheese and pickles".
  • H. Jon Benjamin's Well, I Should Have... is a deliberate case: The central joke is that it's a piano jazz album by a comedian/voice actor who can't play piano and doesn't like jazz music - to set the tone, there's an opening skit where Benjamin tries and fails to make a Deal with the Devil in exchange for musical talent. He recorded the album with professional jazz musicians for added contrast, and it can be hilarious to hear an otherwise well-composed jazz instrumental completely fall apart every time the pianist takes a solo.
  • Bev 'n' Bob are known for their hilarious karaoke videos out of every song they look for. Many videos do have Narm vocals and clashy, bizarre greenscreen backgrounds. A common example is this one, complete with stock decorations and strange faces on the windows.
  • Oh boy, Big Sean's "Dance (ASS)." Blatantly stupid song about, well, ass? Yeah. Absolutely fun to play and make fun of in parties? Hell yes.
  • "Chin Up High", Ame Bibabi's Diss Track against her haters, went viral for its amateurish production and awkward vocals, especially the odd way she sings "party" and "twerk" with a stutter.
    P-p-p-p-p-p-p-p-party 'til I die
    With my chin up high
    Fuck 'em all, fuck 'em by
    Like it's my last day on this earth
    Let that dollar make her work, work
  • The Black Eyed Peas's "My Humps", which is a repetitive and materialistic song about a woman who uses her sex appeal to get what she wants. Fergie "sexily" refers to her breasts and posterior as "humps" and "love lumps", and makes strange mentions of "coco pops" and "milk". Apparently it's supposed to be a Stealth Parody of crunk rap. There's also Alanis Morissette's cover, which turns the song into a piano ballad.
    My hump, my hump, my hump, my hump, my hump,
    My hump, my hump, my hump, my lovely little lumps
  • Black Out Band's "Video Games". It's a couple of kids singing poorly about how they "JUS WANNA PLAY VIDEO GAMES!" and that "everything else is really lame". The info claims it won a Grammy. The official Grammy site does not list the band or the song as a winner. Amusingly, the YouTube URL actually has the word "No" at the very end of it.
  • The music video for "The Satan of Hell" by The Black Satans. The music itself is standard Black Metal, but the video... set in the snowy woods it features tiki torch headbanging, snowballs, tree humping and evil peek-a-boo. And the choreographed dance at around the 1:55 mark. It will make you laugh, if anything.
  • Blood on the Dance Floor, full stop.
    • The clean version of "Sexting" by Blood On The Dance Floor. It's an extremely sexual song, so it sounds hard to understand how it can be censored
    I wanna *quack* you hard, I want to feel you deep, I wanna rock your body, I want to taste your sweet. I wanna *squeak* you hard..
  • Boney M.:
    • "Happy Song." While the beat is pretty solid and funky, that doesn't change the fact that this is a disco song with a children's choir singing about eating ice cream.
    • "Rasputin" is something else as well.
  • The (in)famous Bowie / Jagger cover of "Dancing in the Street". Especially with the video, which debuted at Live Aid (1985). Family Guy even used it as "the gayest music video of all time".
    • The video is even more hilarious with the sound off.
    • "The Laughing Gnome" predated Space Oddity and even his first full album. It's... odd. (It's a child-oriented novelty song — there was a market for such songs in The '60s.) After Bowie became famous in the early 1970s, on another record label, Decca rereleased it as a single to cash in on his fame and it quickly became notorious.
    • From that first full album (1967's David Bowie), "Rubber Band" and "We Are Hungry Men".
  • Sarah Brand's "Red Dress" went viral for being fascinatingly bad thanks to its weirdly incompetent songwriting choices and vocals that make it feel really off. It's like an Uncanny Valley for music. Similarly, the music video is full of awkward cuts.
  • What happens when you combine the worst elements of Crunk Core and scene-kid "screamo", add lyrics involving Ikea Erotica and falling in love with girls you met on MySpace, and top it all off with a fashion sense taken from Metrosexual hipsters? BrokeNCYDE!
  • Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion's "WAP" is one hell of a banging and hard hitting song about... having a wet ass pussy. Bizarre lyrical imagery abounds about having to bring a bucket and a mop, a WAP getting you a ring, sliding a WAP like a credit card, and so many other weird things that its not hard to see why this song got such a hubbub. And despite its sheer ridiculousness,it kinda ends up being catchy as shit. And you think that was bad? Check out its radio edit, Wet and Gushy.
  • Celtic Frost once made Cold Lake, a Hair Metal-style album that is a radical departure from their previous extreme metal-oriented albums To Mega Therion and Into the Pandemonium. It was critically reviled upon release and even Thomas Gabriel Fischer thought that the album was an embarrassment. The album is more positively received nowadays, with a commenter saying that "For their worst album it's still pretty good". You can listen to the whole album in its cheesy glory here.
  • Charlene:
    • Her Narmtastic "Never Been To Me"
      Hey, you know what Paradise is? It's a lie, a fantasy we create about people and places as we'd like them to be. But you know what Truth is? It's little baby you're holding, and it's that man you fought with this morning — the same one you're going to make Love with tonight! That's Truth! That's Love!
    • The even more Narmilicious follow up single, "Used to Be," which somehow managed to rein in none other than Stevie Wonder (!!!) as a duet partner.
      Can your teacher read? Does your preacher pray? Does your president have soul?
  • El Chombo's song, "Chacarron Macarron", barely deserves to be called a song because it has very few real notes; it is mostly just bizarre chanting to a drumbeat, especially its ridiculous sounding "ualuealuealeuale" chorus. To call the chanting Word Salad Lyrics would imply "Ihni binni dimi diniwiny anitaime" and "Nini nini ron" are actual words. It has become infamous on the Internet for being such terrible music, largely thanks to YTMND.
  • "Book Of Death", a song by a metal band called Chronic Chronicler. 10 seconds in, a heavily-accented woman starts singing/screaming/vomiting "BOOK OF DEATH! BOOK OF DEATH!" into what sounds like a laptop microphone.
  • Canadian rapper Chuggo released an album that was actually reviewed positively—but most people know of him from his camp single, "Aw, C'Mon"—Commonly known as "AAAAAAAAAHHHHH! COME ON, FUCK A GUY!" (Actually it's "fucking guy")—along with its suitably outrageous music video. The sheer mix of rather simplistic rhymes (Ladies come to see me, because they can't fuck! You'll never sell a record, because your rap sucks!), gratuitous use of any and all debauched tropes relating to rap music (It seems like it might be a diss track, only Chuggo seemingly forgot to explain whom he's dissing at any point the whole song), the video's low-budget quality and sometimes questionable choices of its visuals (a skull? You sure you weren't trying for a heavy metal band, Chuggo?) and its occasional use of elements that don't seem to belong anywhere in rap music (I put mayonnaise on all my food!), earns it this trope so hard, it's nearly impossible to believe it wasn't an intentional joke.
  • Some time in the 90s, a teenager named Tom Clark apparently recorded a hilariously bad cover of Nirvana's Nevermind as a way to apologize to his friend for losing a copy of a mixtape he had borrowed. It was recorded on a karaoke machine with a pause-and-record style that left the majority of the songs with no instrumentals whatsoever, and Clark's puberty-filled cracking voice is far, far from good enough to carry it on its own. It has to be heard to be believed.
  • A band called Complete wants to take us on a trip to a magical land, called... "HOOGIE BOOOGGIIEE LA-HA-HA-HAND"
  • The Cornel Hurd Band is an intentional example of this. They purposefully make their music repetitive and boring, and the lyrics they write sound like a deconstruction of Country Music.
  • In early 2014, Billy Ray Cyrus remade the already disrespected "Achy Breaky Heart" into an incoherent mess involving rapping, twerking, Trap Music, and Larry King. Needless to say, it has not gone over well.
  • Miley Cyrus: "Dooo It!" Beware, the music video is mildly unsettling. It just feels....wrong.
  • D4NNY's "Goodbye". Roughly two-thirds of the song is made up of the chorus and his singing's so bad that even with Auto-Tune, he still sounds off-key at points.
  • Damien Storm has gathered a small following for his (most likely deliberately) pathetic attempts at King Diamond styled vocals.
  • "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" by Dead or Alive. The song itself is good, but catch the video. Such enthusiasm.
  • Jason Derulo:
    • "Trumpets" has hilariously bad lyrics like "Is it weird that your ass remind me of a Kanye West song?" and "Is it weird that your bra remind me of a Katy Perry song?". Perhaps her bra is shooting fireworks? And then there are the titular trumpets, which are an ode to constipation.
    • "Wiggle" had the line "Hotdammit/Your Booty Like Two Planets/Go ahead and go Ham Sandwich." The Ham Sandwich is a multiple entendre but still...
    • The entire album those two songs are on is full of gems. Just listen to the first two seconds of Zipper.
  • Design The Skyline's "Surrounded By Silence". Don't let the first 30 or so seconds fool you, this song goes wrong the moment the vocalist starts screaming, and even ignoring the harsh vocals, it sounds like a Random Events Plot converted to audio.
  • This much-viewed Youtube video of a 'black metal' band called Detsorgsekalf, with a song called 'From The Blood Of A Thousand Virgins Rises Chevy Chase'. While likely not played entirely straight, even as a parody it's downright terrible, saved only by blips of decent instrumentation, a computer drumming, and the, uh, rather fetching victim.
  • Notorious in prog-rock circles is At King, the 1985 debut album by the Swiss neo-progressive band Deyss. Reportedly, the sword-fight effects were created by clinking butter knives together!
  • Hardcore punk band Discharge! had been experimenting with heavy metal elements in the releases leading to their 1987 album Grave New World, and on that album, they went all-out Glam Metal, leaving behind all their punk elements, even leading singer Kelvin Morris to take a vocal style so whiny and high-pitched that it's impossible to listen to without giggling like a ninny. A suitable description would be so bloody horrible it's FANTASTIC. Try listening without laughing.
  • DJ Isaac's Face Down Ass Up and its explicit lyrics repeating all over the entire song. "FACE DOWN, ASS UP, THATS THE WAY WE LIKE TO FUCK"
    • Don't forget DJ Funk, a dj musician who coined the booty house subgenre and the creator of the Booty House Anthems albums. Like DJ Isaac's, it contains explict lyrics repeated over. Not to mention he's also a popular example of ghetto house music.
  • "AOAO (Royal Mix)" by DJ Sharpnel — the song that later became HUEHUEHUEHUE BR BR.
  • Dream Jam Band telling the kids to brush their teeth in this Totally Radical rap.
  • The Mexican black metal band Drown In Solitude would just be another standard DSBM band, if the vocalist didn't sound like the mating call of an elephant. No, seriously.

  • The entire catalogue of E-Rotic certainly counts. Forced, cheesy lyrics and hilariously vapid songs about sex were their Raison d'être. And they were awesome. Their music videos were even better, filled with bizarre scenarios and tons of nudity. The one for Willy Use A Billy Boy (NSFW) has a condom fighting shapeshifting sperm cells, and that is just the beginning. Longtime fans of DanceDanceRevolution may remember E-Rotic's songs from DanceDanceRevolution 3rdMIX through 5thMIX.
    • This One Piece-themed parody of their video for "Dr. Dick" manages to take the bizarreness to another level. Ever wanted to see Tony Tony Chopper with humanlike proportions in his default form? Now you can!
  • "EAST" by Earl Sweatshirt, whose instrumental is a one-bar loop of what Genius claims is "a song by 20th-century Egyptian singer Abdelhalim Hafez," but just sounds like some strange sea shanty. It's one of the most entertainingly bizarre instrumentals ever put on a rap album.
  • There is an attempt at "acoustic Death Metal" by a guy with the stage name Emersonoel that must be heard to be believed. (and here is he singing over Sepultura to dig himself deeper)
  • The "clean" version of Purple Pills. Seriously, when you take a song about drugs by Eminem and try to make it radio-friendly, the end result is so mind-numbingly stupid you can't help but laugh.
    • Dirty Lyrics:
    "I take a couple uppers, I down a couple downers, but nothing compares to these blue and yellow purple pills. I've been to mushroom mountain, once or twice but who's counting, but nothing compares to these blue and yellow purple pills.
    • Clean Lyrics:
    "I've been so many places, I've seen so many faces, but nothing compares to these blue and yellow purple hills. I've climbed the highest mountain, once or twice but who's counting, but nothing compares to these blue and yellow purple hills.
    • It just gets worse from there. Also a lot of the lyrics they keep are just as offensive in the clean version, like
    I can't describe the vibe I get when I drive by six people and five I hit.
  • "Always" by Erasure digs its way into your head like a tick, is so corny that it shows up in stool (it rhymes "open" with "open" in the very first stanza), and the music is full of electronic beeps and boops that sound like R2-D2 scatting, but there's an earnest quality to its unabashed cheesiness that makes it impossible to hate. Lead singer Andy Bell's fantastic pipes are a big check in the song's "plus" column, but please remember that [adult swim] picked it for Robot Unicorn Attack for a reason, and not just "because it's awesome." The music video cranks the cheesiness way up.
  • "The Next Door" by Exile. Better known as "Indestructible", Street Fighter IV's opening cutscene song. If you're listening to it in Japanese, it sounds like an average J-Pop song. Listen to it in English and, at first, you may be annoyed, eventually you will love and start singing along to it. It's sung in Engrish and hearing it while seeing either Ryu and Ken, Chun-Li and Crimson Viper, Akuma and Gouken or Guile and Abel having an epic fight just helps with the awesomeness. Unfortunately, the song was booted from Super Street Fighter IV.
  • "It's Too Big" by actor/singer Jonah Falcon, a song about how he has the largest penis in the world. What makes it so special? Jonah is a world record holder for penis length (13.5 inches, in case you were wondering). He knows for a fact that the song is true.
  • GAK, a one-off supergroup consisting of W. Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan of Guns N' Roses, Sebastian Bach, and James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, and Kirk Hammett of Metallica, performed a show at the Hollywood Palladium on November 10, 1990, where they did a hilariously shitty five-song set consisting of "You're Crazy", "For Whom the Bell Tolls", "Piece of Me", "Hair of the Dog", and "Whiplash", with Bach absolutely fucking up the vocals of the latter and an increasingly annoyed Hetfield showing him how it's done.
  • Fog on the Tyne by Gazza and Lindisfarne. It's one of the most infamous entries in the "actual band and non-musician celebrity collaboration" category. Features Paul Gascoigne's Geordie rapping; reached number two in Britain when it was released. What else is there to be said?
  • David Geddes' "Run, Joey, Run" — A Teenage Death Song, made especially memorable by the whiny heroine's chorus, the lead's overwrought delivery, and the Squicky implications of her father's over-reaction to their relationship. The boom-shicka riff as Joey speeds to the heroine's house just adds to the narm.
    • Geddes' followup, "The Last Game of the Season," also qualifies, especially inasmuch that it's most often referred to by its subtitle, "Blind Man in the Bleachers."
  • Another intentional one, but power metal band Gloryhammer pretty much takes everything that people tend to either love or hate about power metal (Overblown synths, ridiculous vocal ranges, fantasy-themed concept albums, nonsensical lyrics about dragons, swords, warriors and all that epicness, and long instrumental interludes) and just rolls with it without a single iota of irony. The end result? Awesomely stupid musical marvels such as "The Unicorn Invasion of Dundee", a song about, appropriately enough, the Scottish city of Dundee being invaded by the evil wizard Zargothrax, and his army of undead unicorns. And that's just the first song on the album! Even though the entire band are native English speakers, their lyrics are written in semi-broken English meant to be imitative of European power metal bands. And thus, we get lyrics like "High above the citadel, an epic war is fight".
  • gmcfosho makes bizarre Swag Raps that are amazingly catchy. He is almost certainly a parody of the Swag Rap mentality though. One of his most popular songs is IMDABES, where he raps about how he is DA BES.
    Went to maurey and he said that baby ain't mine
    Now that kids an orphan
    And im da bes
    That's a check mate
    We playin chess
  • "Wilder" by Gnesa. In fact, Gnesa's "singing" is SO bad, that many have started to say that she's worse than Rebecca Black. The film clip looks like it was on a $20 budget, and all bad comments on the YouTube video get deleted. Some theorise that this is all but a horrible (but hilarious) joke. "Wilder" has spawned a variety of covers, such as an acoustic and a metal tribute, both of which actually did a pretty good job, given the subject material.
  • Mark Gormley. The glasses, the moustache, the bad green screen and the random posture changes (read: lots of power stances) are so hilariously jarring that everything he does becomes a surreal masterpiece. Although it's a bit subverted by the fact that the music itself is actually decent, if not dated.
  • The Guns N' Roses song Oh My God for the End of Days soundtrack qualifies. It was the first song produced by the band with singer Axl Rose in several years and it definitely showed.
    • "My World" could also probably be placed in this category - It's a minute and a half of Axl Rose (sort of) rapping over drum machines, tinny synth bass, a loop of The Immodest Orgasm, and various "industrial" sound effects note , and makes for a hell of a strange closing track to Use Your Illusion II. The song is performed entirely by Axl alone, and reportedly the rest of the band didn't even know of its existence until after the album's release.
  • "MacArthur Park." As performed both as a 60s pop ballad by Richard Harris and as a disco dance remix by Donna Summer. The chorus is meant to be symbolic of a lost love; that only cements it more firmly in this categorynote :
    MacArthur Park is melting in the dark
    All the sweet green icing flowing down.
    Someone left the cake out in the rain
    I don't think that I can take it
    'Cause it took so long to bake it
    And I'll never have that recipe again... oh NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
    • Humourist Dave Barry - whose Bad Song Survey had ranked this song No.1 - commented that a lot of fans had since written to inform him that he didn't get it; that "the cake was a metaphor. To which I reply, OK, but it's a really stupid metaphor."
    • Insipid lyrics notwithstanding, the Richard Harris version has good instrumental backing, and his voice sounds pleasing enough. The Donna Summer version, however, butchers the original song in every single area but the lyrics. It doesn't help that her arrhythmic singing brings William Shatner to mind.
    • The narminess of this song was lampshaded on The Simpsons. At the Little Miss Springfield Pageant, Apu's niece announces that she will be performing it and playing the tabla (an Indian drum). Cue the audience bursting into hysterical laughter.
  • The video for David Hasselhoff's Hooked On a Feeling.
  • Austrian rock band Helmi's Nightmare is the embodiment of Outsider Music: The singer (Helmi) doesn't know the slightest bit about rhythm, meters, or melody, and neither does he play an instrument. He had gained some notoriety within the German speaking usenet and forumsphere for his incredibly long-winded and absurd threads about problems he encountered with basic everyday tasks long before his band came into existing, and it shows in the music. The lyrics are equally bizarre, covering topics from cannibalism to binge eating.
  • The entire discography of Average Homeboy rapper, Denny "Blazin'" Hazen. It's hilariously incompetent "rapping" to a generic keyboard rhythm.
  • Gay Boyfriend by the Hazzards was noticed by MTV for being really, really stupid.note  People love it, though. The dance remix of this song, however, is too good to belong here.
  • "Head" may have one of the best hip-hop instrumentals of all time, but the problem is it's sung by the Island Boys. The Island Boys do little but make random auto-tuned noises over the 7:30 runtime, leading to the listening experience being a constant state of laughter, which makes the song surprisingly entertaining.
  • Hello Kitty Suicide Club Well? Is it the ridiculous band name? The fact that the "singer" sounds like a five year old girl throwing a temper tantrum? The beats that sound like they were made on some cheap computer program?
  • Hellsongs. They are huge in the metal community for being so bad it's good. They record indie covers of metal classics, often resulting in results Narmy so bad you CAN'T hate them. Try listening without laughing your ass off.
  • Kenneth Higney's 1976 album Attic Demonstration: The songs were clearly supposed to sound like typical 70s folk and blues-rock, but his limited vocal range and frequently out-of-tune guitar-playing, coupled with an equal amateurish backing band, often resulted in something much more bizarre. Admittedly, as the title suggests, it was originally meant as a demo, with the intention of using these recordings to sell songs to professional musicians. Regardless, the album's strangeness made it sought after by record collectors, and there was still enough of a cult following for there to be an authorized CD reissue.
  • Infogrames spent $50,000 making a song called "Infogrames Rocks My World" that was to be used at events such as E3 2002. However, it appears they weren't pleased with it, as they ended up firing everyone involved in the production of the song and tried to suppress its existence until a developer snuck it into the code of Driver 3 and got fired for it. The song itself has some rather hackneyed lyrics - especially in the chorus - but what keeps it from being outright awful is the gospel-style sound that makes the song genuinely catchy.
  • The Insane Clown Posse made a song called "Miracles", which is more or less their attempt at making a PSA of sorts about how The World Is Just Awesome. With lines like "FUCKIN' RAINBOWS" and lest we forget "Fuckin' magnets, how do they work?", it's impossible to take seriously. It's also mocked for making a sudden swerve into Science Is Bad with "And I don't wanna talk to a scientist/Y'all motherfuckers lyin' and gettin' me pissed!" Saturday Night Live even did a stylistic parody of the song.
  • Iron Maiden's B-side to "Rainmaker" is an intentionally bad song called "More Tea Vicar?" The song is a satire on mainstream music (noticed the initials?), and it's done so in the most tongue-in-cheek way possible. Bruce sings about leather underwear and a dog named Reginald, he raps half the song and shouts out things like "YO BITCH!!!!" and "LICK MY BONE!!!". Then to top it all off, Bruce can be heard singing "Jive Talkin'" by The Bee Gees in a hilarious sounding falsetto.
    Next up I'll scream
    I will
    <he screams>
    I warned you
    • A music video case is "Holy Smoke", which includes the band doing silly things in Steve Harris' farm and their producer in a Leatherman outfit.
  • New Bibi Hendl by Takeo Ischi. The song features an elderly Japanese man dressed in stereotypical Bavarian attire yodelling and singing in German to a flock of chickens to the tune of a Europop remix. Made more hilarious by Ischi's random clucking, a Michael Buffer impersonator referring to him as "The Yodelmeister" and a sign saying "Café Hell".

  • The works of Stephanie Jacquelin. Her singing voice is off-key and sounds half-asleep, making the lyrics difficult to comprehend. Her instrumentals aren't much better, either, consisting of amateurish beats and random hand sounds, turning the whole thing from poor to downright hilarious.
  • Ja Rule's rapping is pretty good. His singing on the other hand... not so much. Not that his horrid singing is a bad thing though, as it provides great unintentional comedy in gems such as "Mesmerize" and "I'm Real." The Music Video Show looks at its music video here.
  • Jaap Blonk, the best possible answer to "Has postmodern academia gone too far?" He specializes in dramatic readings of dadaist sound poetry—what this essentially amounts to is him making every mouth-sound concievable (and some inconcievable) with hyper-Shatnerian gusto. Even straightforward pieces seem to go off on the strangest of tangents, growing progressively more and more ridiculous as Blonk himself grows increasingly immersed. Also of note is his rather baffling scores for his own work and his ridiculously theatrical live performances.
  • For the posthumously-released Michael Jackson track "Behind the Mask" (featured on Michael), an online project was organized, with fans invited to contribute material to its video. Much of the resultant video is extremely cheesy, owing both to Jackson's people obviously directing what the fans were supposed to do (Title card! Use hands as a mask! Cute animals! Bow at the end!) and the fans' performances, but the fans who are more imaginative/less reverent — such as an old guy successfully busting a few moves, a Santa Claus who grabs his crotch, a guy in a cardboard robot suit, and anyone who went to a wacky location to do their contribution (the Taj Mahal, Niagra Falls, etc.) — plus a not-bad song (a Yellow Magic Orchestra number with new lyrics) make it bearable.
  • Florence Foster Jenkins. Listen to her sing the "Queen of the Night" aria from Mozart's The Magic Flute. For best results, bring some musicologists and some classical musicians for extra fun (if they don't know about her already, she's pretty infamous).
    • In case you don't have a musicologist or classical musician available, here's Lucia Popp's rendition for comparison.
  • Jessie Dubs is this trope entirely. This is a vocaloid cover channel. "Her channel." There's "This," or "this," or "even this." Unfortunately, she doesn't seem to be a troll, although that MS Paint art is a bit suspicious...
  • The Taco Bell Saga by a teenage Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots fame. It's a six minute song about Tyler's love for Taco Bell, and it's even funnier considering the well-written, dark lyrics the band would become known for.
  • Journey's 1983 Top 10 hit "Separate Ways" is one of the band's most memorable tracks, featuring an iconic synthesiser riff, but the video is one of the most widely-ridiculed examples of the medium. Even the producer admitted that the concept - the model pointedly ignoring the band members fell asleep listening to the song and dreamt the video - was "inane", the band members' wardrobes now look hilariously dated, and they are more often shown playing imaginary instruments than real ones (although Jonathan Cain's air keyboard rendition of the synth riff is the most infamous example, in some group shots, drummer Steve Smith is playing air guitar). This does not stop it from having a strange appeal as an example of the unsteady transition from performance videos to concept videos that defined the early MTV era. The Music Video Show looks at the music video here, stating he understands why the video was made. note 
  • Judas Priest's "Breaking the Law" is a rock classic, due to actually being considered a good song by a great many people. The video, however? You'll be laughing at how cheesy and ridiculous it is, even for the 80s, in less than a minute.
  • The song Girlfriend by Kabbage Boy, the Nu Metal band that Eddie Riggs initially roadies for in Brütal Legend, was synthesized specifically to exemplify all the worst things that have ever happened to Heavy Metal. The result was a success but the tune itself is sorta catchy, for all the wrong reasons.
  • Most of Chicago's earliest music is truly good on its own; but Terry Kath's "An Hour in the Shower" suite, in which he laments not having the right kind of Spam with him while he's travelling, qualifies.
  • Toby Keith's song "Red Solo Cup" Toby Keith must be taking the Ark Music Factory approach of making songs so bad, yet so catchy. Silly lyrics, slurred singing, an awesome music video. This song has all the makings of this trope! Warning: This WILL get stuck in your head
    Toby Keith: “It is the stupidest song I ever heard in my life, but it’s so stupid it’s good,”
  • The amazing artistic output of KeyDragon, which attempts to mix power metal, gothic metal and death metal, and fails hilariously, between the childishly written lyrics, off-key vocals and sloppy riff construction. This is not even mentioning their albums' cover art, which looks like a six-year-old drew them with crayons.
  • Monkey vs. Robot by James Kochalka. From the simplistic lyrics to the cheesy video to the sheer hamminess of it all, it is truly a classic for the ages.
  • Kidz Bop can fall under this at times. It's a group of kids who sing various pop songs — often kid-unfriendly ones that may or may not have been awkwardly Bowdlerized — and do it badly. Some specific examples:
    • Their cover of Beyoncé's "If I Were a Boy". Not only because none of the kids singing probably understand the song about a woman mad at her past relationships and stereotyping men, but because Kidz Bop thought it would be brilliant to have boys singing the song!
    • Their cover of blink-182's "All the Small Things" doesn't even sound like children. And the guy singing the verses has a voice suspiciously similar to that of Greg Universe.note 
    • They covered Bruno Mars's "Locked Out of Heaven". The original was already Narmy, and now you have kids singing about not loving someone and feeling like they're in hell!
    • Their take on Cascada's "Evacuate the Dancefloor" changes "Can't stop 'cause it feels like an overdose" to "Can't stop 'cause it feels like it's getting close". If anything, the latter is dirtier.
    • Their cover of "Bring Me To Life" by Evanescence takes out any seriousness the original has with its too-enthusiastic children singing such a dark song over a terrible-sounding instrumental while an offbeat adult repeats "Wake me up!" and "Save me!".
    • Their cover of Kesha's "TiK ToK" changed "Tonight, I'ma fight/Till we see the sunlight" to "Tonight, I'm all right/Till we see the sunlight". So they're vampires? Also, "Tipsy" was changed to "silly", and they kept the P. Diddy reference even though the kids singing probably haven't even heard of him.
    • They covered Juice WRLD's "Lucid Dreams". Apparently "It's to the point where I love and I hate you" was too adult, so they had it changed to "It’s to the point where I love and I miss you".
    • Their version of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" infamously took out all the references to LGBT groups.
    • Their cover of Maroon Five's "Moves Like Jagger", for several reasons. First, the song's subject matter definitely isn't something kids should be singing about, never mind that they probably wouldn't get it anyway. Second, the kids singing probably don't even know who Mick Jagger is. Finally, they added what sounds like frogs croaking to the chorus.
    • Their version of Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" somehow made "I'm bringing it all back" sound like "I'm bringing anal back!"
    • They covered Nicki Minaj's "Starships". Replacing "We're higher than a motherfucka" with "we're Kidz bop and we're taking over" isn't even the funniest lyric change.
    • Their cover of Simple Plan's "Welcome to My Life". The original is already Narmy, and the kids singing are waaaay too enthusiastic...
    • They even managed to Bowdlerize Taylor Swift's "ME!", a song that was already accused of being childish by its detractors. Apparently "I never think before I jump" was too violent and had to be changed to "I never think before I talk".
    • Their cover of "Gangnam Style" has them attempting to phonetically sing the Korean lyrics. They leave out the actual verses of the song, but keep in the prechorus, chorus, and bridge. Besides the Broken Record effect this has, the bowdlerization is inconsistent: The sexually suggestive verses are cut, and the "hey, sexy lady" line in the chorus is now "hey, hey lady", but the prechorus, which is a bit suggestive, is kept.note 
  • The Most Unwanted Song by Komar & Melamid and David Soldier, lyrics by Nina Mankin, intentionally written to combine the genres and topics that people in a focus group most disliked. It is indeed incoherent and, in places, just plain atonal. It's also hilarious, involving such things as a soprano rapping about cowboys.
    • "Do all your shopping... AT WALMART!"
    • "The Most Wanted Song," on the other hand, meant to be exactly what the focus group wanted, is insipid and unlistenable (but has a nice guitar solo).
  • The music video for Korpiklaani's "Wooden Pints." To explain, the very first thing in it is the fiddle player kicking open the door of an outhouse and stepping out of it to play with no emotion what-so-ever; there is one member of the band who hits his single drum with a ridiculous amount of intensity, despite being completely inaudible, a scene with the band sitting at a table eating chicken and beer, followed by them jumping over the table and wrestling, among other ridiculousness. Given that it's Korpiklaani, it's likely that it was supposed to be ridiculous; it's not like any of their stuff is particularly serious. But judge for yourself.
  • The work of Normand L'Amour certainly qualifies, with the "lyrics" being apparently random syllables or a single word being repeated over and over, and the background "music" being melody-less midi noise. One of his album was nominated for the "Best Humoristic album" category at one of the ADISQ Gala.
  • La Dispute are usually a good band, but "Such Small Hands" reaches this by the end.
    I thought I heard the door open, OH NO!
    I thought I heard the door open but I only heard it close!
  • Austrian Death Machine is a side project of As I Lay Dying vocalist Tim Lambesis. The music itself is standard Bay-area Thrash Metal with Lambesis doing his typical growling vocal style. What makes it good is 2 things: all their songs are based on Arnold Schwarzenegger movies, and "Ahhnold" is the second vocalist. This results in some completely ridiculous tracks with hilarious lyrics commentating the movie in question, and the "Ahhnold" vocalist being a massively overblown caricature of the actor himself.
  • "This Is My Fucking Single" and "Body Heat" by Andrew Lee. The high-pitched, barely enunciated vocals make him sound deaf (He isn't, in case you're wondering) and the latter mainly consists of him singing "I want your body heat, baby" while sticking felt-tip pens to his hair.
  • Christopher Lee and "The Bloody Verdict of Verden." Definite Narm ... but It's got Christopher Lee!
  • "Summer Girls" by LFO (Lyte Funkie Ones). Its lyrics are so nonsensical that it's hard not to burst into a laughing fit while listening to it. Here's a sample lyric: "When you take a sip you buzz like a hornet / Billy Shakespeare wrote a whole bunch of sonnets."
  • Rapper Lil B is possibly the king of this trope whenitcomesto Hip-Hop.
    • He's released serious songs that sound nothing like his other output. He's got big name fans such as Lupe Fiasco and Wiz Khalifa. Some people even call him hip hop's Andy Kaufman. Lil B makes So Bad, It's Good an art form. And it is indeed deliberate.
  • "I just had seeeeex, and I'll never go back/to my not-having-sex ways of the past" Considering this is The Lonely Island, most of their songs are a very intentional version of this.
  • There exists an extremely obscure musician by the name of Bob Macabre, with the only thing close to resembling a claim to fame regarding him being the fact that Mike Hrubovcak, singer for famous Florida death metal band Monstrosity, also an acclaimed digital artist, designed the artwork for a few of his releases. His projects span several genres, but generally fall under the grindcore, death metal, and black metal umbrella. Here's the kicker. He has over two dozen projects which nearly all consist of him doing all the vocals and instruments, the vast majority of which, in addition to sounding nearly identical, are as if someone dialed every cliche surrounding extreme metal culture and music up to ludicrous extremes both regarding sound and aesthetic.
    • His Metal Archives page is a sight to behold and gives you a great idea of what's in store. Song/album titles and band names that sound like they came straight from a random metal name generator or the biggest edgelord ever, cover art so tastelessly edgy that you can't help but be in awe at their existence, and an almost comically huge discography list are just the tip of the iceberg. Metal blog Toilet ov Hell goes into more detail in the article You'll Cowards Don't Even Listen to Bob Macabre, the title of which mockingly likens him to the rapper Viper (also mentioned on this page). To put the icing on the cake, he founded a record label whose roster consists of only his own projects - check out their Bandcamp here if you want to check out some of his stuff yourself.
  • The oeuvre of Grant MacDonald. All his songs are about either cowboys, homosexuality, or homosexual cowboys, all consisting of him speaking aggressively, with frequent repetition, unsynced to the rhythm of public domain tracks. In fact, his discography consists of hundreds of these songs, with particular mention going to the Ram Ranch series of songs, which has over 500 entries.
    • He also seems to have a strange hate-boner for the Getty family for alleged connections towards Those Wacky Nazis, to the point where he even hates the modern Getty Museum.
  • Dennis Madalone's patriotic power ballad "America: We Stand As One". UU-SS-aaaAAY!
  • "It's My Life What Ever I Wanna Do" by Vennu Mallesh, mostly because of the overuse of Auto-Tune and Engrish lyrics.
    "I am very anger, I know it's very danger"
  • Biz Markie's "Just A Friend" is a perfect example. Markie sings it Hollywood Tone-Deaf, the music video is ridiculous, the backing track sounds like something you'd hear in music for children, and the lyrics themselves are kind of pathetic... but it's incredibly hard to hate.
  • "Oh My God" by Masta Artisan, aka The Rap Critic. Particularly the beat, which is a mess of atonal string riffs laid on top of a sample of the "Shock Impact" musical sting... and no bassline.
  • Paul McCartney and Wings cover Mary Had a Little Lamb. This song was so inexplicable that most critics at the time of its release thought it was either deliberately ironic or a protest against Paul's previous single "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" being banned by the BBC for its political content. Turns out, it was an entirely serious effort.
  • Yet another to prove even former Beatles can have serious but hilarious missteps: Temporary Secretary, from Mccartney II. From the bizarre lyrics to the awful instrumentals and singing, it's so terrible that it's no wonder it became infamous.
  • Just The Way You Are (Drunk At The Bar), Brian McFadden's (Better known as the Garfunkel of Westlife) 2011 single would be horrible if it wasn't so Narmily catchy (Random banjo beats and awful rapping, anyone?). The subject of the song is another matter all together. With lyrics like "I like you just the way you are/jump in the back seat of my car/Cos I like it/and I cant cant wait to go home so I can take advantage", it's no wonder Delta Goodrem dumped him shortly after its release.
  • MC Miker G and DJ Sven's Holiday Rap, a cheesy but incredibly catchy European 80s pop-rap hit. What really brings it into so-bad-it's-good territory is the lyrics: "I'm the number one rapper, yo my name is Sven/ I can rap more raps than a superman can". And next time you hear Madonna's "Holiday" (which it prominently interpolates), expect to end up with both songs in your head simultaneously. Also hilarious is the the fact that the artist's names are displayed onscreen at the two minute mark, and then promptly contradicted when "MC Miker G" immediately calls himself both "Sven" and "Miker G" within the next fifteen seconds.
  • Linni Meister's "My Ass". The high-pitched voice and the cutesy visuals in the music video clash with the heavy sexualization of the singer. The lyrics are vapid to the point where Linni Meister herself considers the song somewhat of an Old Shame because she wants to be more than a "Barbie doll". There's also a promo for the unrelated Nazi zombie movie Dead Snow. An excerpt:
    And many years from now
    When I'm a proper MILF
    Responsible and friendly
    To thy neighbor
    Pick up the kids from school
    And buy a box of milk
    My figure's getting floppy
    But I still find time to sing
  • "NO WAY" by Raed Melki. Imagine a man singing lame, barely-rhyming lyrics that don't match the music or even the beat, music that just seems to make itself up as it goes, extreme overuse of the auto-tuner, instrumentals that barely sound like actual music... and you will get something a fraction as bad as this mess of a song.
  • "Get Naked" by Methods of Mayhem features lyrics that are so cringe-inducing that it's nearly impossible not to laugh while listening to it. There's a reason this is the group's only noteworthy song, and it's not because it's good.note 
  • Anything made by Microsoft Songsmith - particularly the original Songsmith ad, now a Youtube classic. Starring no less than the program's developers — Dan Morris (as the dad/ad executive) and Sumit Basu (as the band guy).
    • The true highlight of the ad is the guy using it because his band's been telling him that his songs have been getting stale. He then proceeds to sing the most boring and cliché love song about how he doesn't want to write another boring and cliché love song.
  • Elva Miller, popularly known as Mrs. Miller, was basically 1960s pop's answer to Florence Foster Jenkins, except with more whistling. Her "singing" started out as a hobby and she made a few vanity singles for family and friends; it was during the recording of one of these that she was discovered by Fred Bock, who became her manager and eventually got her a contract with Capitol Records, who recorded three albums with her. Her natural amateurishness was accentuated even more during her recording sessions by conducting her off-beat and selecting her worst takes for release. To give Miller credit, she was in on the "joke" and gamely played along during her year-and-a-half of appearances in concerts and on television.
  • Steve Miller's 1984 album Italian X-Rays - it sounds like Miller discovered Synth-Pop and mountains of high quality cocaine, right around the same time.
  • "This Is Why I'm Hot" by rapper MIMS. He's hot cause he's fly, you aint cause you not.
  • Mini Pop Kids made a Bowdlerized cover of Britney Spears's "Work Bitch".
    You better work chick, you better work chick, you better work chick, you better work chick
  • The music video to "Ghouldiggers" by Ministry - the flash animation segments are probably meant to be simple and stylized, but they seem to have gone a little too far in that direction: The video has been compared to the Powered By The Cheat animations featured on Homestar Runner. As far as the actual song goes, there's something pretty narmy about Al Jourgensen growling "You vultures want me dead! / what's up with that?"
  • CBAT by Hudson Mohawke is an experimental trap song that can be best described as sounding somewhere between a creaking door and a buzzing mosquito. What's worse, for the first twenty or so seconds the melody seems to be an actually good orchestral piece.
  • In Germany, a short-timed, Facebook-driven craze around the rapper Money Boy was mostly fueled by this trope. Among the artist's body of work, "Dreh Den Swag Auf" (a German cover of Soulja Boy's "Turn My Swag On") especially stands out, mainly due to his hilariously bad attempt at singing during the chorus as well as the Gratuitous English at seemingly random points in the song.
  • Ladies and gentlemen, a spectacle that must be seen and heard to be believed: The Monkees wrecking their own theme song with Ditty Diego/War Chant. Yes, it's so awful you'd nearly laugh.
  • The Monkey Power Trio deliberately strive for this: One day a year they go to a studio to record a new EP of original material, with no preparation or rehearsal whatsoever. Surprisingly, the song "You Gotta Have Hope", consisting of platitudes shouted over a few guitar chords, off-rhythm drumming, and some piercing recorder, ended up in a Fox Sports Network commercial: An employee at an ad agency had stumbled upon the song and tried to use it to irritate his boss, but the boss then actually used it in the ad, which aired for six months.
  • Keith Moon, the drummer for The Who, released exactly one album, called Two Sides of the Moon, and it consisted largely of crooning covers of Beach Boys and Beatles songs, and one song where Keith Moon and Ringo Starr were just telling corny old vaudeville jokes back and forth over some music. Bless his heart, he wasn't any good at singing, but he was just so enthusiastic and just so obviously enjoying himself that it's infectious.
  • "Radikult" and "Too Extreme!" from Morbid Angel's infamous Illud Divinum Insanus have pretty much become memes in the metal fandom for the misguided attempts at incorporating modern influences that weren't present on their previous releases and the lyrics.
  • This instrumental cover of "My Heart Will Go On" by Australian comedian Matt Mulholland. The guy's recorder-playing is horribly off-key, and the video includes him hugging a vase of flowers while crying and ripping his shirt open at the song's climax. While it is intentional, it is simply hilarious. He also did an awesome cover of the aforementioned "Friday".
  • Neural Storyteller is an AI program that can analyze pictures to generate a short paragraph describing what's going on. When used to create songs based off of a picture, we end up with stuff like...this (which was popular enough to result in two covers).
    • Even more 'songs' can be heard here.
  • This song by Nicki Minaj: YOU A STUPID HOE, YOU A YOU A STUPID HOE
  • Leonard Nimoy's voice was good enough, but it would have been better served by anything other than "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins".
  • No Use For a Name's asinine and earnest anti-war ballad "In Fields of Agony (Everybody Dies!)" You can find this gem on Rock Against Bush Vol 2. It is complete with bongos and oh so clever sound clips of Donald Rumsfeld and George W. Bush.
  • Small-time rapper Lanze has been mocked on the Internet for his bizarre style of rapping, where he sounds like he's either jogging or has a serious case of asthma. It doesn't help that he always looks/acts like he's on meth or some other kind of drug, especially in his Snapchat videos where he rambles incomprehensibly. At least the beats are good.
  • The 1999 album "Wash Yo Ass" by the rapper K-Flex. The title track is the most memorable cut; it sounds like something you'd hear in the world of The Boondocks, but he's 100% serious about it.

  • If you think Shatner is bad, take a listen any time Shaquille O'Neal tries to rap. His single "I Know I Got Skillz", between Shaq's terrible singing, various product plugs, and completely ridiculous lyrics, it is just so Narmtacular.
    I got a hand that'll rock ya cradle,
    cream you like cheese, spread you on my bagel,
    my Ford Explorer boomin' with the clumped-up funk,
    all you jealous punks can't stop my dunks,
    they're brand new like Heavy,
    built like Chevy, Impala,.
    but Shaq's a smooth balla,
    (yeah, but what about rhymin?)
    I can hold my own,
    knick-knack Shaq-attack, give a dog a bone
  • Daisuke Ono performing "Stand Proud" should be absolutely badass, considering he voices the main character of the series it opens. It... isn't, because he was just having fun messing around with karaoke with Hiroshi Kamiya. Watch for the voice crack.
  • The inimitable "Shine on Me" by Chris Dane Owens. Ordinarily, it would simply be an outrageously 80s love song that just happened to be released in 2008. But the music video, which steals scenes from every fantasy movie, video game, and book cover ever made, is truly a beautiful travesty which must be seen to be believed. The sequel video, "Light Speed", was released in March 2014.
  • Jake Paul's "It's Everyday Bro", filled with randomly dissing Pewdiepie, egotistical lyrics, and, of course, the Memetic Mutation lyric "England is My City".note 
  • Gucci Gang by Lil Pump, with lyrics such as "your momma still live in a tent," "Me and my grandma take meds" and "Lil Pump still sell that meth", and the words "Gucci Gang" repeated a bunch of times.
  • Lucia Pamela's album Into Outer Space With Lucia Pamela. Sounding like someone's boozy great aunt doing an impersonation of Ethel Merman, she brays through thirteen songs (which seem to contain the same three backing tracks repeated over and over), each with a spoken word introduction, about a fanciful trip to the moon.
  • P.D.Q. Bach! Echo Sonata for Two Unfriendly Groups of Instruments! Grand Serenade For an Awful Lot of Winds and Percussion! March of the Cute Little Wood Sprites!
    • Extra credit to Peter Schickele for promoting appreciation of legitimate classical music through PDQ Bach. Tens of thousands of classical music lovers had their first exposure to classical music through PDQ Bach. And let's remember Oedipus Tex. All of his music is intentionally that bad, and is always hilarious.
  • Pearl Jam's "Olympic Platinum", an overblown Power Ballad about a guy whose Olympic dream is Serious Business.
  • Joe Pesci is a pretty decent singer, however he's not a very good rapper, as proven by "Wise Guy". The flow is non-existent, the rhymes are simple even for 80s rap, and for some reason the chorus is built around a sample of the Mister Rogers' Neighborhood theme song. All together, it's an absolutely glorious mess.
  • To some, the musical output of Russian rapper Pharaoh. His music takes cues from Yung Lean (minus the vaporwave image), and he also wants to be taken seriously, but his long hair make him look like a girl, and as such, some find it hard to accept him as a real artist.
  • Russian artist Pika's song "Partymaker". Where do we even begin? Pika's Broken Record vocals combined with a very minimalistic beat, plus Gratuitous English lines like "Shaker-shaker, partymaker" make this song a marvel to behold - in an ironic way. The song owes its popularity to Dot A 2, where Russian-speaking players (there are a LOT of them here) associate this song with a character known as Earthshaker.
  • Eilert Pilarm is an Elvis impersonator from Sweden known for "his striking lack of resemblance to Elvis Presley, both vocally and physically; his shaky command of the English language in which he sings; and his apparent absence of enough musical talent to recognize that he is usually out of tune and inaccurate with the timing of his singing." They're not kidding. It is also this that is said to have caused his success.
  • Pittsburgh Slim. With hits such as Girls Kiss Girls. If you can't click the link, just know that it's a white guy rapping about lesbians. Nothing else is needed.
  • Plethitude's New York Surprise, which managed to get a slight bit of memetic mutation going on, at least in the Boston area. It's on the borderline of being just plain bad, but the angst ridden lyrics that have no particular meter or rhyme scheme, the "harmonies" in the chorus, and the fact that the drummer is lagging behind everyone else throughout the entire song make it at least hilariously awful.
  • "Galo Sengen", a Japanese rap song by Policemen that's an Affectionate Parody of Gyaruo culture (defined by tans and dyed blonde hair.) The song reached Memetic Mutation status thanks to its hilariously bizarre music video featuring plenty of Deranged Animation depicting men in said culture as tan-skinned Super Saiyans, with a few even looking blatantly like Vegeta.
  • The output of the Portsmouth Sinfonia, an orchestra where the only requirement for joining was that you want to play your instrument—but couldn't. The orchestra was founded in 1970 as an experiment by Gavin Bryars, who was convinced that, as long as you hit all the right notes in a song, you would communicate that song properly; hitting several other notes in the general vicinity would not impact the audience's comprehension. For a thorough test, he allowed anyone to join the Sinfonia on any instrument they desired, so long as they had no prior experience with it. His "orchestra's" performances proved his hypothesis correct: if you search them on YouTube, the songs they play are (mostly) recognizable. And side-splittingly funny.
    • The end of the Portsmouth Sinfonia was as telling as it was simple: After nearly 10 years, the musicians became accustomed to their instruments and actually figured out how to play them—and the appeal of the group faded.
  • "Gangnam Style" by PSY. Bonus points for popularizing Korean Pop Music while at the same time being a parody of it. Billions of visits on YouTube can't be wrong.
  • PtheG's "She's Mad" although it's hard to tell if it's this or Stylistic Suck due to the author's Small Name, Big Ego even years after the video was released.
  • Sondra Prill's music. A notable example of one of her cover songs is of Janet Jackson's "Nasty". Unlike the original, Sondra's version is more off-key, and she seems to yell most of the time.
  • Puddle of Mudd's absolutely hilarious cover of Nirvana's 'About A Girl'. The instrumentation isn't too bad but Wes Scantlin's vocals have to be seen/heard to be believed. His off-tune attempt at imitating Kurt Cobain makes him sound like a dying donkey, and he looks constipated while doing so. The rest of the band are either struggling to hold in their laughter or utterly embarrassed to be in the same room as Scantlin.
  • "Torres Gemelas" ("Twin Towers") by Delfin Quishpe. While the song is tragic in nature, the subject matter being the artist losing a loved one in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the whimsical and kitschy nature of the song as well as the narmy bad acting in the music video have made it a bit of an internet meme.
  • "God Made Girls" by RaeLynn. Take hilariously misguided lyrics such as "Somebody's gotta wear a pretty skirt / Somebody's gotta be the one to flirt / Somebody's gotta wanna hold his hand, so God made girls", written by four women, no less. Add a melody that sounds more like a nursery rhyme, and a singer who sounds like Paula Deen on helium.
  • Former The Ramones bassist Dee Dee Ramone's out-of-print solo debut (under the name Dee Dee King) Standing In The Spotlight. While there are songs that are more typically Ramones-esque, most tracks prominently feature him rapping in a tone of voice that has been memorably compared to "a cartoon moose" and making memorable boasts like "I'm the cut-creator, the master of rap\ when I walk down the street, homeboys tip their hat". What might be the weirdest moment on a fairly bizarre album is a hip-hop update of 60s dance craze "Mashed Potato Time" featuring back-up vocals from Debbie Harry note . The Ramones themselves did evidently like one song enough to remake it, though - they recorded a version of "The Crusher" that altered the lyrics, removed the Rap Rock elements, and featured Dee Dee's replacement CJ Ramone on vocals.
  • Randy "Macho Man" Savage's rap album. Particularly "Be A Man".
  • Rednex:
    • Their cover of "Cotton-Eyed Joe" was both a charts topper and a ratings bomb, for a great reason (though some would argue So Cool, It's Awesome). 'Fit hadn't been fo' Cotton Eyed Joe, I'd been married 'long time ago.
    • The largely-forgotten follow-up single, Old Pop in an Oak, is something about an old man sitting in a tree. Its music is just as daft as the music for Cotton Eyed Joe, for the simple reason that it's more or less exactly the same.
  • Lou Reed and Metallica's collaborative album Lulu is generally accepted to lapse between this and just plain bad. The parts that are considered So Bad, It's Good, though, are generally the sections with Narm filled, strangely vulgar and/or weird, and outright laughable lyrics like "I am the table!" (Shouted by one James Hetfield) and "I swallow your sharpest cutter like a colored man's dick", the latter of which is, like most of the album, delivered in a droning mutter from Lou Reed.
  • The Replacements' live album The Shit Hits The Fans was released because the band themselves thought it was So Bad, It's Good: Towards the end of a concert, their soundman caught a bootlegger and confiscated his tape, then gave it to the band. Upon listening, the members found their own drunken, sloppy performance (mainly consisting of unrehearsed cover songs) funny enough to put it out as a limited edition official release.
  • The official music videos of the Italian metal band Rhapsody of Fire (former Rhapsody) definitely count, at least the older ones. They are usually made of 20% shots of the band playing their instruments and 80% liquid Special Effects Failure. See for yourselves.
    • You'd think after getting signed to a major metal label, their videos would look a bit more professional. Nope. "Sea Of Fate", somehow manages to make a simple performance video absolutely ridiculous, with piles of unnecessary zooming. They still can't seem to afford (or just find) a cameraman who didn't just discover zoom.
    • Heck, even some of their more professionally made ones like 'Unholy Warcry' and 'Magic of the Wizards Dream' are ridiculously melodramatic and feature some rather cheap looking greenscreen shots (Though none as bad as the aforementioned 'Rain of a Thousand Flames'). But 'Dark Wings of Steel' is fine, which arguably makes it more forgettable than the bad ones!
  • The Recess Monkey's cover of Gone So Long.
  • "Why Must I Cry?" Many songs are so bad they're good, but Reh Dogg managed to go above and beyond by trying to write a sad song, only for it to come out as side-splittingly hilarious. Barring that the lyrics are repetitive and lame, and the fact that Reh Dogg enunciates them about on par with The Godfather, the music video's constant close-up shots of Reh Dogg's face, displaying perhaps the worst teeth ever in a music video, finishes robbing the song of any remaining ability to be taken seriously.
    • In fact, most of Reh Dogg's videos are too silly and poorly done to ever be taken seriously. He attempts to be a "conservative-minded rapper" and make music that relates to other people's problems only comes across as self-indulgent whining and over-the-top praise for Donald Trump and the Republican Party and blaming Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama for being born black (or a "Blackened Asain Man" as he describes himself) and being unable to get a job has only caused more damage to his reputation to the point where most of his YouTube videos have disabled commenting. His (sadly now deleted) article on Rap Wiki is basically one big "The Reason You Suck" Speech towards him.
  • Jenna Rose's "My Jeans" seems to follow the formula of the infamous "Friday" — right down to the copious autotune, inane lyrics and black man who raps in the middle.
  • Sam Sacks. It's not clear whether Sam — who looks like Hans Moleman from The Simpsons and has a 3-note vocal range — is in on the joke or not. Notable for singing each and every one of his songs at exactly the same pace.
  • The hilariously bad song Going To The Mall by the School Gyrlz is worth a mention.
  • Actor and martial artist Steven Seagal also tried his hand at music. "Strut" from Songs from the Crystal Cave, is considered hilariously bad. It's a dancehall reggae song where Seagal sings sings lyrics such as "me want the punani" and "I can make you come... with me to the ocean, that would be phat" in a faux Jamaican accent.
  • Sean's Music Factory has Sick Song. The title itself is quite primitive, there are some forced rhymes (peeved with need, ache with sakes, trip with lips, YouTube with rude, hands with plan, time with line, and man with wo-MAN), and some of the lyrics don't make sense "with a bubbly, bubbly head", "make sure it's not too gory", "snuff and cough our sickly blues away", "sorry if your tummy's kind of peeved", "for crying out sakes", "you sound like scratchy town", and "wash your hands, make that plan, easy to take the stand" (even unintentionally lampshaded with the lyric "the words you say don't even come out right".) Additionally, some suggestions, while they technically make sense, are a bit off ("make sure [your story is] not too gory", "plan a trip even with those chapped-up lips", "go watch YouTube, you're forgiven if you're rude", "wash every single time even if there's a line") and it randomly springs in a line about washing hands despite not generally being about disease prevention. Perhaps the funniest part is that the children dancing to it look bored and the boy seems like he can't be bothered doing the moves well.
  • Tommy Seebach's disco cover of Apache, especially with the music video.
  • The Shaggs were three, and sometimes four sisters from Fremont, New Hampshire, who were forced to become a band by their father, who was told by his mother that his children would form a popular music group. He forced them to practice every day, perform at local events, and record an album, despite the girls not even having rudimentary knowledge of music theory or how to play their instruments. The result is odd, hackneyed melodies, uneven time signatures, and instruments/vocals that are blatantly out of tune with themselves and each other. Despite all of this, as their obscure LP "Philosophy of the World" achieved recognition among collectors, the band was praised for their raw, intuitive composition style and lyrical honesty. "Philosophy of the World" was lauded as a work of art brut, and was later reissued, followed by a compilation album, Shaggs' Own Thing, in 1982. RCA Victor released Philosophy of the World (with the original cover art and track sequence) on CD in 1999, whereupon it was hailed as something of an avant-garde cult classic. The Wall Street Journal reviewed the CD on the day it was released, and The New Yorker subsequently ran a lengthy profile of the Shaggs, authored by Susan Orlean. The Shaggs are now seen as a groundbreaking outsider music group, receiving praise from mainstream artists such as Kurt Cobain and Frank Zappa. You can read more at That Other Wiki here, and hear their music, such as it is, here.
  • William Shatner should never sing. Ever. Though ironically, Shatner's most infamously So Bad It's Good musical work, The Transformed Man, actually wasn't sung, instead being performed spoken-work with the odd bit of Suddenly Shouting.
  • "Pieces of Me" by Ashlee Simpson. It's so full of Narm and Angst that it makes an extremely enjoyable song to sing and make fun of.
    "It seems like I can finally rest my head on something real/I like the way that feels/Ohhhhh/It's as if you known me better than I ever knew myself/I love how you can tell/All the pieces, pieces, pieces of me"
  • Sisqo's "Thong Song", with such marvelous, poignant, romantic lyrics as "She's got dumps like a truck, truck, truck, thighs like what, what, what" and the violin desperately trying to class up a song about butts.
  • One day, Six Feet Under are going to wonder what the hell they were thinking when they made the Graveyard Classics series. Four whole albums of the band trying to cover classic rock and metal songs as death metal songs, and failing miserably. The combination of terrible death growls which don't fit the songs at all, half-assed instrumentation which rarely even attempts death metal at all, and a poor choice of material combine to create something utterly hilarious. Take a listen.
  • The Skatt Bros. song "Life at the Outpost" doesn't fall overwhelmingly into this category, but its music video, a deliberate and outrageous parody of those by the Village People, certainly does.
  • The Stylistic Suck music video for "I Don't Care" by Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber is basically them messing around with silly costumes, effects and greenscreen-induced Special Effect Failure. Highlights include Bieber dressed as an ice cream cone running away from a dinosaur before being eaten by Pac-Man, a bunch of disembodied Sheeran heads randomly "floating" in the sky, and a scene in which Sheeran's face is terribly superimposed on a beach babe with Sheeran (in a panda costume) dancing next to her.
  • This little music video from Slayer. May overlap with Narm.
    • If you want some ridiculous music videos involving metal bands, click this video, then search for full versions of these music videos. Ancient's video, Trollech's video, and Arckanum's video are some of the primary ones where the music videos are so bad, it's good.
    • The infamous Immortal videos, for Call of the Wintermoon and Mighty Raven Dark also count.
  • "Baby Got Book" by Dan Smith is a cover of "Baby Got Back" that replaces all the talk about butts with talk about Bibles, which leads to a lot of weird lines about the narrator loving huge... Bibles.
  • "Whip My Hair" by Willow Smith, which is memetic for being repetitive.
    I whip my hair back and forth, I whip my hair back and forth...
  • Songdrops actually has an in-universe example. "This Song is Awesome" describes itself as "awesome in a stupid way".
  • Jesus Is a Friend of Mine by Sonseed is so stupid that everyone loves it.
  • This is what happens when you get Soulja Boy to make a song about anime while stoned.
  • The music video of Billy Squier's "Rock Me Tonite." The song itself isn't bad (in fact, it was his highest charting single), but the hysterical video fits well here. It features three minutes of Squier rolling in a pastel, satin-sheeted bed, and dancing around the room in a pink tank top. He claims it ruined his career.
  • Drinkenstein. Sylvester Stallone singing.
  • In general, there are only two opinions you'll find about Starship's "We Built This City": either it is the worst thing that has ever existed, or it is cheesy but fun turn-your-brain off music.
  • The songs and music videos by Russian boy band Steklovata. The boys have decent voices at best, their namesake song is about how cruel and abrasive their girlfriends are ("steklovata" translates to "glass wool"), and the videos look like something the Critic over-did with a green screen. Then again, that's probably exactly why so many people find the boys, their music, and the videos so charming.
    • Even by their standards, "Novi God" (Russian for "New Year") is something else. Four guys who definitely don't have the conventional boyband look singing in a flat monotone to the beat of a cheap synthesiser in front of a greenscreen with an awful looking snow effect screensaver. One of them stands behind his bandmate with his arm around his shoulder for most of the song and the four of them just stand there while half-assedly attempting to "dance" in time with the tune. It's apparently gone viral in Russia.
      • Their producer is a man called Sergei Kuznetsov who is actually regarded in Russia for his work with the successful 80s boy band Laskoviy Mai and his lyrical skills. The cheesy MIDI melodies were common in the 80s, but not so much in 2001 when Steklovata was formed - and neither was the cheap green screen effect. He has produced other music with the same style, and the singers are all young boys; possibly orphaned, as most of the members from Laskoviy Mai were orphans; it's likely he has repeated the same formula. Nowadays Sergei is on a hiatus due to health problems.
  • Dragoslav Stepanovic, otherwise known as a soccer coach, singing "My Way". Sarcastic columnist Arnd Zeigler was, uh, impressed enough that he put it at the end of one of his records.
  • "Brick In Yo Face" by Stitches would make an excellent parody of Trap Music - unfortunately, he seems to be 100% serious. Between the reptitive yet catchy beat, the fact that he doesn't rap so much as yell arrhythmically, the ridiculously exaggerated lyrics, and the video where Pinhead puts in an appearance and he dual-wields AK-47s, it all amounts to an awesomely stupid banger.
  • Back to the Streets by Josh Strax, one of the most hilariously unconvincing raps ever made. The vocals don't match the beat and the chorus contains the line "You gotta be careful, you gotta watch out cause you could get jacked for your phone and that". The music video consists of Josh and a couple of other kids walking down an alley and play-fighting in an unconvincing manner.

  • "Mario be playin' T-Dub" by T-Dub. He's almost never on beat, he constantly makes up words to make his lyrics rhyme, it's very hard to understand what he's actually saying, and when you can understand him, his lyrics are either juvenile ("Cause Mario might be super, but I'm super duper") or nonsensical ("Man, once- once that man made the toilet everyone thought it was so awesome/But it's gonna be a toss 'em/Up, between my boy Kevin and that man"). Somehow, it all comes together into a bizarrely catchy, borderline Dadaist rap song. He has three other songs: "Ramba Tambas", "Top Dog", and "People With AS", which are equally goofy.
  • "Chocolate Rain... some stay dry, and others feel the pain." The lyrics are so bad they're good: the music... not so much emphasis on the "bad".
    • For that matter, the entire musical output of Adam "Tay Zonday" Bahner draws a certain fascination.
      I move away from the mic to breathe in.
  • "Stout-Hearted Men" is just one sample of the late "Shooby" Taylor's peerless talent as "The Human Horn," which he called himself despite sounding nothing like a horn and barely like a human. No, we are not kidding, and neither was he; not even when he got kicked off stage twenty seconds into his performance at The Apollo . What made Shooby so lovable is that he genuinely had no idea how ridiculous he sounded, and saw the countless times he was booed off stage as mere stumbling blocks on the road to becoming a jazz legend. In a way, he was right; there damn sure isn't anyone else out there known for doing what he did.
  • If you were to take every stereotypical problem associated with amateur, self-made musicians, mix them all together, and crank the mix up, the result would be Jan Terri, an aged, overweight, and often downright mean-looking (although, in her defense, looks are deceiving, as interviews show that she's very friendly) woman, singing in a chain-smoker-esque voice to background music that often sounds like a badly synthesized MIDI, and then making ridiculously amateur music videos to them. Try watching the video for "Losing You" with the sound muted, and see how hard it is to remember that such an unremarkable home-movie was supposed to be the music video to a love song! The highlight is most likely when the guy parks his motorcycle, and the camera pans up and zooms in on a No Parking sign to show that he's a "bad boy". The worst part is that she's good enough at songwriting that her music will never leave your head.
  • Once You Understand,” credited to Think, a bizarre and Narmtastic 1971 psychodrama of little vignettes illustrating the “generation gap” set to an insidious and repetitious refrain: “Things get a little easier once you understand.”
  • Thrash Queen's second album, actually an In Name Only recording made illicitly by a German record label using their name. The band themselves, and their debut album, are much worse.
  • Italian self-made rapper Trucebaldazzi, who in this epic video is taking out his rage against... a middle school. Complete with Elmuh Fudd Syndwome.
  • Perhaps the best-known song in John Trubee's catalogue is one he never sang. "Peace And Love," better known as "Blind Man's Penis" was done by a local song poem company on his behalf. He sent them the lyrics in the hopes of receiving a funny rejection letter—but the company took him up on the offer. What resulted was one of the strangest country songs in which all the performers sound completely bored.
  • "Champagne Taste" by Chicago-based production duo Univore, which contains a hilarious voice for the hook, comically-bizarre instrumentation, and massively repetitive-looking video scenes. Considering the "About" section on Univore's website, this is likely to be an intentional example of this trope.
  • No Way No Way by Vanilla. Sampling Mah Nà Mah Nà with what sounds like a very poor saxophone effect, these four girls drone the lyrics of the song out in heavy Essex accents with bad improv speeches thrown in for good measure. The video was filmed in Brixton at an outdoor pool made (cheaply) to look like it was made somewhere a bit warmer. At the time it came out, ITV Chart Show named it the worst music video of all time.
  • While the actual songs by Mordovian singer Bakich Vidyai are not quite bad, a number of his music videos are something atrocious. ''Teyterkat'', for example, uses various stock filters to no end, which makes it really trippy at several moments.
    • ''Palsyat'' deserves a mention for being a shining example of how one should not use chroma key (as in, one should not flip the singer or the background). As in the previous example, it features some gratuitous stock filters as well.
  • Outsider rapper Viper, possibly the most important man in the history of music, is offended. Why? Because you'll cowards don't even smoke crack. The jury is out whether his music is actually, shock, good. One of his 316 mixtapes or albums released in 2014, Fuck tha World It Ain't Real I Bend a Spoon Wit My Mind 2, has several pieces, particularly "Tha Decompression", which are accepted to be quite-good pieces of VERY out-of-the-mainstream hip hop.
  • Kagome-P's Vocaloid song "MUTEKI SHOUJO:99", for several reasons.
    • Kaai Yuki's purposely amateurish voice doesn't fit the song that well, and the pitch is overly high.
    • The whole song is in Gratuitous English. "I'm not girl, candy girl"? Uh, yeah.
    • The random line "what a crappy crud, clap your hands". It's understandable that the artist wanted to avoid explicit lyrics, but it still sounds more funny than cool or edgy.
    • The chorus has hard rock guitars that come out of nowhere after the electronic sound the verse preceding it had.
    • The artist wants us to think that this six-or-something-year-old "superhero" girl is the awesomest person ever to walk the earth. Needless to say, she doesn't qualify, especially after the Gratuitous English and grating chorus.
    • The artist decides to throw in some ad-libs like "huh" and "yeah". However, since the ad-libs are 1) in English, and 2) being sung by a Japanese Vocaloid, it sounds more funny than awesome or edgy.
    • The Japanese translation is written in really polite language and translated very literally. The line "Say, it's show time" translates as "Please say that show time is in existence."
  • "My Parachute Won't Open" by Itzhak Volansky is an interesting case. The man who made the song is a 50-something Jewish bookstore owner in San Francisco who wanted to make a quick little ditty. The song just reeks of amateurism, but is enjoyable. A group known as Dizzy Balloon made a pretty good cover, though.
  • The Wauhob Family were an old-time country Gospel group who played worship music at their church, then recorded four studio albums, though only one of them was ever released: Country Style Revival (1984). Their sound was anachronistic to begin with (the studio owner who oversaw the recordings said they "would have even been out of step 50 years before, yet alone in the 1980s,") but their uniquely untalented approach to the material elevated them to legendary status. Some of the musicians monotonously strummed the same chord for entire songs; others veered wildly about, playing everything except the melody. When Robert Darden, the gospel music editor at Billboard, received a copy of the album, he was compelled to write a satirical review for the magazine Wittenberg Door, in which he assumes all the mistakes are completely intentional and concludes that the album is a masterpiece of avant-garde free jazz:
    Using, as a starting point, a startling array of old-fashioned, almost over-familiar Gospel tunes, the Wauhobs turn the melodies inside out, distort the tempos, and sometimes abandon the melody line altogether. This is adventuresome, cutting edge stuff: discordant, abrasive, and absolutely brilliant in application. [...] Her tour-de-force and, indeed, the entire album’s highlight, is a boldly expressive version of “Build My Mansion Next Door To Jesus,” wherein the entire band tears into a magnificent array of varying tempos, keys, pitches and chord changes—soloing all at the same time.
  • Perverse Recollections of a Necromangler the debut album by deathcore band Waking the Cadaver. Between the completely indecipherable vocals and the lyrics that try to be scary but instead come across as juvenile, it's impossible to listen to it without bursting into laughter. Their later albums show significant improvement, but the band has yet to live down this album.
  • Al Walser social-network carpet-bombed his way into a Grammy nomination for EDM, sparking mass confusion about who the hell the guy was. This is his song.
  • The entire oeuvre of New Zealand singer-songwriter Lori Watt. "Chill In My Vein" is great enough, but "Exboyfrinds Collection" (sic) is even better.
  • "Spectacular" by Kiely Williams, a former Cheetah Girl. A wonderful tribute to binge drinking and unprotected sex with strangers, featuring lovely lyrics like "Last I remember I was face down, ass up, clothes off". She later tried to justify the song by saying it was intended to "bring attention to a serious women's health and safety issue".
  • Wesley Willis. His music consists of ramblings spoken over the basic rhythms of his keyboard, the song name shout-sung about eight times in the "chorus", random fill-ins standing in for solos, and the classic ending "Rock over London, rock on Chicago" and a tag line coming from a commercial ad. This is all awesome.
  • Booty Man by Tim Wilson may just be another bad song about butts, but it's a catchy, intentionally bad song about butts.
  • Wing is a Hong Kong/New Zealand singer who got her start singing in nursing homes. In 2003, she released her debut album. Her entire discography consists of her singing off-key and off-tempo, with a high-pitched voice and a heavy Hong Kong accent, over MIDI and karaoke tracks.
  • The origins of Y. Bhekhirst are shrouded in mystery, but his only musical release, Hot in the Airport is infamous for its simplistic production values and mangled engrish lyrics, sung in a thick, incomprehensible accent, and often slipping into whatever Bhekhirst's native language is supposed to be. The title track already sets the bar quite high.
    • His compositions are almost scary due to their sheer strangeness and disregard for conventional musical structures, and some might find the album uncomfortable to listen to. For others, his songs are Dadaistic masterpieces. "Delmar" even has an experimental rock feel to it. He's probably one of the most famous Outsider Music artists, along with The Shaggs, Daniel Johnston, Jandek, Wesley Willis, Moondog and The Space Lady.
      • Y. Bhekhirst is rumored to be Hispanic due to his accent and the fact that the aforementioned song has the lyric "el amor volvió, que contento que me siento" (love came back, how happy I am feeling). Not only is that line sung with proper pronunciation and tonality, he changed the grammar in a way only a native would, because "que contento que me siento" is grammatically incorrect, though accepted in informal speech. There is an entire website dedicated to him. Hard copies of his works are hard to find, being released in limited quantities, and he's only well known because of Irwin Chusid, a music historian who used to play his songs at a radio station.
  • The song "Take Care (注意身体)" by Yan Ni is, on its own, a mostly innocuous children's song about healthy living. What propels it into So Bad, It's Good territory is its video, which sees the artist accompanied by obvious knockoffs of the animated band members of Gorillaz (there's a reason why the YouTube video linked above titles itself "Chinese Gorillaz"). Seeing these Expies behave in such a sanitized manner compared to the more mature personas of the real band turns the blatant act of plagiarism into something Actually Pretty Funny, to say nothing of the stiff animation and facial expressions.
  • Yasha Swag's "Go Go Go". It takes autotuning and ridiculous lyrics to far beyond even Jenna Rose's levels. The video's horrible too, but that's another story.
  • "The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?)" by Ylvis. The creators of the song stated that the intention was to make it as "screwed up" and "created to fail" as possible. It worked a little too well.
  • While the music production on his tracks are competent, the rapping of Yung Lean falls into this. Although it may be a joke, his flow, vaporwave-esque image, and attempts to come off as a serious rapper despite being a white guy from Sweden push him into this category. His song "Kyoto" is a prime example of his ridiculousness in action.

  • American Idol
    • William Hung massacred "She Bangs," but did it so charmingly that he got a major-label album out of it. (He may have outsold Taylor Hicks.) The allmusic review both gives it one star and an Album Pick, noting it's awful but provides quite the laughing material.
    • Another American Idol auditioner named Renaldo Lapuz wrote and sang the classic "I am your brother, your best friend forever..." A first-class ear worm, that. There are a couple of remixes of it.
    • There was General Larry Platt's "Pants On The Ground". Somehow, this turns it into Awesome Music.
    • Unlike Hung, who was well within the Idol age limit, Lapuz was in his forties and Platt in his sixties when they auditioned, adding to the curiosity behind their performances.
    • How about Nick Mitchell, a.k.a. Norman Gentle? His deliberately bad, ultra-camp version of "And I Am Telling You" didn't stop him from making the semifinals.
  • Big Barry, seen on Season 7 of America's Got Talent is absolutely hilarious to listen to. His singing style is so awkward, and Howard Stern hates him, but he just loves having fun on the show. He actually ended up making it through to New York, most likely because of his epic entertainment value.
  • EXEC_CUTYPUMP/. from Ar tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel is loud, harsh on the ears, and the lyrics are chock full of Narm Charm. Yet for some reason, one can't help but love it.
  • The soundtrack to 2003 film Biker Boyz includes Metallica and Ja Rule collaborating on the song "We Did It Again", which is almost as unlikely a pairing as Metallica and Lou Reed were. Basically the band sent Record Producer Swizz Beatz some unfinished St. Anger instrumentals, which he sampled into a Rap Rock beat for Ja Rule to rap over, with James Hetfield then adding some new sung vocals after the fact: It's as disjointed as you'd think it'd be given the circumstances, but still oddly catchy, with both James and Ja putting in hammy performances. The fact that the hook includes the lyrics "just when you thought it was over / just when you thought it was done" also becomes unintentionally funny, as the song eventually develops a case of Ending Fatigue (despite being under 5 minutes long).
  • Billiard 2008, a hack of Lunar Ball, features a rendition of the source game's soundtrack that is... discordant, to say the least. The title screen alone caused Vinny to immediately start laughing.
  • Jenny ROM & The Zippers, who Rhythm Game long timers may know from their songs that are featured in DanceDanceRevolution. Imagine, if you will, a strange Italo-Japanese woman singing bizarrely inane lyrics in English while being backed up by a man who cannot be below middle age, over strangely catchy dance beats, and you sort of have the general idea of the utter insanity this woman and her cohorts are capable of. An Anime Music Video for one of her songs set to Osaka of Azumanga Daioh fame doing stuff while trippiness ensues was in fact (before the original was removed) one of the oldest videos on Youtube. Jenny's been weird for a long time.
  • The DJMAX series brings us "Para Q" by Forte Escape. WRA WRAAA WRAAAAAAAAAAA!
    • From DJMAX Technika 2: Xlasher by Shinji Hosoe, an 80s style song with hilarious Engrish lyrics. This song is REAL FACT, REAL ADVANTAGE!
      Stomp! Step! Slash! To hell with it!
      Stomp! Step! Slash! Drop dead!
  • The infamous DK Rap from Donkey Kong 64. Theme Tune Rap songs are almost always narm, but... seriously, "He has no style, he has no grace, this Kong has a funny face!" and "This Kong's so strong, it isn't funny, can make a Kremling cry out for mummy!" are just ridiculous. Grant Kirkhope says that this was intentional.
  • The music for the Sega 32X port of Doom is what happens when you try to do too little with too little. The 32X doesn't have the same breadth of sound samples as the PC does, so several of the instruments used in the original songs are given wildly inappropriate sounds - if they weren't simply omitted outright, as different instruments fight for space on the 32X's limited channels. The drum samples are so weak as to be inaudible under the cacophony of the other instruments, making the faster tracks sound like a rhythm-less mess. As the 32X version was rushed to be a launch title for the Sega Mega Drive expansion, it's likely there wasn't enough time to properly port the music over from the MIDI-derived MUS format used by the game to Sega's hardware. The end results are undeniably terrible, but hilarious. Particular mention goes to the rendition of the iconic music from E1M1, with the raw electric guitar sounds of the original tune completely butchered into what sounds like fart sounds rendered on a Yamaha DX7.note 
  • The Eurovision Song Contest since about two years after they introduced a phone-in voting system.
    • 2008's Irish entry was a turkey puppet called Dustin, who was a mainstay of Irish children's TV for 20 years at that point (originally a vulture, but it got retconned shortly after his introduction) singing a So Bad, It's Good song about how the Eurovision has become So Bad, It's Good (or possibly horrible). This is a few post-modernisms too many for a lot of people, who think the song is simply and shallowly crap. Thus, it didn't get past the semi-finals.
    • The 2009 contest actually suffered because of this: most of the acts were too good to be so bad they were good but not good enough to be actually good.
    • The original Belarusian entry for 2011, containing such gems as "Byelorussia, USSR time... you're my passion, do it old-fashioned", was so hilariously terrible that the Belarusian broadcaster felt the need to change the lyrics... which made it go from so-bad-it's-good to plain bad.
    • This was also many people's view of the Eurovision Song Contest for decades before the introduction of the phone-in system.
      • This has became rarer since 2013, a year in which people joked about voting for Greece's satirical and novelty ska entry because of the terrible financial situation which the song, Alcohol is Free, referenced very clearly in its content, and it placed a nice 6th. The trend since than has been for songs that are nearly good enough to be good (and sometimes they actually are good!) with less so Bad it's good.
  • One-Hit Wonder pop rap duo Tag Team contributed a song to Gordy, a family-friendly movie about a talking pig: PIG POWER IN DA HOUSE! Even The Nostalgia Critic loved it!
  • An Image Song for Higurashi: When They Cry gives us, said in Engrish, "Do you know Oyashiro-sama? Yes, Hinamizawa. I kill you you kill me, no Hinamizawa". It Makes Sense In Context and is probably very intentional. Neither of the singers are exactly cool, it's set in The '80s, and it's making fun of a mystery-murder series.
  • Initial D includes a song called "Speed Car," the cheesiest ode to Initial D around:
    Speed Car, Speed Car
    It's a team of Project D they're winning
    Speed Car, Speed Car
    And Takumi is the king of racing
    Speed Car, Speed Car
    AE86 is coming
    Speed Car, Speed Car
    And he's gonna be the oooooonnnnnnnneeeee... SPEED CAR!
  • While James Bond songs are usually made of Awesome, Lulu's "The Man With the Golden Gun" is so over-the-top, campy, and ridiculous, it loops around from stupid right back to enjoyable. The hilarious, barely-Double Entendre lyrics help, too.
  • The video game Jet Set Radio Future is known to have lots of tracks that qualify as Awesome Music, but then you would get to hear this track by Cibo Matto. With the temper of the singer constantly switching between angry and calm at any given moment and the lyrics reflecting that personality it just has to qualify.
  • "Before My Body Is Dry" from Kill la Kill is generally considered to be a pretty awesome Theme Music Power-Up track. Then the OST was released and it was revealed that the full version includes a fairly cheesy rap bridge with the female singer singing about "I gotta find out who kill mah dad."
  • The first Romanian dub of LazyTown gave Stingy a high-pitched, scratchy voice similar to Grover from Sesame Street, which makes this dub's version of "The Mine Song" either hilarious or jarring. The second dub, however, fixed this.
  • Some of the karaoke ending songs in Lucky Star, as expected from traditional karaoke, are hilariously awful. The most popular of these include Konata screaming through Dragon Ball Z's theme and Konata trying to sing the English Monkey Magic theme despite not knowing English.
    • What makes the DBZ one, at least, is how much Konata is clearly enjoying herself.
    • This is made only more amusing by the fact that Konata's voice actress is a professional singer, meaning that she had to sing intentionally badly which is not as easy as it sounds.
    • Likely in response to this, JAM Project, the Hot-Blooded music group founded by the guy who sang the Mazinger Z intro, did their own epic rendition of Lucky Star's opening. Warning: Super Robot Wars fans that listen to this may get nightmares of Humongous Mecha dancing in cheerleader outfits.
      • Well, if you want giant robots dancing to Lucky Star's opening... Sadly, no actual cheerleader outfits.
    • Also: Everything Shiraishi has ever sung on that show. Particularly that one time in the end credits when he tried to sing "Mottoke! Sailor Fuku" without knowing the words.
    • Remember Fist of the North Star? And its opening, the manliest song ever Ai wo Torimodose (You Wa Shock!)? Then please listen to this cover made by Shiraishi and Akira. Also, notice how near the end of the first song they give up any pretension of singing and just start screaming into the mic.
  • The entire Marvel vs. Capcom 2 soundtrack. Its jazzy elevator music was first rated as one of the worst video game soundtracks ever made. It topped many worst video game soundtrack list. People were especially annoyed by the character select theme with the lyrics "I want to take you for a ride!" Over the years after the game became very popular, the music has now become a cult hit with many people expressing fond memories the moment they hear that same infamous character select theme. Go figure.
    • When taken apart from the game itself, the music is quite pleasant and relaxing. It gained infamy not for being bad, but by being such a ludicrously poor fit for the spectacle of powerful martial artists and superheroes battling it out. The Soundtrack Dissonance page rather aptly compares the mismatch to putting zydeco music in Silent Hill.
  • Mickey Unrapped. Disney characters rapping along with rap stars of the early 90s, with songs such as "Ice Ice Mickey", "Whatta Mouse", "U Can't Botch This", "Whoomp (There It Went)" plus the cover's depiction of Mickey looking gangsta equals hilarity. Hear for yourself.
  • Around the time Mortal Kombat: The Movie came out, The Immortals released Mortal Kombat: The Album, an album of songs themed around the characters of the first game. That's a pretty cheesy concept in and of itself, but some of the songs are even better. Kano's is bordering on Award-Bait Song, and Liu Kang's, done in the style of a '90s dance music song, deserves mention for using Calling Your Attacks and Funny Bruce Lee Noises as lyrics. The songs themselves aren't so bad, but it's the lyrics that make this album so hilarious.
  • As of 2022, many memes have been made about the absolutely nonsensical lyrics to "Burning Men's Soul" from Persona -trinity soul- is. The origins of the lyrics are actually from a sample disc, specifically Masterbits Climax 6 - Rhapsody. This does not stop the sheer hilarity of the mismatched instrumental and the awful lyrics. Highlights include "Check it out, I'm in the house like carpet", "'Cause that shit's gonna feel like Velvet (Turtle)" and "Like Chef Boyardee, my rhyme is truly cookin'".
  • This song (at 2:20) originally from the also So Bad, It's Good video game Plumbers Don't Wear Ties, but just hearing how "you're the star" just because you pursued to go after Jane is just... well. How The Angry Video Game Nerd would react to this if he ended up pursuing after Jane instead of just not going after her?
  • The cancelled Rhythm Game Neon FM was going to have a song called "Girlz Buttz". It is about exactly what you think it's about. Nearly a decade later, now it's in Pump It Up Infinity.
  • The 'Alphabet Rap' from 80s TV show Quantum Leap, as performed by actor Dean Stockwell here. What make this even more hilarious is that the lyrics in this release have been sanitized into a slightly more positive message to teach kids. In the original show, Stockwell's lyrics began "You're a looney-tune in a big white room..." Which he freestyled to, yes, an imprisoned mental patient.
  • The Dual Shock version of Resident Evil has its soundtrack redone. While most of the songs aren't as good as the original, the "Mansion Basement" theme was infamously replaced with a comically awful track that sounds like somebody randomly banging the white keys on a cheap Casio (or midi controller) set to "horn." When credited composer Mamoru Samuragochi, believed to be the Japanese Beethoven as he claimed to be deaf, was exposed as a fraud whose so-called work, including this soundtrack, was largely ghostwritten, it predictably resulted in jokes that this particular song was the only one he had written himself. The song has gained memetic infamy as the soundtrack to Nightmare Retardant, with Two Best Friends Play famously comparing it to "clowns farting in the basement". One person recreated the song using a different sample which not only sounds decent and fitting with the rest of the game, but supports the theory that the horn sample wasn't planned or was used by accident and Samuragochi never alerted anyone to the mistake because he knew it would blow his cover.
  • S4 League brings us "Super Sonic", which is a good song. Then comes the infamous Mr. Funky Remix.
  • This "Jump" music video from Sesame Street is quite laughable.
  • The soundtrack to Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (a film that's SBIG in itself), an ill-advised selection of disco and glam covers of Beatles songs, was the first album to go return platinum. That is to say, over a millionnote  copies were returned by stores because they couldn't sell. And yet, it's so stupid it's brilliant. Highlights include Steve Martin taking on "Maxwell's Silver Hammer", perhaps the only Alice Cooper / The Bee Gees collaboration you'll ever hear, and Frankie Howerd of all people getting to talk his way through 2 different songs.
  • Knuckles' stage themes in Sonic Adventure 2. Somebody at SEGA decided that they get a rapper to do the music for Knuckles' stages. Hilarity ensued. This is a game about talking animals protecting the world from an egg man and a space lizard with a cannon rammed up its ass. Here's an example. And another.
    • It helps that the instrumentals behind the goofy rapping is actually pretty good. Especially Dive into the Mellow.
  • For the most part, the Super Mario Advance series managed to translate the soundtracks of the SNES titles to the Game Boy Advance's more limited sound chip just fine. However, a few of the tracks didn't fare so well. Perhaps the most glaring is the Valley of Bowser theme from Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2, which sounds like it was done by taking the lead instrument from the SNES original and overlaying it over the sound of a misfiring speedboat engine and some random fart noises. Cue jokes about Bowser eating a bean burrito before kidnapping the Princess.
  • The general consensus about the new theme song for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), "Shell Shocked". While the song has been generally criticized for having nonsensical lyrics, many people have appreciated the song for its catchy beat and its general cheesy tone. Which is something previous rap songs about the live actions TMNT movies provided and were famed and appreciated in hindsight for as it fit in with the tone with the movies.
  • "I knocc em down. Running homie. [...] Get you with the fisticuffs, homie you my next wiiin!" Snoop Dogg 's contribution to Tekken Tag Tournament 2. This song plays in the ridiculous Snoop Dogg stage.
  • Thumbelina's "Marry the Mole" is narmy and hilarious for the wrong reasons. The lyrics sound like Ms. Field Mouse is making it up as she goes along, while she falls off her rocker and does asinine things during her song (wearing a pincushion as a dress for example), and her aesop about marrying for money. Considering the other songs in the film which fall in the other category, some fans wonder why this particular song won a Razzie in the first place.
  • Another Razzie winner that could charitably be called this is "I Wanna Be Mike Ovitz", from An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (which itself has a terrible soundtrack album full of unknown artists and barely any good songs, specially without the Public Enemy tracks from the movie). The instrumental is serviceable punk with a cool bassline. But unfortunadely it's ruined by Looped Lyrics on top of it, including an inexplicable whispered part.
  • Well known doujin artist REDALiCE produced a remix of "Love Colored Master Spark" from Touhou Project based on Pon De Floor by Major Lazer. The result sounds absolutely nothing like the original and is probably one of the most hilariously bizarre Touhou remixes ever made.
  • R. Kelly's epic "Hip Hopera," Trapped in the Closet, can be considered as RENT with a dripping faucet serving as the musical score. Each episode is the same melody and the sheer ridiculousness as more affairs are uncovered and more characters threaten each other with violence with R. Kelly dubbing everyone. "... And I pull out my gun, and say I'm gonna shoot someone. "And I count to THREE, and she looks at ME!" It all escalates to sheer madness with the introduction of the midget, whose name is BIG MAN for obvious reasons.
    • To say the least, the song has became somewhat of a meme, and inspired countless parodies, like most notably, Weird Al's "Trapped in the Drive Thru."
    • Despite its questionable writing, sophistication, and repetitive melody, some people are still eagerly awaiting the predictable finale. Oh NO! Now we all have AIDS!... AIDS!... AIDS!...
  • Happy Maria! is from a doujin album based around Umineko: When They Cry. The lyrics are clearly in English, but they're nearly indecipherable, and attempts at working them out have only resulted in hilarity, such as "I'm gonna piss in fire for magical breeding power" note .