There are many songs that, for better or worse, evoke nostalgia for all the wrong reasons. Whether through unrelenting repetition, bizarre lyrics or perplexing charm, the most annoying songs of all time have gotten stuck in our heads, only to find there’s no way out. Becoming cultural touchstones against our better judgement, they can elicit reactions that range from awkward laughter to plain old confusion, leaving a legacy of earworms and cringe-worthy tunes that are simply unforgettable – and unbearable.
Whether you love them or hate them, the world’s most annoying songs continue to divide opinion and prove impossible to escape…
Most Annoying Songs Of All Time: 10 Ear-Bashing Horrors To Avoid!
10: Joe Dolce: Shaddap You Face (1980)
An unforgettable entry in the annals of the most annoying songs ever recorded, Joe Dolce’s Shaddap You Face is a tune that, once heard, is nearly impossible to shake. Famous for beating Ultravox’s synth-pop masterpiece Vienna to the UK No.1 spot in February 1981, the song’s catchy yet grating chorus and Dolce’s comically exaggerated Italian-American accent is a textbook example of cultural appropriation gone awry. Nevertheless, Shaddap You Face’s irreverent humour still managed to lodge itself in the collective consciousness, and it remains a polarising cultural relic forever etched in the history of annoying earworms.