Top 10 Most Annoying Things to Hear in a Song

Common things that are annoying to hear in a song. That can either ruin the song or make it obnoxious. If I missed one feel free to add it. If you think I missed one feel free to add it.

The Top Ten

1 Auto Tune

One of the reasons why modern pop and rap are so bad. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

I just don't like auto tune in the slightest. If a singer cannot sing without it, then maybe they shouldn't try singing at all or even have a music career in my book.

I hate autotune. - Userguy44

It's just sounds bad and it's a waste if the singer has a good voice. Auto tune makes a bad singer sounds even worse since it cannot hide the lack of talent the slightest.

auto tune is only exceptable for a short part to achieve a nice effect.

2 Out of Key Singing

This genuinely does annoy me.

3 Laughing

It depends. I like many songs with laughing that adds a lot to the song.
The end of Master of Puppets, Thriller by Michael Jackson, in the middle of Burn it To The Ground, Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne, Madhouse by Anthrax, Hall of the Mountain King by Savatage, and many more. - Metal_Treasure

I'm not a big fan of hearing someone laugh in a song. For me it's completely pointless and adds nothing to the song.

What about Master of puppets? - Userguy44

4 Talking

I would agree with that, in general. But there are exceptions where I like talking. - Metal_Treasure

I don't mind talking but when it's done before a song starts and is featured in the track audio that is annoying.

5 High Pitched Vocals/ Whiny Vocals

I like high pitched vocals. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

Examples are Mariah Carey, Christina Aquilera, Ariana Grande, plus lots more female singers, including imitators sounding like someone put an ice pack down their backs. A lot of the metal singing men also sing very laud high pitched screams, to me they're the most annoying of all, as they sound like someone squeezed their nuts, like they're in extreme pain. To me that's not singing that just annoying screaming high pitched notes or whining, it's no wonder they loose their voice after a while.

This is the reason I can't hear Ariana Grande songs. She has made some good songs but those screamed high notes give me Headache. Normal high notes aren't the problem, singers that try to sing higher than they are able to without starting screaming are the Problem. I don't sing myself but doesn't that hurt your Voice? - MacabreMoon

When a singer sings too high to the point they're screaming unintentionally. Some examples include: Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato. But I guess this can be considered similar to whiny vocals.

6 An Already Used Verse Repeated for a Third Verse

Noel Gallagher is guilty of this. Big time. - Gg2000

Rock music can sometimes be guilty of this cliché and it comes off as lazy if you literally reuse a verse just to have three verses.

7 Sexy Voice Singing

Ahh... Britney Spears' sexy heavy breathing... - Metal_Treasure

Depends on what genre and singer you're listening to...

Jessica Simpson's the example of sexy voice singing, like she's trying very hard to sound as sexy as possible, an example is her version of a Christmas song "Oh Holy Night" which to me is the worst version that I ever heard & I find it so offensive to hear it song that way, sorry to her fans. There are other sexy voice singers as well including imitators. If they're going to sing sexy then dress sexy, that way it'll match.

8 Electronic Noises

Most of them annoy me. So I somewhat agree. - Metal_Treasure

Sometimes electronic noises can be done well in music other times they're done so bad that it hurts your damn ears.

The modern ones are OK but the earlier version of electronic noises for example:Synthpop,New wave, and disco are actually really soothing and imaginable upon my mind that I sense wave functions especially the synthesizers and bass guitars- Kevinsidis

9 Beat Drops

Sometimes these are ok othertimes they're annoying as hell.

10 Layered Vocals


This is similar to Auto Tune but different in terms of how it makes a song sound. Personally I think that layered vocals are just as annoying as auto tune.

Bohemian Rhapsody is with multi-layered vocals that aren't Auto Tune. Blind Guardian vocal harmonies aren't Auto Tune, either. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 A Overabundance of Swearing/ Saying the N Word Too Much


Yes. I think this goes without saying - Metal_Treasure

I have no problem with swearing but when it's done too much in a song it gets annoying. I can tolerate a mild F- bomb maybe one use of the S- bomb but when it's like 55 f-bombs then it gets really old. Same thing with the overusage of the N- word in Rap songs. It gets annoying when it's repeated 5000 times or less.

12 Orgasmic Sounds

Check out the list Top 10 Songs that Feature Sex Noises - Metal_Treasure

Cupcakke songs

The hell?

13 "Whoa Oh!"

There's an actual term for it you know. It's called the millennial whoop - IronFist13

Lots of pop songs suffer from this cliche.

14 “whooo!”

I can't even count how pop punk songs have this cliché.

15 Humming

When Kid Cudi does it though, it is angelic

Unless it’s a sad song then I guess it’s understandable but I feel like I’m the only one that finds it annoying when people hum. - 3DG20

16 "Uh Huh"
17 "Woohoo!"

I like it in Song 2 - Blur. - Userguy44

18 Farts Farts

Maybe it was added as a troll item but actually there are songs with fart sounds in them. Check out the list:
Top 10 Songs Featuring Fart Sounds - Metal_Treasure

The trolls are just getting more and more stale lately...

19 Baby Sounds

I haven't heard this often in music...

20 Sexually Suggestive Lyrics

Sometimes they're okay, othertimes they're cringey...

21 High and Low Pitched Sounds

What you hear in most common pop songs these days. - Userguy44

22 High and Low Pitched Vocals

With vocal effect. - Userguy44

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