Worst Musical Instruments


The Top Ten

1 Recorder

Next to the kazoo, the recorder has got to be the most basic musical instrument ever. We all learned it in elementary school, but seriously- who has played it since then?

My Opinion but this instrument got the most irritating sound ever. I play this instrument ( rarely ) only because I have to do something or I want to annoy someone. Good for irritating other people and learning is easy. Bad for sound that gives you head ache even if you are using it good.

Why must we all learn this in elementary my brother just got his and he WONT SHUT UP

This list shouldn't exist. Most of the instruments here like accordion, oboe or harp are very good sounding. - Alkadikce

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2 Triangle

There are no bad instruments. Any instrument can be great if used in the correct way and at the correct time. Any decent musician knows that.

I don't understand...Every instrument has its own beautiful sound...they all sound beautiful when played together or alone - Ananya

Oh God... I can't play it. I seem to possess an unfortunate, innate lack of rhythm, and I can't even hit the triangle at the correct points. I remember when I had to play it during a school concert, and...

Forget. Forget.

... I'll be crying in the corner with the poster below me.

Of course it is not a solo instrument but it can add a good effect sometimes - Alkadikce

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3 Kazoo

Annoying little thing you sing and spit into. Why is it even called a musical instrument?

Seriously, at least you can actually play melodies on a recorder. No matter how well you play a kazoo, it sounds like a kazoo.

My brother never shuts up!

No it’s funny! - Userguy44

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4 Accordion Accordion Accordions are a family of box-shaped musical instruments of the bellows-driven free-reed aerophone type, colloquially referred to as a squeezebox.

This is a very underrated instrument, people need to play it before complaining about how bad the sound is. It's actually not bad.

I played a bit of the Guitar and more Violin and when I moved to another school (when I was Year 3), I learned how to play the recorder and the recorder is really fun to play with (in my opinion). Silent Night is easy on recorder once you get the hang of it. I started playing the Piano and so far, I can only play one song... Why is the recorder the worst instrument on the list? I disagree.

It's great instrument that so underrated if anyone thinks differently please just look up Accordion Beethoven

It's bad because it doesn't make any sense unless you truly know how to play it. I think it is just plain annoying.

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5 Harp Harp The harp is a stringed musical instrument that has a number of individual strings running at an angle to its soundboard; the strings are plucked with the fingers.

I think the harp has the most beautiful sound on the face of the earth. Why on earth is it on this list?

The harp sounds so pretty. I can't even imagine why it is on this list.

The harp was used in ancient times as a musical cure to the Kings' boredom. It is a legendary instrument and a parent to today's variety of instruments.

The most usefull instrument on the Earth. Better replace this with cello or violin

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6 Flute Flute The flute is a family of musical instruments in the woodwind group. Unlike woodwind instruments with reeds, a flute is an aerophone or reedless wind instrument that produces its sound from the flow of air across an opening.

Seems like people are voting based based on their inability to play the instruments. It's your fault, not the instrument's. The flute was used by many rock bands such as Genesis, Jethro Tull, King Crimson, Camel and it sounded great.

People are saying it's terrible it sounds like a dying donkey. Well maybe it sounds like that because YOU can't PLAY IT RIGHT. Everyone is all like it's so screechy, well guess what...it's not supposed to sound like that, and if it does that means your playing it wrong. WOAH WHO KNEW! I recommend this to anyone who wants to do band don't listen to anyone that says it sounds like it's a dying donkey, their not playing it right. If you think it sounds bad it's not the flutes fault, it's yours.

If you are somehow able to make your flute squeak, then you have accomplished quite the feat. Flutes are designed to be played in orchestras/bands; not marching bands. Piccolos should be used for marching band. Tuning, squeaking, "I CAN'T MAKE SOUND!," and complaints about dynamic control mean that YOU are the problem, not the flute. All musical instruments deserve respect, be it a flute or not.

Because it’s literally a stick with buttons🤦🏼‍♀️

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7 Glass Harmonica

The glass harmonica is a beautiful instrument and it takes a lot of effort and talent to play. It's not as easy as it looks.

Spell check. It's glass armonica.

God awful.

8 Bagpipes Bagpipes Bagpipes are a wind instrument using enclosed reeds fed from a constant reservoir of air in the form of a bag.

There's nothing wrong with this instrument. I could wake up to the sound of bagpipes every day. It doesn't sound like "dying cats". They actually sound really great in rock songs and they have a long history. Don't be hating until you learn about them. TAKE THE TIME TO APPRECIATE THEM.

I hate them! My dad hates them! It just makes my head wanting to explode with rage and anger when I hear them! JUST MAKE IT STOP! I'm glad I don't hear them often or at funerals. They'd just ruin my day. I'll listen to a trumpet at a funeral any day of the week.

Bagpipes are awesome! Listen to Korn.

Highland pipes are cool, smallpipes are better.

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9 Banjo

Maybe, but bass clarinet is definitely not. The bass clarinet is beautiful.

A gross sounding (best way I can put it) instrument that should be confined to bluegrass

Umm.. What?!?! Listen to Mumford and Sons. That will make your opinion sensible

Banjos aren't really that redneck.They take a lot of skill to play

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10 Oboe Oboe

These people don't know how an oboe sounds like. It does not sound like an old person farting or a fork rubbing against a plate. It made good sound in uskudar, and is hard to play. That's why people think it sounds like an old person farting or a fork rubbing against a plate.

The oboe is the worst and most obnoxious sounding instrument ever invented in the history of all noises, apart from perhaps the piccolo=

I play the oboe and it does not sound that bad and it's hard to play


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The Contenders

11 Keytar

No, the keytar is basically a synth that you hold like a guitar, it is bad ass if you are a keyboardist

There is no way that this instrument will ever make bad ass. This thing is an abomination of sight and sound. It could even make the coolest of people look like flaming asses.

Is a keytar a guitar that can be used for video games by pressing buttons

The stupidest instrument invented.

12 Sitar

The sitar is a fantastic instrument and the Beatles proved it!

And he admits it

What is a sitar

Hudson is gay

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13 Clarinet

I hate how everyone there bases their arguments on a cartoon character or inexperienced players in the high school band. Just listen to Benny Goodman or Woody Herman or Artie Shaw. They all sound beautiful

What about Benny Goodman? He is a great clarinetist - AlbertAngrySami

Clarinet is one of the best instruments if it's played right. If you hate it it's because you've never heard an amazing player. Try looking up any song featuring clarinets. You'll change your mind.

I play the clarinet and think it is a very Great instrument if played right.

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14 Trumpet Trumpet A trumpet is a blown musical instrument commonly used in classical and jazz ensembles. The trumpet group contains the instruments with the highest register in the brass family.

It all depends on if the person can play it or not and people at my school do not know how to play them and make a good sound so I've just always have had a bad thought with trumpets but they are also really loud and over do it a bit

I just don't think trumpets should have been invented and the people who play them most of the time have the biggest ego. Most of the time you can even hear any other instrument but the trumpets and it's horrible.

This has less to do with the instrument itself, but the people that play them. Or, rather, CAN'T play them. Seriously, they play one note, think they've mastered it, and then do nothing but play in your ear like a deafening mosquito.

Incredibly loud, annoyingly bright sound. It definitely has it's place, but needs to be used much more sparingly.

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15 Ukulele Ukulele The ukulele is a member of the lute family of instruments; it generally employs four nylon or gut strings or four courses of strings.

How is this not in the top ten?! (23 currently.) The ukelele is fine as accompaniment, but hardly any ukelele players understand that and try to make it the star...

To arrogant to learn bass? To lazy to learn guitar? Good news! Now, you can be the douche at the party without any of that pesky "effort"!

It looks like a toy. It sounds like a toy. It's a toy, not an instrument.

Extremely obnoxious

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16 Vuvuzela

If you didn't vote for this instrument then you've never heard it before.

This noise just ruins the World Cup games.

Essentially an oversized whistle - AlbertAngrySami

Sounds like a bunch of bees

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17 Trombone

Trombone is a great instrument to me it is very unique.

Me and my friend are arguing what is better trombone or saxophone and I play trombone he plays saxophone so I say his instrument was an accident of brass and wood wind but trombone is not.!

This is really mean. I play the trombone and it is awesome

Trombone just sounds like a loud fart and never sounds good unless someone with a high skill level is playing it.

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18 Vibraslap

A classmate in my class would just bang this on everybody's head in music class and it sounded like the damned souls in hell

Just listen to Asian music.

19 Viola

Your just being a gayer of beautiful instruments, STOP! What's next? The piano?

Haha the laughing stock of the orchestral world. Not respected between string players, terrible tone, goes right through you

The worst instrument to ever exist ever

Violas suck lol u don't have to be ling ling to know that

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20 Violin Violin The violin is a wooden string instrument in the violin family. It is the smallest and highest-pitched instrument in the family in regular use.

Alright, now this top ten list thing is becoming Hilarious... The Violin, The Cello, The Harp, The Viola, The Double Bass, The Guitar, The Flute, and The Piano, are all very Great Musical Instruments that definitely should Not be on a list like this at all... ; Perhaps, it is that, whomever compiled this list does Not understand Great Music... This list is Crazy

Why is the Violin on this list? It's an awesome instrument!

I played the violin in my old elementary school and I can play it good, but it's annoying when you have to play a song without the bow. #10 worst instrument.

It’s just annoying

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21 Guitar

HA? This is a Joke!
Who Put a Awesome Music Instrument Like This? Or Piano? Drum? Violin? Huh?

Skillful and Bad ass instrument. People that voted this up should be ashamed

It is just to popular for me. In the band's at my school all of the annoying kids play popular instruments - lbelle0527

A guitar is a great instrument to learn.

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22 Saxophone Saxophone The saxophone is a family of woodwind instruments. Saxophones are usually made of brass and played with a single-reed mouthpiece similar to that of the clarinet.

Saxophones have to be the worst instrument ever. They are kind of cool if you know how to play, but most people assume they are cool instruments, so they choose them and suck at playing. Story of my life.

Every instrument is awesome and unique. I play the Tenor and the first I played it I sounded like farts but it just takes practice. But if someone says it sucks well its just the player of the instrument

I play saxophone and I am highly educated so most saxophone players are gifted and talented

Best insrument

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23 Piano Piano The piano is a musical instrument played using a keyboard, which is a row of keys that the performer presses down or strikes with the fingers and thumbs of both hands.

If you're voting piano please go to the doctor's.

Somebody has had too much Meth, this is the best instrument out there, and it should be off the list. It is easy to learn, compose with, and was used by the greatest composers of classical music. Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Schumann, the list is endless! Off the list! Off the list!

Drum Piano and Guitar are the best

Pianos can ruin most bar sessions because most pianos seem to be out of tune. Good in the hands of a master at an in tune piano.

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24 Synthesizer

This is a lie, the synthesizer is the greatest instrument of all time

There is a big difference between a synthesizer and a keyboard with presets @AlbertAngrySami. There is no instrument that can replicate a synth and there is a crazy amount of talent needed. Go look at a Moog Model 55 and tell me anybody can play that no talent needed. Synths are highly complicated instruments and need a long time to master. And even if you are using a preset keyboard it still takes talent. Its playing a piano just with different sounds and tones. - Rusty665

They are not easy to play. When I was a kid I just messed around with one having no talent but I had fun at home. You need talent for them.

No, - Userguy44

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25 Otamatone

The Otamatone was originally a children's toy created in Japan. Bravo Japan, Bravo.

Here we have a horrific instrument, sounds like cancer. It deserve top 1

I just couldn't stop laughing at this ridiculous sound it is terrible, awful, wow it's the pits

WHO ADDED THIS?! IT'S AWESOME! - Coastergirl003

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26 Bassoon

If it sounds like a dying animal, you have a crappy reed and need a new nice wooden one soaked in water that's really nice! I know, I play the bassoon.

It sounds like someone gargling leaded paint pitch shifted down a few octaves and the embouchure is one of the stupidest things I've ever seen.

If you think the bassoon sounds like a dying animal listen to an oboe - busterwoods

Yeah I play bassoon and to be honest reeds cost a lot of money. So
Yeah that’s my musical life. Oh yeah not to mention that the boot joint is a pain to clean. It may just be me but cleaning that thing takes me at least ten minutes to clean. Probably just because I’m bad :(

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27 Harmonica
28 French Horn

I play French Horn and it is a beautiful sound and once you get the hang of it, it's really easy. I would say we are the most organised section as we always pay attention and listen to the conductor and take everything in. It's a beautiful instrument with an even more amazing sound.

The French Horn section can't do anything right. The only saving grace the section has is that you can't here them if others are playing well enough.

I play French horn and it spuds amazing so don't even think twice about saying it sounds bad cause it doesn't!

Sounds like a piece of white hot trash

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29 Tuba

It is most likely on here for its size which is my favorite part about the tuba and the person who put it on here didn't like the low sound and probably thought it was heavy when the tuba is very light - lbelle0527

I play tuba it fun


Hey,I play tuba>:( - Nateawesomeness

30 Rhythm Sticks

I remember when I was a kid, we all got to play little percussion instruments and walk around in a circle. They consisted of cool things like a triangle (It was cool to me back then) and two little cymbals, guess what I got? Two rhythm sticks... Yayy...

31 Cowbell

The cowbell sounds horrendous. Anyone who thinks this sounds good is wrong.

Iron Maiden made the cowbell cooler now



32 Double Bass

Not the wprst intrument but the 0layers are clearly making up for something...

This instrument is awesome, if the violists give you crap about having a boring part, they just can’t play theirs.

33 Electric Guitar Electric Guitar The electric guitar is a type of guitar that unlike an acoustic guitar, is solid body instead of hollow. They use pickups and amps to produce sound that's audible from more than a few feet. They are mainly used in rock and metal music and in those genres are commonly the main instruments. A few notable ...read more.

I hate the sound of the electric guitar. Rock (any type) isn't my favorite so it is kind of a given that I wouldn't like the sound of the electric guitar. The ONLY time I've ever liked the sound is in jazz (my favorite genre.)

Why is this here? - Userguy44

I HATE the distorted sound! I hate that it is used for metal!

34 Slide Whistle

Best ever

35 Baritone

Sure, easy to play, but it was a beautiful sound. The baritone/ euphonium are probably the best brass instruments.

I used to play it but I loved it!

I kind think it sounds like one gigantic fart


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36 Cello Cello The cello or violoncello is a bowed or plucked string instrument with four strings tuned in perfect fifths.

If you voted for this, you obviously have never heard the cello being played.

I love the cello. It plays the harmony so well. I can't even imagine why it is on this list.

Why cello? Your offending the instrument I PLAY!

Cello is the pest I play it!

37 Didgeridoo

Whoever posted that Abos are retarded, so is the sound of the didgeridoo!

I have one. I think it sounds cool.

Proof that Abos are retarded.

38 Flugelhorn
39 Mellotron

Megatron's retarded half-cousin

40 Musical Saw

It sounds like an alien.

It's the instrument that the folk group your grade school hired uses at the end of the assembly.

This in my opinion is probably the most expensive instrument to play, and the most pointless


41 Euphonium

I'm playing it I hate ut


42 Drum

Drums and Bass are the foundations of music, if it weren't for this and bass, music wouldn't be what it is today.

I kind of hate this instrument so yeah boo drums.

Why are there some many good insturments on this list?!?!

Who put this on the list?!?! This is the greatest music instrument after the Guitair!

43 Shehnai

Sooo irritating and monotonous! - jimmy12lee

44 Shaker
45 Guiro
46 Ocarina

Who would put this on the list? This is one of my favorite instruments. Even the triangle, harmonica, kazoo, tambourine, and cowbell.

Ocarinas are so beautiful! Like the one not anoying high pitched instrument!

47 Tambourine
48 Keyboard

Yeah that's right, the koto better not be on this list, because the koto is the best instrument ever.

49 Friction Drum
50 Banjo uke
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