Worst Musical Instruments


The Top Ten

1 Recorder

Who wants to nuke every recorder ever made and every factory at all that has ever made a recorder and then dig up what's left of the inventor of the recorder and throw him into a flaming pit of molten lava, and then go destroy everything that mentions recorders then kill everyone who likes recorders then make everyone who is left swear to never mention the recorder ever again under penalty of torture, and then burn anything or anyone who might lead to re inventing the recorder.

Clarinets are the worst instruments in the world

The Hurdy Gurdy is by far the worst instrument. It sounds like someone duct taped a cat to a ceiling fan, an oscillating cry of desperation, over a persistently tedious droning. That doesn't excuse the recorder for sounding like an asthmatic guinea pig, but at least a five year old will get tired of it too, and just use it to dig for worms in the garden, whereas Hurdy Gurdy "players" never seen to get bored of the pain they inflict on people, and just keep turning that squeal wheel until someone pays them to go away.

My ears! My ears! Make it Stoppp! - Limeyy

2 Kazoo

It sounds like a monkey on crack

The kazoo is the same as a penis

I am offended this is on the list. - Stalin

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

3 Triangle

The triangle is the type of instrument that you give to a kid with downs syndrome so that he can feel as if he is part of something special. It is a simple instrument. If I had my way I would beat the manufacturers of said instrument over the head with an aluminum baseball bat.

A really useless instrument if you ask me

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

All it does is just make one sound when you hit it with a stick. - JoeBoi

4 Glass Harmonica

What? It's a beautiful instrument!

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.

5 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.


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

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

6 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?

I was at a wedding reception once and a woman was playing the harp. I was drunk and wanted to pick it up, throw it as far as I could, and punch her in the face.

Can't believe this is on the list. - RogerMcBaloney

Wait, people actually dislike the harp. I can't comprehend this. - Solariser

7 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.

Instant headache inducer. The only instrument that makes recorders sound pleasant by comparison. I can make better sounding noises with the neck of a deflating balloon.

I think It is the most useless instrument in my band. No matter how many flutes there are, the sounds of the other instruments take over. So one time in rehearshal

Why is a flute on this list? it is a beautiful woodwind instruments it's kind of hard but pretty easy to play and it has a nice melody sound and is especially grate for soloist concerts it is a way better than the recorder it sounds like it's a toy!

Sounds really high and annoying. My friend plays the flute and it gives me a headache when she plays in front of me. Ach

8 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.

9 Cowbell

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

Iron Maiden made the cowbell cooler now



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

There is a park near my residence. I used to go there early in the morning and walk around the track for exercise. One morning, a man was there playing the bagpipes. I hated every second of it. I was tempted to assault and batter him.

I'm Irish I'm very offend

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.

Highland pipes are cool, smallpipes are better.


The Contenders

11 Didgeridoo

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

Proof that Abos are retarded.

I have one. I think it sounds cool.

12 Banjo

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

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

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

13 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.

14 Shehnai

Sooo irritating and monotonous! - jimmy12lee

15 Clarinet

I play clarinet and I love it it can make wonderful sounds

Squidward is offended. - Jasmine21064

Squidward may disagree

If you can't play completely professionally this sounds like you are killing a deep voiced cat!

16 Oboe Oboe Oboes belong to the classification of double reed woodwind instruments. Oboes are usually made of wood, but there are also oboes made of synthetic materials.

Sounds terrible squeaks and just sounds terrible

It's a duck

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


17 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.

Funny story: My band director didn't have his trumpet, and he wanted to demonstrate the trumpet part, so he asked a kid, "Hey can I borrow your trumpet? " and the kid said "ok" I thought he was just going to sing and finger along like he usually does, but he actually put his MOUTH inside the mouthpiece that the kid already played in, and played the song. Then he gave the trumpet back to the kid and he just kept on playing like nothing happened. WHAT THE FRICK!

People, think about it. Trumpets play a huge role in band. Trumpets hold lots of the melody, and songs without the melody isn't exactly the way to go. Also, just because the instrument CAN be loud doesn't mean is HAS to be, just like how the flutes can be loud if played right. Also, if you are a real musician, you understand how all instruments have potential to do amazing things in music, and trumpet is definitely on that. And it's not easy, either. If you use active slides, it makes it just as hard to work as a flute, just you have to keep your articulation right. Don't go around complaining about trumpets when the squeals of clarinets and the off-tune orchestra instruments are also factors here. - EchoX0

Piano? What does that mean?

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

18 Vuvuzela

This makes Hell seem like paradise.


Sounds like a bunch of bees

Satanael played the vuvuzela, and he and all thoughts who herd it, fell from heaven

19 Sitar

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

And he admits it

What is a sitar

Hudson is gay

20 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.

Country singers use this instrument, so it's automatically bad

So sick of hearing these in commercials.

Lame. that's all I can describe it as. Just purely lame

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"!

21 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.

It is way too hard to play. and my teacher forced me to do it

My late grandfather used to play the violin. He sucked. Listening to him play was like getting a root canal. He also had an album featuring a violinist. If I ever met said violinist I would like to punch him in the face. I hate the violin.

I kind of hate violin. At the start of the school year they introduce us to the orchestra instruments. About 60% of the kids play violin, 20% play viola. 15% play cello and 5% play bass. Needless to say, the violin is an overrated and overall terrible instrument.

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

22 Trombone

I don't like jerking my instrument.

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.!

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

Trombone is amazing, unique, and very easy to hold it is not bad

23 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...

24 Viola

Violin's worse cousin that not even the people who play it, like it.

I'm a pianist and I support violas (and violins) - Mii24

No? What the heck? - Solariser

The worst instrument to ever exist ever

25 Guitar

WAY TOO OVERRATED. At my elementary school, istg there was a whole colony of guiatrists and it was so annoying like everyone likes this instrument except me. If I ever see a guitarist, id very much like to punch them in the face

This is best instrument ever don't down

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

26 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.

Um excuse me? This is one of my favorite instruments. - Jasmine21064

Highly disagree. Although, I gotta say that soprano saxes aren't that pleasant to listen to. - Solariser

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

Saxophones are worse than French Horns.

27 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.

This doesn't deserve to be on here. - Jasmine21064

Richest instrument out there. I don't understamd how anyone could consider it the worst. - Solariser

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!

Now we’re just getting to the section of this list that none of the instruments are bad.

28 Bassoon

It sounds good if you actually practice and put the time into learning it, same with every other instrument. The bassoon sounds good.

Sounds very awkward. Like a painful gas that comes out on either end. Regardless, I find it interesting but at the same time strange

I opted to try and learn to play the bassoon in fifth grade. I grew weary of it within 30 minutes and have never played since.

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

29 Synthesizer

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.

The perfect instrument for wastrels

No, - Userguy44

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

30 Harmonica

its dumb

31 Otamatone

It, and the kazoo, are toys trying to be instruments.

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

The otamatone makes sense if played by the wrong person.
THE synthesizer does not. It's a beautiful instrument that anyone can play. I play synthesizer and the guy who says it causes talent problems was being rude to a lot of musicians. My Minilogue can make a million sounds you have probably never heard before.

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

32 French Horn

They're annoying and think they're the most important instrument in the entire band because there's only like three of them.

Sounds like a piece of white hot trash

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.

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

33 Tuba

Sounds like a kid ate too much food. (Basically a constipated fart.)

A big fat kid in my high school played the tuba. Big fat males are to the tuba as petite, thin girls are to the piccolo.

Sounds like a strong diarrhea

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

34 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.

Well, the worst sound recorded was played on an electric guitar. That is, when Lil Wayne plays a dumb solo. - I80

Whoever put this here is an out-and-out psychotic.

This instrument is for dumb-dumb teenagers!

Why is this here? - Userguy44

35 Double Bass

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

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

36 Baritone

It's ok, but is hard to take care of. It only sounds good with professionals.


It sounds bad

Best instrument in band. Range of trumpet and tuba (most of it if you’re good enough) and it’s hard to miss notes (unlike trumpets amiright).

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

The cello is the worst instrument ever I mean the cellos are just tinny basses.

Cello is the pest I play it!

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

Why cello? Your offending the instrument I PLAY!

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38 Slide Whistle

Best ever

39 Drum

My first cousin was forced to learn to play the drums by his mother, who wanted to form a Partridge Family style group. He got pretty good, but ended up quitting at first opportunity. I have had a negative view of the drums ever since, and find myself inadvertently harassing drummers relentlessly whenever I cross their path.

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?!?!

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40 Tambourine

I'm sorry, but I wont be able to attend your son's wedding. I have a tambourine lesson and my instructor said that missing just one might make all of the work I've put in thus far meaningless. I can't just throw away all the diligent hours of study for something as trivial as a wedding.

Mastering the tambourine, becoming a soul artist who expresses oneself through the instrument, would be like mastering the art of buttering bread.

What exactly is the purpose of this thing?

41 Flugelhorn
42 Euphonium

I'm playing it I hate ut


43 Mellotron

Megatron's retarded half-cousin

44 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

45 Ocarina

Whoever put this on here probably never heard someone use it professionally. Or never knew Legend of Zelda: OoT. - Jasmine21064

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!

46 Shaker
47 Guiro
48 Drum Machine

An easy alternative to real drums. - I80

49 Keyboard

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

50 Friction Drum
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