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.

I played this thing a couple of times in grammar school and it made me dislike music in general for about one month.

I had to learn it in grade five. worst ten weeks ever

My school makes you play the recorder the recorder is garbage. It sounds terrible! it's plastic. And is pure garbage.

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2 Kazoo

It sounds like a monkey on crack - Peppapigsucks

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.

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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 - Peppapigsucks

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

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4 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.

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.

It is so annoying, anyone who plays it and busks in the street deserves no money.

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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 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

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

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

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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.

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

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.

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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 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.


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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

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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

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

Pray for your life that you don't lose your hearing from the squeals - EchoX0

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

They are squeaky and stupid

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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=


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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.

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

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

I think trumpets have such a good sound! Why is it on this list?

It is so bad, it sounds like farts

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18 Vuvuzela


Sounds like a bunch of bees

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

This noise just ruins the World Cup games.

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19 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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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.

So sick of hearing these in commercials.

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"!

Extremely obnoxious

The most boring instrument

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21 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

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22 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...

23 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.

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.

Are you guys serious? The sound of violin never fails to send shivers down my spine. - Solariser

The violin sounds like a dying goose when played by a beginner. Screech screech Scccrrreccchh!

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24 Viola

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

No? What the heck? - Solariser

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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25 Guitar

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

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

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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.

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.

Super annoying when yo can't play it

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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.

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.

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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28 Bassoon

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

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.

Farting bedpost lmao my friend plays jazz bassoon cause he thinks the bassoon is cool
nobody likes bassoon except for the small minded players behind it that can't even handle the thought that music sounds better without the bassoon

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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

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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

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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!

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33 Tuba

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

I play tuba it fun

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

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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.

Why is this here? - Userguy44

An instrument made for one of the most useless,annoying,and pointless music genres: heavy metal. For classic rock or jazz,it's good. For heavy metal.all some talentless idiot does is strum this instrument while other idiots on drugs yell their damn lungs out trying to see who can make the most people cringe and run away to a polka festival.

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.)

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

Not all electric guitars have distortion, it's just an effect some people use in songs. There are songs that have clean electric guitar. It also seems kind of wrong to hate an instrument just because it's used in metal. - TuxIsAPerson

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 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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37 Slide Whistle

Best ever

38 Baritone

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


It sounds bad

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

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39 Flugelhorn
40 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!

41 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?

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 Shaker
46 Guiro
47 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!

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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