Worst Songs of 2012

So who has annoyed you so much this year so far with a certain song, enter it below or even vote!

The Top Ten

1 Stupid Hoe - Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj is the real "stupid hoe" for writing and singing this song. Seriously it sucks!

Nicki doesn't sing, she raps (terrible at that). You shouldn't argue when you don't know facts yourself (and considering that you're her fan, you SHOULD know). - PhenomentalOne

What happens when you mix a terrible beat made up of sound effects with the voice that can only be described as the most awful thing ever? Add in some flashy images of a synthetic ass with some of the DUMBEST, most AWFUL (and RIDICULOUSLY ironic) lyrics ever, and you have stupid hoe. Congratulations Nicki Minaj! You are officially worse than BrokenCYDE, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, and Paris ' Hilton. I hope your success completely backfires!

There is absolutely nothing good about this song. Nicki Minaj's voice is this annoying helium-filled mess that makes your ears bleed, and the lyrics make no sense. This is supposed to be a diss towards Lil Kim, but no one would be able to tell without knowing that it's a diss song. At least "Boyfriend" had a catchy chorus, whereas this song is just "You a stupid hoe, you a you a stupid hoe" repeated over and over again. And don't even get me started on the awful, whooping beat.

Horrible song, unlistenable. - PeeledBanana

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2 Boyfriend - Justin Bieber

Auto-tuned to death, and an attempt of rap...

Background music so annoying

It's pathetic how just because something was written by Justin Bieber it gets ton of hate. I've seen 40 year olds bash on this kid. It's annoying just shut up, you're bringing him more attention by bashing him.


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3 Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen

This is all I hear on the radio. Shouldn't they give all of the songs a chance to be put on the radio? This is all I hear though, at least put on a decent song- seriously

She needs to go back to Canada & stay there this song is very poorly written & her voice is mediocre this song isn't special & neither is she. This was one of the worst music experiences I had next to Rebecca Black's Friday.

Every time I turn the radio on I hear this song! All the stations play is Kelly Clarkson and this song! Its not even that good!

Not so bad but so overplayed - PeeledBanana

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4 Birthday Cake - Rihanna

I get Rhianna is attractive, and she likes to write about that. There's nothing wrong with that. BUT THIS SONG IS AWFUL!

Chris Brown would be a great voice for Pac-Man!

I like Rihanna, but I hate how this song exists.

It should be on #1. Yeah, I know this year released some CRAP (Stupid Hoe, Gangam Style etc.,) but none of it are worse than this. The song has lyrics that cannot be worse, and it has a HORRIBLE beat. Unlistenable!

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5 Gangnam Style - Psy

I can't stand this song. People love it but they have no idea what he's even saying.

Gosh this is a stupid trend that everyone everywhere likes to talk about, and it is 4 minute pointless video and repetitive song, most of the people who "like" it don't like it, they force themselves to like it so they could fit in with other idiots.

This could have been a big chance for Kpop, but people aren't taking it seriously. They think PSY is just some fat Chinese guy who does a funny horse dance. BIGBANG and Super Junior should have gotten popular, not this.


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6 Whistle - Flo Rida

A song about blowjobs. How pleasant

This whistle is so annoying!

I am glad Whistle is on the top ten. "Can you blow my whistle, baby, whistle, baby... you just put your lips together and you come real close... here we go" I know exactly what you're talking about. The whistle refers to your you-know-what. The song even has whistling. What a load of annoyance this sexual song is. The instrumental is all nice with nice-playing guitar, but overall, I rate this somewhat bearable song a 2/5 --- one additional point because it's a sexual song by a man. Whistle, a ludicrous dirty hit song, attained number one on the charts because of the instrumental, what it is about, and that is was a summer jam. Due to its sexual nature, this song easily made 2012 history. - madoog

So let me get this straight: You can make a song about your own penis and get a number one spot. I'm done. - yaygiants16

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7 As Long as You Love Me - Justin Bieber

Gawd, when I heard this awful trainwreck for the first time, I thought when he sang the word "love" in the choruses, I thought he was yawning.

I don't understand why everyone hates Boyfriend so much. This is so much worse! - WonkeyDude98

Ha! He got punched several times by the stereotypical girlfriend's dad. That will teach him a lesson he should've get a long time ago.

I do not know about this one. - madoog

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8 Rack City - Tyga

Degrading to women and boring music. How is this abomination to the music industry not #1 on this?

It is a little bothersome to see a song that I like on a worst songs list. This is the first hip-hop song that I heard the male "ay ay ay" in the background. I think this is the song that started it and influenced other hip-hop songs to have that. A lot of other hip-hop songs followed in Rack City's footsteps with the male "ay ay ay" in the background, which got annoying. Hip-hop is still doing that. You can hear it in Trey Songz's Na Na and Azalea's Fancy, for example. This song is sitting in my mp3 player. Rack City is dark and manages to create a good vibe. It has repetitive lyrics, but that's okay; it would not be great without the repetitive lyrics. Tyga's monotone voice suits well in the song. This song may be degrading to females, but I like it. Rack City is great. - madoog

Stupid Hoe, while awful, is fascinating with how it was even allowed to happen. It's the sort of trainwreck that everyone should witness at least once due to how much of a catastrophe it is.

This song, on the other hand, is terrible in the most boringly unpleasant way possible. Tyga brings absolutely nothing to the table except horrible, repetitive lyrics in the most bored, monotone delivery possible, and the beat is what started the hip hop beat formula we know and hate today. Simple synth, basic drum machine, and people quietly yelling "Hey" in the background. 3 years later, we're still hearing the damage this song has done to the pop charts. This song somehow wrecked both hip hop and R&B for years to come.

Incredibly misogynistic and sexist song ever and Tyga has the worst flow between rap verses!

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9 We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together - Taylor Swift

UGH. We've been hearing about Taylor Swift's breakups/relationships since 2007. Six years of the same exact topic makes me want to shoot myself. And the horrible lyrics, with a crappy tune? Please. Just call me when decent bands come back into play

Taylor Swift is normally a good musician and singer, she has a great vocal range and writes passionately. However, this repetive song seems to endless go NEVER EVER NEVER EVER NEVER EVER NEVER EVER NEVER EVER, well, you get the picture.

Ok we get that some boy dumped you or didn't notice you but people (that now what quality music is) are so sick of these song topics. Country was bad enough but now pop what's become of this country.

I do not hate this song, but I do not care for it. - madoog

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10 Turn On the Lights - Future

I do not like this song. Turn On The Lights / Is that supposed to be a metaphor for paying attention. Future sounds like he is just moving his lips around wildly. He sounds different in this song. This song fails. I know this is produced by Mike Will Made It. Some of his tracks sound similar. This sounds similar to Neva End. Mike Will Made It always use those deep fluid sounds along with hard tunes. That is the best way that I can describe it. - madoog

Even Kesha uses her autotune better than Future. Just listen to the wail. - Swellow

How does one person mess up with AUTOTUNE of all things?!

Autotuned to the max and to the point of being obnoxious, and yet not even close to saving Future. This song just missed my list, because it's a fantastic kind of bad to be generous. - WonkeyDude98

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The Newcomers

? So Good - B.O.B

The Contenders

11 Trumpet Lights - Chris Brown

Someone left out this retarded atrocity of a song...Chris Brown is drowning in autotune and there's are so many IRRITATING NOISES IN THIS SONG. UGH. This clown's vocals are absolutely irritating and the whole song it's basically not a song, it's just a noisy mess. -5/5. Probably the worst song of the year. - AlphaQ

I can't believe you idiots actually forgot to put this dreck of a song on the list - VideoGamefan5

All you need to do is listen, bear though that painful screech at the end of the song, and you will want this to be Number 1. - DCfnaf

This is not music. -5/5 - AlphaQ

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12 Beez in the Trap - Nicki Minaj

This is the worst ever. Not just 2012. Nicki is the most Untalented train wreck I have ever come across. I am embarrassed for her when it's on the radio.

This doesn't even need a reason. The song speaks for how bad it is.

Just goes to show how much of a disaster the entire Roman Reloaded album was. THREE songs from that album in the top 10 of this list, with several more appearances further down. Not since Nickelback's "All The Right Reasons" have I heard an album come out with so many terrible songs.

Lol she has THREE songs in the top ten? Plus a few more in the bottom..wow that's a record.

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13 Starships - Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj has the potential of being one of the female phenoms of year. But this song is one of the songs that are obviously not part of her "Best Work" list. She fails to deliver her style and theme of being a tough chick and manages to make the electronic dance music worse than it already is.

This song... Unggh, it gives me a headache just remembering this. I have never hated anything half as much as Nikki Minaj, and I was forced to listen to the pop stations playing this in heavy rotation for a month! My bad music virginity is gone...

Duh starships were ment to fly - joshlambert

I like this song.


6/10 - lovefrombadlands

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14 Where Have You Been - Rihanna

Where I'm been, what about you, Rihanna? Have you been sleeping in the dirty toilet while reading Playboy magazine and playing with Chris Brown's dirty underwear? You need help!

Her music is so trash. Lack of good voice is obvious. She can't sing LIVE and she has like 2-3 lines in every song. Oh I forgot about Ela Ela Eh Eh Eh or Year year year. - Magnolia

In your music video, you seem more like willing to get killed by a crocodile.

Her older songs like disturb I a and umbrella are actually reasonable songs. also shut up and drive. but man is she turning into a whacko or what?

15 Diamonds - Rihanna

Its too overrated...
Probably the reason is that she gets nude in every other video of her. - abhisheksrivastava

Who care if it's overrated? Just because is overrated doesn't mean it's bad, and she is not naked in this video. - DaisyandRosalina

Probably Rihanna's worst song to date. She doesn't shine bright like a diamond AT ALL in this song.

The song makes it sound like it's raining diamonds. maybe one impaled her brain and made her a complete idiot and so she would convince herself to make this retarded song. You know it's true

Shine bright like a diamond
find light in a beautiful sea
i chose to be happy

this song is like diamonds in the sky
7/10 - lovefrombadlands

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16 Sorry for Party Rocking - LMFAO

I'm sorry for myself for listening to this song

This song is TERRIBLE! Lyrics are stupid, the music is stupid, everything about this song is stupid. How people call this good music beyond me...

You better be sorry!

Party Rock Anthem is better than this

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17 I Fink U Freeky - Die Antwoord

I hate this song and already thrashed it on my remix of this list, but I don't even feel motivated enough to rate it, it's just that tedious. Plus the is on my Worst Songs of All Time list, so add redundancy to that. - WonkeyDude98

I've never felt so sick listening to a beat in my life. The ear-grating vocals and obnoxious flow nearly sent me to hospital. One of the worst songs of all time. -9000/5 - AlphaQ

Die antwoord sucks and should quit at rapping, worse than anaconda 1.5/10. Besides the girl singing is probably Nicki Minaj in disguise

This song is awesome. - madoog

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18 Want U Back - Cher Lloyd

Um. Cher Lloyd has the voice of a dying mouse. Those "UNGH"s sound really constipated. She tries to diss another girl's fashion when she herself doesn't. The lyrics are really self-centered. 0/5 no question. - WonkeyDude98

This song is downright idiotic and contradictory. Cher Lloyd's voice is annoying just like the song. She sings about how she dumped a guy because he wasn't good enough for her, but when he goes out and gets a new girlfriend, she's jealous and wants to tear them apart. What an idiotic concept for a song. Way to be unlikeable. - DCfnaf

I do not like this song. - madoog

Painfully awful.

19 One More Night - Maroon 5

I love this song.

This was my jam

This song is great! what is wrong with you guys!

This is NOT a worst song.
so I cross my heart & I hope to die
that this will only be on this list for 1 more night - lovefrombadlands

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20 Scream & Shout - Will.I.Am

Worst song ever, Will.I. am is a terrible musician and everything he does is terrible! Britney Spears was terrible in this too. Worst song and Worst lyrics.

What idiot put this song on here it's cool

Britney Spears was phenomenal until William James Adams II (will.i.am) made her worse by singing this song. Will.i.am needs his ass kicked off the band Black Eyed Peas and American Idol. If not for this psycho, Britney Spears would still be a hero.

How is this song was worst!? - LapisBob

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21 Beauty and a Beat - Justin Bieber

I hate this song. Because the song has got AWFUL lyrics and Nicki Minaj has got Lucifer inside.

This song is by BOTH Justin and Nicki. It's worse than most of the songs on here. - Minecraftcrazy530

How this song sounds --- I do not like it. - madoog

All he sings are girls, girls, girls. *long groan* Get a life doucheber!

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22 Nightlife - Green Day

Green Day becoming sold out makes me kinda sad...meanwhile this is a wreck in everyway posiible. - AlphaQ

23 We Are Young - Fun.

I think this is one of the most annoying song ever created. How everyone can like this song and this band are beyond me. Maybe for the teenage girls/hipster kids who never listen to any good music, this multitracked vocal is cool, bad lyric is deep, and repetitive single piano chord is art. And it even won a grammy, which make me lost my faith for the future of music.

By far the most overrated song in history and one of the worst songs I have ever heard. No guitar, basic percussions, unoriginal bassline, bland piano, HORRID vocals, and embarassment to Janelle Monae. Why did this win song of the year?


You know, when I see people trash talk songs like this, it's usually out of the fact that indie pop-rock acts are easy targets.

But no, this bowel leftover of a song deserves all the hate it's gotten. It might seem like a harmless, catchy, if a little plodding nothing of a song with an awkward tempo shift, but when you look into the lyrics...ooh boy. Nate Ruess plays the role of an abusive boyfriend spotting his ex at a bar trying to drink her way to forgetting what he did to her, but Nate actually attacks a man that's helping her, and carries her home tonight, presumably to continue his abusive tendencies.

But the chorus is the real kicker. Nate kicks up the admittedly decent multitracking to continue how "we're young, so let's set the world on fire". He sees no harm in his own actions, and then goes on to say that HE needs to be the one carried home. As if you're the one who needs a hand to hold, Christopher Maurice Brown.

If it wasn't for 2012 being such a ...more - WonkeyDude98

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24 Give Me All Your Luvin' - Madonna

This song is so bad I would L-U-V life if it didn't exist

I hate Madonna I mean, some of her songs r ok but it's just herself that I hate and this is probably her worst.

She just needs to stop singing -. - I thought her music was dead in the 80's and pretty much everyone was like 'thank God' but no. She had to make more awful music.

Madonna, your career is dead. Can you just fade away yet? - Swellow

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25 I Endorse These Strippers - Nicki Minaj

I remember back before Nicki Minaj was famous her music was actually pretty decent. But I guess once your signed to a label and become famous, you don't even have to try anymore!

Everything she releases is trash!

26 What Makes You Beautiful - One Direction

I thought this song was made in 2010. Anyway is song is HORRIBLE! - funnyuser

Man, One Direction is lame in music!

This not even being in my top 20 least favorites from 2012 should say a lot about the year. - WonkeyDude98

Annoying. - lovefrombadlands

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27 Drive By - Train

I've never heard such stupid lyrics, Train shows which this song (and with Hey, Soul Sister) why it's one of the lamest bands ever

Strongly disagree... Din expect this song to be here... - anandinvu00eectusu00d0

Is not a worse song

Lyrics suck and the beat is lame. This should be higher on the list. D:

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28 Pound the Alarm - Nicki Minaj

Nicki should pound her dildo stick somewhere else and get her ass kicked off on American Idol.

What is with that horrible screeching noise for?! Is it necessary?! It's just sounds like a squirrel being assaulted with a zip tie, a peacock giving birth, and a screeching howler monkey being sent through a garbage disposal. Horrible

Very annoying, and I don't understand the lyrics, too much auto tune. - funnyuser

This song is very annoying - BunnyC

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29 Turn Me On - David Guetta

Get this garbage pile out of mainstream media forever. David Guetta can't write lyrics if his life depended on it, and don't get me started on Nicki Minaj's awful singing. It just repeats turn me on turn me on over and over again. The beat is annoying and the song does not deserve its popularity. heck the lyrics r so bad, a 1st grader could do better then that. This song must never be played again.

How is this not #1? David Guetta is the best DJ ever. But I can't stand this song, thanks to Nicki Minaj!

David Guetta, a complete abomination. enough said.

30 The Motto - Drake

The idiotic song that introduced YOLO to the masses.

31 Roman Holiday - Nicki Minaj

The lyrics sound like they were written by a 6 year old. Random lines added in the middle of a smooth rap verse. VROOM, VROOM, UNDERWEAR!

Embarrassing to the hip hop industry.

Roman Polanski is even more retarted than Nicki Minaj

This is horrid. If you want a good song with this name, listen to the actually good Roman Holiday by Halsey. - lovefrombadlands

32 Home - Phillip Phillips

So overplayed. His voice is really nothing special, the music sounds like he's trying to imitate Mumford & Sons and it's repetitive as all get out with barely any lyrics.

Ahh! This song aggravates me so much. Yeah, it was good when it came out and everything, but now it is just overplayed, and the structure of the song isn't even right. Seriously, the other girl should have won American Idol.

I liked it, believe me I did, but it was over played and I then hated it. - 906389

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33 Shut Up and Kiss Me - Reece Mastin

The Marianas Trench song, while it's the worst song on Astoria, is better. - WonkeyDude98

34 Faded - Tyga

Hopefully your FADED by 2016 or sooner!

Horrible! Some of the most disgusting lyrics I've ever heard! The artwork cover for the single also sucks.

35 Bandz a Make Her Dance - Juicy J

3 Reasons.
1. Terrible production
2. Incorrect slang for the song and worst lyrics.
3. Lil Wayne and 2CHAINZ are not had the best rappers since 2012

That song title is not even an English and the force of a terrible rhymes to come

This is the debut of Mike WiLL Made-It and the breakthrough of Juicy J. Need I say more? - WonkeyDude98

This whole song doesn't make no damn sense - MeaganSaysHI

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36 #rihanna - Glasses Malone

Basically all of my sentiments to this song apply, plus, I like how there was a hashtag in the title. Does it have anything to do with the song? NOPE! They probably just put it there so Rihanna could see it whenever she tries to find herself on Twitter. Combined with the contents of the song, that is just vile and despicable in every way. - WonkeyDude98

37 Burn It Down - Linkin Park

Yep, a Linkin Park song above a Justin Bieber song, I regret nothing. Zach808's explanation was spot on. Even as a minor Linkin Park fan, this is just this big chunk of unfocused loudness. The beat: abysmal. Every element is fuzzed out to the point where I can't even tell what instruments they are using. I've never been a fan of Chester's voice, and it's never been more apparent than here, where his rough yet incredibly shrill quality shines through his insufferable screaming. Mike's rap verse on the bridge is mediocre at best, and absolute filler at worst. The lyrics are really vague and not really about anything.

Why is this on top of the best of 2012 list again? A lot of people thought I'd like this because this is one of LP's poppiest songs, but honestly, they should stick to more focused and concentrated writing and more inspired instrumentation. - WonkeyDude98

This was one of few good songs if the year, why the hell is this here?

38 One Thing - One Direction

They just can't sing.

They are absolutely HORRIBLE the only reason their songs get famous is because of their obnoxious fangirls...

It's just fake! And so repetitive. Basically one of the many reasons why I hate one direction

Turn it off now.
This song's got that one thing I hate
Well, WAY more than 1 thing - lovefrombadlands

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39 Back In Time - Pitbull

Basically the comment below, also it seems like every moment in the song is terribly disjointed from another. There's a mismatched sample, a clunky guitar solo that the song leans almost entirely on, Pitbull's rapping has this really guitar-heavy production, and a dubstep session that sounds really, really miserable. In Bohemian Rhapsody it made it diverse, but here it seems like Pitbull tried to cram too many things into one song and just ruined everything. Combine that with the lack of reference to the movies besides really loose ones and the unfocused lyrics and you get a 0/5, or should I say a pile of

NUMBER TWOOO - WonkeyDude98

The mismatched sample, the lack of references to the movies, the lyrics... Yep, this really is a pile of


40 Bom Bom - Sam and the Womp

No musicality in this at all. Her voice sounds rather irritating. There was not much effort in the vocals.

But... I like this song :/

41 Turn Up the Music - Chris Brown

Would have voted for either Bieber or Minaj, but the horribleness of this piece is truly actually really underrated.

42 Dance (A$$) - Big Sean

I remember this being everywhere in 2011 as well. Who gives him even one penny for this assault on our ears? - Entranced98

43 Hot Problems - Double Take

You may not refer to this as a technical "song" due to it was two teenagers like rebbecca black, but this is the most miserable thing you will ever hear, and these girls aren't even hot.

The worst parts: the singers are female only!

One of the two singers should've been male w/ the other one being female.

But this song is criticized enough w/ extremely negative reception to get Wikipedia's attention.

As much as I hate this song, having two female singers is not bad. - Swellow

It is a horrible song! And yes she is STUCK UP! I mean that's not even music

The just sound like they are just talking in rhythm

44 Dope Peddler - 2 Chainz

This is the single worst song I have ever heard in my entire life. It's worse than Stupid Hoe. It's worse than Blah Blah Blah. It's worse than Disco Duck. It's the worst of the worst, made by one of the worst producers ever, Bangladesh. Screw him.

For the first few seconds there's a pretty good sample, and then... BAM. Straight in the face with one of the worst piano riffs ever written and terrible lyrics by 2 Chainz. This song is so terrible that it wasn't even released as a single.

I can't listen to The Old Dope Peddler without thinking of this atrocity. It's easily one of the worst samples ever. - NiktheWiz

45 Birthday Song - 2 Chainz

This song was made only for the money.

46 Bangarang - Skrillex

Success kinda spoiled this song.

I honestly love this song - ProPanda

I love this song

I honestly adore this. 5/5 - AlphaQ

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47 Only Love - Ben Howard
48 All Around the World - Justin Bieber

I'd rather go around the world and be invaded by alien's.

I do not like this song. - madoog

49 Oliver Twist - D'banj
50 Like a Princess - Double Take
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