Rolling Stone recently tasked their readers with voting on the worst songs of the 1990s – there were plenty to choose from. At least no one had really mastered the use of Auto-Tune yet. Here are the Top (bottom?) 10 worst songs of the 1990s:
10. 4 Non Blondes, “What’s Up?” – Lead singer Linda Perry would later write songs for P!nk and Christina Aguilera.
9. Right Said Fred, ‘I’m Too Sexy’ – The 90s was the decade of supermodels. Right Said Fred wanted to cash in, but instead created a theme song for the models they tried to make fun of.
8. Baha Men, ‘Who Let the Dogs Out?’ – If you attended a sports game around the time this song was a hit, you heard it as the team rushed the field. Twice over if both squads were named after dogs. Going to a Huskies-Bulldogs match was torture.
7. Celine Dion, ‘My Heart Will Go On’ – Thanks for unleashing this song on us, Titanic. Radio stations could barely help themselves from playing this tune every 15 minutes. Then there was the awful remix that included sound bites from the film.
6. Hanson, ‘MMMBop’ – At least they played their own instruments, which was more than you could say of several other boy bands.
5. Chumbawamba, ‘Tubthumping’ – We hope the band has trouble sleeping at night, knowing that they made anarchist music for so long, only for their tune about getting drunk to be their one hit.
4. Vanilla Ice, ‘Ice Ice Baby’ – Remember when Vanilla Ice denied ripping off Queen? Remember Vanilla Ice at all?
3. Billy Ray Cyrus, ‘Achy Breaky Heart’ – Hopefully the last time country music invades pop radio, but I doubt it.
2. Los Del Rio, ‘Macarena’ – Speaking of line dancing, this “gem” continues to be a mainstay of bad wedding DJs across America.
1. Aqua, ‘Barbie Girl’ – You have the Danish to thank for the worst song of the 1990s. Overplayed to the extreme and very repetitive, it’s an easy pick for #1. Ironically, after suing Aqua for bashing Barbie, Mattel has since used the song in a few ads.